The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller (Book Review #102)

I rate this book 4.5 out of 5 stars.

(Finished Reading: 11/10/16
My 17th book this year.)

Patroclus was once a Prince. He was exiled to King Peleus’ kingdom and managed to befriend Prince Achilles. Achilles has a sea nymph sea goddess for a mother who tries time and time again to persuade him to become a God and join her.

Achilles and Patroclus’ relationship begins quite awkwardly but somehow Achilles doesn’t care what the other people think. Once they break this barrier, they do everything together and almost never leave one another’s side.

As they experience life, they find themselves in Chiron’s good hands. The only “good” centaur who likes mortals. He teaches them everything they wish to learn and more. One day Achilles is called upon to fulfil his role for his Kingdom. Helen of Sparta has been taken from her kingdom and he must go to war against the Trojans and save her. Achilles’ heart is somehow distracted, full of his need for fame and proving himself better than other mortals. His relationship with Patroclus changes as his morals change and he can no longer see past the wrongs that he makes.

In the age of Heroes and Gods, Achilles must choose how to escape the misfortunate prophecy foretold and must make a name for himself in Greek legends.

This was a wonderful read. Engaging and difficult to put down. This book was all the more beautiful at the end. Rarely do I read books with a satisfying ending and the feeling of closure. The most unexpected final chapters made this book well worthy to read.

I only gave 4.5 stars because there was so much more that could have been done with descriptions. I wanted to see Ancient Greece through the eyes of the author. But I could only picture the story from what I have glimpsed in books from the school library. Not enough detail had gone into describing the people, the surroundings, the places, but the rest of the book was a great read.

I love the unexpected relationship between Achilles and Patroclus. I love how they learn together, grow together, love together and how they deal with the difficult times in life. Life is full of regrets but we are reminded that we can only try our best. Love and cherish those important to us before they are unfairly taken when the final day comes.

Highly recommended read!!

Written by Ling Lee (11/10/16).

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