I’ve never been a big fan of mythology. I find it interesting, but mostly, I don’t seek it out to read. I guess I’m familiar enough with the stories and don’t feel the need to revisit them. But when I heard about this book and how it’s a creative retelling of a familiar mythological character, I figured it would be a good way to get back into the genre.
Circe is one of the goddesses who I didn’t know much about. I haven’t read any mythology in a while (I did read Medea in college…uh…wow, she was something else) so this story really was more new to me than it might be to others. Basically, the plot is Circe angers her father, the sun god, and gets banished to spend eternity alone on an island. She’s allowed visitors, and she receives plenty. She bides her time by growing crops and herbs, creating animals, working with potions, etc. One visitor after another comes bringing her news of the world and asking for her help.
I enjoyed this book quite a bit, but I think it would have been more meaningful if I had known more about Circe. That said, I talked so a few friends about this book who had zero knowledge of Circe and loved the book. Whether you love mythology or not, this book is a well-written, creative one.