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A Superior Slave

(Ganymede Quartet 0.5)

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3.76  ·  Rating details ·  171 ratings  ·  34 reviews
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 a ...more
ebook, 106 pages
Published September 16th 2014 by 3H Press (first published September 15th 2014)
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Sheziss
A lovely porny dream.



AU with legal slavery. New York City, 1900.



Martin is a Superior Slave and the top boy of his cohort. He is destined to be owned by a rich young boy his own age. Martin is a companion and as such he has received the best education, in clothing, in servicing, in sports, in music, in languages, in dancing... and in sex.

But he has inappropriate desires, the expectations that companion slaves as himself can't consider reasonable. Still, he longs for them just the same. He wants a
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Vivian
Jan 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: erotica-fantasy
This was very sweet and a nice background to Martin and his life on the farm prior to the auction and being sold for House Ganymede. Again, it's an idyllic representation of slavery and the austere, yet sufficient upbringing illustrates the gap between Martin and his future owner, Henry quite well. The insecurities, worries and the loss of lifelong friends is especially touching as they each are sold to go their own way.

Still want to understand the premise of this AU with legalized slavery durin
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Sunny
Sep 27, 2014 rated it really liked it
Sweet intro to a promising new series. A bit sad as boys who grew up together and trained as slaves are auctioned off to new families, likely to never see each other again, but also hopeful as the boys start their new lives.

I'll be reading the next story :)
Optimist ♰King's Wench♰
BR with Adam a.k.a. former slavefic virgin.

I had similar feels on this prequel to A Most Personal Property as Adam. The world building wasn't anywhere near the level achieved in book 1. I didn't become as engrossed in this one either. BUT I loved getting Martin's POV after having read book 1 and going through all the emotional turmoil with Henry and suspecting Martin was similarly affected. It makes it feel as though they were destined. I was also highly amused that all the slaves thought Henry
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Adam
2.5 stars

BR with Wench! =D


I think I would have enjoyed this more if I had come back and read this after reading the first full-length book in this series, A Most Personal Property.

Martin is a slave-in-training in House Ganymede. In this alternate universe, rich families buy high-trained slaves for their sons, so that their sons may 'become men', so to speak, in a safe and clean manner. Though beyond that, slaves are also tutors, sporting companions and even friends to their masters. However, Mar
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Amy Spector
Dec 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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 hopes for a master with true affection for him.

I instantly purchase A Most Personal Property
Bev
Liked this one, the prologue to A Most Personal Property which appeared out of the ether on my kindle yesterday. 4 stars from me. Can't wait to see what happens to Martin, and hope that the other books in the series will let us know what has happened to Charlie, Georgie and the others...even Noah. Thanks Leta for the rec.
Veronica of V's Reads
This alternate-reality historical fiction novella provides an in-depth look at the world of companion slaves. It is set in 1900 New York and follows the day in the life of Martin, Head Boy for the Ganymede House--one which is known for producing excellent slave stock.

All of the characters are male, and it is expected that male companion slaves are to be sold to wealthy young men to be uesd as a sexual training partner, companion and trusted friend. All slaves are expected to assist their owners
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Reflection
Oh wow! This is a fabulous introduction to the alternative universe created by Darrah Glass, and I was hooked from the first page. In a world where slavery is accepted and wealthy young men are provided with a companion slave following their sixteenth birthday, this story takes a unique perspective of a slave anticipating his imminent purchase.

The story weaves the experience of Martin, born into slavery who uses all his focus and skills to become the best he can be and his hope for the future. M
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leigh
Oct 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: freebies, owned-azn
Beautifully written and strikingly original take on slaves-in-training. This free prequel sets up the historical AU worldbuilding (New York City in 1900, unusual!) and introduces many characters.

It is told from the POV of Martin, the most esteemed and valuable member of his class of trained slaves. Martin and his group of age cohorts (sixteen year olds) have spent their lives on a farm preparing for the day they will be auctioned off. The story takes us through Martin’s last few days on the far
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Michelle
Sep 26, 2014 rated it really liked it
OK I'm hooked. I'll be reading book one for sure!
Chelsea
So I'm starting to read this series, and doing in order obviously. I heard the first book is all in Henry's POV so i enjoyed reading about Martin's character and how he feels about his slavery. Its very sweet short story and also pretty sexy, more sex than i was expecting which is major plus points :) I'm off to read the first one now and am pretty excited, i'm already completely drawn into this world.
Anne-Marie
Oct 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ganymede
I received this story as an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

This freebie - and prequel to the Ganymede Quartet series - introduces the world of male companion slaves in America at the turn of the 20th century. So, this is a different kind of America where a selection of beautiful boys is trained in special, well esteemed schools from childhood to serve their future masters in every possible way as full-time companions.

These companions have been raised and educated in a sheltered world, awa
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FantasyLiving
Well, I'm on the fence with what to write.

I really enjoyed it, but feel so wrong for enjoying it. I'm disturbed by the 16 year old sex, but then I remember what I was like at 16, and I suppose these are slaves training, and part of their job will be pleasure... so.... I still feel like a dirty old woman for enjoying the erotica in this story, but I'll get over it.

Great beginning. I'm totally invested in finding out more about young Henry, and how Martin settles into life in his new role.

I love
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Joyfully Jay
Jan 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: jay
A Joyfully Jay review.

5 stars


A Superior Slave is a prequel to A Most Personal Property and takes place the day before and the day of the slave auction. It really wonderfully sets up this amazing world Glass has created, giving us a window into the life of the companion slaves. We learn about House Ganymede, what their lives and training is like, and the relationships that have developed between them. This story is told from Martin’s POV, which gives us a chance to see how he feels about his rol
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Kevin
Jan 26, 2015 rated it really liked it
This concerns slavery in New York City in 1900 among the wealthy. For this reason it could be troubling, treating slavery as if it were not evil. Better to set it in another world.
Ignoring this issue, this is a sweet story sbout 16 year old boys trained to be companions for the sons of rich men. There is a lot of camera dearie and anxiety about what will come next. It focuses on Martin and his interactions. There is quite a bit of casual gay sex.
The story is addictive and I have read the followi
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Nico
Mar 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I downloaded this book late Thursday night and on my nook app, mainly because it was free. I must admit I was thinking I would most likely delete it after reading a page or two, and that I was going to find it boring. Three days of countless hours of reading, I had finished all 4 of the books available, and was hungry for more. I love the world created in this series. I would recommend reading if you're not put off by explicit sex, more so found in later installments. A really good series!
Pates
Oct 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I loooved getting to know Martin! What a great prequel to find out just who Martin is and what he is experiencing during this time. I adored seeing the friendships and relationships unfold between all the guys! Thank you for letting us get to know Martin! :D
Manda
The slave auction through Martin's eyes. We learn more of him. Gosh, I love the boy. Bless his heart. He deserved his new master, he really did.
Iris
Mar 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I can't say how much I loved this one.
Connie
A Superior Slave was read for a BDSM book challenge. It’s about these young boys that are coming of age who were trained to be companions to their Masters’ sons. They were trained for all positions, and the ones who commanded the highest price were the ones who were the most flexible and talented in all areas including lovemaking. The boys didn’t practice with the teachers, but with one another in that regard.

There was a beautiful boy named Martin who was eager to have a master of his own. Mart
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Free_dreamer
Oct 17, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: lgbt, free-reads
This was a nice beginning for what promises to be an interesting series. Martin was very likeable. It was a little sad to watch him having to say good bye to everybody and everything he knows, being forced to start over with a boy he knows nothing about. But this wasn't an angsty story. Because while Martin is sad that he has to leave his friends behind, he's also very much looking forward to finally growing up and hopefully finding a kind master. We get plenty of good bye sex. The Ganymede boys ...more
Shelby P
Oct 04, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: m-m, historical
My first thought once I started reading this was that it didn't seem too historical given that it's based in 1900. I did google showers and saw that they were invented in the 1800s so okay. Also I wanted to know how did the boys end up on the farm initially as slaves? Did their parents sell them because they knew they'd have better lives with rich people?

I was initially drawn to A Most Personal Property because of the blurb but realized there was a prequel so decided it'd be best if I read it f
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Misty

** 3.5 Stars **

This short story is a very nice prologue to "A Most Personal Property". I'm looking forward to learning more about Martin and Henry!
JD
Reading this series and I like this whole slave/master thing - loving the 2 MC's. More to come!!
Theresa
Jul 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
4 stars for the whole series - 0.5, 1, 2, 2.5, 3, 3.5, 4 & 4.5. Each book was not robust enough to stand on its own nor receive an individual rating. I recommend reading book 0.5 AFTER book 1.

Coming of age slave fic set in 1900 AU. The story was told mostly through the limited view of a naive, unsocialized, emotionally neglected, over indulged, gay, 16 year old boy Henry. Important events were also depicted by Martin, Henry's personal slave. The writing style was almost in diary format. The
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Crystal Marie
Aug 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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
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Carly
Nov 16, 2014 rated it liked it
This was a super quick read. There were moments where I thought this book was going to be better than it was (there was some really good longing early on). But ultimately the rest of the book didn't live up to the promise of those few good moments. I also found the pacing off. The longing eventually dragged on for too long. And then everything was resolved by 75-80% of the way through so the last quarter of the book was pointless. I kept expecting something tragic to happen. But there was just t ...more
Lois - Who Reads
An interesting start to a series of books that takes place in an alternate universe where young men are sold into slavery after years of training. These young men are highly-trained to be among other things companions, sexual partners, and tutors. This is a luxury that only the most wealthy can afford for their sons. I would like to have had a little more background on where these future slaves came from and hope that some of that is covered in the next book. Yup, already hooked enough to know I ...more
Diane Dannenfeldt
Apr 27, 2015 rated it really liked it
This was a good short read and gives you background on what is going on in this world. So many of the boys caught my heart and I hope the very best for them all. I'm looking forward to watch Henry & Martin's love grow.
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Ganymede Quartet (4 books)
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