June is turning out to be my best reading month of the year so far! Today I have a spoiler-free review of The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller for you. Thank you to Karina’s Thoughts for making me read this book, I absolutely loved it.
The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller
- UK paperback – 352 pages
- Release date: 12th of April 2012
- Published by Bloomsbury
- ISBN: 1408821982
- Goodreads page for The Song of Achilles here!
I am so glad I finally read this book! Miller’s writing is absolutely wonderful. I firstly wanted to mention that it took Miller 10 years to write this book and she has an MA in Classics. I love that she studied Ancient Greece academically before deciding to write a book retelling the mythology.
This book was detailed and descriptive, but at the same time very easy to read. Her world-building was brilliant and really transported me there. I loved learning about each kingdom, though I would have liked a map. The book was really easy to follow, even for someone who knows very little about Greek mythology. I really enjoyed the pace of this book and was never bored as it was so full of twists and turns.
Both Achilles and Patroclus were wonderful characters. I loved reading about them and really enjoyed reading from Patroclus’s POV. I always love stories where we follow the main characters from a young age through their lives. I’ll definitely be thinking about these two characters for a long time. As I mentioned before, I know nothing about Greek mythology, but I loved that this retelling of their story wrote the characters as gay (maybe bisexual in Patroclus’s case?). It’s always great to see gay characters in history/fantasy (not sure this exact genre) and it always makes me realise just how heterosexual the majority of books sadly are.
I wont say much about the plot, I think if you don’t already know this story then it’s best to read it knowing nothing. It was a really great to read about Greek mythology and I definitely want to read some more in the future. The ending of this book was one of the most poignant endings I’ve read in a long time, I am not sure I will ever forget it!
Trigger Warning: As this is a retelling of mythology it features things like sacrifice, violence, mentions of rape and self-harm.
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