Hello my loves!
Happy Friday to you all! I hope you had a lovely week and that you all have a lovely weekend planned! Today’s post is my review of The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller. I read this book for the O.W.Ls readathon and was not expecting to love it as much as I did. WOW. Seriously.
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.
Initially, this is not ones that I would have picked up on the blue alone, despite really loving all things greek myth. The Song of Achilles was one that I bought because I’m currently collecting the gorgeous Bloomsbury Modern Classics Editions. I’ve been trying to gather my thoughts on this for several days and to be honest, I am struggling. This book had shot to one of my favourite books of all time (that should give you an idea of how much I loved it).
The love and relationship between Achilles and Partoclus is my favourite aspect of this book, and for someone that typically really dislikes romance, that’s a huge statement. It tore me apart at times and put me back together later.
It is loosely based on The Iliad by Homer and is set mostly around the Trojan War. If you are in anyway familiar with this story, as I am, you’ll know to get the tissues ready. If you haven’t read it then I am letting you know now, you will definitely need some.
This book had everything that I want in a book; friendship, love, mythology, family and so much more. The language that is used and the way that she tells you the story left me weeping with joy and sadness. It actually left me speechless.
If my above ramble doesn’t give away how I feel about this book, I will give it to you straight. I haven’t read a book that left me feeling the way this one has for a very long time.
If you haven’t read this one already, I seriously urge you to do that. Please. If you never listen to another recommendation from me, listen to this one.
I will definitely be reading this one again and again for years to come. 5/5 stars.
Peace and pages