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.
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!
In the heat of August 1900, Henry Blackwell—rich, handsome, and painfully shy—anticipates the purchase of his companion slave, that most personal of properties, with equal parts excitement and dread. There are limits to what a gentleman might do with his slave and still remain a gentleman, and what Henry craves goes far beyond what’s allowed.
Martin, a slave from House Ganymede, is the most beautiful young man Henry’s ever seen, and he’s ready and willing to do as Henry commands, but Henry’s afraid to ask him for what he really needs. A master needn’t care what a slave thinks or how he feels, but Henry can’t help wanting Martin to like him anyway. If Henry could be certain Martin wanted the same things he does, he might be bold enough to reveal his secrets.
Unfolding against a backdrop of progress, privilege and turn-of-the-century amusements, the four installments of the Ganymede Quartet present an erotic coming-of-age fantasy of Gilded Age New York in which young men from the richest families form intense bonds with the slaves who serve them.
After finishing book 0.5 A Superior Slave, I jumped very quickly into this book. I was shocked a bit when I started it because this book is told from Henry’s POV, unlike A Superior Slave which was told from Martin’s. However, after reading this book, I do believe that Glass did a great job at having this book from Henry’s view point because there was so much going on that was about HIM, that if it was told from Martin’s view point, we would have missed so much.
It was very interesting the world that Glass created, and how it was completely justified for the wealthy to have slaves. By the time I finished the book, I understood completely why they believed that, and why they practiced it.
Henry, there was just something about him that drew me to him right away. I loved his personality and just everything about him. Don’t get me wrong, I still enjoyed Martin’s character, but the battles that Henry was going through – both personal and with his friends – were just so great, and they really added a realistic feel to the story. It didn’t feel as though we were completely immersed into a world that could have never existed, but in a world that really could exist.
I do feel for Martin though, with him being on the outside and having no clue what was going on in Henry’s head, he was at a complete loss as to what to do. While it was funny, it was also horrible!
I could go on and on about this book as to why I love it so much, but I don’t want to give too much away from the story. So I will leave it at this, if your looking for a new series to fall in love with, this is a safe bet. Go into it with an open mind and get ready to be drawn into the world that Glass has created.