November 9, 2018 by TinyNavajo
Circe by Madeline Miller
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*Published April 20, 2018*
This has been one of my favorite audiobooks this year! I saw that everyone was clamoring and talking about it when it first came out in April that I bought the audiobook for it. I like audiobooks for when I want to drive or workout, and this seemed like it would be one that I would thoroughly enjoy. And I DID!!!
Blurb from Goodreads:
In the house of Helios, god of the sun and mightiest of the Titans, a daughter is born. But Circe has neither the look nor the voice of divinity, and is scorned and rejected by her kin. Increasingly isolated, she turns to mortals for companionship, leading her to discover a power forbidden to the gods: witchcraft.
When love drives Circe to cast a dark spell, wrathful Zeus banishes her to the remote island of Aiaia. There she learns to harness her occult craft, drawing strength from nature. But she will not always be alone; many are destined to pass through Circe’s place of exile, entwining their fates with hers. The messenger god, Hermes. The craftsman, Daedalus. A ship bearing a golden fleece. And wily Odysseus, on his epic voyage home.
There is danger for a solitary woman in this world, and Circe’s independence draws the wrath of men and gods alike. To protect what she holds dear, Circe must decide whether she belongs with the deities she is born from, or the mortals she has come to love.
I think I enjoyed most about this book was how Circe was given power and she took that power and did what she wanted with it. Granted, she made some major mistakes while taking that power, but she learns from her mistakes. Of all of her siblings, Circe has the most heart when it comes to her witchcraft, thus her spells have some of the most power out of them. Circe is also the kindest out of all her siblings, which is something that would not have happened to me were I in her position. I would have become hard and brittle and would have snapped. Circe did not.
Circe also grew as a character; we know Circe from her young age as a child in Helios’s home to her life on Aiaia with her son Telegonus. We see her yearn to be more like her Titan family, to wanting her older siblings approval, to wanting her own life the way she chooses to live. That is something that I love about this book and the narrator fully embodies Circe and her growth. We hear Circe grow and we also hear how much she learns and how she applies that to her life on Aiaia. Her independence is amazing and she learns that she not only can’t rely on her family but that she doesn’t need to rely on her family. I love this growth and I love how much this story tells girls that they only need their own power to make their way in the world.
Have you read Circe? What did you enjoy most about this book? Comment below and let me know!