Title: Song of Achilles
Author: Madeline Miller
The first book I recommended that you should read was ‘Mythos’, and I stick to that, as long as you wish to get a bigger picture on a large part of Greek Mythology. However, if you only wish to read a true classic of one piece of Greek Mythology, specifically about Troy and Achilles, then drop that book and pick up this one instead.
The first time I was introduced to the story ‘Troy’ I saw it as a film. The fighting stunts, the actors, the setting of the story, and just all of it was truly mesmerizing. However, what sets the book apart from the movie is that the story covers more on Patroclus, a companion of Achilles, and the years they grew up and lead to the 10 year war that they fought for King Menelaos against the Tojans.
The author has a true talent to have the reader not just read the words, but become alive in the story as it unfolds chapter after chapter. And as you live in the story you just don’t want to stop. Amazing!
Living with Patroclus and Achilles as they both grow up was truly spell-binding, and for a time I believed I truly lived among the Greeks in another life-time. Patroclus had his titles removed, and Achilles was pushed by his sea-nymph god mother to strive for glory for the battle that would be the battle of millennia. Both had somewhat hard lives, but life was never easy in any generation, so we can relate.
The author has definitely become one of my favourites for any upcoming books, so this might be slightly biased :). The story is well written, and mesmerizing, and one understands so much more of Achilles’ and Patroclus’ lives when they finally reach the war against the Trojans for all the additional background that comes with this book. The book definitely goes on my 5.3/5 rating.