The Song of Achilles – Madeline Miller

Summary: 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. (From Goodreads)

I don’t think I can find the words for this book. I started it last night in a fit of insomnia and ended up finishing it within 24 hours.

I am not a Classics scholar, but this story was written with the love of one. Maybe my ignorance to the story of the Trojan War helped aided my enjoyment. I am at least familiar with Greek tragedy and the fact that pretty much everyone dies. But man, knowing it did not make it hurt any less.

But this story is beautiful. This is a story about fate and war and honor and love. And this story takes your heart and D E S T R O Y S it.

Rating:  ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

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