Song of Achilles Review

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.


For those who love Greek Mythology, this is an amazing book. It is actually basically The Iliad told from Patroclus’ POV. If you are interested in The Iliad, and might find it a bit too difficult, then maybe Song of Achilles is a great way to start. You are seeing parts of that same story that was never seen before. I saw elements that happened before The Trojan War before. Glad to see how Achilles and Patroclus became good friends; etc…..

5 thoughts on “Song of Achilles Review

  1. Meg, well done. This line from the movie “Troy” did not appear to come from either book, but its sentiment feels like it could have. If it did, please correct my thinking.

    “War is young men dying and old men talking. You know this. Ignore the politics.”



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