Hello humans! Welcome back to another Want to Read Wednesday post, today I’m heading back to my ancient history roots with Circe by Madeline Miller.
You know those books that you long for, but can’t quite justify buying at the moment? Yeah, that’s me with this book. I’m totally desperate to read it and the hardcover edition is so shiny and so beautiful but my book buying needs to stay in check for the moment. This may have to be on my Christmas list…if I can wait that long? In the meantime, I’ll keep my nose pressed to the glass of local bookshops and dream.
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.
Have you read this? Let me know what you thought in the comments below! What books are you lusting after at the moment?