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Circe (#1 New York Times Bestseller)

byMadeline Miller

Hardcover | April 10, 2018

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"A bold and subversive retelling of the goddess's story," this #1New York Timesbestseller"manages to be 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,Circeis 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.

Madeline Miller was born in Boston and attended Brown University where she earned her BA and MA in Classics. She lives in Narbeth, PA with her husband and two children.The Song of Achilleswas awarded the Orange Prize for Fiction and has been translated into twenty-five languages.
Title:Circe (#1 New York Times Bestseller)Format:HardcoverDimensions:400 pages, 9.55 × 6.4 × 1.55 inPublished:April 10, 2018Publisher:Little, Brown And CompanyLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0316556343

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from Worth the read - But not my favourite I found this book readable. But when I finished it, it was with the knowledge that I'd never pick it up again. My sister recommended it to me and she is a lover of Greek mythology. So that seems to be a pre-requisite to loving this book.
Date published: 2018-12-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Simply devine I couldn't believe how good this book was. Miller successfully surpassed the brilliance of The Song of Achilles and once again managed to masterly interlink the elements of mythological lore and fiction, while incorporating modern elements of a woman's place in society. Without too many spoilers this novel followed the life of the often neglected and abandoned half titan/half nymph Circe whose stories crosses with Prometheus, Odysseus and Minos just to name a few, as she finds her own special type of power and purpose. These stories of gods are surprisingly human. I finished the book wanting more.
Date published: 2018-12-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great book I have never before read Greek mythology but recognized many of the characters names. Simply put I loved this book. Would definately recommend. A page turner that I found hard to put down.
Date published: 2018-11-16
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Yawn. I just couldn't get through this book. I had to read it for my book club and can only manage getting halfway through before giving up. If you're into Greek mythology this is the right book for you.
Date published: 2018-11-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Book and Brilliant Author I loved this book so much that I read all of her books right after, then wrote Madeline Miller, herself, to thank her for her beautiful work (something I’ve never done before). She was so kind and gracious! I can’t recommend this book or author enough.
Date published: 2018-11-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An old timey classic fit for now! I loved the writing style, the action, the perspective... I loved all of it!
Date published: 2018-10-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great read! I absolutely loved Song of Achilles and this was a great follow up.
Date published: 2018-09-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I love this author Miller has been one of my favorite author's ever since I read her first novel which was a reimagining of the Illiad. This novel was much awaited and did not disappoint. Miller again weaved a tale of ancient Greece and I was on the edge of my seat for every second of it
Date published: 2018-09-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Refreshing and Different The story does not run on and the book is written well. I could not put it down. Worth the investment.
Date published: 2018-09-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from What a Journey! Circe is well written and hard to put down! You're pulled into a journey of interesting characters and places. I found the plot unpredictable in the best possible way and enjoyed every moment. Highly recommend if you're looking for a good read!
Date published: 2018-08-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A beautiful epic This was an amazing novel that highlighted many parts of Greek mythology. It was well-paced and hard to put down!
Date published: 2018-08-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Beautifully written Beautiful prose, vivid and painful. The characterization(s) surprised me somewhat, as did the story itself, but worth the read.
Date published: 2018-08-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it Even if your not a fan of fiction I would still recommend this book, beautiful setting as well as characters, and writing. This book really lets your imagination run wild and I thoroughly enjoyed it! Will defiantly be passing it onto friends!
Date published: 2018-08-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful Fantastic writing and well-paced. I love this book so much.
Date published: 2018-08-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from If you liked Greek Mythology, don't think twice I couldn't stop reading! Seriously, this book is amazing.
Date published: 2018-08-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Another Favourite! Madeline Miller has, yet again, composed a beautifully written novel. After reading her marvel of a debut (which continues to be my favourite novel), I had high expectations and this did not disappoint. The plot's pace is steady and the characters complex, making it very difficult to put down. If you enjoyed TSOA, you will definitely enjoy this as well.
Date published: 2018-08-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Miller is one of my fav authors! Just as good, if not better, than Song of Achilles.
Date published: 2018-08-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely loved it I read this in a span of two days, I could not stop reading! Any fan of Greek mythology will love this book! I cannot wait for Madeline Miller's next book
Date published: 2018-08-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Story I wasn't a big fan at the beginning, but it kept getting better and better and I'm glad it did. Overall a very interesting story featuring many Greek legends.
Date published: 2018-08-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Interesting Fiction is usually not my pick, but I find this title quite alright. I liked how it offers first person view/interpretation on the events, and found the ending was well put.
Date published: 2018-07-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved this! As a huge fan of Greek mythology, I thought this book really brought to life Circe's perspective and experience of well known myths. Beautifully written and flows well. It does focus a lot on Circe's character, and I was worried that it would be too much character development, but in the end it intertwined really nicely with the events and made for a very interesting story! I can't wait to read Song of Achilles by the same author, and I hope she writes more stories like this!
Date published: 2018-07-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing I thought this book was incredibly written. I loved the feminist twist especially in our current climate. Would definitely recommend this book to others!
Date published: 2018-07-29
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not for everyone This book is not for everyone, and if you love character depth, you might not enjoy this book. It is a fast-paced action driven novel, not one with deep character backgrounds. The feminist aspect is this novel's redeeming factor. Worth giving it a read, but I was disappointed after reading all the hype.
Date published: 2018-07-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Really liked it Very interesting and captivating. Liked it a lot more than Song of Achilles
Date published: 2018-07-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Lovely Something about the way Madeline Miller writes is captivating and whimsical in a way I can only admire. As with 'The Song of Achilles', 'Circe' details the life, trials, and triumphs of a deeply flawed Greek hero. This book is steeped in myth and magic, yet doesn't stray far from the core values Miller sets out from the beginning of the novel: the importance of cultivating self worth. Circe's journey is one of self-discovery, filled with the familiar struggle of trial and error, the battle between pride and humility, the gap between ignorance and knowledge. Each trial is met with frustration, confusion, and fear; each triumph is met with yet more trials. The result is a deeply human narrative that ponders the true meaning of life without ever forcing the reader to come to any forced conclusion. Don't rush this one - it's a journey to be savored.
Date published: 2018-07-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it This book was written so beautifully and I 100% recommend it! Hope you found this helpful!
Date published: 2018-07-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic! This was a beautifully written book. Loved it! #plumreview
Date published: 2018-07-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful I loved this book. It was beautifully written and completely captivating.
Date published: 2018-07-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Do Not Miss Miller is an adept storyteller and brings Circe to life. The Song of Achilles was a masterpiece (if you haven’t read it go get it now!) and this follow up is nearly as good. A must read for anyone who longs for a stomg female protagonist
Date published: 2018-07-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Hype is Real This was such a fantastic take on greek mythology. Circe is a character I've never really heard much about, and it shocked me how many of the "big names" came in contact with her. Were *made* because of her. Not once was it boring, and the pacing was just right. There is so much emotion and relatability from Circe, and it sucks you in. I started a different book the day after I finished this, and was actually disappointed it wasn't more of Circe. I admit was a tiny bit underwhelmed with the writing itself. If I'm being honest with myself, I think it's because I was expecting some big magical adventure, and that's not what this is. Once I came to grips with that, I fell head over heels in with this book. It's not just an adventure, it's Circe's life with all the ups and downs and self-discoveries that came. It's raw and honest and so wonderful to read. That ending though. There are few standalone books that can leave with me so many feels and just such undeniable satisfaction. The rest of the book could have been mediocre and I think that ending still would have me mark this as five stars.
Date published: 2018-07-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent book I loved it so much! Circe is such an interesting character, and I loved seeing her character development. I was hooked from the first page to the last.
Date published: 2018-07-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Read Just finished reading this book and enjoyed it as much as The Song of Achilles. I thought that Circe's character development was beautifully written. For those who are interested in Greek Mythology I would recommend reading this book! #plumreview
Date published: 2018-07-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it ❤️ I’ve always loved Greek mythology so I absolutely adored this book. Beautifully written, I felt transported to the land of the gods. I read Madeline Millers first book .. “The song of Achilles” and had really enjoyed it but “Circe” is by far my favorite. I already can’t wait to see what next adventure Ms. Miller will bring us on.
Date published: 2018-07-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing This was an amazing take on Greek mythology and it was fantastic to see it from a female perspective.
Date published: 2018-06-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Elegantly Written I've always loved Greek mythology and this book just adds to my love. Miller is such an elegant writer and makes you really feel for the characters.
Date published: 2018-06-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from really great A continuation of the Odyssey and I love how it focuses on Circe and offers a fresh female perspective of a classic
Date published: 2018-06-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great gift ! I received this book as a gift and I was extremely and utterly immersed in Circe's world and this story. Amazing read
Date published: 2018-06-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Spectacular I was completely immersed into her world and way of thinking the moment I turned the first page. The writing is very detailed and intriguing but the ending was slightly rushed yet still satisfying. I enjoyed reading from this new perspective of an immortal that is not loved and would definitely recommend to lovers of mythology!
Date published: 2018-06-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A For the Lover of Books Review *Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for providing a copy in exchange for a review. My opinions are honest and my own. I was sitting in my dorm room on April 23rd after having finished writing 2 exam, and I got an email from Netgalley saying I had been approved for Circe by the publisher. I was in shock. I mainly wasn’t sure if someone had made a mistake or not, but I was certainly going to take advantage of it. Most of what I request on Netgalley is stuff I’m convinced I will never be accepted for, and Circe was no exception. I knew the author was super popular, and I had heard about Circe until pretty late in the game. Sometimes miracles do happen. I haven’t read The Song of Achilles. I have no interest in reading The Song of Achilles. Achilles was never someone who interested me. Circe, however, was 100% someone who interested me. You had this powerful witch that transforms men into pigs, who we really don’t get to learn enough about in the Odyssey. The sad thing is that I never went out and learned more about her. I had no idea her father was Helios, and I certainly knew nothing of her siblings. She was just the witch Odysseus “outwits” in the Odyssey. Circe is a very character-driven book, so if you are a person who likes more plot-driven books, this book is not for you. You really have to care about Circe to continue reading. I also think that you need to go in with an interest in Circe, or at least Greek mythology. Otherwise, I just don’t think reading Circe will be enjoyable Speaking of Circe herself, her story was really heartbreaking. She’s constantly put down by those around her, and every time she found someone she cared about, they were taken from her for one reason or another. It was so heartwarming watching her discover her power and master it. Also, I will issue a content warning for rape. It’s told in first person, so if this will be harmful for you to read, I recommend holding off. I think Circe is perfect for fans of Greek mythology and those who know nothing about it. Actually, I think it might be a good introduction to Greek mythology. You get to see a lot of famous Greek myths get played out and be explained. Circe also does a great job at show how a lot of the Greek myths are interconnected. Something I found really interesting in Circe is that you get to see the Olympians in a more negative light. The Olympians are never really portrayed as saints anywhere, but you get to see how much hatred the Titans have for them. I tend to prefer the Olympians over the Titans, so it was really jarring and intriguing for me to see what I think might be the most negative portrayal of the Olympians I’ve read. Overall, I found Circe fascinating, earning it 4 out of 5 stars.
Date published: 2018-06-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Delicious! Reading Circe was so satisfyingly delicious! What a fantastic and exciting tale. For lovers of Greek Mythology this is an immensely enjoyable read. Wonderful tales!
Date published: 2018-06-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful New Take on an Old Tale! Reading Circe was my favourite kind of reading experience - I both wanted to finish the book quickly because the story is gripping, while at the same time I wanted to savour it and make it last forever because it is so beautifully written. Highly recommend!
Date published: 2018-06-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it Greek mythology is a favorite subject of mine and I enjoyed reading this book
Date published: 2018-06-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great read Perfect for fans of Greek mythology as it includes numerous gods and connections to other Greek stories
Date published: 2018-06-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVE IT Honestly a well written tale, i've been consumed and my old love for greek mythos has been rekindled!
Date published: 2018-06-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful Tale! What a remarkably beautiful tale. I am actually having a difficult time articulating how this book made me feel because it was on another level of what I've read thus far. It was spellbinding and magical, and it touches upon so many subjects that there is something for everyone to relate too, especially women. Circe, daughter of Helios, is a Goddess who discovers that she is a powerful witch. She is completely disregarded by her family and fellow Gods & Goddesses, and often found alone. Through this tale, we first see her as naive and timid - completely vulnerable. As she grows she is deceived and betrayed which hardens her. She becomes jaded and angry, lost in her solitary island. Not to undersell this book (because it is amazing), this is by no means a happy story. What Circe is put through for most of the book is just insane that it makes whatever success and gains bittersweet as she gets back to those who wronged her. I found most relatable was her journey with motherhood. She thought it would be blessing and that it would come easy to her. But even as a Goddess and a Witch, she discovers quickly of how little control she has. She learns quickly and to her disappointment that she cannot force her will on her child. If what makes the child happy, doesn't necessarily make you happy - you ultimately have to decide. She sacrifices a great part of herself and risks everything for her child. This part of the story struck so strongly with me. In the end, she discovers who she is and who she is meant to be. She always shrunk away from her divinity but fully embraced the powerful witch that she is. She is able to triumph against those who sought to put her down and she is able to open herself to love once more. I whole heartedly recommend this book, I don't think you will be disappointed. I do want to give fair warning that the book does contain trigger words such as rape and graphic violence. Like I said, Circe had it far from simple and easy. T
Date published: 2018-06-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An Awesome Adventure! Circe is a tale of a strong, courageous and exciting female character, that keeps you intrigued throughout its entirety. Circe constantly excited me, intrigued me and kept me wanting to read more. This book made me a fan of Madeleine Miller and her writing style, and I look forward to her future works. Circe is perfect for fans of Greek mythology as it includes numerous gods and connections to other Greek stories. It's an amazing experience to be able to view the world of Greek mythology through Circe's eyes, and see how she lived from day to day. This book immerses you in the world of Greek Mythology and makes you feel like you're living within it. Not to mention how awesome the design of the book is!
Date published: 2018-06-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Brilliant I read this in one sitting and absolutely adored it. The character growth felt realistic and understandable, and the story was very interesting. It was a very refreshing take on a well known character, and I really felt sympathy for Circe. I will definitely be rereading this one again
Date published: 2018-06-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved! My first time reading Madeline Miller and I can't wait to pick up Song of Achilles. I couldn't put the book down and I loved her main character, Circe.
Date published: 2018-05-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Strong Female Character Thoroughly enjoyed the story, Circe is a a wonderfully developed female character. Her mortality gave her the longevity to fully understand her childhood expereince and to see herself truly. I could really relate to her as a woman, I am trying to do the same and I think it's important for everone to do so. The mentioning of all the other Gods in the story are entertaining and it all contributes to Circe's journey. I read this in one weekend, I will have to reread and delve deeper in.
Date published: 2018-05-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Miller Does It Again! I cannot express how long I (semi) patiently awaited the release if this book (or why it's taken me so long to review it here on Indigo when I've reviewed this story on my blog multiple times!)! I'd read Songs Of Achilles so quickly when released that the only thing I could simply think at the time was: "This author is truly an inspiration. She's absolutely brilliant. It will definitely be difficult to top such a marvellous debut novel". And then I found out the concept behind her second novel and my heart palpated slightly in anticipation. I absolutely adore Greek Mythology- any mythology, really, but Greek was the one I'd first learnt of while growing up. And Circe, has always been a Goddess spoken so little of, but managed to capture my interest. I knew then, before even receiving my pre-ordered copy, that this story was certain to steal my heart. And that it did. It was even more beautiful than I had originally anticipated. For anyone who enjoys mythology. For anyone who enjoys great writing. For anyone who enjoys the ideals of love, freedom and prosperity, and cannot fathom such pains as betrayal, heartache and disapproval. For the Mother, the Daughter, the Sister... This beautiful and capturing story is surely one you will not want to miss. The story is so memorizing, it will quite literally unfurl around you whilst you read. Every moment, every detail and every event shuddering a different emotion through your very being. Cannot praise Madeline Miller enough for such wonderful additions to literature!
Date published: 2018-05-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My favorite book by far I enjoyed this book so much that I read it all in one sitting!
Date published: 2018-05-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing! Such a great read, especially if you love feminism and the classics.
Date published: 2018-05-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fascinating Story! I love this book so much, that I'm actually reading it as slowly as I can to truly read each word and feel each emotion.
Date published: 2018-05-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I love Madeline miller as an avid reader of greek mythology inspired books, this read was super beautiful. though not knowing too too much about circe at the beginning of the novel, I came to really love her, and I was excited to meet and see all of the other characters that she met throughout the book (esp Odysseus, but I've always been partial to him). the ending was sweet and exactly what I needed. I can't wait to see what Madeline miller writes next!
Date published: 2018-05-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A good read This was better than I expected it would be with an intriguing plot and vivid characters.
Date published: 2018-05-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AMAZING read, I could not put it down. I could not put this book down. The way it is written is both vivid and beautiful. You feel as if a friend is telling you the story and pains of their lives and you can visualized each scene. I love how it spans the eons to tell Circe's tale and shows how all of her interactions affected the next.
Date published: 2018-05-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from great this book is better than i expected it to be. it was hard to put it down. the cover is a bonus.
Date published: 2018-05-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Must! This is a definite one to add to your list of books to read, doesnt disappoint one bit. Such a bliss to read.
Date published: 2018-05-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of my Favourites Circe was revived in this retelling and I loved it. I simply have no words for how much I enjoyed this novel. It was beautifully articulated. Miller has outdone herself.
Date published: 2018-05-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Does not disappoint! I loved The Song of Achilles, and could hardly wait to read Madeline Miller’s newest novel. It does not disappoint. Books like this are rare, don’t miss out!
Date published: 2018-04-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Believe The Hype! The hype for this book has been crazy. It's been everywhere and praised by everybody. And I absolutely agree with them. Setting aside my addiction for Greek mythology, this is one of the most beautifully crafted books I've ever had the joy of reading. It chronicles Circe's journey and turns her into a highly sympathetic woman that you constantly root for. It paints the gods as they should be: narcissistic, harsh, and cruel. It stays true to famous legends of monsters and doomed heroes. It doesn't shy away from heat break or tragedy. I honestly couldn't stop reading for anything. I expected a lot from this story, and my expectations were surpassed. I honestly can't think of a fault in it, and am going to place it as one of my top books of 2018. CIRCE deserves all the praise and promotion it's been getting, and I recommend it to anyone who likes reading books with a powerful and motivating female hero, a love or respect for classic Greek lore, and anyone looking to read a story that will sink into their hearts. I seriously cannot recommend CIRCE more. Do not miss it!
Date published: 2018-04-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Greek meets contemporary A great read. Wonderful. Contemporary meets classic Greek aesthetic, a re-imagining of a classic if you will.
Date published: 2018-04-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I'm Pumped!! Bought this book for an upcoming book club, and even before reading it I adore it!! The pages are bound unevenly, giving it an old, handmade vibe. Truly beautiful and much more intriguing in person.
Date published: 2018-04-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from really really good book really good book, got me thinking while i was reading it
Date published: 2018-04-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So fun to read I was so excited when I saw this book — I absolutely love Greek mythology, the Odyssey is one of my favourite books of all time, and I was fascinated to read about Circe, who has only been presented as a minor character in Greek myth. And I wasn’t disappointed. Miller did an amazing job of bringing this goddess to life, to telling her story in an empowering way, and even to staying true to the myths. I love taking a character from myth or history and presenting them with a backstory and motivations and seeing where that all leads. The book has the richness and history of someone who understands Greek myth–the story is peppered with details that add to this authenticity and enhance its scope. There are some lovely descriptions and writing. But, most of all, there is Circe, the witch from the Odyssey who turns men into swine. We get to understand how she got there, her childhood and history, her point of view of events. We get to see this amazing woman grow and become formidable, all entwined with Classical Greek themes of gods and mortals, fate and choices, and being a hero versus living a long, quiet life. If you love Greek myth or strong heroines, I highly recommend this book. Note: I received a copy of this book on Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
Date published: 2018-04-09

Editorial Reviews

"'Circe' is asentence-by-sentence miracle";-Michigan Daily