Circe by Madeline Miller
Genre: Mythology & Folk Tales
Length: 400 pages
Audiobook Length: 12 hours and 8 minutes
First Published: 2018
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.
Quotes from Circe
He showed me his scars, and in return he let me pretend that I had none.
I would say, some people are like constellations that only touch the earth for a season.
Yet because I knew nothing, nothing was beneath me.
That is one thing gods and mortals share. When we are young, we think ourselves the first to have each feeling in the world.
I thought once that gods are the opposite of death, but I see now they are more dead than anything, for they are unchanging, and can hold nothing in their hands.
About Madeline Miller
Madeline Miller is the author of The Song of Achilles and Circe. She has a BA and MA in Classics from Brown University. For the last ten years she has been teaching and tutoring Latin, Greek and Shakespeare to high school students. She currently lives near Philadelphia, PA. Visit the author’s website →