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Master of One av Jaida Jones

Master of One (urspr publ 2020; utgåvan 2020)

av Jaida Jones (Författare)

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Titel:Master of One
Författare:Jaida Jones (Författare)
Info:HarperTeen (2020), 544 pages
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Master of One av Jaida Jones (2020)



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Series Info/Source: I got a copy of this book to review through Edelweiss. This is the first book in the Master of One series.

Story (5/5): This was a really unique fantasy story that I enjoyed a lot. It starts off with Rags (a thief) who gets caught in the middle of a crime and is forced by an evil magician to go tomb diving in search of a mythical fae relic. Little does he realize the “relic” is actually a fae man. As things unfold we find out that the evil magician is looking for parts to a destructive weapon. The weapon consists of six parts that look like sentient metal animals and these animals are desperately searching for their masters. As the story continues more Masters are found and more steampunkish animals/weapon parts are joined to their masters.

This is a long book but I was never bored. The premise is fun and the book is action packed. There is a lot of adventure in the first half of the book and then the second half of the book is more political (but still action-packed). I really hope there are more books in this series. On Goodreads Jones said that they are planning for sequels to this first book, which is good because I didn’t really feel like this book tied up the story well.

Characters (5/5): I really loved all of the characters in here. Rags is especially endearing and funny, but the other characters were just as amazing. Shining Talon is interesting because of his unfamiliarity with this modern world (modern to him) and his dedication to Rags is intriguing. The other “masters” were really well done too. Somhairle is disabled and disfigured but is a very thoughtful and caring exiled prince who is way smarter than anyone gives him credit for. Inis is a noblewoman who has survived the slaughter of her family and has hardened herself to never be caught unawares again. Cab is an army deserter and natural leader who is trying to make up for all the pain he caused when he was part of the Queensgard.

In addition to the amazing characters whose POV we hear from, there are numerous other side characters that have just as much depth and are just as amazing. Characterization was top notch, sometimes the number of characters can get overwhelming in epic fantasies and I never felt overwhelmed here. Characters are introduced at a good pace and are memorable enough that you never forgot who is who.

Setting (5/5): The world building in this book was well done. I love the story behind the current Queens rule and how the fae played a role in it. The mirror magic is well done and designed and I enjoyed it. The setting itself is pretty typical fantasy in style with some steampunk overtones. The world could have been filled out a bit more and the characters were definitely more complex than the world itself, but I don’t mind that at all. There was enough world-building here to satisfy my curiosity, create a good image in my mind of where we were, and keep things interesting.

Writing Style (5/5): This was very well written. The writing flowed well, it was engaging, hard to put down, and easy to read. Rags has especially witty dialogue throughout, but all the conversation was well done. The book moves at a good pace too and is full of excellent action scenes. This book is told from many different POVs, which worked well for this book. We start off mainly with Rags’ POV and then gradually other characters start to come into the story. It was a very well done format and kept the story from being overwhelmed by too many characters too quickly.

My Summary (5/5): Overall I really loved this and it’s one of the best straight-out fantasy books I have read in some time. I loved the unique story and interesting world, the amazing characters, and the fast pace. This is a long book and it took me a while to read, but it never felt long...I enjoyed every minute of it. I would recommend to those who enjoy adventure fantasy with some interesting magic and some politics. ( )
  krau0098 | Nov 6, 2020 |
Long ago there was a struggle between the wicked elves and their magic and humanity. Humans learned their own form of mirrorcraft and eventually won the struggle by stamping out the race of elves entirely. Centuries later, a long-lived Queen holds the throne and corruption plagues the court and the guards who are supposed to protect the people. Rags the thief is caught up in a complex plot by higher powers and forced to explore an elven ruin in search of artifacts of that civilization.

They uncover something special. Rags is fighting for his life against an implacable enemy, but as others are drawn into the plot he begins to hope and, dare I say it, accept love.

This book had some plotting and pacing issues, but people are going to stay in this for the queer romance and the horrible situations the characters, especially Rags, make funny. Apart from rags we have the noble and mysterious Talon, a disgraced former guardsman, an exiled noblewoman, a forgotten prince, and our wicked villains. This is partially structured as a heist novel, with various characters and special, destiny-given talents coming together for a greater purpose, but it takes a long time to get anywhere concrete. I'll keep an eye out for a sequel, but I won't go out of my way to read it.

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