The Song of Achilles - Madeline Miller

The Song of Achilles

By Madeline Miller

  • Release Date: 2012-03-06
  • Genre: Historical
Score: 4.5
From 2,107 Ratings


“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.


  • WOW

    By Robin.Goblin
    This book was absolutely beautiful. Highly recommend 10/10
  • Achingly beautiful

    By Nameofnick6282510
    I could not put this beautiful story of love, Greek gods and heroics down. The characters feel so real and I’ll be thinking about this story for a long time to come.
  • True Love

    By Aristos Achaion
    To say this was a good book is an understatement. If you like tales of forbidden love, adventure, battles, and words of affection you will love this book. It shows the importance of loyalty and how fragile it can be. It will pull on your heart strings for sure. Definitely will read over and over and get tattoos of my favorite quotes.
  • I’m so depressed now in the best way

    By PiggiesRawesome
    shattered my heart but reignited the middle school greek mythology obsession i had. so painfully and beautifully well written.
  • ALove Story for the Gods!

    By scaRRedxsOuL
    This story was beautifully written. I felt as though I were there, in Pythia, in Troy. I could literally feel and see and smell everything as I read. I cried. I felt bitter hatred. Beautiful storytelling. Highly recommend.
  • Excellent Read

    By Lampmd
    This was a beautifully written book. I enjoyed looking at the Trojan war through the lens of Achilles’ lover, a lesser character in the original stories. Patroclus’s wise and balanced perspective showed the futility of men seeking greatness through their battlefield exploits. It was his attempts to end the conflict that were truly heroic.
  • Beautiful

    By averrieee
    this book is everything and more. you will view the world differently in the days after reading it. it is perfect, gutwrenching, and lyrically written. you know what is going to happen but you keep hoping it won’t until the very end. this book makes you experience all of the human range of emotions from joy to sadness.
  • No words

    By ChelShayLee
    Just read it. So beautiful so heartbreaking....wish I could read it again for the first time
  • Amazing book, and beautifully written

    By callakate
    This book is so good and heart-wrenching. I was intrigued the entire time I read this, and still was when I read it for the second time. Achilles and Patroclus are the definition of soul mates, and their love is so strong you want nothing more than for them to be together and happy. Although the ending is devastating and WILL leave you feeling empty or broken, I think it’s an absolute must-read. 1000/10
  • Wow

    By Ddffddffddffddffrr
    literally beautiful. im NOT a big reader at all. i actually dont like reading but i finished this book in a day. and im already planning to reread