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Follows Circe, the banished witch daughter of Helios, as she hones her powers and interacts with famous mythological beings before a conflict with one of the most vengeful Olympians forces her to choose between the worlds of the gods and mortals.
Publisher: 2018
ISBN: 9780316414647
Characteristics: 1 online resource
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We follow Circe’s journey as a young naive nymph longing acceptance and love as she is exiled to a lone island. This a character driven novel and we see the protagonist grow through her interactions and relationships with others. Readers watch as other Greek myths unfold in the background includi... Read More »

" I thought, oh boy I’m going to get confused with all the long Greek mythology names and places, but I did not have any issues at all with it." - Alan

SurreyLibraries_Reads Nov 29, 2018

I am not a Greek mythology buff by any stretch of the imagination, so you can understand my reluctance to pick up this book about the Greek goddess Circe, daughter of Helios (the Sun God). Much to my surprise however, Madeline Miller’s Circe was completely accessible. I thought, oh boy I’m going... Read More »

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One of my favorite novels of the year (read together with Song of Achilles). Authentic to the ancient Greek culture, yet wholly original and modern. A powerful (though very violent/tragic) story.

Jul 30, 2020

The book "Circe", by Madeline Miller, tells of the life story of Circe, the immortal sorceress in Greek mythology. Daughter of a nymph and the sun god, Circe is shunned by her family, believed to be the ugliest, weakest, and most feeble of her siblings. She struggles to understand who she is, and tries again and again to please her family, always failing. She discovers her true powers as a sorceress when she awakens the true power of a magical flower that turns a human fisherman into an immortal. Broadcast as a “dangerous witch”, she searches to find her true power. When she curses one of her enemies to become a horrid sea monster, she is exiled to her personal island, where she finds peace and time to discover her powers. While in exile, she has many adventures, both in and out of her island. She goes to Crete to calm the Minotaur, meets new people all the time on her island, gets a pet bear, and even bears children. Her time on the island helps her realize who she is, and what she can do be what she truly wants to be. This book is great, because it is written in a way that makes you really “feel” Circe’s emotions and thoughts. It flows really well, and the message that the author wants to teach you is really clear and deep. Sometimes, the book can be a little confusing, when it jumps from one story about Circe to the next, but it is really well written and recommended for people who like a medium paced book filled with emotion and action.

Jul 19, 2020

If you love Greek Mythology, then this wonderful novel is for you!

Jul 07, 2020

If you are interested in Greek mythology you will love this book. An imagined retelling of Circe with lots of other Gods and mortals mixed in.

Jun 16, 2020

I read this several months ago, but just keep coming back to it. I absolutely love this rendition of Circe as a femme fatale, but with far more humanizing traits. Circe is probably my favorite mythological figure now, especially as Miller writes her: a symbol of female empowerment and her role as a strong mother. Please, please read this! I can't wait to read Song of Achilles now :)

Jun 11, 2020

Fabulous book!! I'm not very familiar with the fantasy genre, but I loved this novel so much I gave it to my mother as a Mother's Day gift and she also thoroughly enjoyed it. Re the genre, I've only (also) read The Crystal Cave trilogy by Mary Stewart and the Lord of the Rings trilogy-- I'm very impressed with all, but Circe is my favorite.

May 15, 2020


ArapahoeJulieH May 11, 2020

The tale of Circe, daughter of Helios, mother of Odysseus. This book portrays Circe as a strong female character caught between the world of gods and mortals. Circe and this cast of characters brings Greek mythology to life…a great read!

Mar 18, 2020

I guess it's just me...but I was bored ( sorry )

Mar 05, 2020

The book “Circe” by Madeline Miller is an intelligent novel with a unique outlook of the mythical goddess that is Circe. I am a Greek mythology fan and this was one of the best books I've read. The slow start introduces knowledge for all audiences just for the second half to engulf you in action. This author Madeline, did an extravagant job establishing a different perspective for Circe. The character development was near perfect. The book often has an emotional appeal. The characters are also described very vibrantly with information on their backstory and connection the main character, Circe, herself. The book also had a character list for anyone new to Greek Mythology. This page includes all characters that were significant to the story and some relations to the others. The themes are extremely easy to follow and are also very engaging for the readers. I found myself always trying to read an extra page and always found it hard to put the book down. I would rate this addictive novel a 5/5. This is my first 5/5 book, and it clearly deserves just from my astonishing, breath-taking experience alone.
@TheRomanV of the Hamilton Public Library's Teen Review Board

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ArapahoeTina Nov 03, 2019

Humbling women seems to me a chief pastime of poets. As if there can be no story unless we crawl and weep.

ArapahoeTina Nov 03, 2019

He showed me his scars, and in return he Let me pretend that I had none.

Sep 26, 2019

But most of all my father’s voice, speaking those words like trash he dropped. Such as you. Any other day in all my years of life I would have curled upon myself and wept. But that day his scorn was like a spark falling on dry tinder.

Sep 06, 2019

“Witches are not so delicate.”

Sep 06, 2019

“You have always been the worst of my children,” he said. “Be sure to not dishonor me.”
“I have a better idea. I will do as I please, and when you count your children, leave me out.”

Sep 06, 2019

“Humbling women seems to me a chief pastime of poets. As if there can be no story unless we crawl and weep.”

Sep 06, 2019

“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.”

Aug 12, 2019

Pg. 273 of the hardcover, “It is youth’s gift not to feel its debts.”
Pg. 311 of the hardcover, “But perhaps no parent can truly see their child. When we look we see only the mirror of our own faults.”

Feb 12, 2019

But perhaps no parent can truly see their child. When we look we see only the mirror of our own faults.

Jan 26, 2019

WHEN I WAS BORN, the name for what I was did not exist. They called me nymph, assuming I would be like my mother and aunts and thousand cousins. Least of the lesser goddesses, our powers were so modest they could scarcely ensure our eternities. We spoke to fish and nurtured flowers, coaxed drops from the clouds or salt from the waves. That word, nymph, paced out the length and breadth of our futures. In our language, it means not just goddess, but bride.
See her arrange her dress so it drapes just so over her shoulders. I see her dab her fingers, glinting, in the water. I have seen her do a thousand such tricks a thousand times. My father always fell for them. He believed the world’s natural order was to please him.

Once when I was young I asked what mortals looked like. My father said, “You may say they are shaped like us, but only as the worm is shaped like the whale.” My mother had been simpler: like savage bags of rotten flesh.

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