The Song of Achilles - Madeline Miller

The Song of Achilles

By Madeline Miller

  • Release Date: 2012-03-06
  • Genre: Historical
Score: 4.5
From 1,933 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.


  • 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
  • I cried.

    By 500kviewsandtrending#1myass
    This is the epitome of beautifully written. I knew from the start that this was a book that could make me cry and lo’ and behold. Every sentence is so impactful it could be the start and end of a book. The author captures so many different versions of love and you can’t help but grow immensely attached to the two. My words fall short for this masterpiece.
  • Heartbreakingly Beautiful

    By GhibliPendragon
    “What has Hector ever done to me?” I didn’t realize a book could hurt me so much, but I loved every page. The writing was simple but poetic and profound. Their relationship was genuine and evolved effortlessly. Knowing the end only makes it more emotional because of the subtle foreshadowing. It’s the kind of book that, as you analyze it afterwards, you realize it’s so much more than you first thought. I look forward to rereading it. *Check trigger warnings
  • amazing book

    By beau the beardie
    this book was so unbelievably amazing, but it still left me broken. i felt like i had lost a member of my family when i finished. but i don’t regret reading it for a second. absolutely feel in love with the story and the characters. so beautifully written. i can’t say enough about it.
  • 10/10

    By eva😐
    bruh the style, the description, the details of everything. the style was so beautiful. describing every little thing and going into deep detail ab his golden hair in the sunlight or the warm tears flowing like a hot stream. AND THE PLOT. there was an actual story to follow and details to remember and plot twists. i loved it. literally not a boring moment. and the ending too. it had a minor plot twist which resulted in a happy ending when i thought it wouldn’t. absolutely beautiful. 10/10
  • :)

    By ChannelThat12
    My heart does indeed hurt. Very much so.