Ganymede: Abducted by the Gods – The Fantastic Immortals, Book 1
Themes & Genres: LGBT, Fantasy, Gay Romance, Alternate Myth, gods
WARNING: Mature Content
Sold by his father. Abducted against his will.
My name is Ganymede, and I have been betrayed.
Every boy my age dreams of leaving home to embark on a noble adventure, but never does any boy imagine it happening as it did to me. On the evening of my 18th naming day, when I expected no more than a chalice of wine and a few drunken flirtations to tempt my innocence, I was instead sold by my father to the god, Zeus – not because of anything particular I had ever done or said, but solely because I am considered beautiful among mortals, and my father found more value in a few gold coins than in the well-being of his youngest son.
To be honest, I never believed in the gods, but my lack of belief held no power in Olympus or on Earth. Now under Zeus’s influence, I am kept drunk on ambrosia in the sun-lit halls of the immortals, alternately amazed and horrified at the power these beings hold over others, and how darkly they influence the progress of humanity itself. How very much I want to hate Zeus for kidnapping me, and yet he shows me mostly kindness, even on that fateful night when we shared a bed for the first time. Kindness, yes, but also a godly and unyielding refusal to take no for an answer… probably because he could read my ambrosia-fevered curiosity as much as my naive, inexperienced terror. He owns me, after all, just as he owns everything else, so perhaps it never occurred to him that a captive and a slave might not make the best of lovers.
Throughout my time at Olympus – who’s to say how long I’ve been here, for time on Olympus is not the same as that on Earth – the only thing that gives me hope comes to me in dreams and visions. His name is Sable and he is a magnificent shape-shifter in the form of a giant raven. When he first spoke to me in my mind it was with a resonance unlike any I had ever known – his mind and mine sounding a single note together, a song without words, a promise of freedom, a glimpse of some distant but very real possibility of this thing we humans call Love. But now he is silent. Perhaps I dreamed his voice. Perhaps I have finally lost my mind…
What I think of the book:
This book was surprisingly short.
I don’t know why I’d assumed it would be longer. Perhaps because of the long – too long, in my opinion – blurb. And I know that the length of the book’s description has nothing to do with the length of the book itself. But yeah, I was surprised when I flicked my finger a few times and my Kindle app showed me I was already two percent into the book.
Okay. So it was short. But was it good?
Yes! It’s a really good, quick read you can finish off in one day.
There isn’t much going on as in the characters – and us along them – being thrown from one action scene to the other, but there’s a lot of emphasis on what the main character is feeling. And it’s done really well. I genuinely felt sorry for Ganymede and I was seriously pissed off at Zeus for what he did.
And that’s really important to me. It could be a long book or a shorter one, it could be just boy meets girl – or boy meets boy; I seem to be reviewing mostly that lately – it could have a generous helping of clichés, but if the author makes me feel so strongly about the characters, I’m instantly in love with the book.
The author’s way of writing is somehow poetic and Ganymede, who narrates the story, spends a lot of time into his own head, which I know some readers find as a turn off, but Wendy’s words hooked me in. The book sounded a lot more like a fairytale than a novel and I quite enjoyed myself while reading it.
Who would I recommend this book to? I’d recommend Ganymede: Abducted by the Gods to lovers of LGBT Fantasy stories, who do not need a fast-paced book to enjoy themselves.
My rating: (5 out of 5 swans)
Would I re-read this book? Probably.
Am I interested in other books by this author? Yes! I’m very interested in the rest of the series.
Where can you buy the book?
- amazon.com (link takes you straight to the book)
Add Ganymede: Abducted by the Gods to your Goodreads shelf (link takes you straight to the book)
Other books by Wendy that I’ve reviewed:
- Zeus: Conquering His Heart – The Fantastic Immortals, Book 2 (this book can be read as a standalone | LGBT, Fantasy, Gay Romance, Alternate Myth, gods | Mature Content)
- The Imposter Prince – The Imposter Series, Book 1 (LGBT, Fantasy, captivity, war | Mature Content)
- The Imposter King – The Imposter Series, Book 2 (LGBT, Fantasy, captivity, war | Mature Content)
- Prey (standalone; LGBT, Sci-Fi, Gay Romance, abduction, slavery, abuse; Mature Content)
- The Slave Palace: Wulf and Locke – Kingdom of Slaves, Book 1 (this book can be read as a standalone | Gay Romance, Fantasy, pleasure slaves | Mature Content)
Want to know a little bit about Wendy? Read the interview she gave me!
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