The Song of Achilles
Updated: Jul 12, 2021
Rating - ⭐⭐⭐
"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."
The Song of Achilles is a standalone novel by Madeline Miller following the Trojan War from the perspective of Patroclus.
Here's the thing, I get why a lot of people loved this, but I just felt very disconnected from this book. While it wasn't necessarily bad enough to earn below 3 stars, I just found it boring. This could be due to the fact that I already read the Iliad and knew how this book would end.
The writing in this is was also just so bland that I didn't buy their attraction to each other (or I just don’t care which is sad because I love the subject matter).
If you liked her other novel Circe, you most likely will like this as well. I would also recommend this for fans of tragedy.