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.
I have no words… ”Epic and beautiful” doesn’t even cover it…
I fully intended to write a proper review and a story like this definitely deserves one, but although it’s been almost a day since I finished this book, I just…can’t.
“My warrior. My lover. My heart.”
For me, this was a once-in-a-lifetime reading experience that will stick with me forever and Axios and Eryx will always have a more than a special place in my heart. It was not only one of, but the most heart-wrenching love story I’ve ever read.
Okay, I myself wouldn’t have said it in such lyric words -rather ‘I ended up being a sobbing mess’– but yes, this fits perfectly. I’m so glad and utterly grateful to have met these men, though, and shared their lives, if only for a short time.
“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. Remember?”
Whenever I look at the stars from now on, it will be with a wistful smile on my face…
And this story deserves all the stars in the universe!!! ❤