In the house of Helios, god of the sun and the mightiest of the Titans, a daughter is born. But Circe is a strange child- not powerful like her her father, nor viciously alluring liker her mother. Turning to the world of mortals for companionship, she discovers that she does possess power- the power of witchcraft, which can transform rivals into monsters and menace the gods themselves.
Threatened, Zeus banishes Circe to a deserted island, where she hones her occult craft and crosses paths with many of the most famous figures in all of mythology, including the Minotaur; Daedalus and his doomed son, Icarus; the murderous Medea; and, of course, wily Odyssey.
But there is danger, too, for a woman who stands alone, and Circe unwittingly draws the wrath of both mend and gods, ultimately finding herself pitied against one of the most terrifying and vengeful of the Olympians. To protect what she holds dear, Circe must summon her strength and choose, once and for all, whether she belongs with the gods she is born from or the mortals she has come to love.
If you love Madeline Miller, who wrote Song of Achilles, and Greek Mythology, you will love Circe. You learn of the origins of Scylla and the Minotaur in this novel. Hard to believe that Circe became who she is because of ONE mistake- reasoning for her exile leading her to the rest of her actions. You do come across Odysseus, Telemachus, and Penelope in this novel, and at the same time, you are introduced to characters you are unfamiliar with.
All because of ONE mistake, Circe was exiled and looked down on. Circe is part nymph and part goddess. What Circe holds most dear belongs to mortals, not those of her own kind.