|| Book Review || The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller ||

|| Book Review || The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller ||

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Genre: Mythology

Age category: Adult

Release Date: August 28th 2012

My Rating:✨✨✨✨✨

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Achilles, “the best of all the Greeks,” son of the cruel sea goddess Thetis and the legendary king Peleus, is strong, swift, and beautiful, irresistible to all who meet him. Patroclus is an awkward young prince, exiled from his homeland after an act of shocking violence. Brought together by chance, they forge an inseparable bond, despite risking the gods’ wrath.

They are trained by the centaur Chiron in the arts of war and medicine, but when word comes that Helen of Sparta has been kidnapped, all the heroes of Greece are called upon to lay siege to Troy in her name. Seduced by the promise of a glorious destiny, Achilles joins their cause, and torn between love and fear for his friend, Patroclus follows. Little do they know that the cruel Fates will test them both as never before and demand a terrible sacrifice.

The Song of Achilles is a very, very hyped book. I kept putting it off and putting it off for fear of not loving it but when the day finally arrived that I picked up this book I can honestly say that I could not put it down.

I loved everything about it. The only disappointment I had was not with the book but more with myself and that is basically that I did not cry. Books rarely make me cry and everyone told me this would break my heart into thousands of pieces. I have to be honest and say that although it was a sad story, it did not do that.

I have only recently started reading Greek mythology and am not at all familiar with the stories but I actually think that is a good thing because I don’t know where the stories are actually headed.

This is the story of Achilles and Patroclus, the greatest warrior of his time and an exiled prince. Their growing friendship and their desperate love for each other.

It is absolutely beautiful in its telling, the writing is stunning and you can tell that the authors heart and soul went into the telling of this tale.

My favourite thing about this book was absolutely the writing. The way it flowed, the dialogue, everything really. It just felt basically perfect.

Told entirely from the POV of Patroclus and spanning many years from childhood to adulthood you really grow with these characters and although you know there is not going to be a happy ending for either of them you still find yourself rooting for them.

I felt engaged and enthralled all the way through. As I said I am not familiar with the story or the characters and so I can’t comment on how it compares to the original myth but I felt like the pacing was brilliant, the battle scenes were exciting and it all just felt really well set up and developed throughout.

I absolutely adored Achilles and Patroclus as characters, their relationship was so beautifully done and I honestly wouldn’t change a single thing about it. Neither of them were perfect by any stretch of the imagination and they disagreed on a lot of things but their love was what mattered most in the end and the sacrifices they made for each other…

If I were entirely stone-hearted, I am sure it would have brought tears to my eyes.

Overall I really enjoyed this book and genuinely cannot criticise a single thing. I feel a bit silly for having waited so long to read it and am now keen to read Circe to see what else Miller can bring to the table! 


Favourite Quotes


“And perhaps it is the greater grief, after all, to be left on earth when another is gone.”


“We were like gods at the dawning of the world, & our joy was so bright we could see nothing else but the other.”


“There are no bargains between lion and men. I will kill you and eat you raw.”


“He is a weapon, a killer. Do not forget it. You can use a spear as a walking stick, but that will not change its nature.”





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