• Jacqueline Walker

Madeline Miller publishes new book, "Circe"


Madeline Miller is an American novelist who has published a new book called “Circe.” The book is told from the perspective of Circe, a figure from Greek mythology who also appears in the "Odyssey."

Circe is a strange child who is not that powerful like her father, nor is she viciously alluring like her mother. She discovers that she does possess power.

Possessing the power of witchcraft, Circe can transform rivals into monsters and menace the gods themselves.

According to Goodreads, “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.”

Circe draws the wrath of both men and gods and she goes against one of the most terrifying of the Olympians. Circe comes to a point, according to Goodreads, where she has to decide whether she belongs to the gods she is born from, or the mortals who she has now come to love.

Circe spans 393 pages, and the genre of the book is Mythology/Historical Retelling. In my opinion, Miller is a really good author. I say this having read one of her books called “The songs of Achilles,” which was well-written and contained vivid imagery.