2012 Release: The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller

 by Madeline Miller

Release Date: March 6, 2012

A breathtakingly original rendering of the Trojan War - a devastating love story and a tale of gods and kings, immortal fame and the human heart.

Greece in the age of Heroes. Patroclus, an awkward young prince, has been exiled to the kingdom of Phthia. Here he is nobody, just another unwanted boy living in the shadow of King Peleus and his golden son, Achilles.Achilles, 'best of all the Greeks', is everything Patroclus is not - strong, beautiful, the child of a goddess - and by all rights their paths should never cross. Yet one day, Achilles takes the shamed prince under his wing and soon their tentative companionship gives way to a steadfast friendship. 

As they grow into young men skilled in the arts of war and medicine, their bond blossoms into something far deeper - despite the displeasure of Achilles's mother Thetis, a cruel and deathly pale sea goddess with a hatred of mortals. Fate is never far from the heels of Achilles. When word comes that Helen of Sparta has been kidnapped, the men of Greece are called upon to lay siege to Troy in her name. Seduced by the promise of a glorious destiny, Achilles joins their cause. 

Torn between love and fear for his friend, Patroclus follows Achilles into war, little knowing that the years that follow will test everything they have learned, everything they hold dear. And that, before he is ready, he will be forced to surrender his friend to the hands of Fate. Profoundly moving and breathtakingly original, this rendering of the epic Trojan War is a dazzling feat of the imagination, a devastating love story, and an almighty battle between gods and kings, peace and glory, immortal fame and the human heart. 

Read a great interview with Madeline Miller over at Booktopia Blog.


  1. This books sounds awesome. I've never been a fan of Greek mythology, but this review makes me want to read it now! Roll on March 6th.

  2. Interesting. This period in history is becoming very popular for new fiction

  3. Wow, this book sounds so good! I'm really looking forward to it coming out now! Thanks for sharing!

  4. Yet another great book to teach readers about this particular time in history. I can't tell you how thrilled I am that there are more and more books being written that totally bring to life times in history that used to only be available in a dry textbook. History was so boring to me in school, but now it's wonderful! Thank you, each and every author out there!! Wish all of these books could be required reading in school as students would learn the historical facts in addition to enjoying a great story. Then, there wouldn't be so many people ignorant of history. Oops! Off my soapbox now. I loved the sentence in the synopsis that read: "Fate is never far from the heels of Achilles." Clever!

  5. Gorgeous cover! I'm totally looking for this one -- yum!

  6. This sounds SO good! If you end up doing the tour, I hope you will include me. =O)

    Congrats on making the short list for best hist. fic. blog! You know you got my vote!


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