M/M romance fiction books like Madeline Miller’s The Song of Achilles

You may be familiar with the term “evil blonde,” which is defined as “pertaining to sexual attraction or activity between women.” You may know the origins of the word, which goes back to the ancient Greek poetess Sappho, who was famous for writing verses about her attraction to women.

But what about love between two men? What called?

The word is less common, though it shares Greek tradition. It is called “Achilles” in honor of the legendary hero and companion Patroclus.

The true nature of the relationship between Achilles and Patroclus has long been debated. Homer The Iliad It depicts a deep bond between the two but stops short of naming the lovers.

Plato, however, explicitly calls Achilles and Patroclus lovers in his own Symposium. He writes, “The love of Achilles, like that of Alcestis, was brave and true; for he was ready to take revenge on his beloved Patroclus, though he knew that his death would immediately follow.”

Here Plato refers to the prophecy that determined the Trojan War: that Achilles, the hero of the Greeks, will die after the fall of Hector, who was the hero of Troy. Throughout the war, Achilles avoided challenging Hector, knowing that even victory would lead to his demise.

However, after Patroclus is killed by Hector due to a series of mistakes and miscommunications, Achilles finds he can no longer stand aside. Thus begins the famous duel that led to the fall of Troy and the death of Achilles.

The story of the Trojan War has been told hundreds of different ways over thousands of years. It was told as an oral tradition, as a written text, as a big budget Hollywood movie. Moviegoers may remember 2004 Troywhere Patroclus is Achilles’ cousin and protege.

With such a wide range of accounts, the Achilles myth seemed too popular, too well-established, to leave room for any originality. Then Madeline Miller came along Achilles song.

The book, told from the perspective of Patroclus, is less a war epic than an intimate love story between two young boys coming of age. in some ways, Achilles song It is more of a retelling of Cinderella than a Greek epic. Patroclus takes on the role of a persecuted soul, forced into slavery, while Achilles becomes his prince charming. The work devotes more pages to the scent of perfume and tender, stolen looks than to the glory of battle or the maneuver of the Trojan horse.

Achilles song It illustrates just what Homer referred to, and the sweeping romance between Achilles and Patroclus remains Amazon’s #1 LGBTQ+ Historical Fiction bestseller as of this writing, more than a decade after its release.

This isn’t to say that the instant classic lacks the action or mythological elements that fantasy fans cherish. Achilles song spread it Mythical figures such as the centaur Chiron and the goddess Thetis.

Instead, it seamlessly blends the genres of romance, LGBTQ+, and fantasy. If you’re looking for more books that offer a compelling love story between two male characters without skimping on the fantasy or science fiction elements, these eight titles are worth a try.


troubled heart

by TJ Clone

Setting for TJ Klune’s troubled heart It reads a bit like Achilles song. Sam Haversford attacks a group of “teenage douchebags” (according to the book’s cover version) and is dragged from his home to become an apprentice to a powerful wizard. He falls in love with Sir Ryan Foxheart, “the dreamiest dream I’ve ever had,” and struggles through a series of misadventures while battling his own passions.

However, where Achilles song takes on tough questions about eternity and destiny, Lightning tower He cares more about making you laugh. It’s a book full of banter, jokes, and silly fun.



A complicated love story in space

by Sean David Hutchinson

Logo A complicated love story in space By Sean David Hutchinson Really says it all: “Love is complicated enough without trying to survive it either.”

This is the push and pull of the three teens trapped aboard a spaceship called Qriority, which is about to explode. Neither Noa, nor DJ, nor Jenny even remember how they got on the ship, but together they must face aliens and the dangers of space while dealing with ordinary high school dramas like falling in love and attending the school dance.



The red scrolls of magic

by Cassandra Clare and Wesley Chu

If you like The instruments are deadly The other bestselling series in The Shadowhunter Chronicles, the Eldest Curses series follows Magnus Bane and his friend (spoiler alert) Alec Lightwood, who finally become an official couple.

All they want is to spend some time on a European vacation together. When Magnus’ past catches up with them, Pain is forced into action to stop a demon-worshipping cult… Worshiping Magnus started as a joke.

One question afflicts both of them: Will the love and trust they share survive their secrets? What happens when imminent danger sheds light on the truth?



They both eventually die

by Adam Silvera

Even the sad ending can’t steal the joy of the trip. Indeed, in They both eventually dieAdam Silvera places a bet similar to the one made by Madeline Miller Achilles songKnowing the ending can make earlier moments more meaningful.

Lots of fantasy elements in They both eventually die It revolves around the Death-Cast, which can predict the date of death of a person. When Mateo Torres and Rufus Emitrio receive the bad news, they decide to try and befriend on their last day.

There is an app for that: The Last Friend. It connects Mateo and Rufus, who begin the story as strangers but reunite to share one last grand adventure.



Wonderful light

by Freya Marsky

When an administrative error lands Sir Robert “Robin” Blythe in an obscure position in Britain’s Home Office, the only man who can clear things up is Sir Edwin Corsey. This is because Edwin is a wizard, and he and Robin must watch over a hidden community within England to ensure their magic is not discovered.

A curse soon threatens Robin’s life, and Edwin has no choice but to transport Robin to his magical family’s home. There, he hopes they can rescue him and help the couple identify the villains that threaten their way of life.

TJ Clone, author troubled heartthat’s to say about it Wonderful light: “The prose is majestic, the world-building is great, and the magic system is wonderful and unique. But what made me happiest was how delightful this story was. Robin and Edwin both have my heart, and I loved watching their relationship blossom.”



Red’s biography

by Ann Carson

Heroes of ancient Greece. upcoming romance. An animated portrait of a gifted young man coming to terms with his identity. Does this sound familiar?

Ann Carson Red’s biographywhich is loosely based on The Tenth Labor of Hercules, published in 1998 (much earlier than Achilles song). The novel explores the relationship between Geryon, a boy who is also a red-winged beast, and the malicious Herakles, who offers a fickle and frustrated kind of love.

The book, whose lyrical prose was praised, was A.J The New York Times Notable Book of the Year. the times called review Red’s biography “a A deep love story. . . Sensual, funny, poignant, musical, and tender.”


All That's Left in the World, new book in 2022

All the rest in the world

by Eric J Brown

The epidemic has killed most of the world’s population, including everyone Andrew and Jamie loved. When they find each other, then, they have nothing to lose. Perhaps that is why it is so easy to trust each other.

They both have secrets: There is just something about Andrew’s story, and Jamie… Jamie is starting to fall in love with Andrew.

When forced from their shelter, the boys set out to find civilization. It’s Jimmy and Andrew facing a broken world, and on the long road ahead, they must summon the courage to face their truths and fight for each other.

All That's Left in the World, new book in 2022

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silver in the wood

by Emily Tesch

Tobias Finch prefers a quiet existence with his cat and cottage. Henry Silver wants to know more about the strange man who lives in his newly purchased forest.

In his passion, Henry searches for the secrets of magic and forests better than Tobias would have preferred to leave buried. The deliberately atmospheric novel (only 92 pages long) is about the dichotomy between these two men as they learn to put down literal and metaphorical roots.

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