Martin of House Ganymede, trained as a companion slave, is eager for a master of his own. Everything he’s done in his short life has been to prepare him for auction day, and now all that remains is to be chosen. In being sold, he’ll be separated from the boys he’s lived and trained with his entire life, and it’s possible he won’t see them ever again. Goodbyes are hurried and emotions are raw as the slaves go on display for prospective masters. Martin has ideas about what he’d like in a master, though of course he’ll have no say in who will buy him. When he meets tall, handsome Henry Blackwell, he’s found the one he wants, but does this shy master want him?
A Superior Slave is a prequel introducing the books of the Ganymede Quartet, a fantasy of Gilded Age New York in which young men from the richest families form intense bonds with the slaves who serve them.
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A very well-written story, with a cast of characters that have real dimension. At first glance, I assumed it would be just another formulaic approach to a subject that is generally presented as dark, secret and sensational; simply put, it's a look into the world of domination and submission. This aspect of human sexuality has always existed but rarely does it merit much attention, and when it does it can elicit inner emotions of fear, insecurity and guilt, especially when it seems "interesting". Unfortunately most of us have seen or read or heard about the concept of master and slave that is extreme, cruel or violent, which is why it is always perceived as "taboo". "A Superior Slave" breaks away from the pack almost immediately, and gives us a perspective that is based on kindness, respect and the subtlety of love. The author takes us into a world where one of the last things we question is "what is 'normal' ?" Instead, we are drawn into a bright world devoid of the stereotypical trappings of psychological angst and deviant self-image. It is a world that is both innocent and erotic. Set in the year 1900, which enhances the mystique and allure, the locale for most of the first installment takes place in what seems to be rural New York, and later, New York City. What is so different about this story is the way it mesmerizes us and easily transports us to what is best described as something between a parallel world and an alternate reality, both of which are safe and engrossing, but never judgmental, either to us or the fascinating people we learn about. This first installment is narrated by Martin, the highly respected, intelligent young man who--with several of his devoted friends--has reached the age of eighteen, and the end of the many years that have prepared him for his noble destiny. There are three other novelette-type installments that link the four full-length novels in the series. I have only read this first part, which was enough to persuade me to order the other three installments, which are free. On further investigation, I learned that the installments are not just excerpts from the novels, but offer the events from Martin's point of view, while the novels are told in the words of "Henry". I haven't described any plot lines because I myself would rather not know too much about "what happens" in books I read. I read the reviews in this space, and everyone seems to have high regard for this series, and for the author, Darrah Glass, who writes beautifully and honestly. and with a rare instinctive restraint that is so necessary for the art of true eroticism. I am looking forward to reading the entire series...and from what I have seen thus far, I hope she plans to advance the story, and to continue writing for years to come. So please, suspend any apprehensions based on pre-conceived notions and be surprised by what you DON'T know.
The way that I found this book was an unusual way for me. I had seen a friend share it a few times, talking about how great it was. To be honest, the first few times that I read the blurb, I wasn’t that interested. But after my friend started talking about the book for the 10th time, I figured it was worth a shot to download and see how I felt about it. I am so glad that I did download it! This has quickly become one of my favorite series of the year, and I can’t believe that I waited so long to start it. A Superior Slave is a novella for sure, and it is told from Martin’s POV. (This is important for the future books!) I loved how Glass went about this story because we were given a lot of back information about Martin, and what exactly the auction was about. I really loved how we were able to get into Martin’s head throughout this story because it was a very trying time for him, and we were right there with him through it all. The love that he had for his friends was completely obvious, but I really loved the outlook that he had on his future as well. It wasn’t just a “oh this is what I have to do” outlook, but more a “This is what I want and I will do whatever I can to be successful at it” outlook. I will admit though, that even though I did love this book, it took me a bit to actually get into it. I would recommend that if you are on the fence about it, I would try it. Go into it with an open mind and just enjoy the world that Glass takes you too! Reviewed by Crystal Marie for Crystal’s Many Reviewers *Copy BOUGHT for review*
I just loved this. I loved the alternate 1900s universe. I loved the handful of characters you're introduced to. And most of all, I loved Martin, the Superior slave boy with his less than perfect eyesight and secret hope for a master with true affection for him. I instantly purchased A Most Personal Property.