YOUth Review: The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller

The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller follows Achilles and Patroclus, two characters that are a part of Greek mythology and are seen in Homer’s The Iliad. The Song of Achilles is about the lives and romantic relationship of Achilles and Patroclus and their involvement in the Trojan War. The novel is told from the perspective of Patroclus, who has been exiled to the court of Achilles' father, King Peleus. Achilles and Patroclus quickly become close as they grow up and eventually begin a romantic relationship with each other, much to the chagrin of Achilles’ sea goddess mother, Thetis. However, when the Trojan War breaks out, The skilled warrior Achilles travels to Troy accompanied by Patroclus where their relationship will be tested.

I really enjoyed The Song of Achilles for numerous reasons. The first reason being that I thought Achilles and Patroclus were a very well-written LGBTQIA+ couple that felt very believable and authentic. I believe the heart of the novel is their relationship and interactions with each other so I enjoyed that Madeline Miller was able to develop their relationship so thoroughly. Another aspect I enjoyed was how many of the supporting characters also had development throughout the novel that still tied back to Achilles and Patroclus in some way. I thought it was a good way of exploring other characters while still having some focus on the two main characters.

I would definitely recommend The Song of Achilles to anyone who is interested in Greek mythology or is looking for books with LGBTQIA+ representation.