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Follows Circe, the banished witch daughter of Helios, as she hones her powers and interacts with famous mythological beings before a conflict with one of the most vengeful Olympians forces her to choose between the worlds of the gods and mortals.
Publisher: New York, NY : Little, Brown and Company, 2018.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780316556347
Characteristics: 393 pages : map ; 25 cm.


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"Circe is a bold and subversive retelling of the goddess' story that manages to be both epic and intimate in scope, recasting the most infamous female figure from the Odyssey as a hero in her own right." Winner of the 2019 Indie Choice Award.

It took some time for me to get into this book (the abuse and sexual assault were especially upsetting), but once Circe got some distance from her family and bloomed into her own person, it was enthralling. The writing is gorgeous, and Miller breathes new life and complexity into these ancient ch... Read More »

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Circe was a pretty good novel if you enjoy greek mythology. A bit hard to get into, but Miller has a very unique writing style that feels timeless. I grew to really enjoy Circe's character, and how she knew right from wrong and would protect those she loved at any cost. Once you get into it the book flies by, and I enjoyed the blend of adventure, witches, and mythical characters.

Mar 24, 2021

This book was so good. It has witches, Greek gods, and the tale of humans. You learn more intimately about God's and humans in a way I haven't seen other authors execute. I would definitely recommend this read.

Mar 08, 2021

Circe is a creative retelling of Circe, the infamous Greek sorceress, and it describes the story of her life that the myths left out. I have been having luck with novels recently, and this is my second five-star novel of the year. The book is ambitious, and I have never encountered a novel dedicated to Circe’s perspective. Circe is such a beautiful piece of literature and one of the best retellings I have encountered in adult literature. The characterization of Circe was by far the best part of this novel. Circe is such a smart, kind, and feminist character that you can’t help but sympathize with; I loved reading about her thoughts of the world around her. Circe’s interactions with other characters all have their purpose in shaping her personality and vulnerability. She isn’t perfect, but she contains many flaws that only strengthen her narrative. This novel is brutally honest, and it doesn’t skimp on many societal topics of sexism, rape, isolation, and motherhood.
I appreciated this novel even more because I’m a huge fan of Greek mythology. The reader can tell that the author spent so much research into her myths to create this magnificent world. The plot is slow, but it’s purposefully slow to allow the interactions and characters to build upon themselves. The romance wasn’t the main focus, but it was a tiny subplot. There wasn’t a distraction from the haunting narrative of Circe, and the author’s writing style has that distinctive lyrical characteristic to it that leaves the reader mesmerized with the quotes. I read the author’s other Greek mythology novel, The Song of Achilles. It was no surprise that I adored that novel too! I would recommend this novel to anyone who was a fan of The Song of Achilles since they both contain the captivating writing style and modern Greek mythology; however, the Song of Achilles was more focused on romance than the individual story. This novel was beautifully dark, feminist, and crafted to interest the audience.

Rating: 5 stars
TW: Rape, mentions of sexual activity, brief mentions of violence
Age Recommendation: 15+ (based on reader’s maturity)

cmlibrary_melliott Mar 06, 2021

Ancient setting, modern problems. Circe is a goddess who dreams of being more, but her struggle to forge her own path seems endless. This is a beautifully crafted tale of a woman's journey to find herself and use her extraordinary power to carve her own place in the world. Familiar characters appear to further elaborate the story of a character who has been painted as a villain in classic literature. Definite recommend.

WPL_Erin Mar 04, 2021

I honestly don't think this novel was bad, it just wasn't for me. I had a really hard time connecting with Circe and while I was pulled in early on I really lost interest and felt I had to slog my way through the remainder. It just felt really slow plot wise and I just didn't vibe with it at all.

JCLCherylMY Feb 27, 2021

What a beautiful story based on Greek Mythology. The reader's voice was lyrical in her interpretation of Circe and the other characters. I will be haunted by Circe's voice for a long time: "I was not surprised by the portrait of myself, the proud witch undone before the hero's sword, kneeling and begging for mercy. Humbling women seems to me a chief pastime for poets. As if there can be no story unless we crawl and weep." Stunning!

Feb 20, 2021

It lived up to the hype. Beguiling characters and crystalline use of language.

Feb 19, 2021

This book was thoroughly engaging and I was drawn to the page every day.
I loved how the author wove various myths through the story while keeping the narrative focused on Circe.
Her childhood was a horror story that only made her stronger and that more willing to adapt and to find better solutions.
I loved how she always found a better way and she was willing to listen even when she didn't want to.
I highly recommend this book to anyone who likes Greek mythology and anyone who wants a good story

Feb 09, 2021

The book goes through different phases or her life since she is centuries old. The beginning half was filled with stories of people mistreating her and loneliness but the second half she grows in power and confidence and the end is satisfying.

Jan 31, 2021

Compelling and interesting

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ArapahoeTina Nov 03, 2019

Humbling women seems to me a chief pastime of poets. As if there can be no story unless we crawl and weep.

ArapahoeTina Nov 03, 2019

He showed me his scars, and in return he Let me pretend that I had none.

Sep 26, 2019

But most of all my father’s voice, speaking those words like trash he dropped. Such as you. Any other day in all my years of life I would have curled upon myself and wept. But that day his scorn was like a spark falling on dry tinder.

Sep 06, 2019

“Witches are not so delicate.”

Sep 06, 2019

“You have always been the worst of my children,” he said. “Be sure to not dishonor me.”
“I have a better idea. I will do as I please, and when you count your children, leave me out.”

Sep 06, 2019

“Humbling women seems to me a chief pastime of poets. As if there can be no story unless we crawl and weep.”

Sep 06, 2019

“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.”

Aug 12, 2019

Pg. 273 of the hardcover, “It is youth’s gift not to feel its debts.”
Pg. 311 of the hardcover, “But perhaps no parent can truly see their child. When we look we see only the mirror of our own faults.”

Jan 26, 2019

WHEN I WAS BORN, the name for what I was did not exist. They called me nymph, assuming I would be like my mother and aunts and thousand cousins. Least of the lesser goddesses, our powers were so modest they could scarcely ensure our eternities. We spoke to fish and nurtured flowers, coaxed drops from the clouds or salt from the waves. That word, nymph, paced out the length and breadth of our futures. In our language, it means not just goddess, but bride.
See her arrange her dress so it drapes just so over her shoulders. I see her dab her fingers, glinting, in the water. I have seen her do a thousand such tricks a thousand times. My father always fell for them. He believed the world’s natural order was to please him.

Once when I was young I asked what mortals looked like. My father said, “You may say they are shaped like us, but only as the worm is shaped like the whale.” My mother had been simpler: like savage bags of rotten flesh.

Jan 26, 2019

“It is not fair,” I said. “It cannot be.” “Those are two different things , ” my grandmother said .
The slender dryads flowed out of their forests, and the stony reads ran down from their crags. My mother was there with her naiad sisters; the horse-shouldered river-gods crowded in beside the fish-White Sea-nymphs and their lords of salt. Even the great Titans came: my father, of course, and Oceanus, but also shape-shifting Proteus and Nares of the Sea; my aunt Selene, who drives her silver horses across the night sky; and the four Winds led by my icy uncle Boreas.
Her cruelty springs fast as weeds and must any moment be cut again.
Circe is dull as a rock. Circe has less wit than bare ground. Circe’s hair is matted like a dog’s. If I have to hear that broken voice of hers once more. Of all our children, why must it be she who is left? No one else will have her.

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