Circe by Madeline Miller


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 themselves.Threatened, Zeus banishes her to a deserted island, where she hones ...

Details Circe

Release DateApr 10th, 2018
PublisherLittle, Brown and Company
GenreFantasy, Fiction, Mythology, Historical, Historical Fiction, Retellings

Reviews Circe

  • Melanie
    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 ...
  • Ana O
    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 G...
  • Emily May
    “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 BOOK.To 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 p...
  • شيماء ✨
    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 queens 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 bi...
  • Victoria Schwab
  • Elise (TheBookishActress)
    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...
  • Hannah
    Absolutely beautiful!
  • Sean Barrs the Bookdragon
    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 more developed brothers and sisters. She does not shine in such spectacular company. However, gifts c...
  • destiny ♡⚔♡ [howling libraries]
    When I was born, the name for what I was did not exist. Where do I even begin? This was one of the most amazing, beautiful, intricate, captivating books I have had the pleasure of reading in my entire life. I have been a bookworm since I was barely walking, and yet this book, this gorgeous retelling, has impacted me so profoundly that I genuinely do not know if I will ever be entirely the same. It is a common saying that women are delicate creat...
  • Will Byrnes
    Men, can’t live with ‘em, can’t turn ‘em all into swine. What do you mean turn them into swine? From her earliest application of her new found transformative skills it is suggested that what Circe turns her unfortunate guests into has more to do with their innermost nature than Circe’s selection of a target form. (The strength of those flowers lay in their sap, which could transform any creature to its truest self.) Clearly her sty res...
  • Navidad Thélamour
    3.5 stars Madeline Miller’s Circe is an epic that’s sweeping the nation today. Everywhere you turn, you see that magnificent cover (honestly, that cover work is DIVINE and I’ve had the MOST fun photographing it for the Bookstagram). Twitter and Instagram are as we speak packed with Circe references and Miller interviews and, within all of that, Circe has found itself wrapped in all of the fluff and buildup and publicity of a typical ultra-h...
  • Emily (Books with Emily Fox)
    If you like mythology, you need to read this book!Personally it's not even something I'm a fan of but I couldn't put this... audiobook down. The narrator did a great job and her voice was quite relaxing. I ended up finishing the book in 3 days and taking detour on my walks just to be able to listen to it more!Would recommend.Now I need to go finish The Song of Achilles...
  • Bibi
    *Spoilers*How I wish Miller's Circe was a reimagining as opposed to a retelling and I say this because there's little else that can be told about Greek mythology that isn't readily available online or at the library. A reinterpretation, on the other hand, gives an author creative license to weave a uniquely extravagant and fantastical story ( Now I Rise did it perfectly) and perhaps one in which a lowly nymph attains great powers, transforms into...
  • Jeffrey Keeten
    ”It was true what Hermes said. Every moment mortals died, by shipwreck and sword, by wild beasts and wild men, by illness, neglect, and age. It was their fate, as Prometheus had told me, the story that they all shared. No matter how vivid they were in life, no matter how brilliant, no matter the wonders they made, they came to dust and smoke. Meanwhile every petty and useless god would go on sucking down the bright air until the stars went dark...
  • Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
    I thought this book was fantastic! I felt sorry for Circe. But I did love reading about all of the gods and just the story line itself! This was the first book I have read by this author and it was a pleasant surprise. And that's all I have, there is no point in writing big reviews. You can read all of the book bumpers that have a million likes that write long reviews. I just can't do it any more. Happy Reading! Mel
  • ☘Misericordia☘ ~ The Serendipity Aegis ~ ⚡ϟ⚡ϟ⚡⛈ ✺❂❤❣
    8 April 2018Oh, gosh! I want it now! Can't wait for the publication! I expect it to be 5 stars... So, forgive me for prerating it already. It's like earmarking a favourite page...Remember, I'm a sucker for all things Ancient Greece. Classical mythos are my blood, my marrow... I grew up on them. Circe was never my fav, I felt she was a villain, a malicious sorceress for her part in Odyssey... Let's see if this book helps me get a different percept...
  • Ivana - Diary of Difference
    Blog | Facebook | Twitter | Tumblr | Instagram | Pinterest | WHEN I WAS BORN, the name for what I was did not exist. I was waiting for two whole months to get this book from the library. And I finally had a chance to read Circe from Madeline Miller. A book that everyone was talking about. The only thing you were gonna see on Instagram. Well, here I am – sitting with the cool kids now, I have read this book.The reason I wanted to read this boo...
  • emma
    It is with immense regret and massive trepidation that I must say...I don't really get the to come:(----------currently-reading updatesme: ok time to write an essay!this traitor book: or - and here me out on this one - you could not do that and read insteadme: hm...compelling
  • Teodora
    Full review:”Witches are not so delicate”.Witches are raw power. And raw power through its definition is not delicate.Being 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 pr...
  • Charlotte May
    "But in a solitary life, there are rare moments when another soul dips near yours, as stars once a year brush the earth." Well this was just jam packed with loads of mythology, gods and goddesses and characters from antiquity!I loved spotting so many memorable names and stories, woven expertly into Circe's tale.Daedalus and IcarusPrometheus and his poor poor liverCirce's father - the Sun god Helios and his perfect white cattleHer sister Pasiphae,...
  • Catriona (LittleBookOwl)
    Rating: 4.5 stars
  • Lola
    I have been savouring this book for the past seven days. If I have not been active on here – at all, really – it’s because I started my second year of university and also because I didn’t want to be reading anything other than CIRCE (and my textbooks, ugh).I thought THE SONG OF ACHILLES was amazing, but it’s nothing compared to this story. In both cases, you do not have to be familiar with the Greek gods and goddesses or mythology in ge...
  • Helena of Sparta ✰
    “Humbling women seems to me a chief pastime of poets. As if there can be no story unless we crawl and weep.”So…I didn’t realise that I unintentionally finished this on International Women’s Day. Go me! Talk about perfect timing!!! :P Let’s just take a moment to appreciate this book’s beauty (photos not mine):As someone who’s studied the classics, I love mythology retellings. And practically all of them, really. I’m even talking ...
  • Debra
    4.5 starsSuch a great book! You do not need to be a fan of mythology to read this book! Confession - I requested this book because I saw it on a list about "anticipated books of 2018” It did not disappoint. If anything this book dazzled! Anticipate this book folks and rush out and get yourself a copy when it becomes available (or request it on NetGalley as I did!).Circe is the daughter of Helios, the god of the sun and mightiest of the Titans. ...
  • Annet
    Amazing book, utterly fascinating and compelling. Quite unusual and exceptional story. I like Circe, she is a strong woman (sorry, goddess, or witch goddess) and a courageous fighter. I like her style. The book cover says "an intoxicating tale of gods and heroes, magic and monsters, survival and transformation". Yes, that about sums it up, this great story. The only remark I would have is that the middle part, when Circe is with Odysseus, is a bi...
  • Spencer Orey
    Really incredible overall. I was amazed by how Miller retells classic myths through amazing personalizing touches with believable spins, all based on this vivid imagining of Circe. The Greek gods come off as terrifying and inescapable presences that you can hope don't interfere with your life. Even the parts I expected to see surprised me. The writing was phenomenal. If you like Greek myths even a little bit, this is for you.
  • Candi
    "A golden cage is still a cage."What a spectacular and moving reading experience this has been! I was educated in the particulars of mythology while partaking in one of my favorite pastimes, rather than running the risk of enduring a lengthy discourse in a lecture hall. I grasped so much on a personal level and was moved to tears when I reached the finish line. Furthermore, I have found a favorite witch in Circe to extol along with my best-loved ...
  • Meredith
    4.5 stars Finely crafted tale of Circe--a goddess banished to exile who honed her skills as a witch, turned men into pigs, and bore the son of Odysseus. I love Greek mythology, but honestly, Circe has never been of great interest to me. Perhaps because I associate her more as goddess delaying Odysseus’ return to Ithaca vs. an actual mythical figure who deserved her own narrative to shine. Madeline Miller provides a strong voice to Circe, pushi...
  • Lucy Langford
    "A golden cage is still a cage." Just reread this before having to surrender it back to the library!! 5* Circe was brilliant! Daughter of Helios (God of the sun), is Circe. She is often scorned and rejected by her kin for not having the look nor the voice of her siblings and other nymphs. To look for companionship she turns to mortals and through this she discovers her power: Witchcraft. When she casts a dark spell and admits to her power, she is...