Circe by Madeline Miller

Circe
by Madeline Miller

Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Date: 2018
Pages: 393
Fiction/Non-Fiction: Fiction
Genre:  Mythology
Days to Read: 1
Purchase Locations: Amazon and Kindle Audible Book Depository Booktopia Dymocks QBD

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. 

There isn’t much I love more than Mythology, to be more specific, Greek mythology. It’s my jam. I absolutely love it and It’s definitely something I am passing onto the girls at school.

This book however will not be passed on to them. Circe is an absolutely amazing read, with the back drop of the titans and gods of ancient Greece I was in absolute heaven while reading this intense and intricately woven tale.

Circe is a protagonist that you can’t help but want to help. She is pretty much the forgotten daughter of Helios who attempts to keep the peace and who adores her father. She is ridiculed for this even by her father. We begin to see a development after her significant interaction with Prometheus, Circe becomes somewhat disillusioned and begins to act more on her own wishes and whims. We really see her confidence grow.

This growth was not only crucial to the story but utterly engaging to read. By this point I was behind Circe one hundred percent. I really felt for her. She had been through so much and seemed to constantly be in a negative position.

The story was utterly addictive. I ended up finishing this book in one day because I just couldn’t put it down. I completely devoured it and even when the story was done I wanted more.

Miller’s writing was perfect for the telling of myth. To be fair this is my first experience reading her work however Miller, to me, sits along side such authors as Stephen Fry and Rick Riordan, whose writing my Greek myth had be wanting more and more stories.

It is really hard to put into words just how much I enjoyed Circe. I was enthralled from the get go, taking each new chapter and development with a desire for more.

For those who are interested in the tale of Circe I would more than recommend it, however proceed with caution, there are some definitely trigger warnings for this book so double check those before diving in.

Plot: 9/10
Ease of reading: 6/10
Character Development: 8.5/10
World Building: 7/10
Quality of Writing: 9/10
Stars: 5/5

The Sibling Book Tag

I don’t remember where I saw this Tag but if you’ve been following for a while you know I love a good Tag! So why not complete one I’ve had sitting around for a while!


I absolutely adore this book! I am genuinely sad that there isn’t a sequel but thats because I’m selfish and I love the world and the writing style.

The story is wrapped up really well and the characters have depth, considering its such a small book, that was unexpected.

But I will always love this standalone.

I’m going to be the most predictable person ever and say ‘Harry Potter’. This is probably one of my all time favourite series that I reread – and by reread I mean listen to because Stephen Fry is the best narrator ever – constantly!

‘A Court of Mist and Fury’ By Sarah J. Maas.

I really liked the first book, but I feel like shit got real in the second book and i just couldn’t stop reading!



Ok, I don’t know what this question means so I’m going to say the last book you read and that was ‘Assassin’s Blade’ By Sarah J. Maas.

‘The Confectioner’s Guild’ By Claire Luana.

I don’t know why, but this book took me a month to finish. Definitely for reasons not based on the book (like being the end of the school year).

At this stage I haven’t really picked up any Duologies that come to mind. I am excited to get to the ‘Strange the Dreamer‘ Duology as well as ‘The Last Namsara’ and the ‘Six of Crows‘ Duology.

‘The Woman in White’By Wilkie Collins. This was one I had to read in year 11 English Literature Class. I don’t know if the thing that annoyed me was the book itself or my teachers rants about the themes. Either way, I will never forget reading that book, even 11 years later…

I Tag everyone and anyone! What was the most recent read that you absolutely loved?

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