The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller

I have been DREADING writing this review because I really just want to shout out loud “YOU MUST ADD THE SONG OF ACHILLES TO YOUR BOOK LIST!  READ IT NOWWWWWW!!!!”  I know that my review will not do the wonderfulness of this book justice.

But I can’t just say that and be done with it.  I need to utilize the lovely Insatiable Bookslut technique, and actually tell you a little bit about the book, trying to do it justice and not scare you away with my excitedness.

The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller is a book that takes mythology and makes it easy to read and comprehend.  Achilles, the soon-to-be-famous prince, befriends (a little more than friends) Patroclus, who is a ostracized prince.  The book takes you through their friendship (and a little more) from childhood into adulthood, including the war that creates Achilles great fame.

I could not put this book down.  I loved the friendship and relationship between Achilles and Patroclus.  I loved the mythology part of the story.  I cried at the end when I realized what was going to happen. . .

Reading The Song of Achilles makes me want to get my hands on the Iliad to see how close in relation the two stories are.

This review did not do the book justice because I am too in love with it to even summarize effectively.  Check out the Goodreads summary for more actual information about this book.

And seriously, add it to your list.  You won’t regret it!

Have you read any Greek mythology? How does it compare to this novel?


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42 thoughts on “The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller

  1. Rebecca, I went to the bookstore and was on the verge of buying it, but talked myself out of it because I already have so many books waiting for me to read them. I did page through it and it seems like it will be a quick read! maybe 1 or 2 days. I will put this on my “must buy” list though


  2. The title of this novel caught my attention at the beginning so I decided that it must really go to my TBR list. I have been fascinated with Rick Riordan’s Greek, Roman, and Egyptian series and it was very fun and educational. I really recommend mythology fiction especially to those who are still studying. It is an interesting way to study and know the characters.


    • I have heard of but never read Rick Riordan, so I will have to look into his books! This was my first mythology venture, and it just makes me want to tear apart the mythology section of the library (if they even have one) because I can’t wait to get my hands on more!


      • Oh please do try Rick Riordan. The characters are teens, but I think all of us are children at hearts and would enjoy the mythology ride and the unending humor of the author.


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  4. OH, what a recommendation!
    I’ve read the Illiad, but I have to say it’s quite boring (at least it was for me, because I’m a science girl and classical languages weren’t made for me).
    But now I’m feeling guilty of not having this book in my hands and not being reading it! I have to take a look in amazon, or I have to go on a trip to the US, or something!!


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  6. Thanks for reminding me about this book. I have read many great review on this book. I will definitely put it on my TBR list. I love it when a reader gets so enthusiastic and are completely inlove with a book. It rubs off on me and makes me want to read it. Thanks for sharing 🙂


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  10. Wasn’t it amazing?! I agree completely- and I didn’t want it to end either. I shared email with her (after I wrote gushing about the book) and I asked her when her next book would be out and if it would be another book from mythology. She was working on a short story but it did seem that the next book will be another character from the Greeks.


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