Circe by Madeline Miller

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I didn’t expect to enjoy the novel as much as I did. During my teenage years, I was fascinated by Greek mythology, read many books and short stories, but time has passed and my taste in reading has changed.

Circe is the oldest daughter of Helios, god of the sun. She didn’t possess any powers, but after many years has discovered the power of witchcraft. With the newly gained wisdom, Circe began to cast spells that have scared and angered Zeus, and he eventually decided to send Circe into exile to the deserted island. Circe made the best of her situation and created a new life on Aiaia. Many powerful men and gods came thru her island, some looking for help, others out of curiosity, and Circe welcomed them all.

The novel has included mini-stories of other titans and olympian gods, however, it focused on Circe’s life. Her upbringing, first love, banishment from the Olympia, new life on the Aiaia where she perfected and straightened her spells. She birthed and raised her son Telegonus on the island as well but later lost him to Athena. Nevertheless, she gained the last longing love that made her give up her immortal life.

I’ve enjoyed the story the most because it covered the lives of many mythogical characters that I liked, such as Prometheus, Glaucos, Daedalus and Icarus, Medea, Odysseus, Minotaur, and Athena.

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