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Publisher Description

"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.

1000 Reviews


Slightly Smiling Face“I absolutely loved Circe and regret waiting so long to read it! Circe's story made me feel A LOT, she endures so much and I really felt her loneliness. A beautifully written tale Im sure I will reread again.”
Reviewed in:HalfWild Book Club
Characters change and growColorful personalitiesHeroic figuresMorally ambiguousWant them to succeedBeautifully-writtenAddictiveComplexWell-researched
Slightly Smiling Face“The infamous witch that turns Odyssesus' men into pigs retold as the main character. She grows and becomes wiser throughout. Has witchcraft, monster fighting, female independence, motherhood, a little romance. Cinematic and deep especially near the ends of chapters and sections, like a movie. Only reason why it's not five stars is because I was able to put the book down multiple times.”
Characters change and growWant them to succeedWhimsicalFast-pacedUnpredictableMysticalInspirationalMeaningful
Thinking Face“I have mixed feelings about Circe, It started off great, but then half way or less then half way the books plot started to get slower and less intresting. It also took me way to long to finish the book because I lost intrest in it from the poor passing. I love Mythology! This book didn’t live up to my expectaions.”
Reviewed in:HalfWild Book Club
Characters change and growMulti-layered charactersLyricalBeautifulEnchantingSlow plotToo longUnsatisfying ending
Thumbs Up“The book started off at a reasonable pace, and then I was met with a lot of time leaps that threw me off guard. There wasn't one consistent plot to follow so it felt a bit all over the place. The writing is quite poetic though! I ended up with a number of highlighted quotes and passages for that reason. Having a good amount of mythological Greek knowledge was definitely helpful, so I can see how confusing it can be for people without that prior information. Overall, a decent read”
Reviewed in:HalfWild Book Club
Morally ambiguousMulti-layered charactersBeautifully-writtenLyricalComplexTragicWell-researchedMeaningfulThorough
Smiling Face with Heart-Eyes“This book had a magic all of its own and the words on the pages felt like an enchantment from Circe herself. I so enjoyed getting to know her character from start to finish, as tales and myths of Greek gods, goddesses, heroes and mortals were woven into the story. There was such a calm, simple storytelling about it that was so deep and compelling. I remained a complete slave to the story as soon as I started it, and the ending was left absolutely perfect. Couldn’t put it down!”
Believable charactersCharacters change and growHeroic figuresWant them to succeed

About Madeline Miller

Madeline Miller is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of two novels: The Song of Achilles, which won the Orange Women’s Prize for Fiction 2012, and Circe, which was short-listed for the Women’s Prize for Fiction 2019. Her books have been translated into over thirty two languages. Miller holds an MA in Classics from Brown University, studied in the Dramaturgy department at Yale School of Drama, where she focused on the adaptation of classical texts to modern forms, and taught Latin, Greek, and Shakespeare to high school students for over a decade.

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