If you’re looking for a romantic twist on the classic story of “The Iliad,” “Song Of Achilles” by Madeline Milleris the book to grab. Perfect for any Greek mythology enthusiast, it follows the story of Patroclus, an awkward exiled prince and minor character of “The Iliad.” The book explores his relationship to Achilles, and how it changed the course of his life and the Trojan War.
Overall, the book has a rich, mythological aesthetic, which grips readers and throws them directly into ancient Greece with the young prince Patroclus. Hated by his father, he is sent away to the kingdom of Phthia. Patroclus could not be more different from “golden boy” Achilles; however, for whatever reason, Achilles befriends him and their steadfast friendship grows into something far deeper.
Of course, as one would expect, fate is intertwined in their story. As Patroclus follows his heart to Achilles and the Trojan War, he attempts in vain to change the fates of both himself and the golden boy.
According to the NY Times, “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.” “Song of Achilles” is a beautiful story of love and war worth reading.