Happy Sunday. Welcome back to my weekly book review. I missed last week due to a hand injury, but I’m slowly recovering. Today’s review is of a book I read last year and full disclosure I also wrote this review last year. This book ties in with the one I am currently reading and planning to review next week. I cannot think of a more beautifully written story of love and war than this. It broke my heart only to mend it and brought me to tears on numerous occasions. I hope you read it and love it as much as I did. Here is Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller.
Rating – 5/5
Over the last couple of years, Song of Achilles has popped on and off my radar, but it wasn’t until a few weeks ago when I decided a retelling of The Iliad, told by Achilles closest friend Patroclus, was exactly what my brain craved. Not quite knowing what to expect I dove right in; it was like diving into a cold spring during a heat wave. The voice of Patroclus is so refreshing. He narrates the story with the pureness and honesty of a child, but without the naivety. Miller excels in lyrical prose; the imagery is simple yet transports you back to the Greece of Achilles time. She conjures a world of gods and prophecies, which appears so real you forget it is indeed a book. Miller follows the idea that Patroclus and Achilles are soulmates and in turn creates the most beautiful love story I have ever experienced. Their love is so pure and true you can feel it in you, a guiding light abolishing all darkness. At times heartbreaking, but more often heartwarming, Song of Achilles is a novel of adventure, growing up, and at the heart of it- love. I would recommend this to anyone interested in Greek mythology or any who just fancy a great romance.
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