Review: The Song of Achilles

soaI didn’t expect to love this book as much as I did. I wasn’t even sure I’d enjoy it. I saw a few posts on social media about how great it was and figured I’d give it a go because I do like Greek myths. But I was already familiar with the story of the Illiad. How good could a book be when I knew the major plot twists going in?

How good? Heart-breakingly good.

If you know the story of Achilles and Patroclus your heart will be breaking by about the halfway point of the book from the sheer, unstoppable tragedy of it all. Song of Achilles is a re-telling of the classic Greek myth showing the relationship between these two young men, from their early lives, through falling in love, into the battle at Troy, and all the way up to their tragic ends. It is a deeply personal story that adds depth and fills in details of backstory that the original myth skims over.

And the book did manage to keep me guessing, because I know the story of the Illiad. I knew going into this book about Achilles having a major sulk when Agamemnon stole a girl from him and I kept wondering how on earth that would make sense in the context of this book, where it’s clear Achilles only had eyes for Patroclus. I was wondering that long before she ever showed up.

The pieces from the classics fit together in new and beautiful ways.

This book is amazing. If you like Greek myths, go and buy this book. And buy a box of tissues as well because you’re going to need them. Hell, I was ready to cry for Thetis at the end and she’s horrible!

Five stars.