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The Song of Achilles

Song of Achilles

Author:                   B06DC074-6EEF-462F-83A6-59C8BDF2D879

Madeline Miller




Historical Fiction


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 awkward young prince, exiled from his homeland after an act of shocking violence. Brought together by chance, they forge an inseparable bond, despite risking the god’s wrath.

They are trained by the centaur Chiron in the arts of war and medicine, but Greece are called upon to lay siege to Troy in her name. Seduced by the promise of glorious destiny, Achilles joins their cause, and torn between love and fear for his friends, Patroclus follows. Little do they know that the cruel Fates will test them both as never before and demand a terrible sacrifice.


This is the story we all know from the Iliad, with an ending already set in stone. You know how it will end, yet as I begin reading the story of a boy named Achilles, the battle of Troy is far off in the distance.

Instead of a tale of Greece’s greatest warrior, it humanizes Achilles and shows you a more intimate story told within the same boundaries of Greek Mythology.

Patroclus, Achilles’ dearest friend tells the story. I wanted to protect the relationship between Achilles and Patroclus, and cheer for them as the story continues on. Their friendship was so beautifully written, full of passion and innocence.

Their names are all familiar as the story goes on, Agamemnon, Hector, Menelaus, Odysseus, Priam…

If you enjoy Greek mythology like I do, you will enjoy this easy read. If you’ve read it, what were your thoughts? Did you enjoy it as well?

Thanks for looking. Happy Reading!

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