Review: The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller


Title: The Song of Achilles

Author: Madeline Miller

Genres: Fiction, Historical Fiction, Mythology

Publication: September 20th, 2011 by Bloomsbury Publishing

My Rating: ★★★★★



My Review:

Before I read this, I had been hearing so much about it. A lot of good things: that it’s excellent, touching, heartbreaking, and an overall incredible book. The plot did sound like something I’d absolutely love, but I was concerned that it was being overhyped. Going in, I tried to keep my expectations low so I wasn’t disappointed.

Turns out, I was the opposite of disappointed. This story left me in complete awe, and it ended up being one of the most brilliant and moving books that I’ve ever read.

The plot of this was what first made me interested in reading it. This story is based on a story from Greek mythology, which immediately pulled me in. I’ve been fascinated by Greek mythology ever since I read Percy Jackson & The Olympians, my favorite series when I was a kid. Specifically, this book is a retelling of the Trojan War and the journey that the famous hero Achilles takes to Troy. Only it’s so much more than that: it begins with an exiled Prince named Petroclus, who quickly befriends Achilles, and we read about how the two grow up together and form an unbreakable bond.

The characters themselves were, in my opinion, the greatest part of the story. Patroclus was especially noteworthy and particularly my favorite. I really appreciated that the book was written from his point of view. An obvious choice would’ve been to make this from Achilles’ point of view, as many would already recognize him and his name. But this was just as much, if not more, of Patroclus’ story and I loved following his own journey. I did adore Achilles as well (even if some of his choices were questionable towards the end), and quickly grew to love his friendliness and fierceness. The way he was written was beautiful.

The bond between Patroclus and Achilles was what really touched me. Starting out the story when they were both just children, and then to gradually see them both grow up individually and together, was perfect. I loved their loyalty to one another; how they were always honest and genuine with the other. It was refreshing and moving to read about such a strong relationship, and the two of them just really got to me emotionally.

Besides the characters, I also enjoyed the pacing and how the story moved along. This book takes place over many years and it would’ve been easy for it to drag on or skip too much, but I didn’t have an issue with that at all. The time jumps could be sudden, but I believe we had enough time to understand what we needed to after each one. It didn’t take away from the story whatsoever, and I was glad that it didn’t end up being a boring, slow moving book.

I also want to mention how much I loved the writing style. It was beautiful and pulled me right in to the story. It was so well written that I could feel every moment on such a highly emotional level. The writing was what also made this feel like such an incredibly accurate take on the mythology aspect.

I know that this book, this story, will stay with me for a long time. It will definitely be joining my favorites.

Have you read this book, or planning to read it? Let me know!

Thank you so much for reading,


20 thoughts on “Review: The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller

  1. I just recently read The Song of Achilles and I loved it! I completely agree with you about how brilliant it was that it wasn’t written from Achilles perspective and the characters were one of my favourite things about the book as well 😊

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    1. Thanks so much! Yeah, I felt the same going in to it; I’m always iffy on really hyped up books, but totally loved this one. And yesss Achilles and Patroclus were my favorite💗

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    1. Thank you! It really was such an incredible book with some of the best characters. It’s good to hear you liked it too 🙂

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  2. This is such a wonderful review, Brianna! You captured every single one of my thoughts about this beautiful book perfectly. 😍 I completely agree, I love that Madeline Miller chose to write this book from Patroclus’ point of view. I honestly love this book so much and I can’t believe that I didn’t read it sooner. ❤️

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    1. THANK YOU! That means a lot to me❤️ Yesss same, I loved that that this was written from Patroclus’ POV because he really is the absolute BEST😭 Agh I’m just so glad you loved it! I will never get over how much I adored this book, so if you ever want anyone to talk to (or cry with lol) about it, lemme know!! It’s just SO GOOD.

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      1. Aww you’re so welcome! 💞 Ahh I’m so happy I loved it as well!! Thank you for being a part of my journey of reading this absolutely wonderful book. 😂💖 And oh I definitely want to vent about this book haha! I’m still not over the ending, omg. 😭💔 Do you have a twitter?

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      2. Ahh it was so great to be part of your journey reading it! I just miss it so much. I need to do a reread… but I don’t know if I can deal with the heartache again😭 And no I’m sorry, I don’t have a book twitter (I really need to make one though!) but you can message me on Goodreads if you want😃

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