Updated: Oct 19, 2021
It's the heat of the summer, and you're looking for something passionate and thrilling to slip through while sipping a cold margarita on the beach. I've spoken to Madeline Miller's talent before with my review of "Circe", but her web of words and emotional backdrops has once again cast a spell of 'summer love' on me. That's right, we're here today to talk about...
"THE SONG OF ACHILLES"
Following the story of Patroclus, an exiled prince charged with a heinous crime, he finds himself within the court of King Peleus and his son, Achilles. What follows is an ever-blooming tale of brotherhood, growth, and romance destined to be whispered upon the lips of Greeks and readers alike as they watch these two boys become the heroes they were meant to be.
Now, first and foremost, I must admit that I was not emotionally prepared for the absolute torrent of feelings that would be thrust upon me while reading this. It is an absolute masterpiece when reenvisioning a Greek classic, gifting insight to the ancient world not found in many modern novels of today. Reading from the perspective of Patroclus gives perspective to the boy Achilles may have been before the known warrior his destiny claimed him as.
While I am sure you're aware, there is an all-star cast of names we recognize throughout the novel: Agamemnon, Odysseus, Chiron, Paris, Helen of Troy, and so many others. Not to mention, the underlying presence of the Greek gods as they continue to toy with the lives of the mortals that worship them. There is not enough to be said about Miller's ability to paint a scene so beautifully with her words that it whisks you away to the far islands of Greece and beyond.
If you're looking for a summer read that's brisk, laden with mythological figures you'll recognize, and a budding romance that will wreck your soul, "The Song of Achilles" is a must for any looking for something new. An absolute 10/10 in my book.