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.
I went into this book with very little knowledge of Achilles’ Greek mythology. I also went into it knowing that the end would be tragic. I’m not sure anything could have prepared me for how much this book would hurt my soul. Madeline Millers writing was extremely beautiful and easily flowed. The passion and love between Achilles and Patroclus comes alive and you can feel it through the pages. Legit the last 40 pages of the book I cried non-stop (you know the tears were your vision is all blurry but you can’t stop reading)
Sorry my review is so short, but I am having trouble putting words to my thoughts. I wish I could give this book a million stars but I will have to make due with 5. I also see this being my top read of 2018 and recommend everyone to read it.