Buried deep below the everyday life of our society lives an underground world of nightmares—of violence and murder no one dares speak about. Contracts and laws weave the web of our culture together. Our Masters walk amongst us. They can be our friends, or the ones to make us disappear forever.
Where I once had found peace within my existence, it all ended with the death of my cruel, yet caring owner. My world shattered and I was taken back to the one place I had hoped to never see again—the cells of Whitlock—a subterranean fortress for slaves who await their new placement.
Now I have no rights. I have no say. My feelings and wellbeing are meaningless. Escape is impossible, but I have nothing left to lose.
To stand any chance of survival, I must give my life as collateral to the highest bidder: Soul for Sale.
Reviewer’s note: I’m a huge fan of dark erotica but even I felt a little ill at some stages here. Do not read this if you’re not drawn in by the dark.
Crikey. Where do I start? This is basically torture porn, a vast blood bath that just gets more and more extreme as the story progresses. And it’s pretty brilliant. It took me longer than usual to read as the plot was somewhat complex, with quite a few characters and potentialities to keep track of. In fact, it was, by and large, absolutely chaotic.
“You’d use me as your whore when you know it’s your love and my freedom that I want.”
I didn’t like any of the characters. But I also secretly adored them all. 24690 was strong, if not absolutely psychotic, as were West and Bram. The sex scenes pushed my limits to the extreme, involving brutal rape, impact play, blood and strangulation – and yet I somehow still found it strangely (and ashamedly) erotic, something A.A. Dark has been very, very clever with.
Bram once said I’d been hidden from the horrors of Whitlock for too long. I knew he had been telling the truth, but never once did I see myself turning into one of them. And wasn’t I? I craved to spill their blood. To massacre their bodies and end their lives for what they’d done to me.
I do, however, have a few criticisms. The editing was not up to scratch. This could do with a thorough proof read to get rid of the many spelling and grammatical errors. It really, really frustrated me because I would keep getting drawn into the plot and then there would be a flurry of mistakes and it would break the spell.
Otherwise, some of this felt like brutality with the sole purpose to shock. It succeeded. But there were some occasions where I just felt it went a little too far. I wouldn’t have minded had it been relevant to the plot, but some of it just wasn’t.
I wanted my slave’s love, but the true me wanted to hurt her for knowing she’d never give it.
An interesting journey into morality and depravity, this is not a book for the faint hearted. And yet, the world was so well-constructed and detailed that I loved it as well as being disgusted by it. My own reactions made me uncomfortable reading this, and believe me when I say it is rare that that happens. I’m looking forward to the sequel. And that ending…brutally satisfying.