Reviewed by Amber
TITLE: Axios: A Spartan Tale
AUTHOR: Jaclyn Osborn
PUBLISHER: Self Published
LENGTH: 334 Pages
RELEASE DATE: July 20th,2017
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.
Oh my…WOW…just WOW…believe every single amazing thing you’ve read about this book it was truly remarkable. I felt like Axios and Eryx reached out and touched a part of my soul while reading this book. I know I will keep these characters with me for quite some time. New to me author, Jaclyn Osborn has really blown my mind with this story. The research she must done to vividly describe the scenes, setting, actions, etc. must have been daunting but I appreciate it so much. There were times I felt like I could see what I was reading not to mention the million times I felt the emotions down to my core. I always tell myself that I’m not the biggest f fan of historical but stories like Axios always prove me wrong.
Axios and Eryx are from a time when men are warriors and warriors only. Taken from their homes as young boys their intense military training strips everything away from them only to build these young men into the strongest warriors.
Beaten, tested, stripped, and trained Eryx and Axios form a bond that only grows as time goes on. Knowing their future only holds war both men rely on each other for love, tenderness, warmth, and hope. Different as night and day, Axios and Eryx only complement each other with their differences and it also makes them stronger warriors.
I think you can kind of feel that there’s not going to be a running off into the sunset living happily ever after for these men. But this story was honestly made better because of how it ended. It was incredibly sad, but unbelievably beautiful and right and perfect. Just writing that I feel myself tearing up. I love when and author just rips these emotions out of me.
Axios is a book all m/m lovers should read. It’s a story of true love, soul mates, and the unbelievable bond shared by men of war.