Library Book Review – Circe by Madeline Miller

Library Book

Genre: Mythology Retelling

Number of Pages: 393


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.


I have been wanting to read a mythology retelling for a while and when I saw this one on my library app I had high hopes for it. It was popular on Instagram, had great ratings on Goodreads and was the Goodreads Winners Choice 2018. I am sad to say that it wasn’t for me. It started off well, but it lost my interest and it turned into a bit of a drag to get it finished. There was plenty going on at all times, but I just lost the connection with it. 

The writing was good, but it went on a bit for me. I don’t really know why. There was good detail and there was always something going on. It was written from the viewpoint of a Goddess who had led an interesting life, so it will remain a puzzle as to why my interest was lost.ย 

The chapters were really long so you got a lot of detail about what was going on before you moved on to the next bit. It gave the story a slow pace despite all the things that were going on. 

The chapter headings were in Roman Numerals which I liked. It gave the impression of age, which of course was the point as it was being narrated by a Goddess who was thousands of years old.

The characters were good. I liked the main character and really felt for her. You could feel her pain and loneliness throughout which added something extra to the story. I really rooted for her to have a happy ending. I hope that she did. The ending ironically felt quite rushed, however this was no bad thing for me as I wanted closure.  

Lastly the settings. I loved being with the Gods and then on the Island. The descriptions were great and you really felt like you were there with the character. 

Overall I enjoyed reading this new to me genre and learning a bit more about Circe, a Goddess who I knew nothing about. Obviously the story was embellished, but the essence of Circe was there.

โญRated 3/5โญ

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17 thoughts on “Library Book Review – Circe by Madeline Miller

  1. Carla

    This is one of those books that had been on and off my TBR so many times, I can’t remember. I have decided it is staying off. I enjoy Greek Mythology, but for whatever reason, this one doesn’t call to me as much as I had hoped. I’m glad you enjoyed it overall though, Emily.

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