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Review: The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller

10. October 2018


Fantasy/Adult Fiction/Historical Fiction/Mythology/LGBT/Romance

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. By all rights their paths should never cross, but Achilles takes the shamed prince as his friend, 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 then word comes that Helen of Sparta has been kidnapped. Torn between love and fear for his friend, Patroclus journeys with Achilles to Troy, little knowing that the years that follow will test everything they hold dear.

Profoundly moving and breathtakingly original, this rendering of the epic Trojan War is a dazzling feat of the imagination, a devastating love story, and an almighty battle between gods and kings, peace and glory, immortal fame and the human heart.




This is one of those books that will go down in history. I mean, strong characters, greek mythology, amazingly beautiful Patroclus and Achilles. I wanted to live in this book. The Song of Achilles tells a beautiful love-story, but also stories of characters from mythology that we all hold so dear. I grew up loving mythology, and Greece has always been close to my heart. It feels like a second home.

The Song of Achilles is first and foremost a story about Patroclus, a young prince who desperately needs someone to care for him. And it’s about Achilles, a young hero who needed someone to ground him. And together they are just my ultimate ship. I loved this relationship so much, and it crushed me so many times. It made me smile and cry and I loved it so much I cannot express myself correctly.

The Song of Achilles gave me so much more than just an epic story about true love. It gave me a story of personal evolving, how you change over the years and how you can grow into different roles that we take on throughout life. And how we learn to love people around us, how we learn to forgive, and to see the good in others. It’s such a beautiful book that sheds light on so many topics that I loved so much. It’s absolutely one of my top 5 reads of 2018, and probably the most memorable since I read it by the pool in Greece.


  • When Patroclus’ father turns to him and says “that is what a son should be”, my heart was crushed into a million pieces. AND IT WAS ON PAGE 3 GUYS.
  • When Patroclus finally stood up for himself and accidentally killed a boy (p. 16).
  • When Achilles and Patroclus kiss (p. 60).
  • When Chiron let Patroclus stay in the mountains (p. 75)
  • When Achilles and Patroclus finally just let go and was together (p. 94 & 140)
  • When Briseis came into the picture (p. 217)
  • When Patroclus begged Achilles, and he wouldn’t budge, so Patroclus went in his place (p. 309)
  • When Achilles dies (p. 337).

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