Greek mythology has always held a special place in my heart as one of the first book series I read, was Percy Jackson which immersed me entirely in the magical, dangerous and ‘complicated’ world of greek mythology. Here are 3 books that will make you want to read every book of this genre, one after the other.
Author: Homer Iliad recounts the events of a few significant weeks in the ten-year war between the Greeks and the Trojans in the city of Ilion. From the impassioned confrontation between Agamemnon, the leader of the Greeks and Achilles, the greatest warrior at Troy, ending in tatters, the Iliad explores all of this packed in a bundle along with the misery of war. Man, woman, child, old, soldier, general, ruler, hero, coward, and vanquished, were all affected by the Trojan war, regardless of who they were. The Iliad evokes a detail of the fates of all the lives affected by the Trojan war.
Achilles, "the best of all the Greeks," son of the cruel sea goddess Thetis and the legendary king Peleus, is strong, swift, and beautiful, irresistible to all who meet him. Patroclus is an introverted young prince who has been exiled from his homeland after an act of shocking violence. Pushed together by fate, they forge a 24-karat bond, knowing they were risking the gods' wrath.
Both of them are trained by the centaur Chiron in the arts of medicine and war, but suddenly when they find out that Helen of Sparta has been kidnapped, all the mighty heroes of Greece are called upon to invade Troy in her name. Blinded by the guarantee of a glorious destiny, Achilles joins them, and Patroclus follows. However, little do they know that the cruel Fates will test both of them as never before and demand a deadly sacrifice.
3. Circle Author: Madeline Miller In the house of Helios, god of the sun and mightiest of the Titans, a daughter is born. But Circe is an unusual child. She was neither powerful, like her father, nor mysteriously attractive like her mother. So naturally, she turned to the world of mortals for companionship, she discovers that she does possess power, and what a power she possessed. The power of witchcraft. She could transform rivals into monsters and lay menace upon the gods themselves. Threatened by her power, Zeus banishes her to a deserted island, where she polishes her craft, tames wild beasts and crosses paths with many of the most famous figures in all of Greek mythology, including the Minotaur, father-son duo, Daedalus and his son Icarus, Medea, and Odysseus.
But, this felt too good to be true. It was, for a woman who stood alone, Circle unknowingly drew the wrath of the Gods and men alike. Ultimately she finds herself against the most terrifyingly vicious of Olympians. So, to protect what Circle loves, she had to make a difficult choice. Will she decide to stay with the gods, where she belongs or with the mortals, where she has come to find love and companionship? Read to find out!
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