Circe by Madeline Miller


In the house of Helios, god of the sun and mightiest of the Titans, a daughter is born. But Circe is a strange child—not powerful, like her father, nor viciously alluring like her mother. Turning to the world of mortals for companionship, she discovers that she does possess power—the power of witchcraft, which can transform rivals into monsters and menace the gods themselves.Threatened, Zeus banishes her to a deserted island, where she hones ...

Details Circe

Release DateApr 10th, 2018
PublisherLee Boudreaux Books
GenreFantasy, Mythology, Fiction, Historical, Historical Fiction, Retellings

Reviews Circe

  • Emily May
    “Witches are not so delicate,” I said. I absolutely loved this. If you enjoy Greek mythology, complex heroines, and a generous serving of adventure, bloodshed, betrayal, magic, and monsters - both literal and figurative - then hell, READ THIS BOOK.To be honest, I wasn't a huge fan of Miller's The Song of Achilles when I read it a few years back. I'm not sure if that's because my tastes were different back then, or if it was just because the p...
  • Victoria Schwab
  • Melanie
    ARC provided by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.✨ Signed and personalized copies are available through Main Point Books! (They can ship anywhere in the US, anywhere in the UK, and also to some other international locations) “When I was born, the name for what I was did not exist.” This is the pièce de résistance I’ve been searching for my entire life. Not only did I fall in love with this story, I predict ...
  • Ana
    Hello, my name is Ana and I am a Greek mythology addict. A brief introduction to the deities of Greek mythology. Zeus (Thunder God, king of the Gods)Hera (Queen of Olympus, Goddess of marriage) Demeter (Goddess of the harvest, agriculture and fertility) Poseidon (God of the Sea) Hestia (Virgin goddess of the hearth)Hades (God of the Underworld, riches, king of the dead)Persephone/Kora (Goddess of Spring, Queen of the Underworld)Athena (Virgin G...
  • destiny ☠ howling libraries
    When I was born, the name for what I was did not exist. Where do I even begin? This was one of the most amazing, beautiful, intricate, captivating books I have had the pleasure of reading in my entire life. I have been a bookworm since I was barely walking, and yet this book, this gorgeous retelling, has impacted me so profoundly that I genuinely do not know if I will ever be entirely the same. It is a common saying that women are delicate creat...
  • Elise (TheBookishActress)
    You threw me to the crows, but it turns out I prefer them to you. My words are not as good as the ones in this book. Circe is a book about... finding yourself. But god, it stands out so far from just that. Okay, to get started, I’m just going to say it: Madeline Miller is one of the best writers of our time. She has such a way with words that it is absolutely impossible not to be engaged in her storytelling. The thing that brings this whole...
  • Emily (Books with Emily Fox)
    If you like mythology, you need to read this book!Personally it's not even something I'm a fan of but I couldn't put this... audiobook down. The narrator did a great job and her voice was quite relaxing. I ended up finishing the book in 3 days and taking detour on my walks just to be able to listen to it more!Would recommend.Now I need to go finish The Song of Achilles...
  • Bookdragon Sean
    This is a beautiful book; it is flawless and intelligent. I do not have a single criticism for this fantastic piece of writing. I loved it!Circe chronicles the life of a lesser god. She is the daughter of the mighty God Helios, the living embodiment of the sun. She is born without any particular talents or powers. She exists in the shadows of her more developed brothers and sisters. She does not shine in such spectacular company. However, gifts c...
  • Will Byrnes
    Men, can’t live with ‘em, can’t turn ‘em all into swine. What do you mean turn them into swine? From her earliest application of her new found transformative skills it is suggested that what Circe turns her unfortunate guests into has more to do with their innermost nature than Circe’s selection of a target form. (The strength of those flowers lay in their sap, which could transform any creature to its truest self.) Clearly her sty res...
  • Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
    I thought this book was fantastic! I felt sorry for Circe. But I did love reading about all of the gods and just the story line itself! This was the first book I have read by this author and it was a pleasant surprise. And that's all I have, there is no point in writing big reviews. You can read all of the book bumpers that have a million likes that write long reviews. I just can't do it any more. Happy Reading! Mel
  • Navidad Thelamour
    3.5 stars Madeline Miller’s Circe is an epic that’s sweeping the nation today. Everywhere you turn, you see that magnificent cover (honestly, that cover work is DIVINE and I’ve had the MOST fun photographing it for the Bookstagram). Twitter and Instagram are as we speak packed with Circe references and Miller interviews and, within all of that, Circe has found itself wrapped in all of the fluff and buildup and publicity of a typical ultra-h...
  • Catriona (LittleBookOwl)
    Rating: 4.5 stars
  • Jeffrey Keeten
    ”It was true what Hermes said. Every moment mortals died, by shipwreck and sword, by wild beasts and wild men, by illness, neglect, and age. It was their fate, as Prometheus had told me, the story that they all shared. No matter how vivid they were in life, no matter how brilliant, no matter the wonders they made, they came to dust and smoke. Meanwhile every petty and useless god would go on sucking down the bright air until the stars went dark...
  • ☘Misericordia☘ ⚡ϟ⚡ϟ⚡⛈ ✺❂❤❣
    8 April 2018Oh, Gosh! I want it now! Can't wait for the publication! I expect it to be 5 stars... So, forgive me for prerating it already. It's like earmarking a favourite page...Remember, I'm a sucker for all things Ancient Greece. Classical mythos are my blood, my marrow... I grew up on them. Circe was never my fav, I felt she was a villain, a malicious sorceress for her part in Odyssey... Let's see if this book helps me get a different percept...
  • Bibi
    *Spoilers*How I wish Miller's Circe was a reimagining as opposed to a retelling and I say this because there's little else that can be told about Greek mythology that isn't already available online or at the library. A reinterpretation, on the other hand, gives an author creative license to weave a uniquely extravagant and fantastical story and perhaps one in which a lowly nymph attains great powers, transforms into a formidable sorceress who the...
  • jessica
    in the house of miller, goddess of written word and mightiest of storytellers, a masterpiece was born. again, i am blown away at the beauty that is madeline millers writing. her words have a way of invoking a sense of delicate peace in my heart. i read her stories and it fills that longing for something more. circe was an absolute delight from start to finish, and i cant express the extent of my gratitude for something so breathtakingly compellin...
  • Simona Bartolotta
    I dived into Circe believing to be fully prepared for it, all because I had read and re-read, loved and re-loved The Song Achilles. Now I know that was a foolish notion for me to entertain.“It was my first lesson. Beneath the smooth, familiar face of things is another that waits to tear the world in two.”In fact, I soon learned the hard way that no matter how well you think you know her and her writing, you are never prepared for what Madelin...
  • Arah-Lynda
    Words are, of course, the most powerful drug used by mankind. Rudyard KiplingWhen I was born, the name for what I was did not exist. They called me nymph, assuming I would be like my mother and aunts and cousins. Least of the lesser goddesses, our powers were so modest they could scarcely ensure our eternities. We spoke to fish and nurtured flowers, coaxed drops from the clouds or salt from the waves. That word, nymph, paced out the length and br...
  • Debra
    4.5 starsSuch a great book! You do not need to be a fan of mythology to read this book! Confession - I requested this book because I saw it on a list about "anticipated books of 2018” It did not disappoint. If anything this book dazzled! Anticipate this book folks and rush out and get yourself a copy when it becomes available (or request it on NetGalley as I did!).Circe is the daughter of Helios, the god of the sun and mightiest of the Titans. ...
  • ❄️Nani❄️
    4.5⭐This book is glorious. Absolutely magnificent. 4.5⭐️This book is glorious. Absolutely magnificent.
  • Tammy
    “Whoo hoo witchy woman she got the moon in her eye” - Don HenleyAs a child I was enchanted by D’Aularies’ Book of Greek Myths and later by Edith Hamilton’s Mythology. I enjoyed Miller’s Song of Achilles and was eager to read Circe. Monsters, gods and goddesses, nymphs and naiads all make appearances and once again I was enchanted. Having read The Odyssey and The Iliad will increase your enjoyment but it isn’t necessary and you may b...
  • JanB
    4.5 stars, rounded upBeautifully written, exciting, and totally captivating! “Epic has been so traditionally male,” Miller says. “All these stories are composed by men, largely starring men, and I really wanted a female perspective.”And what a story it is. My first buddy read with my friend Dana was a great success and we had wonderful discussions. The plot revolves around Circe in this book and the story is told entirely from her perspec...
  • Bentley ★
    See this review and more like it on www.bookbastion.net_______Madeline Miller really channeled her inner Goddess for this, because this book was a dazzling work of magic. I was utterly charmed by The Song of Achilles when I read it last year, so when Little, Brown and Company sent me an ARC of this book I was jumping for joy. It's no secret that I'm a fan of Greek mythology, so I know that factors into my enjoyment of these novels, but the true c...
  • Helene Jeppesen
    This book was really really good for several reasons.First of all, it reminded me of being a high school student and learning about Greek mythology. It’s not that I’d forgotten about it, but this book reminded me of the amazing tales of Odysseus, Medea, Zeus, and Helios to name a few. In that way, it was a refreshing reading experience filled with nostalgia. Second of all, I think this book is just a great retelling of Greek mythology (withou...
  • Maxwell
    A highly engaging and enjoyable recounting of the myth of Circe. It's a very accessible read, so if you don't have much experience with Greek mythology, don't be scared off; there's also a great glossary in the back for reference. It's definitely character-driven but still maintains some action and plot with each little vignette of her life. I thought it balanced the story well by giving the character enough context but also allowing her own stor...
  • may ❀
    ayyyyy, i finally finished like a million years after my reading buddy. two things: 1. i was hella confused for 98% of the book 2. i REALLY liked iti dont have anything else to say4 stars!!~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Buddy read with Popsiclemy first madeline miller book 😍😍 y'all hyped me up big time for this, imma blame you if this disappoints ಠ_ಠ
  • Lucy Langford
    "A golden cage is still a cage." Just reread this before having to surrender it back to the library!! 5* Circe was brilliant! Daughter of Helios (God of the sun), is Circe. She is often scorned and rejected by her kin for not having the look nor the voice of her siblings and other nymphs. To look for companionship she turns to mortals and through this she discovers her power: Witchcraft. When she casts a dark spell and admits to her power, she is...
  • Cait • A Page with a View
    I LOVED The Song of Achilles and wasn't totally sure what to expect here (since Circe's story isn't as big), so I went into this book trying not to compare the two. I'm glad I did that now because both stories are incredibly well done, yet do feel a bit different. I think The Song of Achilles has more emotional angst and action to get invested in since it draws from a sweeping, epic poem. Circe felt more like a journey and portrait of a character...
  • Kit✵
    **4/5**THIS BOOK WAS SO GOOD. Seriously, if this isn’t on your “TBR” shelf, it needs to be.Imagine a novel filled with Greek mythology, amazing characters (some douche-like and others not), a strong female lead, mesmerizing writing, and an amazing, adventurous, monster-filled story. If that intrigues you, well, you’re in luck; Circe might be your next best read!So even though I want to do nothing but praise this novel, it wasn’t without...