The Song Of Achilles

All of us who write historical fiction ask ourselves, how do we honor the dead? Because we are all in love with those who have come before us, those of us who read historical fiction and those of us who write it. I am delighted to find an historical fiction author who brings Achilles and his love Patroclus to vivid life.

The Song Of Achilles

THE SONG OF ACHILLES  is a beautiful novel. There are pages of praise for this brilliant book both in print and online, all deserved. There is little I can add to that, other than to say that Madeline Miller made Achilles and Patroclus breathe for me. She took me into their world and built a bridge so that I could return there whenever I wished, shedding light on an old tale that makes something new come to life in me.

A Emma Donahue, author of ROOM  said, “Mary Renault lives again!” What higher praise can anyone offer?

Here is a sample of Ms. Miller’s poetic prose, the clarity of her vision, and the beauty of the love she works so hard to convey. Needless to say, she succeeds.

‘We were like gods at the dawning of the world, and our joy was so bright, we could see nothing else but the other.”


“At once a scholar’s homage to The Iliad and startlingly original work of art by an incredibly talented new novelist….A book I could not put down.”
—Ann Patchett

“Mary Renault lives again!” declares Emma Donoghue, author of Room, referring to The Song of Achilles, Madeline Miller’s thrilling, profoundly moving, and utterly unique retelling of the legend of Achilles and the Trojan War. A tale of gods, kings, immortal fame, and the human heart, The Song of Achilles is a dazzling literary feat that brilliantly reimagines Homer’s enduring masterwork, The Iliad. An action-packed adventure, an epic love story, a marvelously conceived and executed page-turner, Miller’s monumental debut novel has already earned resounding acclaim from some of contemporary fiction’s brightest lights—and fans of Mary Renault, Bernard Cornwell, Steven Pressfield, and Colleen McCullough’s Masters of Rome series will delight in this unforgettable journey back to ancient Greece in the Age of Heroes.


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