Circe - Madeline Miller


By Madeline Miller

  • Release Date: 2018-04-10
  • Genre: Historical
Score: 4.5
From 2,087 Ratings


"A bold and subversive retelling of the goddess's story," this #1 New York Times bestseller is "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.

#1 New York Times Bestseller -- named one of the Best Books of the Year by NPR, the Washington Post, People, Time, Amazon, Entertainment Weekly, Bustle, Newsweek, the A.V. Club, Christian Science Monitor, Refinery 29, Buzzfeed, Paste, Audible, Kirkus, Publishers Weekly, Thrillist, NYPL, Self, Real Simple, Goodreads, Boston Globe, Electric Literature, BookPage, the Guardian, Book Riot, Seattle Times, and Business Insider.


  • Witches Rise

    By JaccMac
    Could not be a more timely book; this is the medicine we need right now as witches return. The revisioning of stories controlled far too long by interests against our own.
  • Breathtaking metaphors !

    By Elise;
    Besides being a wonderfully female perspective on a “lower tier” goddess in a patriarchal eternity, the novel was beautifully written. What stood out to me was Miller’s one-of-a-kind metaphors that so perfectly painted the scenes and feelings. I’m no literature nerd, (aspiring future doctor,) but I found myself rereading/highlighting her metaphors to relish in their perfect portrayal of life.
  • Worth the read

    By KFish87
    Miller’s writing makes my heart ache with tenderness. Her characters are true and straight. Circe is beautifully written.
  • Circe

    By camdenkoch
    I couldn’t put this down. Eloquent with exceptional inferential comparisons between mortal (as mother) and god in Circe. A joy to read.
  • Circe by Madeline Miller

    By Schigle
    Through Circe’s eyes we see a marvel of transformation written in accessible prose. I was engaged throughout reading this gripping new perspective of classic mythology where so much of human frailty and power are portrayed. I will read again.
  • Awesome

    By CameronElaine274
    I read this book after I finished “The Song of Achilles” and I was not disappointed. Another great story written so well. I loved it!!
  • Amazing

    By mikellikestoread
    Beautifully and accurately written from a women’s perspective!! I will definitely be reading this one again!
  • Gorgeous

    By gabriellison
    One of my all-time favorite books
  • Circe

    By Merlot Madame
    A good book, easy to enjoy the Circe and her wonders, grief and cleverness.
  • Slow. Uninspiring

    By kiIIerLou
    It’s written really well and the wording is sweet. There’s great quotes, as well ideas but as far as a story it didn’t grip me, yes I agreed with the narrator about the cruelty but there wasn’t much but to agree? The plot that there was didn’t really entertain me, too many characters being introduced and mentioned. Not bad but I wouldn’t read it again