Author: Madeline Miller
This is my 14th read for the year
This is the story of the goddess Circe, the eldest daughter of Helios and Perse. Circe's parents quickly discover that she isn't what they had hoped for. As she grows, her brothers and sister are all given powerful stations in life, but Circe is passed by. Soon it is discovered that she is a powerful witch when she turns a rival into a monster, and Zeus banishes her to a desert island.
There, Circe's powers grow. She makes a life for herself, and tends to sailors who happen across her island. She fears the untrustworthy men who come to her shores until one day Odysseus and his crew appear. She soon falls for him, and when he leaves her shores, he leaves a piece of him behind.
Now Circe will have to conjure all of her powers to protect what means the most to her. She is torn between the world of the gods and the world of the mortals and now she must chose where her loyalties lie.
This was a great book. It is beautifully written and I enjoyed the story from beginning to send. I am a fan of mythology and was quickly drawn to the characters and their stories. Circe is exiled for most of this book, but that did not slow the plot. Telling a story from Helios' least wanted daughter gives you a different view into the world of the gods. It is a fresh perspective that did not disappoint.
Glad I findally read this one. Miller is a talented writer that shouldn't be missed.
Stars: 4 1/2