CIRCE is a lush tale of a woman ( goddess) slowly coming into her own power and self understanding. Simply and beautifully written, it is both epic and humble and deep rooted. I have rarely felt such kinship with a character. Misunderstood and unappreciated, she is scorned by her family and god and goddess peers for the very qualities and characteristics that make her special. She wants and needs to be loved but grapples with rejection. She DEEPLY needs solitude and within it she discovers her true self. She is, ultimately, an artisan-her witchcraft is her art. Miller imbues Circe with a humanity that is believable and moving. I enjoyed Greek mythology in school and remembered Circe only as the goddess who turned men into pigs. Miller has turned her into so much more. I highly recommend this book -especially for women, young and old.— Barbette Houser
A bold retelling of the Circe episode from Homer's Odyssey that not only captures the interlocking pieces of Greek mythology, but also gives each god, titan, and Grecian a pulsing complexity. Both Circe the book and the character are quiet, sensual and--at times--freewheeling, adventurous, and devastating. Highly recommended to fans of mythology, fairy tales, and fantasy looking for a strong witch to captivate them. I also highly reccomend the audiobook from libro.fm--particularly for a road trip!— Luis
“This remarkable journey into mythology brings the ancient gods directly and viscerally into the present. Circe is a perfect mashup of elegant language, glorious storytelling, and exquisitely modern sensibilities. Miller's telling left me awed and moved by Circe and her story, all while wishing I could invite her over for a glass of wine on the porch. How this amazing author so perfectly melds the human and the divine, creating a story both immediate and epic, is dazzling.”
— Beth Albrecht, The Magic Tree Bookstore, Oak Park, IL
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.