CIRCE (#1 New York Times bestseller) - Madeline Miller

CIRCE (#1 New York Times bestseller)

By Madeline Miller

  • Release Date: 2018-04-10
  • Genre: Historical
Score: 4.5
From 274 Ratings


"A bold and subversive retelling of the goddess's story," this #1 New York Times bestseller "manages to be both epic and intimate in its scope, recasting the most infamous female figure from the Odyssey as a hero in her own right" (Alexandra Alter, The New York Times).
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.


  • Circe, a most captivating novel!

    By Lace54
    Lovers of Mythology! Lovers of great stories! Get ready for a thrilling novel that encompasses both! I had forgotten how interesting mythology is. Circe renewed my interest, and my first order of business after reading this book, was to download the first of Madeline Miller’s books about Achilles! I can’t wait to begin! Miller is an extremely talented writer, whose way with words conjures up a scene so vividly in the reader’s imagination that it feels like real are there! Each sense is piqued from her can smell the herbs and delicate flowers that Circe uses in her witchcraft, you can feel the icy grey-eyed stare from Athena, you can taste the figs and wine and mead, you can envision the six-headed Scylla, viciously ripping sailors from their ships as they sail through her waters, you can hear Helios, the Sun God, as he flies golden across the sky in his golden chariot! That’s just a taste of what lies ahead as you uncover this treasure of a book! I’m jealous! I read this book on a beach trip! A perfect setting, as so much of the book is set on islands and on or near the sea. 5 Stars from me!
  • Circe

    By Kbayham
    I did not want this book to end. It was so beautifully written and the story was wonderful. Made me want to brush up on my Greek mythology, not to mention reading everything this author has written.
  • Very well written

    By ericagbooks
    Picked up this book for the beautiful language but continued reading for the gem character that is Circe! I was surprised that her story collided with many famous Odyssey characters. Miller makes Circe’s exiled life as an immortal goddess very intriguing. I also highly recommended The Song of Achilles!!
  • Beautifully written!

    By Cameron Sutherland
    So many great quotes in this book! I found myself hi-lighting all kinds of things! Also, wonderful story telling, and I would recommend to anyone who has an interest in Greek mythology!
  • Loved it!!!

    By katjschn
    One of the best books I have read in a long time. I have always loved mythology, the stories of petty gods and striving heroes. Circe is a fierce character and I loved every moment of her story. Miller has created a wonderful story and I highly recommend it!!!
  • Magnificent

    By Blakewt
    An incredible story about the Witch of Aiaia. It has become a member of what I would consider my required reading list.
  • Circe

    By bhytrfghji
    Good Book if you like Mythology
  • Feels like it has always been

    By Campbell Troy
    I found it so creative and interesting - i loved it, made me read another book of hers. So well done. If you liked the Odyssey then you will enjoy this. Period.
  • Excellent Read

    By NannyLeeBee
    Really enjoyed this! The author did a great job of putting this hundreds of thousands of years into perspective and sucking me into a compelling narrative I couldn’t wait to snuggle up with each evening until I finished. We need more!
  • Epic and poetic

    By Ugdrcvjiyfxcnkllllknfddcv
    “But in a solitary life, there are rare moments when another soul dips near yours, as stars once a year brush the earth. Such a constellation was he to me.” Circe by Madeline Miller is is unique and empowering. Pronounced, “Sir-See,” the novel tells the tale of an Ancient Greek goddess who lives during the time of the Titans and Olympians. If you’re a fan of Homer’s tales, The Iliad or The Odyssey, you will find yourself being pulled to the pages of this one. The story examines concepts of loyalty, justness, family, power and place in the world. The paragraphs contain poetic gold for those who really love to drink in literature. It is a story that leaves you feeling satisfied at the end, while still craving more.