The Song of Achilles is a vivid retelling of the siege of Troy, told from the point of view of Achilles’ companion Patroclus – himself an exiled prince. Madeline Miller, a teacher of Latin and Ancient Greek, expertly enriches Homer’s Iliad by imagining a personal story behind the original events. Throughout, human characters interact with the gods, including Achilles’ sea-nymph mother, Thetis, who dislikes Patroclus. Nevertheless, Patroclus and Achilles become close friends and then lovers. Together they study with the centaur Chiron, and together they sail to war against Troy, despite the shadow of the prophecy that hangs over them. Fame, pride, love, grief, revenge – The Song of Achilles bursts with all of these, and can be enjoyed whether or not one has read the Iliad.