Circe, in one word, was spectacular. Madeline Miller's first novel, 'The Song of Achilles' was the winner of the 2012 Orange Prize for fiction, and splashed across the bestselling charts. As a fan of mythology, I'm surprised I haven't read it. Circe was one of Book Of The Month's April picks, and it sounded intriguing, so I chose this, alongside The Girl Who Smiled Beads. I started it last week on a sunny afternoon, taking full advantage of my patio for the first time this year. Before I knew it, the sun was setting, and I was half-way through this masterpiece. For a story that spans a thousand years, this one does not disappoint, or cause you to feign interest. I loved the character of Circe, who is strong-willed, determined, and fiercely loyal. This book is intricately woven, providing an in-depth look at many mythology characters, and the myths that sealed their fate. Growing up, my sister and I were enamoured with the many approaches to mythology, specifically the Xena and Hercules plot lines. Circe blew my memories out of the water, providing intensely visual depictions of famous battles, character transformations, and prophetic utterances. This one is not to be missed!
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