This I found hard to believe.
This book would be better if Johanis lost what is supposedly the historical aspect. It's one thing to rewrite history and give those with tragic endings, happy ones. But this is like an alternate sci-fi Egypt on an totally different planet.
There is some weird shit going down. Like the fact that the men fight and then rape each other in the arena. Ummm. And I'm sorry, Sasha as a nickname for Caesarion? Adrian for an Egyptian guard?
Now to be fair, Johanis acknowledges the playing with history, a bit, and gives the bare facts in an afterword.
So I guess it's about kink, though where Sasha got a pick feather anus toy, I have no idea. But, hey, he is a blonde with long flowing tresses. (Yeah, I know).
The whole bit about seman, I honestly do not know where to start with that. I don't. That was just inventive, but very strange. And insulting.
Which brings me to a question - I haven't read much m/m erotica or romance. So is it normal for one of the partners to be constantly described in womanly terms? Even the sex is basically described as man taking a woman - some verbiage and what not. Honestly, you change some of the pronouns around and it could be m/f. Is that normal? I'm not a guy, but wouldn't the mechancis be a little different than standard frontal sex, right? I swear one passage makes it sound like the two men are entering each others womanly parts that they don't have. This confused me greatly. Do men have secret vaginas?
So as a parody it is quite funny, but it is not suppose to be one. So oops.