Circe is the much-anticipated second book by Miller, author of acclaimed Song of Achilles. Miller is a classical scholar and uses myth in her narrative not just to embellish, but rather as a starting point, or inspiration, which she then ‘humanizes’ while remaining true to authentic classical detail. Even the cadence of her prose reads like the entrancing poetic style of Odyssey. Her mastery doesn’t end there. Circe, the central character, is portrayed as a young girl in her formidable father, Helios’ domain. From the start she is isolated by her mediocrity and strangeness in comparison to the brilliance of her siblings. Her emerging gifts are used by her in a way that threatens the order established in Olympia, and she is banished to a remote island for eternity. It is here that she comes into her own, harnesses her power and develops her crafts. She creates a quiet, solitary idyll where her herb-lore, her gardens and her many animals keep her busy. She meets Odysseus and eventually his son, Telemachus. She learns the joy and heartache of motherhood. Circe, the woman, is both a complex mixture of powerful, dread witch and curiously vulnerable woman who searches for fulfilment and love in her relationships with man. I was completely captivated from the first page of this beautiful and powerful story.