Circe by Madeline Miller
Hi, I am Sarah. I am fourteen years old and an avid reader; it is one of my favorite things to do. Inspired by authors’ creations of magnificent places and surprising havens built by simple letters, I aspire to be an author and, meanwhile, nurture the love to write.
Circe is born to the sea-nymph Perse and Titan Helios, one of the many minor offspring of the brilliant Titan king. Every day she kneels at his feet, and her life is filled with the endless and monotonous paradise of immortality. Though having lived many generations, she is still a child.
Then she meets a young fisherman, and her cut from the world of mortals is breached. Driven out of love for this new mortal, she experiments with pharmakeia, witchcraft: once, to turn him into a god, and twice, to turn his lover into a monster.
Exiled for experimenting with this new magic, Circe transforms herself on her island of Aiaia. She has spent a hundred generations dim and dreamy, toiling at her father’s feet, and she will have no more of it. She masters the art of witchcraft and becomes one of the only female figures in Greek Mythology to have power, and to have obtained it herself, without punishment, mistreatment, or death.
Her enchantments catch the eye of the mortals and divinity alike, and she adventures among the mortals Daedalus and Odysseus, defies the gods Athena and Hermes, faces monsters like the Minotaur and Scylla, and manages to impact a greater part of Greek Mythology: Circe, the legends’ first witch.
Madeline Miller explores the witch Circe, from the time before and after her life mingles with the hero of The Odyssey. The language is originally and lavishly descriptive, and if you read hard enough, it gleans messages like hidden dewdrops under a forest canopy: cleverly woven feminism mesmerizingly ingraining itself in your head, a tale that so perfectly and completely captures the timeless burden of immortality; the story of Circe, the witch of Aiaia.
I would recommend this book to lovers of Greek Mythology looking for a modern take on timeless tales, and a certain sophistication only received from adult fiction.