The Marketplace

The Marketplace series comprises five novels by Laura Antoniou, which describe the experiences of the participants in a highly ritualized fictional BDSM secret society. The Marketplace is notable for being focused as much on character development as erotica, and for the pansexual nature of its setting.

The main thread through these books is the idea of the Marketplace, a secret society of both masters and slaves dedicated to full immersion into a lifestyle of total power exchange in which the slaves have no rights or power after they sign their “slave contract”. The contracts are not legally binding, but the agreements have effective power in the context of the novels because any slave, or owner, who violates the contract terms can be ostracized from the secret community of the marketplace—for those whose desires and orientations lead them to membership in that community, being prevented from participating is a very strong motivation to follow the terms of the contracts.