Circe - Madeline Miller


By Madeline Miller

  • Release Date: 2018-04-10
  • Genre: Historical
Score: 4.5
From 3,220 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.


  • Circe

    By Jenny1927
    Love a twist on the myths of old! Interesting read.
  • Absolutely perfection I am in awe

    By LilyRoseDean
    Oh my god I am crying oh my god this is beautiful every daughter ever should read this omg my heart
  • Good read

    By Shelable
    It took me a minute to get into it because it’s not what I typically read but I really enjoyed it! I would definitely recommend.
  • Couldn’t put it down!

    By Antiguan Hopeless Romantic
    Excellent. Pure mythology through eloquent writing.
  • Gratitude

    By Ela Moon
    A lovely story that i am grateful to have spent time with.
  • Captivating read

    By Readdds4Life
    Great novel to breeze through without trying. Some parts got a bit slow, but not for long. Familiar characters spun with a twist.
  • Love it

    By Redd628462
    If you love Greek mythology, this is a must read. Well researched and imaginative. It truly felt like reading the autobiography of a goddess.
  • Top 5 For Sure

    By DREAM-07
    Loved it!
  • Exquisite

    By Kangaroo Cowboy 25
    This was such a beautiful piece of literature to read both in its language and how images were painted for us but in how it made such an epic scope of stories we’ve heard time and time again feel so personal and intimate. Ugh, I already want to read it again and I’m already wishing I can read it for the first time all over again. I hope this one remains a classic and as integral to Circe’s story as the original myths themselves.
  • Long and hard to follow

    By capitola ca
    Long and a bit hard to follow.