Madeline Miller ★★★★★
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.
You cannot know how frightened gods are of pain. There is nothing more foreign to them, and so nothing they ache more deeply to see.
Readers, I cannot praise this novel enough! Circe needs to go on your reading list asap!
1. The world-building is incredible
Miller's story is constructed within the legends of Greek Mythology, and her characters are spun to life from these mythological stories. However, Miller creates her own twists, turns, and personalities, which allows a new and exciting outlook on many of the already-known gods, goddesses, and famous mortals. Miller's story-telling invites her readers into a fascinating tale, which engages the reader's imagination in the best of ways.
2. Miller's fantastic writing
If all novels were written with the same elegance, rich description, and linguistic variety as Circe, I doubt there would ever be a poor story. Miller's storytelling is well-paced with enough balance between intense plot shifts and steady storyline building. Her characters have unique personalities and their stories and characterisation do not feel rushed. Rather, her story comes to life in a most wonderful way with exciting complexities and challenges Miller's characters must overcome and face.
3. Lively and well-rounded characters
It's impossible not to love the characters of Circe. They are all given well-written motives, personalities, and character arcs, which are entertaining to follow. Especially the protagonist, Circe, demonstrates great character development and growth. She is given both a nature of cruelty and kindness, and her storyline is a satisfying read. I enjoyed the intense character dynamics, such as feelings of betrayal between Circe and Glaucos and the anger Circe expresses towards the gods and her family.
All in all, Circe is a brilliant and exciting novel, and I highly recommend reading it!