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Publisher Description

This #1 New York Times bestseller is a "bold and subversive retelling of the goddess's story" that brilliantly reimagines the life of Circe, formidable sorceress of The Odyssey (Alexandra Alter, TheNew 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, Circe is 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.

#1 New York Times Bestseller -- named one of the Best Books of the Year by NPR, the Washington Post, People, Time, Amazon, Entertainment Weekly, Bustle, Newsweek, the A.V. Club, Christian Science Monitor, Refinery 29, Buzzfeed, Paste, Audible, Kirkus, Publishers Weekly, Thrillist, NYPL, Self, Real Simple, Goodreads, Boston Globe, Electric Literature, BookPage, the Guardian, Book Riot, Seattle Times, and Business Insider.

2831 Reviews

Thumbs Up“I enjoyed it but sadly didn't love it like I loved TSOA and was kind of just reading to get it finished towards the end! Lovely story but that was all it was to me.”
Likable charactersBeautifully writtenOriginal writingMagical settingUnsatisfying plot
Rolling on the Floor Laughing Face“I loved this book from the first chapter and introduction of Circe. Seeing her journey from a quiet child to a force of nature as a woman was so satisfying. I was truly rooting for her from the very beginning. Heartbreaking at times but I'm so happy she found her happy ending I'm the end with someone she can be her true self with.”
Reviewed in:Karli's Book Club.
Characters change and growMulti-layered charactersBeautifully writtenDescriptive writingAddictiveSuspensefulImmersive settingMagical settingAbuseSexual assault
Slightly Smiling Face“this one was hard to read at first, but then grew on me! love the feminism and self-discovery that comes with Circe’s perspective and story. loved the ending so much ♥️”
Characters change and growDiverse charactersMulti-layered charactersBeautifully writtenDescriptive writingImmersive settingHeartbreakingThought-provoking
Slightly Smiling Face“Read this on a whim, almost finished it in one setting. Loved Miller’s inner monologues of Circe’s thought processes. The tragic love story that kicks off her coming into who she becomes is such a beautifully crafted domino effect. Love when you can detest characters it means you’re more invested in the story. The touching on other mythological tales along with Circe’s is great as well. Wish I could read it for the first time again.”
Characters change and growDiverse charactersMulti-layered charactersBeautifully writtenDescriptive writingEasy to readAddictiveMagical settingThought-provoking
Slightly Smiling Face“I fell in love with Madeline Miller’s retelling of Circe, so much so that I even got a tattoo in honour of her story. This book is thought provoking and beautifully written. Madeline truly did Circe’s character justice. A quote that perfectly summarises this book for me is: “I cannot bear this world a moment longer. Then, child, make another.” I would recommend this book to anyone, including my mum, my Hinge date, and my tattoo artist (all who loved it as much as I).”
Characters change and growMulti-layered charactersBeautifully written

About Madeline Miller

Madeline Miller is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of two novels: The Song of Achilles, which won the Orange Women’s Prize for Fiction 2012, and Circe, which was short-listed for the Women’s Prize for Fiction 2019. Her books have been translated into over thirty two languages. Miller holds an MA in Classics from Brown University, studied in the Dramaturgy department at Yale School of Drama, where she focused on the adaptation of classical texts to modern forms, and taught Latin, Greek, and Shakespeare to high school students for over a decade.

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