The daring, dazzling and highly anticipated follow-up to the New York Times bestseller The Song of Achilles
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 her occult craft, tames wild beasts and crosses paths with many of the most famous figures in all of mythology, including the Minotaur, Daedalus and his doomed son Icarus, the murderous Medea, and, of course, wily Odysseus.
But there is danger, too, for a woman who stands alone, and Circe unwittingly draws the wrath of both men and gods, ultimately finding herself pitted against one of the most terrifying and vengeful of the Olympians. To protect what she loves most, Circe must summon all her strength and choose, once and for all, whether she belongs with the gods she is born from, or the mortals she has come to love.
With unforgettably vivid characters, mesmerizing language and page-turning suspense, Circe is a triumph of storytelling, an intoxicating epic of family rivalry, palace intrigue, love and loss, as well as a celebration of indomitable female strength in a man's world.
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About the Author
Madeline Miller grew up in Philadelphia, has bachelor's and master's degrees in Latin and Ancient Greek from Brown University, and has been teaching both languages for the past nine years. She has also studied at the Yale School of Drama, specializing in adapting classical tales for a modern audience. She lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The Song of Achilles is her first novel.
Perdita Weeks is a voice talent and AudioFile Earphones Award-winning narrator.
An epic spanning thousands of years that's also a keep-you-up-all-night page-turner.-- "Ann Patchett, #1 New York Times bestselling author"
This is as close as you will ever come to entering the world of mythology as a participant.-- "Margaret George, New York Times bestselling author"
Miller...seamlessly grafts modern concepts of self-hood and independence to her mystical reveries of smoke and silver, nectar and bones. Grade: A-.-- "Entertainment Weekly"
Narrator Weeks raises this eloquent reimagining to new heights with her stunning performance...mesmerizing listeners in this intimate first-person retelling.-- "Booklist (starred audio review)"
Author Madeline Miller and narrator Perdita Weeks transform the ancient Greek drama of Circe, witch of Aeaea and daughter of Helios, into a fresh and vibrant tale for contemporary listeners...Weeks' cool British intonations and attuned performance capture Circe's evolution from youthful uncertainty amid scorn from richly characterized fellow deities to a confidence earned from centuries of island exile...Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.-- "AudioFile"
Hews to the poetic timber of the epic, with a rich, imaginative style commensurate to the realm of immortal beings sparked with mortal sass.-- "Washington Post"
This gorgeous novel...is a moving tale of a woman finding herself and struggling with family loyalties.-- "Real Simple"
[A] lush, gold-lit new novel...From the perspective of Circe.-- "NPR"
Magic, adventure, and mythology-this one's got it all.-- "Bustle"
This lyrical novel deserves a second read, especially in the form of Perdita Weeks' audio performance...Her performance makes Circe's forced interiority a vibrant thing that roils with more life and imagination than any of the gods and nymphs whose worse behaviors never led to their own banishment.
-- "Paste Magazine (audio review)"
Explores what it means when a woman stands alone to face her family and her gods in defense of who she is.-- "Signature"
Miller makes Homer pertinent to women facing twenty-first-century monsters.-- "Kirkus Review (starred review)"
Deftly weaves episodes of war, treachery, monsters, gods, demigods, heroes, and mortals...[An] absorbing and atmospheric read.-- "School Library Journal (starred review)"
A classic story of female empowerment...an uncompromising portrait of a superheroine who learns to wield divine power while coming to understand what it means to be mortal.-- "Publishers Weekly (starred review)"
Captures a -sorceress from a time not our own and makes her achingly real.-- "LibraryReads"
Miller's enthralling second novel may be about a goddess, but it has a lot to say about what it means to be a woman.-- "BookPage"
Circe is above all the chronicle of an outsider woman who uses her power and wits to protect herself and the people she loves.-- "Shelf Awareness"
Circe's story receives new life when freed from the limiting view of the male gaze. For fans of adaptation, historical fiction, and strong female leads, Miller's Circe is a must-read.-- "Booklist"