Author: Madeline Miller
Publisher: Hatchette Book Group, Inc.
Imprint: Little, Brown and Company
Release Date: April 10, 2018
Series Details: Standalone
Genre: Fantasy, Retelling
Blurb from Goodreads:
In the house of Helios, god of the sun and mightiest of the Titans, a daughter is born. But Circe has neither the look nor the voice of divinity, and is scorned and rejected by her kin. Increasingly isolated, she turns to mortals for companionship, leading her to discover a power forbidden to the gods: witchcraft.
When love drives Circe to cast a dark spell, wrathful Zeus banishes her to the remote island of Aiaia. There she learns to harness her occult craft, drawing strength from nature. But she will not always be alone; many are destined to pass through Circe’s place of exile, entwining their fates with hers. The messenger god, Hermes. The craftsman, Daedalus. A ship bearing a golden fleece. And wily Odysseus, on his epic voyage home.
There is danger for a solitary woman in this world, and Circe’s independence draws the wrath of men and gods alike. To protect what she holds dear, Circe must decide whether she belongs with the deities she is born from, or the mortals she has come to love.
Admittedly, Greek mythology wasn’t exactly my cup of tea. And that may have contributed to my less-than-four rating. But, I think, if you’re into mythology you’d be in for a treat.
When I was born, the name for what I was did not exist.
The heaviest pulling factor of this book, for me, is the fact that this is a story about Circe—a lesser god on the unpopular side who hasn’t been given this much attention before. I gather that she appears in Homer’s Odyssey and a couple more books but I haven’t read those yet (I know. I can almost hear Septa Unella chanting “Shame! Shame! Shame!” behind me). This is the first book (that I know of) about a god named Circe which makes this more interesting. Read More »