Published in 2011 by Bloomsbury Books
5 out of 5 stars
Greece in the age of heroes. Patroclus, an awkward young prince, has been exiled to the court of King Peleus and his perfect son Achilles. By all rights their paths should never cross, but Achilles takes the shamed prince as his friend, and as they grow into young men skilled in the arts of war and medicine their bond blossoms into something deeper – despite the displeasure of Achilles’ mother Thetis, a cruel sea goddess. But then word comes that Helen of Sparta has been kidnapped. Torn between love and fear for his friend, Patroclus journeys with Achilles to Troy, little knowing that the years that follow will test everything they hold dear.
Profoundly moving and breathtakingly original, this rendering of the epic Trojan War is a dazzling feat of the imagination, a devastating love story, and an almighty battle between gods and kings, peace and glory, immortal fame and the human heart.
Thank you, Madeline Miller for crafting such a heartbreaking, epic story here. From the first page, I was enchanted and I instantly loved both Patroclus and Achilles, sure, there were a lot of mesmerising supporting characters, some had my blood boiling, some I wanted to weep for, but for me, this book was all about Achilles and Patroclus. My heart felt so endeared by their growing bond, and I felt like I watched them grow through this book; we meet them as children, so young, and they go through so much, and the prophecies were so chilling and heartbreaking, I knew what fate would befall our title character, but I couldn’t prepare myself! I felt like Madeline Miller’s writing is absolutely stunning, I couldn’t wait to read more, and there was no way I would have envisioned the heartbreak that would ensue, I could picture every moment and I was feeling all the feels!
I feel like a piece of my heart has been ripped out after finishing this beautiful story! It is easily one of my all time favourite books, there were scenes where I fangirled so hard, their love was so pure but it was heartbreaking too, and the last page, chills! I will never forget this story….