The Slave Palace: Wulf and Locke – Kingdom of Slaves, Book 1*
*This book can be read as a standalone as each book will follow a new couple
Themes & Genres: Gay Romance, Fantasy, pleasure slaves
WARNING: Mature Content
Conquered. Captured. Sold as a pleasure slave.
After being taken as a prisoner of war, Wulf fights his captors and is sold as a One-Night Thrall to be used and abused, then put to death. He is purchased by a high ranking master of the famous Slave Palace. Why Locke buys him, Wulf has no clue, but something about this master is intriguing. Instead of abuse, Wulf is plied with luxuries he has never known by a man who actually seems to respect him.
Jaded. Looking for a challenge.
Eminent Master Locke takes on a bet with his best friend that he can’t train and tame a dangerous One-Night Thrall in ten days. But something about this slave stirs him like no other before. All bets aside, Locke has the urge to keep Wulf, as well as save his life. But Wulf is fierce, unwilling, and his consent papers have been forged. If Wulf doesn’t soon submit to his role as a slave, he will be sent to death as a prisoner of war.
A sweet, slow-burn love story taking place on an alternate contemporary Earth where owning pleasure slaves is legal.
What I think of the book:
I approach books involving slavery with caution. There’s way too much noncon (non consensual) sex in that type of novels. It was a relief to find out that the slaves in Wendy Rathbone’s The Slave Palace had actually given their written consent to be trained for pleasure. However, some of them have only chosen this as it was the lesser evil when it came to the limited choices they’ve had, so it still might trigger some readers.
With that being said, the training of the slaves doesn’t involve brutality. In fact, one of the main characters – Locke, is a Master and one of the most patient and gentle people you’ll find in books. His training methods are actually something I – given the situation the characters are in – approve of.
Now, if this was real life, I might not be so on board with the shock collars, and by “might not be”, I mean, I definitely wouldn’t. But here’s the thing: in this world that Wendy has created, they are an appropriate punishment, at least in the country Locke is native to.
At the beginning, Wulf’s vision on the matter is very different from that of his new Master. After all, Wulf has grown up in a country where the people are strict and narrow-minded when it comes to sex, condemning pleasure as immoral. That was why, while I was reading the book, I couldn’t help but make parallels with real-world misconceptions the people outside of the BDSM community make about the people in that community.
Often, people who don’t practice BDSM would consider BDSM practices immoral and those who engage in them lewd or even mentally unstable. However, those who are a part of the community, know that there’s more to BDSM than sex. It’s about emotion, about sensation, about pleasure and trust between two – or more – consenting, sane adults.
Some of these principles I’ve seen in The Slave Palace although it’s not a BDSM book and, as I’ve mentioned earlier, I’m not completely on board with everything that goes on.
However, the book was really well-written. It was full of vivid descriptions that I’ve come to expect from Wendy’s work and the relationship between the main characters was built on something other than just lust, making The Slave Palace more than just a novel you’d pick up when you want a titillating read.
Who would I recommend this book to? I’d recommend The Slave Palace to readers of MM Romance who are not bothered by the idea of pleasure slaves.
My rating: (5/5 collars)
Would I re-read this book? Yes.
Am I interested in other books by this author? Yes.
Where can you buy the book?
Other books by this author that I’ve already reviewed:
- 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)
- Ganymede: Abducted by the Gods – The Fantastic Immortals, Book 1 (this book can be read as a standalone | LGBT, Fantasy, Gay Romance, Alternate Myth, gods | Mature Content)
- 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)
- Prey (standalone | LGBT, Sci-Fi, Gay Romance, abduction, slavery, abuse | Mature Content)
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