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Circe ❴Epub❵ ➜ Circe Author Madeline Miller – Larringtonlifecoaching.co.uk 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 w 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 themselvesThreatened 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 OdysseusBut 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.

About the Author: Madeline Miller

Madeline Miller was born in Boston and grew up in New York City and Philadelphia She attended Brown University where she earned her BA and MA in Classics For the last ten years she has been teaching and tutoring Latin Greek and Shakespeare to high school students She has also studied at the University of Chicago’s Committee on Social Thought and in the Dramaturgy department at Yale School of.

10 thoughts on “Circe

  1. Melanie Melanie says:

    ARC provided by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review✨ Signed and personalized copies are available through Main Point Books They can ship anywhere in the US anywhere in the UK and also to some other international locations “When I was born the name for what I was did not exist” This is the pièce de résistance I’ve been searching for my entire life Not only did I fall in love with this story I predict that this will be the best book I’ll read all year This book is about healing and doing what it takes to come into your own This book is about love; the love between lovers the love of a mother and the love you must find in yourself This book proves why family of choice will always be greater than family of origin This book is about magic and how we can find it in ourselves if we look hard enough This is a book about becoming the witch you’ve always buried deep inside you “They do not care if you are good They barely care if you are wicked The only thing that makes them listen is power” Okay maybe I should start this review off with a somewhat personal story I was very privileged to go a very good high school where I was able to study The Iliad and The Odyssey for a class my freshman year And fourteen year old Melanie fell in love To say I was obsessed was an understatement and and my heart was filled with love for Odysseus Athena and a certain love affair with the witch goddess Circe Beautiful art by Kevin Nichols Even upon finishing that class I still couldn’t get enough of Homer’s words And to this day The Iliad and The Odyssey are the only books that I collect many editions of All my loved ones and family correlate these epic poems with me and always bring me new editions from their travels and give me gifts for special events and holidays the same way they do with Harry Potter One of the most prized possession I own is an edition of The Odyssey that was given to me by someone who meant a lot to me at a very important time in my life And these two tomes will always be a big part of my identity and I will always recognize that they not only shaped me as a reader but they shaped me as a human being too So when I found out that that Greek mythology retelling ueen Madeline Miller was writing a book centered around Circe I knew it was going to end up being one of my favorite books of all time And it ended up being everything I wanted and I hate to throw around the word masterpiece but if I had to pick a book to give that title to I’d pick Circe “Odysseus son of Laertes the great traveler prince of wiles and tricks and a thousand ways He showed me his scars and in return he let me pretend that I had none” And even though Odysseus plays a huge role in this story this book is Circe’s and Circe’s alone We get to see her growing up in Oceanus with her Titan sun god father Helios and loveless nymph mother Perse and her three ambitious siblings Aeëtes Pasiphaë and Perses We get to see her living her life of solitude exiled on the island of Aiaia We also get to see her make a few very important trips that are very monumental in Greek mythos But we get to see all of Circe the broken parts the healing parts and the complete parts We get to see her love her loss her discovery her resolve and her determination We get to see her uestion what it means to be immortal what it means to be a nymph in a world ruled by gods and what it means to just live Her journey is unlike anything I’ve ever read before and probably unlike anything I will ever read again I have no combination of words to express how much her life and her story means to me But I promise I’m not the same person I was before reading this book “All my life had been murk and depths but I was not a part of that dark water I was a creature within it” This is ultimately a story about how different the tales will always be told for a man And how the ballads will always be sung for heroes not heroines even if a woman was truly behind all the success the man greedily reaped How the light will always fall to vilify the woman and showcase her as a witch that needs to be tamed a sorceress that needs to be subdued or an enchantress that needs to be defeated Women no matter how much agency they carve out in any male dominated world will always be a means to an end to further the achievements of man Always And Circe displays that at the forefront of this story Circe is most well known for turning Odysseus’s men into pigs when they come to her island in The Odyssey but Madeline Miller does such a wonderful job weaving all this Greek mythology into a fully fleshed out brand new tale She has created something so uniue yet so breathtakingly good I think so many readers will find it impossible to put this new spin of a story down I was completely captivated and enthralled from the very first line to the very last line This book just feels so authentic I felt like I was in the ocean on the island and traveling right beside Circe throughout And I never wanted to leave her side “It was their favorite bitter joke those who fight against prophecy only draw it tightly around their throats” Overall I understand that this is a book that is very targeted to me and my likes Not only is this a character driven story with a main protagonist being a character I’ve been in love with for over a decade but the writing was lyrical perfection I’m such a uote reader and I swear I would have highlighted this entire book This book is also so beautifully feminist that it makes me weep just thinking about the things Circe had to endure And it showcases the unconditional love of found families yet also between a mother and her child while simultaneously abolishing the notion that blood is worth than anything else in any world This book heavily emphasizes that you will never be the mistakes that your parents have committed The entire story is a love letter to love itself and reveals all the things we are willing to do in the name of it And most importantly this is a book about how we are truly only ever in charge of our own stories even though our actions may change the fate for others around us Please pick this masterpiece up and I hope it changes your life too Thank you Madeline Miller I will carry your Circe in my heart for the rest of my life “That is one thing gods and mortals share when we are young we think ourselves the first to have each feeling in the world” TriggerContent Warnings Violence gore murder torture physical abuse child abuse thoughts of suicide brief scene with cutting graphic childbirth scenes mention of bestiality mention of incest animal sacrifice death of a sibling death of a child death of a loved one death of an animal rape adultery and war themes Blog | Twitter | Tumblr | Instagram | Youtube | Twitch The uotes above were taken from an ARC and are subject to change upon publicationBuddy read with Elise My French Spider ueen ❤

  2. Elle (ellexamines) Elle (ellexamines) says:

    You threw me to the crows but it turns out I prefer them to you My words are not as good as the ones in this book Circe is a book about finding yourself But god it stands out so far from just that Okay to get started I’m just going to say it Madeline Miller is one of the best writers of our time She has such a way with words that it is absolutely impossible not to be engaged in her storytelling The thing that brings this whole novel together is Circe’s character She is a woman who has done awful evil things and yet remains unfailingly human She is lonely and harsh and hiding herself in sarcasm much of the time And there is not a moment in this novel in which I didn’t adore her Madeline Miller does such an amazing job developing this character weaving her thoughts into the narrative without manipulating you into feeling a certain way keeping the narrative wide yet keeping it focused around Circe Throughout this novel I developed such a deep level of admiration for both this author and this character this character I’m sure will stay with me forever This novel is so interesting because at its core it is an exploration of the voice of women in Greek mythology Circe is a character we see nothing of in the narrative of Greek mythology a character with seemingly evil intentions and little motivation – and all this despite showing up in several different stories There’s something supremely excellent about seeing a character like this who is essentially a plot device be given a story I know I have a tendency to repeat the term “narrative agency” but it beats repeating— I absolutely love giving characters who have been given no agency the agency they deserve I mean everything about this book was just brilliant I loved the myth interpretation Penelope and Odysseus are both written perfectly and seeing Jason basically get called an asshole while Medea stood on being young and morally grey and in love was so fantastic And the exploration of gods vs mortals is just brilliant You cannot know how frightened gods are of pain There is nothing foreign to them and so nothing they ache deeply to see I loved the relationships — just as a special note the relationship between Circe and Telegonus made me want to cry I basically loved everything I mean I think you guys have gotten pretty easily why I liked this so much — a morally grey character driven retelling revolving around agency is basically my entire what I like bio This did all the things I like and I want to reread it daily and hourly I very well might I also want you all to know this book gave rise to my favorite update meme I have ever posted so thanks for thatBlog | Goodreads | Twitter | Youtubebuddyread with my favorite Melanie 💜

  3. Emily May Emily May says:

    “Witches are not so delicate” I said I absolutely loved this If you enjoy Greek mythology complex heroines and a generous serving of adventure bloodshed betrayal magic and monsters both literal and figurative then hell READ THIS BOOKTo be honest I wasn't a huge fan of Miller's The Song of Achilles when I read it a few years back I'm not sure if that's because my tastes were different back then or if it was just because the plot had of a romantic focus than Circe But whatever the reason I had no such problem with this book I was absolutely captivated from start to finishCirce is part beautifully written literary fantasy and part divine Greek soap opera This strange combination makes for a book that is extremely uotable rich in description and detail and also a pageturner It moves seamlessly between the broader scope of the world and its many gods and monsters to the narrow focus of the nymph turned witch Circe and her daily life before and after she is exiled to the island AeaeaCirce becomes a powerful witch but the strength of her story is in all her relatable flaws and weaknesses We follow her as a naive lesser nymph longing to be accepted and loved We stay with her as she believes the lies of others and later becomes hardened against such deceivers Her compassion constantly battles with her rage UnderstandablyThere is some grim satisfaction to be gained as this woman who has been bullied belittled and trod on her entire life slowly claws out some vengeance for herself The pain she endures along the way means that her successes are bittersweet In the end Circe might be full of fantasy backstabbing and murder but it is first and foremost the story of one woman's life through pain love desire heartache and motherhood I did not go easy to motherhood I faced it as soldiers face their enemies girded and braced sword up against the coming blows Yet all my preparations were not enough Other Greek myths play out in the background that of the Minotaur and of Icarus as well as many others but it is Circe's personal tale that hits the hardest I just hope we don't have to wait another seven years for Miller to write another novel like thisTW Rape; graphic violenceBlog | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Youtube

  4. Sean Barrs Sean Barrs says:

    This is a beautiful book; it is flawless and intelligent I do not have a single criticism for this fantastic piece of writing I loved it Circe chronicles the life of a lesser god She is the daughter of the mighty God Helios the living embodiment of the sun She is born without any particular talents or powers She exists in the shadows of her developed brothers and sisters She does not shine in such spectacular company However gifts come in many different forms and those with hidden talents are overlooked and devalued More often than not uiet people are forgotten about and there worth ill considered in all walks of existence Circe’s family never saw what she could become Power is important though sometimes having none teaches one a greater lesson nothing is worth having unless it has been earned As such Circe wills herself into power as she discovers her affinity for witchcraft especially the art of transformationHer family banish her from their company for her use of such a lowly art and in doing so they set her free She finds herself in her exile On her island home she finds a paradise not a prison She becomes one with nature and finds company with lions and wolves Centuries pass ages pass and eventually some rather important characters come her way She meets Hermes and Athena Icarus and his farther Daedalus and Odysseus a man who changes her life and causes her to make a very powerful decision that leads this book into such an excellent conclusion “But in a solitary life there are rare moments when another soul dips near yours as stars once a year brush the earth Such a constellation was he to me” Circe offers a huge story a story that spans generations and includes many Greek heroes and gods Such is the nature of godhood of immortality When life goes on forever many notable people cross one’s path And despite the huge number of famous characters here none of it felt forced it all slotted perfectly into Circe’s life There are so many myths that intertwine with Circe like the story of the Minotaur and the fall of Icarus though despite the famous nature of many of them they don’t for a second overshadow her She met Prometheus when she was young and decided that her life would not be the same as the other gods she was going to be her own woman And this is a book about her finding the most ultimate form of freedom I could not recommend it highly I really liked The Song of Achilles though this surpassed it in every way I really hope to see from this author in the future Five fantastic stars You can connect with me on social media via My Linktree

  5. Nilufer Ozmekik Nilufer Ozmekik says:

    OHMY GOODNESS WHY? WHY? And WHYYYYY did I wait too long to read this BIPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPRight now I’m calling myself so nasty names If I write them down I’m sure my goodreads page will be closed  So after the bippp tone I’m coming backI came back Still pissed off myself So what do we have? I don’t want to fill this page to describe how I devoured each page of it and how I literally fell in love with this book because words are not enough for me Anything I write here will not be enough to show my adoration They will be just mediocre fan woman expressions which are not meaningful enough to express my feelings So I’m not gonna waste your time with my unnecessarily wordy review and irritate your eyes No words can define this book PERIODThis is fantastic retelling of Greek mythology and rare combination of magic backstabbing characters bloodshed intrigue power games I’m so happy for my time management to create extra time to read this precious gem Working reading drinking watching and irritating your husband takes too much time so I reduce my sleep time and now I got so many offers from Walking Dead casting calls to be their long term zombie extraMy top ten reads exceeded number ten I have to formulate another plan to categorize my all time favorite books but I’m so sure this book already earned its place at the top of my list I should reread it after a few months laterI highly recommend you to listen to its audiobook Perdita Weeks achieved a dreamy job She perfectly captured the soul of the book and expressed this soul with her lyrical effective voice that penetrates into our hearts

  6. chai ♡ chai ♡ says:

    Do you ever just get mad because you’re spending your life paying rent and wishing you could take a break from the linear flow of time when you could have been a goddess living in an enchanted island that is only seen every ten years and is unreachable by men? You live with ancient ueens of myth and you're so much a part of each other it was like a second soul inside your skin You sing hymns burn incenses and make fragrant oils You call birds to sing at your windows fall asleep in patches of magical herbs with hair dripping all around you like a shawl and sit by the hearth with a lioness cheeks glowing with the flames' light Your skin is all luster and gleam and you're so far removed from the world's sorrows and so at peace and healthy You live into 300 years and in the space where legends and fairytales are gathering up words your names are amongst themYeah same☆ ko fi ★ blog ☆ twitter ★ tumblr ☆

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  8. NReads NReads says:

    Bruh my girl Circe really snapped I can't believe she ended Helios in 3 sentences Your fave could never

  9. Teodora Teodora says:

    4455 ⭐Full review on my Blog The Dacian She Wolf 🐺”Witches are not so delicate”Witches are raw power And raw power through its definition is not delicateBeing honest right now I have never been a huge fan of Greek mythology I used to be obsessed with Egyptian mythology and fascinated by the Celtic one But Greek mythology seemed all Greek to me pun intended Not because it was unattractive but just because I never understood it properly I felt like it was a never ending tale too elaborate for my capacity of understanding But this book written by Madeline Miller Circe helped the eyes of my mind flush open with understanding and for this I am thankful Circe is introduced to us as a nobody She is neither a full Goddess in the true meaning of the concept nor a mudblooded mortal She is a Goddess the daughter of the mighty Sun the Titan Helios and the beautiful nymph Perse but the mundanity of her voice and the inutility of her presence made her a lesser Goddess in other Gods' point of view even lesser than universally considered She is an outcast even in her own family and as hard as she wants to change this she’s bound by unseen powers not to Fates duhThe book expands some universal and social ideas the road of an outcast hero searching for love in a loveless life feminist actions abnormal for the collective mentality of the time vengeance and forgiveness So many Starting with the road of an outcast hero all is there to say is if you are not outcasted then you don’t suffer and if you don’t suffer you have no drive to make something worth out of your life In this case an infinite immortal life Circe’s exile on the isle of Aiaia makes her realise the infinite power that she possesses within her and everywhere around her It all starts with a plant It all ends with the same plant Pharmaka is associated in the book with witchcraft The power of the herbs to heal is magical In my native language Romanian there is a word similar to the word pharmaka and its meaning from the book We say farmece witchery spells When someone does farmece to you that person casts an unseen and unfelt spell over you both metaphorically and practically speaking Circe’s power is to tame the so feared pharmaka and use it without being afraid Circe is a powerful individual but she gains this power from her wisdom the wisdom of time ””You are wise” he said ”If it is so” I said ”it is only because I have been a fool enough for a hundred lifetimes”” She is a free spirit and she has her father’s roots of pride She is her own master and she doesn't agree with the ancient etiuettes sung by bards and stuck for eternity in people’s minds „Humbling women seems to me a chief pastime of poets As if there can be no story unless we crawl and weep” This shows the power of freedom she raised in herselfCirce is powerful yes Circe is uniue Circe is herself She gives us a valuable lesson on how to live free and how to live sufficiently She is a figure of self respect and self care and she says with unspoken words that if you want to live happily you have to live true to yourself And as to paraphrase a uote from the book as my own strong impression of Circe however gold she shines do not forget her fireBook inspired

  10. Hannah Hannah says:

    Absolutely beautiful

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