Book 17 review: 🖤🖤/5🖤
Circe by Madeline Miller
Length- 400 pages
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.
My thoughts: I am so disappointed with my overall thoughts of Circe, I mean it has over 800 5-star reviews on Amazon and is a #1 best seller! This book is beautifully written and the descriptions given are absolutelly amazing. I cannot even begin to imagine the time that went into writing such a detailed novel. With that said there were SO many characters that it was hard to follow at times and I cringe😬 writing this but I found it pretty boring! I felt like it was going to really pick up when she was banished to a deserted island but I felt like it kind of drug on... I love that this is written from a females point of view and the family dynamics were interesting! PLEASE give this book a try though, 99.5% of people that read it really love it!