Written by: Madeline Miller
Published by: Bloomsbury
Release date: September 20th 2011
Genres: Adult, Historical Fantasy, LGBTQ, Retelling, Romance
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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.
**PLEASE NOTE** If you are not familiar with The Iliad and/or the Trojan War, this review may contain some (vague-ish, but I’m bad at judging these things, so maybe not-so-vague) spoilers. But considering that The Iliad was written nearly 3,000 years ago, I’m not putting spoiler-cuts anywhere. For what it’s worth, though, knowing the basic story beforehand does not at all influence its impact and, in fact, might even enhance it. Just saying.
I was originally not going to review this book. Ever. After finishing it, I was a mess. The ugly-crying was real, guys. It was full-on, shut-myself-in-my-room, ruined-for-the-rest-of-the-day real.
Um, I also just realized the main reason I’m writing this review is because I’m desperate to push this book on as many people as I can, so if you could just… go ahead and forget that previous paragraph… that would be awesome. Thanks. 😁
Yeah, so, anyway… The Song of Achilles is sunshine and rainbows and happiness, and you should read it!!!
Most of that sentence is a lie. The truth? You should read it.