Circe by Madeline Miller (♦♦♦♦)

Granddaughter of Oceanus, daughter of Titan Helios and sea nymph Perseid, Circe was different from the start. While her siblings discovered their unique gifts very early on and gained their independence—either by claiming their inheritance, like Perses and Aëstes, or by marriage to a wealthy demigod, like Pasiphäe—, Circe remained among her family in the halls of the gods. Her love for young fisherman Glaucus changed everything. Circe used a potion to transform Glaucus into a worthy suitor. Glaucus, seeing his station changed, fell in love with one Circe’s cousins, a sea nymph named Scylla. Out of jealousy, Circe put a potion on Scylla’s bath and, unintendedly, transformed her into a monster. Circe’s confession forced Helios to go to see Zeus, for witchcraft is something that gods fear can tip the balance of power. Zeus declared an eternal banishment for Circe from the halls of the gods to the island of Aiaia.

Exile was not easy but, as Circe learned, it had its advantages; being away f…

Matar a Lutero by Mario Escobar (♦♦♦)

Germany, 1521. It’s been a few years since doctor Martin Luther has published his 95 thesis against the selling of indulgences, idolatry, etc, common practices in the Catholic Church. After publicly burning a papal bull by Pope Leo X and facing condemnation edicts imposed by Roman Germanic Emperor Charles V, Martin Luther is forced to flee Wittenberg and hide in Wartburg castle for several months under the protection of an influential prince.

Meanwhile, Pope Leo X, worried about the division of the faithful and church in Germany, and Emperor Charles V send mercenaries to kill Martin Luther. After three failed attempts against his life, Luther finds the strength to return to the pulpit and preach against the radical currents threatening the Reformation.

This book is full of short dialogues and even shorter chapters, which make reading easy but do not contribute to a full understanding of Martin Luther’s personality and character. We know that Pope Leo X and Charles V want to kill him, but the why is not fully explored or explained. Characters are only superficially developed; since in this book faith is more important than descriptions, there’s no empathy for the characters, their plights or their ultimate fates. Besides the author allows himself a literary license because he says that the events he narrates in the book took place a year after in real life.

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