The Song of Achilles: Book Review


Set in Greece during the time of heroes and Gods, Patroclus a young and very kindhearted prince has been exiled to the kingdom of Phthia. There he becomes acquainted with King Peleus and his demi-god son Achilles, destined for fame and glory. 

Though their paths should not cross Achilles befriends Patroclus the shamed prince. As the two boys begin to grow into men skilled with the knowledge of war and medicine, their bond develops into something deeper, unfolding a passionate yet heart-aching tale. 

When word comes that Helen of Sparta has been kidnaped Patroclus journeys with Achilles to Troy, where they will face a long and eventful war. Torn between fear and love the pair are forced to test the boundaries of all that they hold dear.

This very breathtakingly beautiful portrayal of the Trojan War plays with an imaginative storyline that pulls you away from reality. 

Thrillingly gruesome battles between Kings and gods, and a devastating love story that smashes the human heart. Your mind can’t help but turn words into illustrations. 

Between the writing, the romance, the character development, and even the plot everything was pretty much perfect from beginning to end. The Song of Achilles is a novel that without a doubt will leave you with an unforgettable impression. 

Because the story starts off the characters young and gradually progresses their lives from childhood into adulthood you are able to connect with the characters and become attached to them.

 Eventually, it becomes easy to feel for them and sympathize and relate to their own emotions. You really can’t help but cry, laugh, and love alongside them. 

The author Madeline Miller also plays with the character’s desires and inner sensibilities. you get to understand the human influences that drive them to act and feel the way they do. It’s remarkable to be able to witness series of grief, pride, excitement, and so forth.  

Surely the writing and characters within this novel are what stand out the most. The bonds between friends and foe are so raw and tangible you almost forget it’s fiction.  

It’s amazing how Miller is able to create such strong character transformations while still being able to express the divine and transcending impressions of Greek Mythology. 

I love how you can still feel the romanticized presence of ancient Greece in this more modern type of love story. You get to understand certain events and actions without feeling weighed down by tedious vocabulary and background information. 

This novel while a romance also stays connected to its Greek and Troy charisma, having the all alluring blood, sweat, and tears of war. 

One of my favorite aspects of this book is how well Miller is able to describe certain actions the characters take. Whether she is describing the feeling of an arrow wound or simply a hand stroking gently across one’s cheek. 

She does it in a way that is ravishingly vivid, while reading you can almost feel the sensation yourself. 

All in all, I really enjoyed this novel it’s one of those stories that grip your heart and actually make you feel something. I know I’ll be thinking about it for a while. 

As I read the last sentence leaving off on page 369 it felt incredibly rewarding and also noticeably sad. 

I highly recommend The Song of Achilles to anyone seeking “a tale of gods and goddesses, kings and queens, immortal fame and the human heart” (Miller.)