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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 fa 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. 


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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 fa 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. 

30 review for Master of One

  1. 5 out of 5

    Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin

    December FairyLoot Unboxing and we got some awesome stuff! Click the link under the pic to see the GOODIES! GOODIES LINK: https://melissa413readsalot.blogspot.... December FairyLoot Unboxing and we got some awesome stuff! Click the link under the pic to see the GOODIES! GOODIES LINK: https://melissa413readsalot.blogspot....

  2. 5 out of 5

    Nerily

    Ok let's be honest. This is probably not 5 stars. I couldn't care less. I add a star as a "Sorry If I thought you were a trashy book, I will never do it again" But please. I need the sequel. God, I love when I am wrong in a good way about books. Ok let's be honest. This is probably not 5 stars. I couldn't care less. I add a star as a "Sorry If I thought you were a trashy book, I will never do it again" But please. I need the sequel. God, I love when I am wrong in a good way about books.

  3. 4 out of 5

    jocelyn

    2.5 / 5 i really enjoyed this in the first 100 pages, but it dragged sooo much after that. it threw me into a weeks-long reading slump, my FIRST ONE THIS YEAR. i was under the impression that this book would be about a thief, a fae, a heist, and some gay adventures, but that constituted a very low percentage of the story. the beginning was the only heist part, starting off with a sort of aladdin-esque plot. rags, the thief, is forced by the queen’s sorceress to break into a fae stronghold with onl 2.5 / 5 i really enjoyed this in the first 100 pages, but it dragged sooo much after that. it threw me into a weeks-long reading slump, my FIRST ONE THIS YEAR. i was under the impression that this book would be about a thief, a fae, a heist, and some gay adventures, but that constituted a very low percentage of the story. the beginning was the only heist part, starting off with a sort of aladdin-esque plot. rags, the thief, is forced by the queen’s sorceress to break into a fae stronghold with only his cleverness, and i actually really liked that. i could really appreciate rags’s ingenuity and his ever-present humor. he might have been the most enjoyable part of the book. but the fae love interest, shiny talon, and virtually every other character (who i can’t remember the names of, i’m sorry) were kind of boring to me. they didn’t have as much depth as i would have liked. i found it hard to believe that every single integral character is inherently altruistic and ready to do the right thing without any hesitation, but maybe i’m just cynical. the magical animal (?) companions and the whole quest to find them weren’t that compelling either. as i said, it got really slow and kind of meandering, and plot lost a lot of my interest. the romance didn’t work for me either, mostly because the love interest was a bit bland. overall it was pretty disappointing, especially since the premise had so many things i should have liked, but it was a digestible read and can still be fun if you want to give it a try.

  4. 4 out of 5

    rin ( ̄ヘ ̄) read/watch mo dao zu shi

    " When a common thief finds himself on the wrong side of the law, his punishment is to join an evil sorcerer on a perilous journey to uncover a lost fae relic. The relic turns out to be a fae himself—a distractingly handsome, annoyingly perfect, ancient fae prince. Together they must save the world from the evil sorcerer, while trying not to fall in love with each other." YELLS IN GAY " When a common thief finds himself on the wrong side of the law, his punishment is to join an evil sorcerer on a perilous journey to uncover a lost fae relic. The relic turns out to be a fae himself—a distractingly handsome, annoyingly perfect, ancient fae prince. Together they must save the world from the evil sorcerer, while trying not to fall in love with each other." YELLS IN GAY

  5. 5 out of 5

    Devanshi

    Exciting wasn’t powerful enough for what Somhairle had found. A group of strangers who could be friends. A group of friends who might become heroes. When I read the blurb and saw Six of Crows + The Cruel Prince my deal was sealed despite not knowing anything about the authors or story. But did this book meet all my expectations? Definitely! We have a little sweet thief with a lot of humor (not at all anything like Kaz so don't expect that), a too literal cute fae prince (NOT our cruel Prince) Exciting wasn’t powerful enough for what Somhairle had found. A group of strangers who could be friends. A group of friends who might become heroes. When I read the blurb and saw Six of Crows + The Cruel Prince my deal was sealed despite not knowing anything about the authors or story. But did this book meet all my expectations? Definitely! We have a little sweet thief with a lot of humor (not at all anything like Kaz so don't expect that), a too literal cute fae prince (NOT our cruel Prince), an ex-soldier loyal to a fault, an angry young girl, a sunshine prince and a great villain with a lot of interesting side characters. With the heist plot of SoC and the dark setting of TCP... Yes! Absolutely loved it and can't wait for the next book!! Buddy read with Rae .Thank you for recommending this gem and our book talks were a lot of fun despite the big time differences 😊

  6. 5 out of 5

    Andy

    Thank you to TBR & Beyond Tours, Netgalley, the authors and the publisher for an ARC in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own. Can I reread this already?? Honestly, my brain is just scrambled from all the amazing books I've been reading lately, but Master of One takes the cake. A thief who discovers the last fae? A slow burn Achillean romance? A crew that is diverse and queer? They must take down an evil sorcerer and Queen? Yes, this book checks all the boxes that I wanted and mo Thank you to TBR & Beyond Tours, Netgalley, the authors and the publisher for an ARC in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own. Can I reread this already?? Honestly, my brain is just scrambled from all the amazing books I've been reading lately, but Master of One takes the cake. A thief who discovers the last fae? A slow burn Achillean romance? A crew that is diverse and queer? They must take down an evil sorcerer and Queen? Yes, this book checks all the boxes that I wanted and more. WHERE IS THE SEQUEL?!? If I may request, I need me a sapphic ship next, thank you. Rags is an excellent thief, but when his latest catch ends up with him working for a terrifying sorcerer, Rags is sure he's in over his head. When he succeeds in solving a deadly puzzle he expects his life and riches. What he gets is the last Fae prince. Shining Talon instantly hates the Lying One sorcerer, and is devoted to Rags for waking him. But can these two find out what Morien the Last is truly up to and stop him before it's too late. This is a slow burn story that creeps up and knits itself into your heart. The first half of the book is bit slow and mainly focuses on Rags. As it continues we start to get additional character POVs and they all begin to weave a web between each other that's bound to collide. I really loved seeing this disaster squad being thrown together and trying to figure out their pasts/what is even currently happening. As for queer rep, I heard from a friend that the authors have stated everyone in this book is queer, and I am here for this. As for the rep I clearly saw on the page: a M/M relationship, another possible M/M relationship, and a trans woman character. One of the characters also has a physical disability due to birth defects/chronic illness. I really loved these characters and the world so much. I feel like we just got to understand the world and the conflicts within it and then the book ended. I really hope we get a sequel! Easily one of my fave reads of October! (view spoiler)[ I believe this will be the December Fairyloot pick and I AM EXCITE (hide spoiler)]

  7. 5 out of 5

    h o l l i s

    This might be a read I could actually round up on but for now I'm going to linger just under a three. I definitely didn't hate this and, despite the length (so long!), it was a pretty easy read — I swear, my eyes only skimmed the tiniest bit. Also the concept is definitely different and I appreciate that. But I do rather feel the pitch of this book as being a big ol' heist adventure is patently false. Instead, this book is about the ever lasting reign of a queen who has committed, or at least con This might be a read I could actually round up on but for now I'm going to linger just under a three. I definitely didn't hate this and, despite the length (so long!), it was a pretty easy read — I swear, my eyes only skimmed the tiniest bit. Also the concept is definitely different and I appreciate that. But I do rather feel the pitch of this book as being a big ol' heist adventure is patently false. Instead, this book is about the ever lasting reign of a queen who has committed, or at least contributed to, genocide against the fae that used to live alongside them. And a resistance that has spawned in the wake of not only her un-ending reign but also the secrets that lie beneath the surface. Said resistance is led in part by unsuspecting characters who are pulled together by some kind of fae destiny as the discovery of one leads to another, who leads to the next, etc. This is not the standalone I thought it to be (again, see aforementioned length) so nothing is quite resolved and players are still to be discovered (hope you like multiple POVs!). Along with, you know, taking down the queen and her various sorcerers and unmasking her along the way. What kept me from enjoying this to the extent I thought I could was how removed I felt from so much of it. I mostly felt this in the characters but I also kind of feel it of the world, too. Like, I can mostly visualize it but it's very.. rough. Not fleshed out. The authors have set the stage but forgotten the props. You understand the motions that are playing out but there's nothing to draw the eye. Anyway, enough of that. I will pick up the next book because I'll admit I'm curious at the motivations behind the big ruse. But that's mostly it. Plus, I do have one character that kind of was a favourite, even though he’s the love interest for one of the more annoying main characters. Poor guy. If you like fae, if you want a fantasy that has queer rep, and are keen to dive into a pretty substantial series (duology, trilogy, who can say!) opener, this might just be the book for you. 2.5 stars ** I received an ARC from the publisher (thank you!) in exchange for an honest review. ** ---- This review can also be found at A Take From Two Cities.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Taschima

    This book almost put me in the biggest reading slump ever. It is so LONG. It is not a "heist story" even though a thief is the main character, it is more an Indiana Jones looking for lost fae treasure story. There is no convoluted clever plan to steal anything, there are puzzles to reach a treasure though. And, I was just bored quite honest. The beginning felt rushed to me. I didn't have time to bond to the MC (even though he has quite a morbid sense of humor) before we were literally sent strai This book almost put me in the biggest reading slump ever. It is so LONG. It is not a "heist story" even though a thief is the main character, it is more an Indiana Jones looking for lost fae treasure story. There is no convoluted clever plan to steal anything, there are puzzles to reach a treasure though. And, I was just bored quite honest. The beginning felt rushed to me. I didn't have time to bond to the MC (even though he has quite a morbid sense of humor) before we were literally sent straight into the belly of the beast. It felt awkward as a start point. The whole world building was kind of reminiscent of fairy tales--We have the Ever-lands, ruled by the Ever-brights, then every other royal family has an "Ever-" name. One of the POV's for example is by an Ever-loyal. Then there is the queen who never ages, her mages who are all powerful, the defeated fae, and this thief who only wanted a good pay day. After the thief, Rags, find treasure in the form of a fae warior that has been sleep for centuries, you all have to go on the merry quest of finding 5 (or 6?) other people who are supposed to be masters of these pokemon fae animal creatures who somehow all together come together to make this weapon that the queen will somehow use to... kill her own subjects? Yeah, it was confusing as I really have no idea why the queen is going through the lengths she is going. Other than a small rebellion in her own kingdom she has everything she could want. It seems to me she would have been better off by hiding her evil deeds under a veneer of goodness (you know, like most politicians) but then that would be interesting and require a bit more character development for the queen. You get six different POVs in all. Some more interesting than others. I particularly enjoyed Inis Ever-loyal's POV as she is the sister of the character who gets killed in the prologue because he went agaisnt the queen. You can say she has a lot of anger as part of her family was brutally killed and she then has to take over the up bringing of her little sister. There is also Shinning Talon (a very dry character with little to no personality, and we call him Shinning Talon for most of the book), Cab (an ex soldier), Somhairle (one of the princes--he is actually super interesting as he spends the majority of his life in exile due to the circumstances of his birth--he has a disability and he uses the way people treat him to his full advantage), and lastly you get maybe a chapter or two from Elinan (a trans actress who is part of the rebellion against the queen). For the most part we just spend the novel bringing the cast together so they may, against all odds, defeat the evil sorcerer who works for the queen. Master of One did not bring anything overly interesting to the table, it had pacing issues, and it is longer than it needs to be. It is not for me, and I will most likely forget about the story by the end of the year. PS; I was provided a review copy in exchange for an honest review. Thanks go to the publisher!

  9. 4 out of 5

    Mollie

    gay fae sorcery heist count me in

  10. 5 out of 5

    No One

    Goodness I love this book with all my heart and instantly fell in love with each character. Such a unique book and I’m eager for more

  11. 5 out of 5

    alissa

    *3.5 This kind of open ending should be illegal...either way this book was really good! You can expect a review + interview with BOTH of the authors on November 8th on my blog!

  12. 5 out of 5

    Sophie's Reading Corner

    In this YA LGBTQ fantasy we have Rags, a thief who somehow has to go on a secret quest. We meet amazing characters along the way and the humor is epic! We have thieves, Princes, sorcerers, fae, Knights, etc. If you're a fan of books by Leigh Bardugo and Holly Black, then you should read this book! I really enjoyed this book!! I loved the tests that Rags had to go through in the beginning and how clever they were. I also loved how developed and multilayered these characters were. If you love fant In this YA LGBTQ fantasy we have Rags, a thief who somehow has to go on a secret quest. We meet amazing characters along the way and the humor is epic! We have thieves, Princes, sorcerers, fae, Knights, etc. If you're a fan of books by Leigh Bardugo and Holly Black, then you should read this book! I really enjoyed this book!! I loved the tests that Rags had to go through in the beginning and how clever they were. I also loved how developed and multilayered these characters were. If you love fantasy worlds, with magic, fae and you love diversity, you need to pick this up!

  13. 4 out of 5

    Alexx

    Heists, faes, royals, queer romance, magic, and one of the authors just told me no one in this book is straight. Oh, how I love it already. 🤣 Find me elsewhere: Blog | Instagram | Twitter Heists, faes, royals, queer romance, magic, and one of the authors just told me no one in this book is straight. Oh, how I love it already. 🤣 Find me elsewhere: Blog | Instagram | Twitter

  14. 4 out of 5

    Anniek

    I normally can't really focus on SFF audiobooks, but this one was a clear exception. It was such a long book, but I almost couldn't stop listening to it, I had so much fun! It was very fast-paced from the start and just so much happened. I normally can't really focus on SFF audiobooks, but this one was a clear exception. It was such a long book, but I almost couldn't stop listening to it, I had so much fun! It was very fast-paced from the start and just so much happened.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Lu

    Thank you so much, NetGalley, HarperCollins Children's books and Harperteen for the chance to read this book! TW: murder, torture, violence, loss of free will, kidnapping, death Rags is an excellent thief, until he's caught by the Queensguard and forced to help a sadistic and cruel sorcerer to find an ancient Fae relic, a powerful relic unlike anything they ever knew. But after Rags finds a Fae, a beautiful, powerful prince called Shining Talon, things begin to become more and more dangerous and c Thank you so much, NetGalley, HarperCollins Children's books and Harperteen for the chance to read this book! TW: murder, torture, violence, loss of free will, kidnapping, death Rags is an excellent thief, until he's caught by the Queensguard and forced to help a sadistic and cruel sorcerer to find an ancient Fae relic, a powerful relic unlike anything they ever knew. But after Rags finds a Fae, a beautiful, powerful prince called Shining Talon, things begin to become more and more dangerous and complex and he finds himself involved into a deeper plot. Between gallows humour, sinister and sadistic magic, prophecies and Fae magic, Rags has to face adventures, dangers and, above all, his and Shining Talon's feelings for each other. Master of one is an intense, brilliant and funny young adult fantasy debut and it's unbelievably amazing. Set in a world ruled by a cruel and sinister Queen, Rags' life was a difficult one, living on the streets, stealing and building his name as a thief. His world expands when he's thrust into a complex and dangerous situation, forcing him to grow, to work with others, to understand himself and the world around him. Rags is an unlikely and reluctant hero, fighting with self doubts, fears and using gallows humour to get by and survive the pain and the dangers. The story is told, at first, by Rags' POV, but, as his world expands so the POVs, introducing an exiled prince, Somhairle, a deserter, Cab and one of the few survivors of a family slaughtered by the Queensguard, Inis. Each character is skillfully written and complex, with their pasts to face, secrets, lies, family to protect, revenge, guilt, remorse and so on. They are relatable in their fierceness, flaws and mistakes. They are introduced slowly, piece by piece, like a puzzle, adding more and more to the initial plot. This is one the things I loved the most about Master of one. Everything starts with Rags and a mission he's forced to do by a sinister sorcerer and the dangers he will find, facing it. But slowly the story breathes and expands, including more characters, places and plots, truths that have to be uncovered and faced, secrets and magic. The worldbuilding is lush and well written, the story set in a world medioeval or similar to that time, but with magic and sorcerers, a cruel queen and enslaved people. The interactions between characters are amazing and brilliant. The main relationship the reader sees is between Rags and Shining Talon, self deprecating, full of dark humour and doubts the first, a Fae brilliant, honorable and hilarious in not undestanding jokes and human nature the second. Their relationship is a slow burn, an achingly beautiful queer romance between them, a chemistry and a yearning intense and lovely to read. It was amazing reading how much they grow to trust, help and love one other, above all witnessing the growth of Rags, from a lonely and stubborn thief, self-deprecating and sure of being better alone, to someone able to trust, protect and work with others and relying on them. The magic is another interesting element in this book, both sinister and cruel if used by sorcerers, but full of wonder and beauty when used by the fragments. I won't say anything more about this book, because it's an experience and everyone should read and love it! So if you love queer romance, yearning, action packed plot, slow burn, suspence and an intriguing worlbuilding this book is perfect for you.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Julie

    ALL I WANT TO DO IS SCREAM ABOUT THIS BOOK AND THAT ENDING BUT I KNOW I HAVE TO WRITE A COHERENT REVIEW SO I PROMISE ONE IS COMING BUT FOR NOW OHMYGOODNESS [...clears throat] **Thank you to Harper Collins Canada for an advanced copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.** This is definitely 4.5 stars. Woah. As you might have guessed from those opening lines, I stayed up late finishing this book one night and it quickly became one that I wanted to scream about... at many friends... Things t ALL I WANT TO DO IS SCREAM ABOUT THIS BOOK AND THAT ENDING BUT I KNOW I HAVE TO WRITE A COHERENT REVIEW SO I PROMISE ONE IS COMING BUT FOR NOW OHMYGOODNESS [...clears throat] **Thank you to Harper Collins Canada for an advanced copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.** This is definitely 4.5 stars. Woah. As you might have guessed from those opening lines, I stayed up late finishing this book one night and it quickly became one that I wanted to scream about... at many friends... Things that this book has that you will love: - a heist. Enough said. - a quest that comes about from the above heist. It is such an adventure and there were some fantastic twists! - awesome characters! I honestly loved all of the characters. And they are so realistically flawed. It is amazing to see! - rep! There is LGBTQ+ rep, and a character is disabled due to a chronic illness (this one is hard for me to peg for the rep, but the character has a chronic illness and their body has some birth defects which has resulted in the necessary use of help for walking). And these are both characters that get povs. - fae! I feel like so many of us love fae in stories 😅 - a really cool magic system. This one is so unique, I honestly haven't encountered another magic system like this one which was so refreshing and intriguing!!! - a creepy evil sorcerer 🙌 - a found family of sorts. More like a crew of characters that is forced together due to the quest and circumstances, and quickly bonds to look out for each other. I really enjoyed the writing, and as I mentioned, the characters are so well done. There were so many scenes that had me on the edge of my seat either from the action or simply because I was stressed out about the predicament/uncomfortableness of the characters. Even the side characters are so cool!! It does switch between different points of views, but the chapters clearly outline which character POV you are following. There isn't a lot I can get into without giving things away, so I am going to leave it at that. While there are numerous differences, could definitely recommend this if you liked the heist, adventure, and found family parts of Six of Crows. They have some small similarities in my opinion! While the pacing was a little difficult sometimes, that was the only piece that kept me from rating this a full 5 stars. I will mention - check the pronunciation guide! A few character names are based on Celtic words and sounds I think, so they are pronounced quite different than how they are spelt (ie. Somhairle is pronounced SORE-luh). I was definitely pronouncing quite a few of the names wrong in my head before I found the pronunciation guide at the back... [side note: I ended up chatting with Jaida Jones about this and I was correct! The names have Celtic and Welsh influences - WHICH IS SO COOL!] Some trigger warnings: a lot of cursing, some blood, death, grief. There are additional things that are quite minor for trigger warnings but I will list them since they are mentioned in the story: animal death, child abuse, infertility, kidnapping, torture.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Alexx

    WHEW. Okay, listen. This book is one of my most anticipated reads this year, and I'll definitely be looking forward to the sequel next year! Master of One was a whole action-packed ride. Though it can take a while to really build up/can feel slow at times, the intriguing plot and the characters really stood out for me and got me invested in the story. Also!! All the yearning in this book made me want to curl up in a ball. (oh, the AGONY) Full review soon! (Also, a big thanks to the author Jaida Jon WHEW. Okay, listen. This book is one of my most anticipated reads this year, and I'll definitely be looking forward to the sequel next year! Master of One was a whole action-packed ride. Though it can take a while to really build up/can feel slow at times, the intriguing plot and the characters really stood out for me and got me invested in the story. Also!! All the yearning in this book made me want to curl up in a ball. (oh, the AGONY) Full review soon! (Also, a big thanks to the author Jaida Jones for sending me an e-arc of this book! They've been so kind to me, making sure I get a copy 😭) ((This of course did not affect my overall opinion of the book.)) Find me elsewhere: Instagram | Twitter | Blog

  18. 5 out of 5

    Michael Araujo

    This review was originally published on TheFandom. Jaida Jones and Dani Bennett created an intense book in Master of One that’ll offer readers a wild ride they’ll never forget. In Master of One, Rags finds out that sometimes being a small time thief can attract the attention of some pretty powerful people. So when he’s given a job by a powerful sorcerer to explore a deserted fae court, he literally has no choice but to take it. It’s literally do or die. In this epic adventure, Rags and co. This review was originally published on TheFandom. Jaida Jones and Dani Bennett created an intense book in Master of One that’ll offer readers a wild ride they’ll never forget. In Master of One, Rags finds out that sometimes being a small time thief can attract the attention of some pretty powerful people. So when he’s given a job by a powerful sorcerer to explore a deserted fae court, he literally has no choice but to take it. It’s literally do or die. In this epic adventure, Rags and co. must find a handful of pre-destined people who are tied into the fae world and who are part of a destiny that’s bigger than any of them can imagine. One of my favorite parts of the novel was the incredible cast of characters. As the pages turned we got to meet an exciting group of people that added their own personality to the story and you could tell that they had a purpose. They weren’t just random characters added in for the fun of it. I found myself excited to meet new people which is interesting because usually we only want a handful to deal with. But the authors knew what they were doing and it definitely showed. The book is told from multiple point of views and it was done so well. Each character had their own idiolect which helped immensely telling them apart. Especially when having to stop in the middle of a chapter and getting back to it later. You could automatically tell who was who just by their voice and the writing alone without having to go to the beginning of the chapter to check. Each of their voices added to the fun of the book and made you look forward to their upcoming chapters. I loved that the book was extremely action packed. From the very beginning, there’s something happening that only builds up until the very end. I thought that was a smart move, especially with the cast of characters we have. The way it’s written keeps you reading because you find yourself needing to see what else is going to happen. The story itself, which involved both fae and humans and how they interacted and connected was invigorating. While I wish we got a bit more of the world building, I think it’s something that’s being saved for the sequel. I wanted to know more about the lands and the history behind each place. But it was truly awesome seeing how these pre-destined people played a part in the book. I also enjoyed how the fae in this book varied from many others. In Master of One, the fae are somewhat extinct and we got to see a bit of why that is. I thought the magic system was fantastic and completely different from what I’ve read in other novels. Especially how it tied in with the fae and their lives. I wanted to know more about the fae and their past lives and I hope it’s something we will see in the sequel. An interesting thought I had while reading was how the fae reminded me of Native Americans. It wasn’t a direct correlation but small things from their names, to their war against colonizers, and even the loss of their land and materials seemed to stand out to me and I thought that it was compelling to add those themes. All in all, I enjoyed Master of One immensely, and thought that it was one of the better fae books that I have ever read. Now I must patiently wait for its sequel!

  19. 5 out of 5

    Cindee

    I loved this book so much it is now one of my favorites of the year. I loved everything about this book from the story and the characters and everything in between I am also really wishing for a sequel I hope it gets published someday. I loved all of the characters they all were so very well developed and I look forward to maybe reading more about them. The characters that I loved most were Rags and Tal I loved the slow burn romance and the payoff at the end was so great. I really loved Rags for I loved this book so much it is now one of my favorites of the year. I loved everything about this book from the story and the characters and everything in between I am also really wishing for a sequel I hope it gets published someday. I loved all of the characters they all were so very well developed and I look forward to maybe reading more about them. The characters that I loved most were Rags and Tal I loved the slow burn romance and the payoff at the end was so great. I really loved Rags for his snark his hiding the fact the cares behind other things and how self sacrificing he is willing to get hurt to stop someone else from being hurt. What I really loved about Tal was his fierce protectiveness of Rags and how he fights to protect what they found I just loved him so much he was so well written. I loved the plot so much it starts out with a thief that was caught and then sent out to find something it became so much more a great romance a fight for survival and to fight another day. So overall I loved this book and I would really love for there to be a sequel someday soon.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Kimberly

    I loved the main characters personality. He is witty and funny, I found myself laughing out loud at his reactions to things and really liked him a lot. The thing about this book, is that it is not what I expected. I thought it was going to be like Six of Crows or something along the lines of that, but it was more like Indiana Jones. Even though I enjoyed the main character it wasn't enough to hold me to the plot itself. It was a bit flat and I didn't feel connected to the world at all. The langua I loved the main characters personality. He is witty and funny, I found myself laughing out loud at his reactions to things and really liked him a lot. The thing about this book, is that it is not what I expected. I thought it was going to be like Six of Crows or something along the lines of that, but it was more like Indiana Jones. Even though I enjoyed the main character it wasn't enough to hold me to the plot itself. It was a bit flat and I didn't feel connected to the world at all. The language he uses kept me thinking it was modern times, I had to keep reminding myself that this story takes place a long time ago, hahaha. I can see how others would fully enjoy this book, but it was OK for me. Thank you Harper Collins Childrens books and Netgalley for the ARC in exchange for an honest review.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Clara

    Master of One wasn't at all what I expected. I don't mean this in a bad way - I just want to let you know that I think the synopsis is kind of misleading. This is a book about magic and old secrets and villains who will do anything to stay in power, starring an unlikely hero who definitely didn't sign up for this. There's a heist and a queer romance, as advertised in the synopsis, but those aren't the focus for most of the book. The part of this book that stood out most to me was one of the POV c Master of One wasn't at all what I expected. I don't mean this in a bad way - I just want to let you know that I think the synopsis is kind of misleading. This is a book about magic and old secrets and villains who will do anything to stay in power, starring an unlikely hero who definitely didn't sign up for this. There's a heist and a queer romance, as advertised in the synopsis, but those aren't the focus for most of the book. The part of this book that stood out most to me was one of the POV characters, Somhairle. It was a wonderful surprise to find out that this book has chronic pain representation! As someone who has chronic pain, it means so much to see that in a main character, especially when it isn't just brushed aside or used as a plot device. Somhairle uses a few different mobility aids throughout the book, and his physical limitations are simply treated as facts of life. (Note: there was one scene where I briefly thought we were going to run into the magical-cure trope, which would have been AWFUL, but it turned out not to be that.) In all, I'd definitely recommend this to fantasy fans, particularly ones who like reluctant heroes. CW: violence, torture, brief suicidal ideation, referenced child abuse I received an ARC from Epic Reads via a giveaway.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Rachel Emily

    I am absolutely LOVING this debut book from Jaida Jones and Dani Bennett! Great, witty, well-written characters, great diversity and rep between the main couple and characters, and plenty of action makes for a very, very strong debut fantasy read. Fair warning - Master of One really starts out with a punch - and a violent and intense one at that. These authors don't shy away from the violence, but it was a very impactful way to start the story. We then go on to meet Rags - and you guys, I love h I am absolutely LOVING this debut book from Jaida Jones and Dani Bennett! Great, witty, well-written characters, great diversity and rep between the main couple and characters, and plenty of action makes for a very, very strong debut fantasy read. Fair warning - Master of One really starts out with a punch - and a violent and intense one at that. These authors don't shy away from the violence, but it was a very impactful way to start the story. We then go on to meet Rags - and you guys, I love him. He is a thief who is being forced to go do what he does best - steal something. Along the way, Rags assembles a crew - one that is wonderfully diverse, and the heist and quest is on! I absolutely am loving the world building in this, the characters, the fae, and the magic system. I also love stories with a crew/found family element to them. The story starts with being told solely from Rags' POV, but once we start meeting the other characters, the POVs will shift. Longer review to come, but I think if you are a fan of crew/found family, heist action with intense scenes, and also slow burn, this is a story for you! Thank you to TBRAndBeyondTours and NetGalley for the ARC of this book!

  23. 5 out of 5

    Frankie

    I'm honestly surprised at how much I enjoyed this novel. It's got everything I normally avoid: a quest plotline, inconsistent pacing, multiple POVs, and a generic medieval European setting. But wow, it is charming, and the characters have taken hold of my heart. This might be a YA fantasy but it reads way more like Adult. It sort of gave me Merlin meets The Lord of the Rings meets Terry Pratchett's sense of humor. I haven't read Terry Pratchett, but I've read and loved Good Omens, so I base it of I'm honestly surprised at how much I enjoyed this novel. It's got everything I normally avoid: a quest plotline, inconsistent pacing, multiple POVs, and a generic medieval European setting. But wow, it is charming, and the characters have taken hold of my heart. This might be a YA fantasy but it reads way more like Adult. It sort of gave me Merlin meets The Lord of the Rings meets Terry Pratchett's sense of humor. I haven't read Terry Pratchett, but I've read and loved Good Omens, so I base it off that. The slowburn m/m romance is my absolute favorite part of this book. Rags, sweet baby snarky cinnamon roll thief Rags, is hauled out of prison and forced by the Queen's sorcerer to steal a fae artifact from abandoned fae ruins, Indiana Jones-style. But at the end, he doesn't discover just any gold treasure; he accidentally awakens a fae prince who's been trapped and sleeping for thousands of years. Turns out this is step one in an epic quest to gather magical fae artifacts that, combined, will give the wielder incredible power. Sorcerer wants that, obviously, so he forces Rags and Shining Talon (aka Shiny, aka Tal, aka beautiful fae prince) to find them. Shining Talon is a stiff and clueless yet honorable prince who doesn't really know how humans work but is eternally grateful to Rags for saving him, so here we have the besotted supernatural creature turned bodyguard trope. My god, this relationship was the cutest thing on Earth. Tal hovers over Rags like a mother hen, always watching out for him and saving him (he defends him from a spoon at one point because he thought it was evil), unaware of the concept of personal space. Rags is a loner thief who is not used to this, so he acts like a total tsundere, when in reality he likes Tal too and just feels unworthy of him. Just. CUTENESS. The magic system is pretty quirky. Fae creatures that turn from dining room silverware into magical animal pets?? Mirror magic that can only be defeated by a blindfold?? So it made the novel stand out, even if it used Ye Olde Arthurian Fantasy Worlde. Also since I am a YA reader obviously I like fae, and I just imagined Tal as a sterner, darker-skinned, tattooed Legolas. hehe. Yes, I know Legolas is not a fae, but Cardan and all those other pretty boys don't have the same long hair and sturdy build so. I only had two major concerns. The first is that I wasn't a big fan of the multi POV since I usually prefer dual at most. Many times I kept thinking RAGS RAGS GIVE ME MORE RAGS I DON'T CARE ABOUT YOU but meh. The second is that the pacing is honestly really weird, in that certain subplots take way longer than they should, so I skimmed a bit. But every time I skimmed, I still kept my eyes peeled for Rags because I swear he's all I care for lmao. Yes, I am going to read Book 2. Just for him and Tal. I want my boys to be happy. Also, we don't usually see male MCs in YA fantasy anymore, so yay. To be honest, I don't think this is for everyone. It's a very traditional type of fantasy novel, and far from the YA mold. But it's very accessible for a non-Adult fantasy reader, the characters are cute, and the gay slowburn is delightful. Also, something about Rags' POV feels decidedly masculine, as if a man wrote him. Kinda gross, no filter, emotionally constipated... but still endearing and without the annoying machismo slash sexism present in a lot of traditionally male-authored fantasy. TL;DR I enjoyed this book a lot but it doesn't offer a lot of newness. Read it for the snarky thief and fae prince bodyguard trope. Sorry @ the other POV characters. They're fine, I guess. 4.5 stars.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Devann

    DNF at 38% Perhaps choosing to read a very long high fantasy book because I enjoyed a fanfic by one of the authors 15 years ago was not the best plan. I'm sure this will be very enjoyable to some people but for me the pacing was all off and I just didn't really connect with any of the characters. The part with Rags doing the heist stuff and discovering Shining Talon was probably the first like 10-15% of the book and it felt like the whole thing was being absolutely rushed through. After that the DNF at 38% Perhaps choosing to read a very long high fantasy book because I enjoyed a fanfic by one of the authors 15 years ago was not the best plan. I'm sure this will be very enjoyable to some people but for me the pacing was all off and I just didn't really connect with any of the characters. The part with Rags doing the heist stuff and discovering Shining Talon was probably the first like 10-15% of the book and it felt like the whole thing was being absolutely rushed through. After that the momentum just tanked and there was a lot of political intrigue stuff that was thrown in that made my attention wander a lot as well. I would have liked to spend some more time getting to know Rags first and spend more time on the actual thieving and solving the riddles / traps part of the book but I get that more romance-minded people probably want to introduce the other romantic lead as soon as possible. I wouldn't recommend trying to read this based mostly on feelings of nostalgia for The Shoebox Project like I did but if you enjoy politics-heavy high fantasy and romance you might get more out of it than I did.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Hanna (lapetiteboleyn)

    It's a fun book. That seems the best way to describe it. It's a fun story. A thief named Rags gets caught up in a sorcerer's plot, rescues a distressingly handsome fae Prince, and that's just the first quarter of a five hundred page book. The voices are great, the pacing sometimes feels a little fast, but there's also an awful lot of story crammed in there, so that's understandable. It's not especially original, and the plot beats can be foreseen from outer space, but it is a good time. And someti It's a fun book. That seems the best way to describe it. It's a fun story. A thief named Rags gets caught up in a sorcerer's plot, rescues a distressingly handsome fae Prince, and that's just the first quarter of a five hundred page book. The voices are great, the pacing sometimes feels a little fast, but there's also an awful lot of story crammed in there, so that's understandable. It's not especially original, and the plot beats can be foreseen from outer space, but it is a good time. And sometimes that's more important than the other stuff.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Vanessa

    ... There will be a sequel, right? RIGHT?

  27. 4 out of 5

    Rebeca

    Yes, yes, yes! This book lived up to all of my expectations and then some. Based on the ending and all the loose ends, I'm pretty sure there will be a sequel and I welcome it with open arms. Yes, yes, yes! This book lived up to all of my expectations and then some. Based on the ending and all the loose ends, I'm pretty sure there will be a sequel and I welcome it with open arms.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Paige Green

    Disclaimer: I received the e-arc from the publisher. Thanks! All opinions are my own. Book: Master of One Author: Jaida Jones and Danielle Bennett Book Series: Standalone Rating: 5/5 Diversity: m/m romance, gay main characters Recommended For...: fantasy, magic, LGBT, romance Publication Date: November 10, 2020 Genre: YA Fantasy Recommended Age: 16+ (violence, gore, romance, slight sexual content) Publisher: HarperTeen Pages: 544 Synopsis: Rags is a thief—an excellent one. He's stolen into noble's coffers, Disclaimer: I received the e-arc from the publisher. Thanks! All opinions are my own. Book: Master of One Author: Jaida Jones and Danielle Bennett Book Series: Standalone Rating: 5/5 Diversity: m/m romance, gay main characters Recommended For...: fantasy, magic, LGBT, romance Publication Date: November 10, 2020 Genre: YA Fantasy Recommended Age: 16+ (violence, gore, romance, slight sexual content) Publisher: HarperTeen Pages: 544 Synopsis: 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... Review: I really liked this book! The book was wonderfully well written and it has amazing character development. The characters as very well written and I loved our main characters. The interactions felt so genuine and the chemistry was so good! I didn’t even mind that it was a slow burn romance. The world building was also well done and I was intrigued by the plot from start to finish. The only issue I had with the book overall is that the book had a slow burn romance, which some readers will not like, and the book felt a little cliché here and there. The language was also a bit weird since it felt so modern but the story takes place so long ago. Verdict: A well done book!

  29. 4 out of 5

    Da'ad

    That was so weird! I don't know what to say, but it was really something. Something good, though. Sweet and fascinating and diverse. I loved that. The ending kinda stumped me because I wasn't expecting that it would be the way it was (original!), though with my vivid and active imagination, I was actually OK with it. So cute! Like a beautiful picturesque cliff-side cute, that looks really great and like you could almost see beyond it, the good and the bad. Yeah, really something. I still hope th That was so weird! I don't know what to say, but it was really something. Something good, though. Sweet and fascinating and diverse. I loved that. The ending kinda stumped me because I wasn't expecting that it would be the way it was (original!), though with my vivid and active imagination, I was actually OK with it. So cute! Like a beautiful picturesque cliff-side cute, that looks really great and like you could almost see beyond it, the good and the bad. Yeah, really something. I still hope they do more. I would feel just as OK with a little more. I loved them all.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Yeganeh

    Dnf at 55% I truly , really , genuinly wanted to love and enjoy this but it just couldn't reach at that point.😔 And i really did give a good try. The only thing i found myself enjoying was rags and shiny relationship and his pov the most. So i might get back to give this a try some other time. Dnf at 55% I truly , really , genuinly wanted to love and enjoy this but it just couldn't reach at that point.😔 And i really did give a good try. The only thing i found myself enjoying was rags and shiny relationship and his pov the most. So i might get back to give this a try some other time.

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