Published by Bloomsbury Publishing on September 20th 2011
Genres: Historical Fiction
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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. Despite their difference, Achilles befriends the shamed prince, 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 when word comes that Helen of Sparta has been kidnapped, Achilles must go to war in distant Troy and fulfill his destiny. Torn between love and fear for his friend, Patroclus goes with him, little knowing that the years that follow will test everything they hold dear.
The Song of Achilles wasn’t even on my TBR until about a month ago. I saw Nikki from There Were Books Involved reading it and after seeing her reactions to it, I added it to the TBR. I didn’t think I’d get around to reading it for a while but I decided to just throw it on my November TBR and see what happened. I couldn’t resist it for too long and it was definitely a good life choice to read it. The Song of Achilles made the history nerd in me very happy. Madeline Miller did a wonderful job with this retelling of the story of Patroclus and Achilles.
Like I already mentioned, I’m a history nerd. I’m minoring in history and I only just recently took a class on mythology so the story of Achilles was not new to me. Heck, even the story of Patroclus and Achilles wasn’t new to me. That didn’t matter though because Madeline Miller took this age old tale and made it all her own. She has a way with words that completely blew me away. I’m not always a fan of writers that are really wordy but in this case it just works. The writing only made this gorgeous story better.
I truly don’t even know what to say at this point. The Song of Achilles broke me. I knew this story, I knew what was going to happen, I knew exactly how it would end. That did not matter one bit! Patroclus and Achilles came to life through Madeline Miller’s words. They were more than just the things they became known for. Patroclus was always in the background of the story but that’s because he chose to be there. He didn’t need to be the center of attention, he just needed to be the center of Achilles’ attention. As for Achilles, he was more than just the son of a goddess or the hero he came to be known as. He never wanted any of that. He just wanted to be loved by his people and by Patroclus. The development of their friendship and their romance was just beautiful.
Overall, I just want you to read The Song of Achilles. I can’t even begin to put into words the beauty of this book. It’s something you have to experience for yourself and I suggest you do that.
What others are saying about The Song of Achilles:
There Were Books Involved’s review: “If you are at all into Greek mythology/The Iliad or historical fiction (despite its mythological elements, itdoes almost read like historical fiction), if you like a good tragic romance, and/or if you just need a good cry, pick up this book.”
Angieville’s review: “What an exquisite agony reading The Song of Achilles was.”