Title: The Song of Achilles
Author: Madeline Miller
Genre: Adult, Historical Fiction, Fantasy, LGBT+, Retelling, Romance
Publication date:September 20th, 2011
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.
“I will never leave him. It will always be his, always, for as long as he will let me.”
Holy crap! I couldn’t think a book could possibly wreck me as fast and hard, but turns out this one was one of those. I was super intimidated of this book, because it was a genre so out of my confort zone and it was so hyped, and I was pretty scared I wasn’t going to like it as much as everyone else’s did, but turns out it was even better than what I imagined it to be.
Let me first start this review by saying that Madeline Miller is such a talented author, and the writing of this book was so whimsical and beautiful, and it was such a pleasure to read it for me. From this point on I think I’ll pick up anything she writes, because oh my my, it was a very delightful read.
Now, I didn’t really know much about the story of Patroclus and Achilles, only what happened at the very end, so it was an interesting experience to me. Buy guys, I loved the plot of this book and the characters that were in it so much my heart my breaking for them while I was reading it. It was so beautifully done, and she did an amazing job at creating a story about these two characters that are so well known, but their story is such a mystery.
“No soul wished to be sent early to the endless gloom of our underworld. Exile might satisfy the anger of the living, but it did not appease the dead.”
Like I was saying, the character were so complex and had lots of layers that were shown to the reader as they keep reading The Song of Achilles. Patroclus was such a cinnamon roll and he deserved the world, and his relationship with Achilles was so heartbreaking but pure and real that it was almost as if you were in the book feeling the same as they did. And even though I already knew how things were going to end, I was still wishing for them to have a happy ending and for things to work out. I mean, Achilles wasn’t the best person in the story and he did some pretty shitty things and he had an EGO, but because he was so important to Patroclus I was wishing a happy ending for them.
The story was full with so atmospheric descriptions, and though it took me a few chapters to fully get into the story (that usually tends to happen when I read adult books), I ended up flying through the book and wanting to keep reading.
Honestly, I was kind of expecting a much more tragic ending that what it ended up being, because even though I was crying by eyes out with my heart broken into a million pieces by that time, the ending was bittersweet and I was happy that the story ended the way it did.
Overall, I absolutely adored this book. The characters and their relationships throughout the story were so complex and real, and the plot super interesting that I wanted to keep reading until the very end, and I’m so glad I ended up reading it (thank you, bestie for talking so good about it that it made me want to immediately pick it up!), and I highly recommend it.
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