In the house of Helios, god of the sun and mightiest of the Titans, a daughter is born. But Circe is a strange childnot powerful, like her father, nor viciously alluring like her mother. Turning to the world of mortals for companionship, she discovers that she does possess powerthe 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 ...
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in the house of miller, goddess of written word and mightiest of storytellers, a masterpiece was born.
again, i am blown away at the beauty that is madeline millers writing. her words have a way of invoking a sense of delicate peace in my heart. i read her stories and it fills that longing for something more. circe was an absolute delight from start to finish, and i cant express the extent of my gratitude for something so breathtakingly compelling to have been created and shared with the world. ...more
Hello, my name is Ana and I am a Greek mythology addict.
A brief introduction to the deities of Greek mythology.
Zeus (Thunder God, king of the Gods)
Hera (Queen of Olympus, Goddess of marriage)
Demeter (Goddess of the harvest, agriculture and fertility)
Poseidon (God of the Sea)
Hestia (Virgin goddess of the hearth)
Hades (God of the Underworld, riches, king of the dead)
Persephone/Kora (Goddess of Spring, Queen of the Underworld)
Athena (Virgin Goddess of wisdom, craft, and war; companion of her ...more
I dived into Circe believing to be fully prepared for it, all because I had read and re-read, loved and re-loved The Song Achilles. Now I know that was a foolish notion for me to entertain.
“It was my first lesson. Beneath the smooth, familiar face of things is another that waits to tear the world in two.”
In fact, I soon learned the hard way that no matter how well you think you know her and her writing, you are never prepared for what Madeline Miller's pen is going to deliver. This because the k ...more
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“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 boo ...more
Words are, of course, the most powerful drug used by mankind.
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 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 no ...more
“Whoo hoo witchy woman she got the moon in her eye” - Don Henley
As a child I was enchanted by D’Aularies’ Book of Greek Myths and later by Edith Hamilton’s Mythology. I enjoyed Miller’s Song of Achilles and was eager to read Circe. Monsters, gods and goddesses, nymphs and naiads all make appearances and once again I was enchanted. Having read The Odyssey and The Iliad will increase your enjoyment but it isn’t necessary and you may be inspired to read these classic works.
Minor goddess, daughter o ...more
Rating: 4.5 stars