Book Reviews: Circe
June 1, 2019
By Madeline Miller
Reviewer: Sadie-Jane Nunis
Greek Mythology Fans Rejoice
IF Greek mythology, bloodshed, drama and of course, complicated heroines are your thing, then pick this up as soon as possible because this is the book for you.
This is my first read from this author who has previously won the Orange prize for her book The Song of Achilles. For Circe, she has been receiving a lot of positive reviews and praise. Circe has been awarded the Goodreads Choice 2018 winner too.
For me, this book was like a rollercoaster ride. At times, she captivated me and captured my attention, then at other times it plateaued and I put the book aside, my attention drawn by other books. It felt like reading one of the books from the Game of Thrones series where the blood and gore just got a little too much. For the most part, I have to say, it was quite a well-written piece of fantasy meets soap opera. Maybe that is when I got bored, the soap opera bits did not do it for me as I am not a fan.
I am amazed though by how Ms Miller kept in check the numerous Gods and monsters while still keeping the reader’s attention on the main character, Circe, the nymph-turned-powerful witch, showcasing her various weaknesses. We journey with Circe even through her emotional turmoil as she is bullied and belittled throughout, and as she goes through love and motherhood.
Upon reading Circe, I am half-tempted to check out Ms Miller’s backlog and read them. However, for now, I will just be adding them to my ever-growing to be read (TBR) pile as though she is a good writer, that is not enough for me to bump her up my TBR list.
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