The Song of Achilles
Achilles, "the best of all the Greeks," son of the cruel sea goddess Thetis and the legendary king Peleus, is strong, swift, and beautiful— irresistible to all who meet him. Patroclus is an awkward young prince, exiled from his homeland after an act of shocking violence. Brought together by... show more
Achilles, "the best of all the Greeks," son of the cruel sea goddess Thetis and the legendary king Peleus, is strong, swift, and beautiful— irresistible to all who meet him. Patroclus is an awkward young prince, exiled from his homeland after an act of shocking violence. Brought together by chance, they forge an inseparable bond, despite risking the gods' wrath. They are trained by the centaur Chiron in the arts of war and medicine, but when word comes that Helen of Sparta has been kidnapped, all the heroes 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, and torn between love and fear for his friend, Patroclus follows. Little do they know that the cruel Fates will test them both as never before and demand a terrible sacrifice.
Publish date: August 28th 2012
Pages no: 378
Edition language: English
I couldn't get into this. I had to switch between paperback and audiobook to get through it. I love the subject matter and the fact that the story focused on Achilles and Patroclus growing up together and falling for one another. It was interesting how they lived with the spectre of both their...
[spoiler] I enjoyed this book more than Circe, which I gave it the DNF mark. However, I had some difficulty engaging with the story during the first part of the book, but I got hook at the part where Achilles is introduced in the story. Then during the middle section, the pacing became too slow and ...
Inizio la mia lettura con entusiasmo. Da bambina lessi un libro dal titolo Achille e Patroclo, rimasi talmente affascinata dalla figura di Patroclo che ne conservo ancora il ricordo. È Patroclo che narra:Mio padre era un re, figlio di re. Come la maggior parte di noi, non era molto alto e aveva la c...
This one is definitely going into my list of favorite reads for this year. It moved me deeply enough that I'm not sure how much I can even write about it. I might have to come back and add to this post in the days to come, because I know that the story and characters will haunt me for a while. It ...
Powerful. Lyrical. Poignant. Stirring. This book is one of the best love stories I have ever read. Far from chick-lit or a romance novel, this story is a take on the life of Achilles, told by his love and best friend, Patroclus. “Name one hero that was happy,” Achilles asked of Patroclus. “I’m going...