Thank you so much to TBR & Beyond Tours and HarperTeen for letting me review this book for this tour! This was such a fun book and I can’t wait to read the next one. Be sure to check out the other tour posts – you can find the schedule here.
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.
I loved this book. The beginning was very dark and I wasn’t sure if that was going to be the tone for the entire book, but past the beginning, it took a huge shift in focus from the intense, gory beginning and opened up to a mystery adventure filled with action, humor, and a little gore. I wasn’t sure how this book was going to turn out, but from the first few chapters I knew I was going to love this story. The humor had me rolling on the floor, especially the interactions between Rags and Shining Talon.
The fae, and their technology, were so innovative and unique. Most depictions of fae I’ve read have them as almost human like beings with pointy ears and strong, warrior like bodies. But in this story, they are clearly defined as another species from humans. Tall, thin, but insanely strong creatures with pale skin, long dark hair, black bones, and silver eyes made them sound beautifully horrific. Plus, the magic system is completely different from what we assume about fae, and I loved that a lot too!
Then we have the quest our characters are on. The more characters we pick up, the more intense the situation gets and this book had me on the edge of my seat. The Lying Ones as Shining Talon calls them, or sorcerers as others say, were terrifying. Shrouded and hiding their true form as they perform feats of magic that sent shivers down my spine. I would not want to go up against one at all. Though I would love to have Two as my best friend!
Everything in this book was so original and fun. Even during the more graphic moments, I was enamored with the comradery, the fighting scenes, the romances, and the humor. Because even in the darkness, there is light. I also loved the representation in this book. We have bisexual representation, different ethnicities, disability rep, and so many other people with different situations coming together made this book so enjoyable. There really wasn’t anything that I found myself disliking.
By the end, I was so sad this book was over. I wanted to keep reading and find out where the next masters were and find out what happens when they’re all gathered! Overall, I loved this book and I can’t wait to read the next one. // 5 stars!
Jaida Jones Danielle Bennett
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.