Why did I love this book?
Circe is a retelling of the story of this legendary witch from ancient Greece, best known from Odysseus’ difficult journey home from the Trojan War. This tale is normally told from Odysseus’ point of view, but Miler flips the script to show us how Circe came to be alone on her island with only plants and animals for company. In her exile she has all the time in the world to hone the craft of her magic, until the fated meeting with Odysseus that changes the course of her immortal life. When I was young I loved reading myths and legends from around the world, and Circe took me back to those days with stories of the Titans, of Daedalus and the Minotaur, and Odysseus and his men. Circe, with its measured pace and poignant, evocative language, is soothing and engaging at the same time, perfect for a reader who needs a moment to slow down and breathe.