Circe by Madeline Miller
When most people hear Circe’s name they remember she turned Odysseus’s men into pigs during the epic poem The Odyssey and little more. There is much more to Circe than this short mention in a hero’s story. This is the story of the daughter of a naiad and Helios the Titan, an immortal with a mortal voice, a powerful witch and a woman who while a goddess seems human at the core.
I loved how the author made Circe seem at once a god with powers beyond our imagining and a woman that I’d love to hang out with during a crafting or cooking class. This is mythology in its most accessible form with instances from many myths making an appearance since in this version Circe has met many famous people including: Scylla, Daedalus, Medea and Jason, the Minotaur, and of course, Odysseus. The intersect of her live with theirs, including the reason for her exile, makes for a fascinating read.
Even those without a love for mythology will find something to like in this novel. It’s a great read and an even better listen (I found myself switching between the two since I enjoyed it so much) that anyone looking for a tale with a strong, fallable female lead.