Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller Review

This book is huge currently over on Booktok and it is because of this that I had to see if it lived up to the hype that everyone seems to be giving it.

Reece 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.

Taken from goodreads

For me the story is okay, it is a love story between the Greek legend Achilles and his friend Patroclus. They start off as one being a disgraced prince to the other being told that he is going to be a legend someday. It is during the journey to Achilles trying to live up to his future legendary status that they discover that they both have feelings for each other  and that they actually care a lot about each other. It was when this all started to happen that I became very uninterested in this book and was struggling to complete it. Yes you could clearly tell that they both very deeply cared about each other but I don’t know if it was the writing or if contemporary really isn’t for me but I just didn’t care about either of the characters all that much. Achilles was a very unlikeable character for me as all he really cared about was living up to his status which became very annoying very quickly. While Patroclus would do just about everything to be by Achilles side the whole time like a dog.

There are two parts in the book that I actually enjoyed reading through, the first being when Achilles and Patroclus were being trained by Charon, and the other was the end battle scene. This is because it was the only time where I felt like anything was happening and the story was progressing.

If contemporary is your thing and you do like a little bit of action thrown into it then you will almost certainly like this book. However, for me after 100 pages I struggled to get through it and only did to see the “amazing ending” amdf was still disappointed. I personally don’t believe this book deserves the hype it is currently getting and there are much better reads out there.

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