Author(s): Madeline Miller
From the Orange Prize-winning, internationally bestselling author of The Song of Achilles comes the powerful story of the mythological witch Circe, inspired by Homer's Odyssey Chosen as must-read book of 2018 by the Guardian, i, Mail on Sunday, Sunday Express and Stylist In the house of Helios, god of the sun and mightiest of the Titans, a daughter is born. But Circe has neither the look nor the voice of divinity, and is scorned and rejected by her kin. Increasingly isolated, she turns to mortals for companionship, leading her to discover a power forbidden to the gods: witchcraft. When love drives Circe to cast a dark spell, wrathful Zeus banishes her to the remote island of Aiaia. There she learns to harness her occult craft, drawing strength from nature. But she will not always be alone; many are destined to pass through Circe's place of exile, entwining their fates with hers. The messenger god, Hermes. The craftsman, Daedalus. A ship bearing a golden fleece. And wily Odysseus, on his epic voyage home. There is danger for a solitary woman in this world, and Circe's independence draws the wrath of men and gods alike. To protect what she holds dear, Circe must decide whether she belongs with the deities she is born from, or the mortals she has come to love. Breathing life into the ancient world, Madeline Miller weaves an intoxicating tale of gods and heroes, magic and monsters, survival and transformation.
~ An absolutely stunning novel that delves into Greek mythology to tell the tale of Circe - a book I could not put down! Circe is born to the Greek god of the sun, Helios, but she has a mortal's voice, and is despised by her mother. An outcast of the gods, she is fascinated by mortals and discoverers a talent for witchcraft, which runs in the veins of her siblings. When jealousy drives her to cast a terrible spell, she is exiled by the gods to the island Aiaia where she truly grows into herself and hones her witchcraft. Her immortal life is touched by the passing lives of famous mortals, including Daedalus, Icarus, Ariadne and Odyssesus. She grows weary of the passing of the centuries and the loss of those she loves, as well as being haunted by the monster she created long ago. A magical rendering that will captivate anyone who dips into these pages. Jemma
Shortlisted Women's Prize for Fiction 2019
Shortlisted ABIA International Book of the Year 2019
THE NEW YORK TIMES NUMBER ONE BESTSELLER
SHORTLISTED FOR WATERSTONES BOOK OF THE YEAR 2018
SELECTED AS BOOK OF THE YEAR BY THE GUARDIAN, I PAPER, IRISH TIMES, DAILY TELEGRAPH AND TIMES LITERARY SUPPLEMENT