The Song of Achilles – By Madeline Miller

Goodreads Synopsis: Greece in the age of heroes. Patroclus, an awkward young prince, has been exiled to the court of King Peleus and his perfect son Achilles. By all rights their paths should never cross, but Achilles takes the shamed prince as his friend, and as they grow into young men skilled in the arts of war and medicine their bond blossoms into something deeper – despite the displeasure of Achilles’ mother Thetis, a cruel sea goddess. But then word comes that Helen of Sparta has been kidnapped. Torn between love and fear for his friend, Patroclus journeys with Achilles to Troy, little knowing that the years that follow will test everything they hold dear. Profoundly moving and breathtakingly original, this rendering of the epic Trojan War is a dazzling feat of the imagination, a devastating love story, and an almighty battle between gods and kings, peace and glory, immortal fame and the human heart.

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Finally I have time to review this book! It took me forever to get a copy from my library, but I did eventually and it was well worth the wait.

I love how easy it is to devour Miller’s books. Her writing style draws me in from the first pages and I can’t set the book down till I finish it. I wasn’t expecting to love the characters as much I did. In Circe I really sympathized with the main character, but I didn’t love her. But I fell in love with Patroclus. The story starts with a tragic event that really makes you feel for the guy. From there you watch him grow and his friendship with Achilles turn to love.

Retellings of classical stories are my favorite, and this book is easily now my favorite of these books. It’s a different look at Achilles, one that fully acknowledges his relationship with Patroclus. I was afraid that this story was going to end unhappily, because of what happens to Achilles. But without spoiling how it ends I’ll just say, it’s a good ending. It gave me happy tears.

In the end I gave this book 5 stars, I hope to own this book eventually and I can’t wait to see what else Miller will write!


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