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The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller

The Song of Achilles by Madeline MillerThe Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller
Genre: Mythology
Release Date: April 12, 2011
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Source: Gift
Add it: Goodreads
Rating: five-stars
<p style="text-align: justify">Greece in the age of Heroes. Patroclus, an awkward young prince, has been exiled to the kingdom of Phthia. Here he is nobody, just another unwanted boy living in the shadow of King Peleus and his golden son, Achilles.<br /><br />Achilles, 'best of all the Greeks', is everything Patroclus is not — strong, beautiful, the child of a goddess — and by all rights their paths should never cross. Yet one day, Achilles takes the shamed prince under his wing and soon their tentative companionship gives way to a steadfast friendship. As they grow into young men skilled in the arts of war and medicine, their bond blossoms into something far deeper — despite the displeasure of Achilles's mother Thetis, a cruel and deathly pale sea goddess with a hatred of mortals.<br /><br />Fate is never far from the heels of Achilles. When word comes that Helen of Sparta has been kidnapped, the men of Greece are called upon to lay siege to Troy in her name. Seduced by the promise of a glorious destiny, Achilles joins their cause. Torn between love and fear for his friend, Patroclus follows Achilles into war, little knowing that the years that follow will test everything they have learned, everything they hold dear. And that, before he is ready, he will be forced to surrender his friend to the hands of Fate.</p>
My father was a king and the son of kings.
I honestly wouldn’t expect me to be very coherent in this review. It’s been a couple of weeks since I finished The Song of Achilles, and I’m still having a breakdown over it. Thanks a lot, Tatum.
I both love and hate Tatum for sending me this. she knows how I love my mythology, and how Ancient History tends to ruin my life, and yet she still decided to go right ahead with recommending this one. And yep, my post-Spartacus life is officially ruined. I haven’t read the epic poem (yet!) but this makes me even more desperate to check it out. Right. Now.

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