Author: Madeline Miller
This is currently the third book review I am making on Greek Mythology. If you’re thinking that a pattern is developing, let me assure you, I have developed a deep interest in Greek stories. They are truly fascinating, and the next one is on Alexander the Great and maybe even the Persians 🙂
Coming back to the book, have you ever heard of the word ‘Circe’? Nope? Neither did I before either. I’ll put you out of your misery. It’s a Greek goddess, daughter of Helios, the god who drives his chariot across the sky and brings the sun into the sky. He took this responsibility over from Apollo, after one of Apollo’s sons (or bastard children) had an accident whilst driving the chariot…………(For more on this, read the book ‘Mythos’)
Circe is one of the children of Helios and a sea nymph, who does something very naughty to another sea nymph (Scylla), and as a punishment is exiled to live the rest of her life on an island alone. Now, being a goddess, ‘the rest of your life’ is unimaginably long. However, she is later permitted to get some visitors (humans and gods), and so her life story is told.
She teaches herself the craft of herb mixing, potions, she has a child with Odyssey, brings him up and then later her son is taken on a voyage, with Athena’s blessing, to go and fight a pending war. Later she gives up one of her most precious gifts for love.
It’s a really beautiful story, showing the hardship’s that the lower gods went through below the nobility class of the Greek gods. But also what the child goddess had to go through being a less desirable daughter than the other siblings. A story that shows build of character and maturity.
The story has beautiful content, also shows an important life lesson that we can all take something from away. It shows that love can make even the mythological Greek gods do crazy things, and not just humans. The rating is definitely a 5/5