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Follows Circe, the banished witch daughter of Helios, as she hones her powers and interacts with famous mythological beings before a conflict with one of the most vengeful Olympians forces her to choose between the worlds of the gods and mortals.
Circe is not powerful like her father Helios, nor viciously alluring like her mother Perse. 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. Zeus banishes her to a deserted island, where she hones her occult craft, tames wild beasts and crosses paths with many figures in mythology. When Circe unwittingly draws the wrath of both men and gods, she ultimately finding herself pitted against one of the most terrifying and vengeful of the Olympians.
Published: New York, NY :, Little, Brown and Company,, 2018.
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2018
ISBN: 9780316556347
Branch Call Number: F MIL
Characteristics: 393 pages :,color map ;,25 cm


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DBRL_BriannaD May 08, 2018

I finished this book about a week ago, and yet it feels like it's been one of my favorite books for so much longer than that. There are some books that you feel you've known all your life, and "Circe" is one of those for me. As a Classics and mythology lover, I happily fell into Miller'... Read More »

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Nov 01, 2018

I loved this book, I started it knowing nothing about the goddess Circe and now she's one of my favorites. Much like The Song of Achilles the story follows her lifetime and the characters in it are very relatable and realistic. I liked how the heroes were flawed and human and that she was able to take control of her own life.

SnoIsleLib_LindseyA Oct 31, 2018

I treasure "The Song of Achilles" so I was prepared to love this book, and I was not disappointed. It was so deliciously good! Miller's language is musical. It's elevated. It's my catnip. There's just something about her writing that speaks to me. Her retellings are rich with magic, myth, and ancient history.

This tale of Circe, the misunderstood witch from Homer's Odyssey, reinforces what I've always known: The Greek gods are jerks, and their mortal heroes (e.g., Odysseus) aren't much better. I always felt that Circe had a raw deal (like most women in Greek mythology and literature), but the intimacy of this book transforms her into a fully fleshed character. I'm aching to read whatever Madeline Miller publishes next.

As I often do when I can, I switched back and forth between text and audio when reading this book. Perdita Weeks' smooth narration bolsters what is already a vibrant story

Oct 25, 2018

Amongst whom Circe “crossed the hollow of each other’s skin” with, no surprise though, Telemachus turned out to be the most successfully created role and pivotal to elevate the book above classical legend.
The fate of Odysseus narrated is one possibility though, and more than convincing, I cannot think of a better one, it at least mitigated my disgust felt at the end of reading my hero’s Odyssey.

Graphically vivid, penned words could triumph over brush strokes where imagery can easily dominate.

Human have more weaknesses than follies, but Gods are more dead than anything. With open ending, I salute Circe’s beautiful life.

Stare into the seam of sea and sky,
Helios' chariot rushing by
embraced under his wings
imagine Circe in the world of this book, where my body would lie.

ArapahoeKara Oct 16, 2018

Circe is a feminist account of the famous goddess from Greek mythology in The Odyssey. I loved every page, scene and chapter of this novel, because ultimately it's the story of a woman trying to carve her own path and survive in a world ruled by men, with a heroine all women can relate to and root for. Though an adult book, mature teen readers who grew up on Percy Jackson may find Miller's story enthralling as well.

JCLJessicaW Oct 10, 2018

Circe, the infamous sea witch from Homer's Odyssey, finally gets to tell her side of the story. The result is a moving journey of self-realization that is certain to captivate readers.

Oct 06, 2018

Interesting story and characters, intertwines and intersects with various different Greek myths and characters. Beautifully written.

Aug 22, 2018

Great retelling of the the Greek myth. I enjoyed reading it on my Kindle, as I could easily look up the other mythological characters as they came up in the story.

Aug 16, 2018

Madeline Miller is one of my FAVOURITE AUTHORS. Such a beautiful and engaging read, especially for those interested in Ancient Greece!

written from Circes point of view it shows how a woman feels when not treated equally to men. read this book definitely a page turner

OPL_AutumnH Aug 08, 2018

A slow-paced, well-developed character study of a somewhat background character from Greek mythology. I only knew of Circe from The Odyssey, and I was not expecting such a rich story about family, love and what it means to live a fulfilling life.

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