Circe
by Madeline Miller
PBR Review: (by- Linda )

The writing in this book is rich and intense, making you want to read slowly so you catch every word. But at the same time, you are entranced by the story and Greek mythology so you want to read as fast as you can. I loved this book from cover to cover and couldn't put it down. Circe is the daughter of Helios, God of the sun. But she doesn't seem to have the same powers as the other Gods and therefore never quite fits in.

She displeases her father and is sent to live alone in exile on an island - for eternity. Here she discovers her real powers. Her story of self-discovery is wonderful. The author also introduces other characters from Greek mythology, like Zeus, Odysseus, and Hermes.

But this book is not just about Greek mythology, it about Circe's transformation into a person of substance. It's also about forgiveness and determination. I couldn't help but compare this book with some of the episodes on the PBS series ANCIENT ALIENS. If you enjoyed this story you may want to check out the reruns on this TV series- especially the chapters that talk about the Gods. Excellent book and series! Highly recommend both.


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