Sunday, 9 April 2017

The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller | Book Recommendation

'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 differences, 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 fulfil 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'

 I read this book a good few years ago now, and even though I can't remember every detail that happens within it, I still recommend it to almost every book lover I come across. When I first read the blurb, I actually wasn't too keen on the sound of it as I felt like it was so far away from my comfort zone that I just wouldn't enjoy it. I eventually bit the bullet and picked this book up and I am SO glad that I did.
I did think about starting this post with a bit of information about the history of the story of Achilles and Patroclus as it's been told in numerous different ways throughout history and is incredibly famous, but I don't think I'd do it justice without this post being incredibly long! If you don't really know the story of Achilles and Patroclus though and you're interested in reading this book, I'd hold off researching it until after you've read it. That would make this book an even better experience for you!
I remember feeling like this book was a little bit slow to begin with, but then all of a sudden, something happened that had me in shock and I was hooked from then onwards. I was actually sat in college when I read the shocking thing and I remember my friend laughing and telling me she loved watching people read books and seeing their reactions!
From then on, the pacing was non-stop. I felt tense and on edge throughout the rest of the story and even though I already knew the story of Achilles from back when I was in school, this book still destroyed me. After all the excitement and being on the edge of my seat for the majority of the story, I wasn't prepared for how emotional this book gets!
By the time I got to the final page of this book, I was a complete wreck. I thought this book had done all it could to make me cry, but it just keeps destroying you until literally the last line. I remember sitting on my couch when I was finishing this book, my eyes red and blotchy from all the crying, thinking that was it, the emotional part was over, but nope... the very last line of the book tugged at my heartstrings so much that I just had to slowly close the book, shut my eyes and just sob for the next ten minutes or so as I digested this beautiful story.
I definitely want to re-read this book now that I'm a bit older and see if I enjoy it any more than I did back then, and I also love re-reading books and noticing all the little details you might have missed first time round.

If you're not too sure whether you would enjoy this book or not, I would really urge you to give it a go! Back then I never really ventured out of my comfort zone of romance novels, and I'm so glad that this is the book that opened up a whole new world of reading for me. It really is a gripping, exciting and beautiful story!



  1. I have this on my TBR but haven't read it just yet (I have to be in the right mood for romance). I've heard so many amazing things about it, I can't wait to see what all the fuss is about

    1. To be honest even though the main theme of the book is a love story there's so much other stuff going on that it doesn't really feel like a romance novel! :) I hope you enjoy it when you read it! xxx

  2. This book sounds so so good, definitely on my summer reading list now! X

    1. It's incredible! I hope you enjoy <3 xxx