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Circe is a book that I picked and almost bought a hundred times before I did actually buy it, and then it sat on my TBR for ages. I’m not a fan of fantasy but I quite liked hearing stories of Greek mythology when I was younger so I finally decided to give it a try. Circe is the daughter of Helios, god of the sun and the mightiest of the Titans. She is unlike her parents and all of her siblings, except her brother Aeetes, with whom she shares the powers of witchcraft. When Circe’s powers become known to her family, she is banished to an island for eternity. Here she hones her craft, casting spells and taming wild animals. When an unexpected visitor, Odysseus arrives Circe finds the mortal she will risk everything for. Circe is a really interesting character, a woman who has dealt with family rivalries, loneliness, love and loss. She is strong and capable, a lone woman in a man’s world, and I found myself really admiring her. In all honesty I wasn’t expecting to enjoy this one at all and while I didn’t love it, I’m really glad I read it. You definitely need to savour this one, the times I sat down with a good hour to read I enjoyed it more as became totally involved in the story. I can see why people love it, the writing is so beautiful, but for me I just find it too hard to connect with fantasy.

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