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The Song of Achilles – Madeline Miller

Title: The Song of Achilles

Author: Madeline Miller

Genre: Fantasy, Historical Fiction

Plot: Patroclus is a young prince, but his father isn’t proud of him. That’s a lot for a Greek person. He’s banished after he accidentally killed another boy. On another kingdom, Patroclus meets Achilles. The two of them form a close bond as they train under Chiron. Then the trumpets sound to call all the young men to war against Troy. Achilles answers and Patroclus follows. As the war drags on, Achilles and Patroclus see a darker side of life. Can Achilles and Patroclus survive the war? Or will they be separated?

Rating: 4.0 – a new side of the battle of Troy and Achilles

Opinion: This was a great take on Greek mythology. It was a much more steady and interesting tale than the other book I read by this author. I enjoyed learning about a different side of Achilles and his close companion Patroclus. Though some parts were a little more graphic than I’d like to have read. There are a few themes in the book still resonate in today’s society. I feel sorry for Patroclus and want him to succeed in life, but it doesn’t always happen. This is a good book for anyone who love Greek Mythology and historical fiction.

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