The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller

The Song of Achilles

By Madeline Miller

  • Release Date: 2011-09-05
  • Genre: Fiction & Literature
Score: 4.5
From 194 Ratings
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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. Despite their differences, Achilles befriends the shamed prince, 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's mother Thetis, a cruel sea goddess. But when word comes that Helen of Sparta has been kidnapped, Achilles must go to war in distant Troy and fulfill his destiny. Torn between love and fear for his friend, Patroclus goes with him, little knowing that the years that follow will test everything they hold dear.


  • Enduringly wonderful

    By Vivien1948
    This is the third time that I have read this book. Each time I read it I read more in to it. I love the incisive writing. The ancient story of Troy and it's heroes and villains. More than anything I rejoice at the love of two people. Wonderful.
  • Beautiful story

    By Shmerlock
    I didn't think I'd enjoy this book as much as I did as it's not the type of book I usually go for. This is a beautifully written, evocative and, towards the end, tragic story. Thoroughly enjoyed and would recommend to anyone.
  • Achilles

    By Mello1970
    Not the type of book I would normally chose to read but surprised myself in the end by really rather enjoying it. Beautifully written.
  • Great book

    By Paul kenna 1
    Brilliant read. Only criticism would be that the ending was a bit rushed
  • A must read

    By pyewackett
    Best book I've read in a long time , hard to put down , can't rate it high enough
  • Beyond expectations

    By Gengstr
    I received this book as a birthday present and didn't think much of it at first, it looked just like another book about a very well known hero. It turned out to be amazingly written story about love and courage. I couldn't put it down once I started and finished late at night. Yes I cried. By far it's the best book I have read this year, which is why I'm likely to read it again very soon or get it as audio book.8)
  • Good read

    By Hellsjk
    Moving, well written, story of love and war. Would recommend.
  • Spellbinding

    By HughZoo
    A wonderfully evocative tale, beautifully and simply.written. Amazingly, the lyrical prose carries both the joy of youth and the knowledge of spirits. It is heartbreaking living the change in Achilles as he races towards his destiny. I never thought it possible to realise gods and spirits so vividly within a physical world so obviously rooted in Troy.
  • The Song of Achilles

    By Denumm
    Wonderful. Read in a few days - story romps along and language and writing beautiful. My perfect book!