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Master of One by Dani Bennett & Jaida Jones
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
Published By: HarperTeen
Release Date: November 10, 2020
Sinister sorcery. Gallows humor. A queer romance so glorious it could be right out of fae legend itself. Master of One is a fantasy unlike any other.
Rags is a thief—an excellent one. He’s stolen into noble’s coffers, picked soldier’s pockets, and even liberated a ring or two off the fingers of passersby. Until he’s caught by the Queensguard and forced to find an ancient fae relic for a sadistic royal sorcerer.
But Rags could never have guessed this “relic” would actually be a fae himself—a distractingly handsome, annoyingly perfect, ancient fae prince called Shining Talon. Good thing Rags can think on his toes, because things just get stranger from there…
With the heist and intrigue of Six of Crows and the dark fairy tale feel of The Cruel Prince, this young adult fantasy debut will have readers rooting for a pair of reluctant heroes as they take on a world-ending fae prophecy, a malicious royal plot, and, most dangerously of all, their feelings for each other.
With gallows humor and sadistic, sinister sorcery, and a heist turned adventure, Master of One is a brilliant young adult fantasy debut and it is fantastically breathtaking. Rags faces an ancient Prophecy set in motion when he is forced to find an ancient Fae relic that turns out to be not what was expected. Rags is such a detailed character, from his background as a thief and trying to survive on the streets, to his softness that he tries to bury deep down, and the gallows humor he uses to deflect; it’s hard not to instantly feel for him and cheer for him to win in the end. As the story progresses, Rags world becomes expanded, and we are introduced to other characters, Shining Talon, a Fae Prince; Cabhan, a Queensguard deserter; Inis, a privileged lady whose family was almost all killed by the Queensguard; and Somhairle, an exiled Prince. This rag-tag (*smirks*…see what I did there?) group is faced with becoming the only hope to save the kingdom from the cruel and malevolent Queen and her last sorcerer, Morien.
The worldbuilding is magnificent and thorough. I loved that I felt immersed in a medieval-ish time but with magic, Fae, and sorcerers. It was built with familiar writing outlines, but these authors definitely made it their own. The plot started off a tad slow but I think that is what led to such a detailed world and then when the pace picked up and there was action around every corner it had me on the edge of my seat, breathless, wanting to know what happened next. The dialogue felt more modern than the atmosphere that was created in the worldbuilding. That took some getting used to but it was very humorous and had me giggling out loud. I personally fell hard for the diversity of the characters. The two main queer characters, the side ones that are suffering from PTSD, and the one that is in chronic pain and uses a brace to get around. I have got to say that hands down, the characters were my favorite part of the story. The main relationship in the story is a slow burn, it’s a beautiful queer romance with instant chemistry and yearning, that is solovely to read. Their growth and learning to trust one another brings about a big change in our main character Rags, who is so use to being alone and working alone, that to see him trust, work with and protect others, was so gratifying.
Another interesting element in this book was the magic; both sinister and cruel if used by sorcerers; their use of mirrorcraft was so compelling and awful. Basically, the way sorcerers use mirrorcraft is by inserting it into people’s hearts to control them, or to threaten them into acting on their own. But this magic was also full of elegance and fascination when used by those gifted with it naturally. You can tell that the sorcerers weren’t meant to have magic because of the way it became a twisted, perversion of the beautiful, natural magic.
I would highly recommend this book to anyone who loves Fantasy, magic, slow burn romance, and wants LGBTQ representation. This whole book made my heart happy and I cannot wait for the sequel.
Here is my attempt at a Mood Board for this awesome book! I used a collage style just to give something a bit different. I hope at least one or two pictures will remind you of this book but these images conveyed the feeling I got from this book.
Jaida Jones and Danielle Bennett are married co-authors (without wanting to divorce yet) who live in Brooklyn with 8 cats. Danielle is from Victoria, British Columbia, and works freelance as an independent editor, proofreader and plagiarism checker. Jaida is a native New Yorker. Their published work includes four novels from the Volstovic Cycle, in addition to their many twitter rants on intersectional feminism and the NYC subway system. COMING FALL 2020 FROM HARPERTEEN: MASTER OF ONE.
Well, that’s all from me. I hope you add this book to your TBR or have it pre-ordered because you do not want to miss this book. If you’ve already read, let me know your thoughts in the comments below. And as always, happy reading!