The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller (non-spoiler review) // love, life and emotions

Book: The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller

Rating: 5 stars

Synopsis:

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.


INITIAL THOUGHTS

I knew I was going to love this and I’ve been putting it off for the longest time but I’ve finally read it and WOWWW


PLOT

I loved this and the way it was told. Seeing the characters grow up and bond. It goes from them as boys all the way to men and it feels like a real journey. Everything felt very vivid and surreal. I was so invested in them both.

The book had a slower pace to it and that worked so well with the story and the writing. It gave you time to soak in every single detail, and also made it worse in the end but what are emotions right.


EXECUTION

The writing oh my gosh. I loved the writing! It made it so easily to visualise everything and there was so much detail. Miller writes about people that lived years and years ago and yet they felt so real and tangible.

I was so emotional and TSOA truly pulled at my heartstrings. I knew what was coming in the end. I knew the story beforehand and I had to put this book off because it was just so emotional.


ROMANCE 

I love Millers take on the story between Patroclus and Achilles. They weren’t cousins or whatnot, they were lovers and I’m so glad for the representation. The romance was amazing. It felt so real and natural and I just loved it so much.


TL;DR

This book felt like a piece of art. It was wonderful and I’m so glad I finally read it.


A shorter, bullet point review can be found on my Goodreads here.

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Talk To Me

Have you read The Song of Achilles? What about Madeline Miller’s other books? Is it on your TBR? Are your opinions the same as mine? Or are they totally different?


Until next time,

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