By Madeline Miller

5/5 Stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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.

I have nothing but good things to say about this one! I love Greek mythology and all of the many gods, goddesses, monsters, and humans that make up these fantastical stories. This book follows goddess Circe, the daughter of the Titan Helios, on her life’s journey. Through banishment, journeys of self discovery, and encounters with gods and humans alike, Circe learns much of the world in her many thousands of years on Earth. Her relationships with the gods, her family, and the humans she finds so intriguing help to guide her on her path. She had many struggles in her life, the greatest was learning to accept who she truly was and who she was ultimately meant to be, all the while attempting to learn the art of witchcraft.

Overall Circe is a badass woman who is strong willed, takes what she wants, and fights for those she loves. She makes many mistakes, but admits when she’s wrong and does everything she can to try and fix things. This book teaches a lot of lessons while also portraying an endearing and magical story.


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