Book Review : Circe by Madeline Miller

Genre : Fantasy, Fiction, Mythology
Page : 393 pages
Published : 10th April 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.


“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.” 

I’ve just read The Song of Achilles not long ago and I come to love it. So when I walk around the bookstore and came across Circe, you bet what face did I make. I am also grinning like a mad dog and made inhumane chocking voices. Yep. Don’t judge.

At first I thought Circe is born to be powerful like the other popular Greek Goddess and I thought everything comes easy to her. But then when I start reading, Circe turns out to be different from any other God and Goddess. She doesn’t has vigorous power like her father and she is not as alluring as her mother. She also possessed strange voices which made her small and mocked by Gods and Goddess around her. Circe is also a pure Goddess who believes in other easily and caused her to be left alone and betrayed over and over again.

Until one day she discover her hidden witchcraft power which can change the forms of others. She is then banished to an deserted island. She is very used to be neglected by others even by her own family, so living alone is not hard for her. Instead, she started to do things she is banned to do in her homeland and hone her skills as a witchcraft. Along her stay in the deserted island, she meets lots of popular figures and each of them has a story with Circe. Some comes to know her better and comes to feel comfortable with her which they finally see Circe to be a Goddess, now witchcraft, with a heart of gold and a wise way of thinking.

Personally, I thought Circe is an admirable Goddess and she deserves to be known worldwide for her bravery, compassion, love and wisdom. Her bravery to speak out the truth of her wrongdoings, her bravery to fight back and rise, her brave spirit of never gives up, her compassion which is always there deep inside her heart, her compassion for the oppressed, her compassion for always reaching out to help, her love towards her pets as a sorcery, her love towards her children as a mother, her love towards her lover, her love towards them who need it.

This book show Circe’s journey in finding herself. All the bad guys and bad things she went through is what made her to be cruel and evil. Still, she is warm to human who has good intentions and she always try to save human that still can be saved. Since this book hold so many important scenes, I am surprised how the plot never seems to run from the story line. Circe is shown to progress slowly step by step and surely own the title she is now. Circe, a Goddess of Sorcery who is feared by her enemy but loved by those who knows her well.

“Sorry you were caught, I said. Sorry that you thought I was weak, but you were wrong.” 

Author : Celine

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