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"A bold and subversive retelling of the goddess's story," this #1 New York Times bestseller is "both epic and intimate in its scope, recasting the most infamous female figure from the Odyssey as a hero in her own right" (Alexandra Alter, The New York Times).
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 her occult craft, tames wild beasts and crosses paths with many of the most famous figures in all of mythology, including the Minotaur, Daedalus and his doomed son Icarus, the murderous Medea, and, of course, wily Odysseus.
But there is danger, too, for a woman who stands alone, and Circe unwittingly draws the wrath of both men and gods, ultimately finding herself pitted against one of the most terrifying and vengeful of the Olympians. To protect what she loves most, Circe must summon all her strength and choose, once and for all, whether she belongs with the gods she is born from, or the mortals she has come to love.
With unforgettably vivid characters, mesmerizing language and page-turning suspense, Circe is a triumph of storytelling, an intoxicating epic of family rivalry, palace intrigue, love and loss, as well as a celebration of indomitable female strength in a man's world.
Circe, a most captivating novel!
Lovers of Mythology! Lovers of great stories! Get ready for a thrilling novel that encompasses both!
I had forgotten how interesting mythology is. Circe renewed my interest, and my first order of business after reading this book, was to download the first of Madeline Miller’s books about Achilles! I can’t wait to begin!
Miller is an extremely talented writer, whose way with words conjures up a scene so vividly in the reader’s imagination that it feels like real time......you are there! Each sense is piqued from her writing....you can smell the herbs and delicate flowers that Circe uses in her witchcraft, you can feel the icy grey-eyed stare from Athena, you can taste the figs and wine and mead, you can envision the six-headed Scylla, viciously ripping sailors from their ships as they sail through her waters, you can hear Helios, the Sun God, as he flies golden across the sky in his golden chariot! That’s just a taste of what lies ahead as you uncover this treasure of a book! I’m jealous!
I read this book on a beach trip! A perfect setting, as so much of the book is set on islands and on or near the sea. 5 Stars from me!
I did not want this book to end. It was so beautifully written and the story was wonderful. Made me want to brush up on my Greek mythology, not to mention reading everything this author has written.
- Category: Historical
- Published: Apr 10, 2018
- Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
- Seller: Hachette Digital, Inc.
- Print Length: 400 Pages
- Language: English