Thank you to Bloomsbury for sending me an ARC in exchange for an honest review!
Content warnings: rape, sexual abuse, sex, I think homophobia, awful parents
Ugh this book. I don’t know how to talk about this because I had such high expectations because The Song of Achilles was so good, and objectively this book was really good but it didn’t connect.
Circe is the daughter of a Titan and she is born with yellow skin making her an outcast in her own family. She seeks solace in mortals but they always let her down and she ends up banished to an island.
The thing is with this book is that it tells all of the legends of Circe but the way it’s done at times it felt a lot more like an anthology than a straight story. As it strings the stories together there’s a lot of passing of time glossed over which is fair because no one wants to read that. That isn’t to stay I didn’t like the style it was just a bit odd.
I think that the style was part of my disconnect with the novel however. I couldn’t get a grasp over how I felt enough before it moved onto the next tale.
Circe is an amazing character. Her story is that of an ancient feminist who does what she wants without a care towards men. But she also struggled with the age old heterosexual problem of not needing a man but wanting a man. However for some reason I just couldn’t gel with her character. I should’ve adored her she is everything I want in a character but it just want happening.
Miller’s writing is fantastic once again. It’s somehow flowery and literal at the same time. I could really feel and imagine every aspect she was trying to convey.
I may try to read this again someday maybe when I’m a little older, that being said I would still recommend it as it is different from every Greek mythology fiction book I’ve read.