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“Circe” by Madeline Miller

Madeline Miller’s Circe is a stunningly rendered retelling of a classic Greek myth. Written in beautiful prose, this captivating novel brings to life the story of the goddess Circe, the daughter of Helios and Perse, who must overcome a tumultuous journey to find her place in the world and her own power.


The novel follows Circe’s journey from a powerless goddess to one who wields a powerful magic and can stand up to gods and mortals alike. Circe is exiled to an island by Zeus and it is here on this isolated island where she grows in power and wisdom.

As she learns to wield the magic of witchcraft, she befriends many creatures, both human and divine, that help her along her path. Through the various trials and tribulations she faces, Circe learns to accept her true identity and use her newfound power to forge her own destiny.


The characters in Circe are richly developed and quite distinct. Circe is a complex character who is both strong and vulnerable, and her journey is one of personal development and self-discovery.

The gods and goddesses of Olympus are brought to life in vivid detail, and the various mortals Circe meets on her travels are vivid and memorable.


Miller’s writing style is poetic and lyrical, and her vivid descriptions bring the story to life. She masterfully weaves together the various strands of the story, providing both an engaging and thought-provoking read.


Overall, Circe is a captivating and intensely moving novel that will leave readers spellbound. With its vivid characters and lyrical writing, it is sure to be a timeless classic.

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