Blurb (as on Goodreads):
Greece in the age of heroes. Patroclus, an awkward young prince, has been exiled to the court of King Peleus and his perfect son Achilles. By all rights their paths should never cross, but Achilles takes the shamed prince as his friend, and as they grow into young men skilled in the arts of war and medicine their bond blossoms into something deeper – despite the displeasure of Achilles’ mother Thetis, a cruel sea goddess. But then word comes that Helen of Sparta has been kidnapped. Torn between love and fear for his friend, Patroclus journeys with Achilles to Troy, little knowing that the years that follow will test everything they hold dear.
Profoundly moving and breathtakingly original, this rendering of the epic Trojan War is a dazzling feat of the imagination, a devastating love story, and an almighty battle between gods and kings, peace and glory, immortal fame and the human heart.
The Song of Achilles has been on my shelf for about a year and on my TBR since its release. One fine day, I just walked up to my shelf, picked up the book, started reading and didn’t stop until it was over. And then I stared at the ceiling for hours (because I don’t cry much) with a single thought in mind- Patroclus deserved better.
Achilles is half-god. He is destined to be the greatest warrior of his time and to gather fame. When he meets Patroclus, a former prince, and an exile, he finds a friend in him, a companion with whom he is comfortable being just himself.
While Achilles is the strong one, Patroclus is the kind-hearted boy you would want to protect from the world. His love for Achilles is deep, and that where he dedicated his life. In a story full of prophecies, hatred, war and angry Gods, Patroclus is that happy sunshine who brings hope, and happiness by his gentle nature and the love he showers on one and all.
As Achilles and Patroclus grow together, they find themselves drawn to each other in a sexual way, and what develops is a bittersweet love story and makes you crave for more intimacy between them. But fate had other plans (and so does the author 😛 ) and they find themselves in Troy, fighting to get Helen back.
The Song of Achilles is a story of friendship, love, pride, and fate, each intertwined intricately and delicately. The story put me through multiple emotions and even though I knew that the worst was inevitable, I still hoped for a better tomorrow in the story, a tomorrow that gave Patroclus all the glory he deserves.