Book Review: Master of One

Master of One by Jaida Jones and Danielle Bennett
Published by HarperTeen on November 10th 2020
Genres: Fantasy, Queer, Young Adult
Pages: 544
Format: Hardback

Rating: 4 out of 5.

This book is what you get when you mix dark humor, a quest, advanced machinery, magic and a queer slowburn warrior prince/pragmatic thief romance together and I absolutely adored it! It also doesn’t hurt that there is lots of diversity in the cast of main characters.

They only problem was that Rag’s couldn’t think of any story or rhyme where a human shook hands with a fae and came out on top.

I will say that Rags’ point of view was my favorite. Rags is my grumpy son and he needs to be protected at all costs, okay? I have such a soft spot for grumpy and sarcastic characters and the people that love them. Which brings me to my brand new OTP: Shining Talon and Rags! All the scenes with them were *chef’s kiss* and I would scream in joy if we got Shining Talon’s point of view in the next book!

The only thing about this book that wasn’t my favorite was how I probably would have enjoyed this more if it was just from a couple point of views, instead of five. Which isn’t to say I hated the other point of views, I just wasn’t as engaged in them as I was with Rags’. But that’s totally a me thing.

Overall, I found this to be an amazingly fun beginning and I can’t wait to get my hands on the sequel. Because I seriously need more Rags and Shining Talon and the fact that there isn’t any fanfic for them is a shame lol

About the book

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…

Content Warnings:

Violence, Torture, police brutality (of a sort), physical abuse, panic attacks/disorders, murder, medical trauma, kidnapping, grief, death, cursing, confinement, chronic illness, child abuse, blood, animal death, ableism, xenophobia, trafficking/slavery, suicidal thoughts, medical content, mentions of infertility and child death, genocide, emotional abuse, death of parent, and body horror.

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