Review | The Song of Achilles by Madelaine Miller

“He is a weapon, a killer. Do not forget it. You can use a spear as a walking stick, but that will not change its nature.” – 4.25/5 stars!

Attention! This book contains: curses, training, girl’s clothes, fake weddings, weapons, armors, prophecies and true love.

The story was so cute! There were so many things I love about these books. Not only I keep learning about greek mythology, but I also have a lot of fun. The story of The Song of Achilles was absolutely beautiful.

His story is told by Patrocles, known by being his right arm in life and in war. The story starts with him growing up with his parents and after accidentally killing a young boy, he is exiled to live with Achilles’ father on their island. There he meets some boys and Achilles. They become friends after a while, and he then starts to develop feelings for him. They become inseparable, even when Achilles is called to lead the greek to Troy and to get Helen back.

There are no words to describe how beautiful this book is. I don’t know a lot about mythology, so I was very interested to find out if the story was true to history. I did some digging after reading this book and I found a few interesting things. The first thing I wanted to know was if the romantic relationship was real, which was never confirmed but there are a few suspicions that it was a real thing. I also kept wondering if Philoctetes trained Achilles like it was mentioned in Hercules, but turns out Philoctetes was a hero himself – and a human by the way – who had nothing to do with his training. I would say overall, the story is very true to what happens in the Ilíad!

I really liked this and I highly recommend everyone to read this. Perfect for mythology lovers and the Iliad readers!

xoxo, Neide

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