Axios: A Spartan Tale
I am Axios of Sparta, and I was born to kill. At age seven, I left home to train with other boys where we were taught obedience, solidarity, military strategy, and how to withstand pain. My harsh upbringing stripped me of my weaknesses and forced me to become strong. Ruthless.
But, I craved something greater—a life I could never have.
Against all odds, and the toughest training a warrior could endure, I found an unexpected love in the arms of a fellow Spartan. He was the very air I breathed and the water that sustained me. Fighting side by side with him, we were invincible. Where he went, I followed.
However, there was no place for love in Sparta. Feelings were for the weak. The only life for a Spartan was one of battle and brutality with no guarantee of tomorrow. In times of war, all men were put to the test, but the greatest challenge for us was not one of swords and spears, but of the heart.
*M/M Historical Romance set in Ancient Sparta*
I’m just in awe with this book. This book wrecked me. It tore my heart out and put it back in. I don’t even know where to start with this review. This book took my breath away. It was so well written. The vivid picture it paints while you’re reading it. It’s truly amazing. This book seriously need to be made into a movie!
The author takes you on this great and very realistic journey to becoming a spartan warrior. The things these poor boys have to go through at such a young age. The things they have to endure…. will break your heart.
They break these young boys down and build them back up to be emotionless killing machines.
It was hard to read at times. I felt for them. For the life that was so cruelly dealt to them. They never had a choice for anything. They did what was told of them.
As I read on these boys became men and I understood why they had such hard training from an early age. Going to war was no joke. They needed every skill possible in order to survive being out in war.
My stomach would be in knots every time they went off to war!
All the characters in this book were wonderful. I felt like I knew them personally. Having read about them from age 7 all the way on up to their mid thirties. Haden, Theon, Quill had my heart just as much as Eryx & Axios did.
They all started off as strangers then turned in to friend and at the end became brothers.
These characters will stay with me for a long time!
Watching Eryx and Axios relationship unfold from the beginning was so beautiful. The love they had for each other was so strong. You could feel the love they had pouring out of the pages as you read them!
“There is nothing I wouldn’t do for you,” he whispered, pressing his forehead to mine. “I would kill any man, go any distance, and burn the whole world down if it meant keeping you safe.”
They showed each other everyday how much they loved each other and at the same time they knew the reality of their situation. They were warriors. And had a duty.
“I do not fear death because I’m afraid of dying, Ery… I fear it because it would take me from you.”
And that was a constant struggle. They only had little glimpses of peace here and there. Because their duty of being a Spartan warrior was always hanging over their heads.
“I love you, Ax,” he said, becoming serious. “I know we may not ever have the life you wish to have, but I hope having my word is enough. My heart and my body are yours until the end of our days. I swear it to you, by the gods.”
I loved everything about this book. This is the first book by this author that I have read. It most definitely won’t be my last. I just want to thank her for bringing all these characters to life. I’ll never forget them.
“For as long as there is breath in my lungs, I will love you. Only you. And even when I leave this world, I will still belong to you, for my soul will forever seek yours. In both this life and the next.”
“My warrior. My lover. My heart.”
Jaclyn Osborn was born and raised in the state of Arkansas. When not working her day job, her days mostly consist of writing, reading, and having epic Lord of the Rings watching marathons.
All types of topics in the M/M genre interests her, in both reading and writing, and she hopes to delve into a few of them in her writing career.