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4.05  ·  Rating Details ·  131 Ratings  ·  15 Reviews
Skaia was only a child when his village was burned and his family killed by Julius Caesar's troops in their attempt to add all of Gaul to the Roman Empire. Sold as a slave in Rome, he adjusts to his life in the Suetonius family, with the help of other slaves and the friendship of his young master, Glaucus. When Glaucus leaves for his tour of Greece, marking his official ...more
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Published by SL Publishing Group (first published May 14th 2009)
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Emma Sea
Jun 01, 2012 Emma Sea rated it it was amazing
Loved it and devoured in short order. I'm not usually a fan for soap-operas, and essentially this is what this book is: we follow the MC through many years of his life. However, a mix of excellent supporting characters, vivid historical detail, developing love, uber-possessiveness, and hot dub-con made this a winner.

So well-written I cried. Twice. Lots.
Mar 24, 2012 Ery rated it really liked it
I rather enjoyed this book. It drew me in from the beginning, and there was little I could do but go along for the ride.

Skaia is a slave boy that refuses to accept that as his fate. While he submits, he always finds little ways to rebel. The author was very talented at capturing my heart, putting it through the ringer, and starting all over again.

This is a very candid story - and I didn't see warnings in the summary (other than a mention of slavery), so here they are. There is slavery. There is
Aug 27, 2016 Eve rated it it was amazing
Shelves: dark-or-noncon
Extremely long and extremely satisfying. The characters are all depicted with depth. The slavery is brutal and some of the psychological abuse is even worse than the noncon, but this was in the end something of a love story. Same author wrote Collateral Damage.
Mar 22, 2013 Yblees rated it really liked it
An excellent read. The reason I'm giving this 4 stars instead of 5 is that I don't quite trust myself to rate it so soon after finishing the book.

Random thoughts.
There seems to be some genre-slip happening as the story progressed. I found it a little disconcerting to be reading historical slavery themed M/M, and suddenly finding myself confronted with recognizable contemporary BDSM-genre practices and archetypes.
I found myself questioning if Thaddeus' way of thinking was too anachronistically m
Mar 03, 2016 Judy rated it really liked it
As another reviewer of "Skaia" stated this book is really a soap opera set in the age of the Roman empire. The book was long, basically focusing on one multi-generational Roman family during the time of Julius Caesar, Marc Anthony and the slow collapse of the Roman empire where having slaves was accepted, even normal in the wealthier households. The stars of this book were Skaia (slave) and Thaddeus (master of the household).

I loved reading this tale and didn't want it to end. In fact, there is
Abandoned on page 100.

I felt sick. I don't read to feel sick. I like to suffer, but not to REALLY suffer. So NO.
Feb 13, 2012 Allie rated it it was amazing
I am currently reading this and am so embroiled in the goings on that I don't want it to ever end. It's a long book (which I LOVE) and you get the chance to really get involved in all the characters' lives. The main character is called Skaia. He was bought, at age 9, by a Roman named Thaddeus to give to his 7 year old son, Glaucus. Glaucus is supposed to use Skaia as a friend but, primarily, as a slave. And, as he grows, he is allowed to use Skaia in any which way he chooses including as a ...more
Oct 06, 2012 Eed99 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this story. There are some very dark moments, but then slavery is rather dark.

I liked the way the characters grew in this story-I think if not for the growth of Thaddeus the love aspect would have been hard to swallow, but his own personal growth made it more believable.

One aspect I really loved as well were the various, well developed secondary characters.

The story is long, and does involve some non con moments, but then it is set in ancient Rome where slavery existed had bui
Jul 16, 2016 PaperMoon rated it really liked it
A very long read set in ancient Rome as a young slave boy grows up serving an upcoming Senatorial family. Inevitably, his red-haired beauty attracts the attentions of several generations of the same family .... and of course other more nasty and vicious Roman sorts. This not a regular M-M romance read, given the prevailing Roman sentiment / belief systems regarding master-slave relations. However, the author does give us the M-M action along with some brutality and cruelty. The book reminds me ...more
Scott M.
Jun 14, 2013 Scott M. rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this story, and thought the author did a commendable job of getting into the mindset of masters and slaves in ancient times. Is it historically accurate? No. Definitely not. The author's knowledge or research into the time period seems largely drawn from the television series, "Rome," by HBO. I say this with confidence because many of that show's historical errors are repeated in Skaia. However, it still makes for a quick, enjoyable read with some of the best characterizations ...more
Jul 14, 2015 Gisuris rated it did not like it
Shelves: reviewed
Word of warning:

Heavily romanticised depiction of slavery, paper thin characters, an MC who reads as clinically retarded and cries every other page, and a "kind" master who starts developing feelings for the slave in between bouts of raping/beating the shit out of him.

I'm obviously an idiot, because the blurb alone should have told me this was not going to be sexual slavery Spartacus, but rather some absurd roman version of Okane Ga Nai. If that doesn't sound appealing to you, you really shoul
Sep 25, 2016 Selen rated it it was amazing
Shelves: slave-fic
This was a wonderful slavefic. It depicts the ancient Roman society beautifully and Ayden Sadari is a very gifted writer. This was very quality writing.
Jul 10, 2014 Natalie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very entertaining read, sexy, realistic (for the time period) and a total must read for m/m bdsm or romance genre book lovers.

I may read it again!
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