When I was born, the name for what I was did not exist.
In the house of Helios, god of the sun and mightiest of the Titans, a daughter is born. Yet, in the golden halls of gods and nymphs, Circe stands apart, as something separate, something new. With neither the look nor the voice of divinity, and scorned and rejected by her kin Circe is increasingly isolated. Turning to mortals for companionship, she risks defying her father for love, a path that leads her not to the marriage bed but to a discovery of a power forbidden to the gods: witchcraft.
Banished by Zeus to the remote island of Aiaia, Circe refines her craft, fate entwining her with legends: the messenger god, Hermes. The craftsman, Daedalus. A ship bearing a golden fleece. And wily Odysseus, on his epic voyage home. As her power increases and her knowledge grows, so Circe must make the ultimate choice: to decide whether she belongs with the deities she is born from, or the mortals she has come to love.
Goodreads Choice Awards Winner 2018
Waterstones Book of the Year 2018 – Shortlisted
Since the Paperback of Circe is out 1st April I thought I’d post my review just in time!
I bought Circe because the cover was beautiful and I have a thing for signed books, so I badgered the (wonderful) staff at Waterstones Deansgate and managed to get a signed copy sent to me in the post at the bargain price of £13. And after all that, it ended up being my very first audiobook experience – which I listened to free thanks to my library and BorrowBox. I would say that it was fate since fate is a strong theme of the book.
So the audiobook took me weeks to get through, this wasn’t because it was bad, quite the opposite. I filled my breaks by listening to Circe, my bus rides to work, whenever I walked anywhere and train journeys. I began to look forward to these mundane tasks because I knew it would mean continuing the story.
I went into Circe not knowing much about Greek mythology at all but the small details I knew all suddenly came together and made sense whilst listening to Circe. I just remember thinking that Greek mythology is usually very masculine. The Battle of Troy, the Minotaur, Prometheus – all centered around males. But one of the wonderful things about this book is that it tells these stories all through the eyes of Circe. A strong, powerful, righteous women exploring her world and abilities. Not only was that so refreshing but exactly what I needed to read/listen to.
The Narrator, Perdita Weeks, was just magical. Her voice made the story golden and brought Circe alive. All the names I hadn’t a dream of pronouncing correctly she spoke of perfectly and I was hooked. Honestly, I think I enjoyed the audiobook much more than attempting to read my print edition for this reason, it made it more accessible for me – and thanks to BorrowBox and my library I listened to it completely free!
I would recommend this book to anyone that is new to fantasy but probably not completely new to Greek mythology, as some bits of the book was slightly lost on me. If in doubt, I would probably give it a go anyway, as I very much enjoyed it regardless.