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Master of One
- Narrated by: Lisa Cordileone
- Length: 15 hrs and 40 mins
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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 the thief has never met a pocket he couldn’t pick, but when he’s captured by a sorcerer with world-ending plans, he realizes even he is in over his head. Forced to use his finely honed skills to nab pieces of an ancient fae relic, Rags is stunned to discover that those “relics” just happen to be people:
A distractingly handsome Fae prince,
A too-honorable Queensguard deserter,
A scrappy daughter of a disgraced noble family,
A deceptively sweet-natured prince,
A bona fide member of the Resistance,
And him. Rags.
They may all be captives in the sorcerer’s terrible scheme, but that won’t stop them from fighting back. And, sure, six unexpected allies against one wicked enemy doesn’t make for generous odds, but lucky for him, Rag’s not generous—he’s smart. And he has a plan that just might get them out of this alive.
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 listeners 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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- Anonymous User
I read over 200 pages and if you asked me to summarize it to you? I couldn’t even tell you what happened. The writing wasn’t vibing with me, all the modern cursing (even though it doesn't mention which era this is set in) and those weird long-names for no reason. Very boring for my taste and pacing was confusing too. The narrator was a bit off in my opinion.
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Contrary to the summary, this had nowhere near the personality of Six of Crows. A promising beginning following thief Rags as he is forced to go tomb raiding gives way to a long slog of POVs hunting for what amounts to a bunch of Macguffin artifacts. The various POVs divide into two parallel paths that never really come back together. There’s little action until the final hour, when there’s an underwhelming battle and a partial victory, leaving the Macguffin search incomplete and forecasting at least one more book to come. Only, I don’t think I particularly care to look for it.
The concept of bonding with sentient artifacts was mildly interesting, along with the creepy spycraft of sorcerer Morian The Last. But everything was just … so … meh. The most impactful parts are the initial massacre scene and out of place F bombs in this otherwise fit for teens book. And the MM romance?
It’s barely there and has zero heat. This wasn’t awful, just bland.
A delightful and romantic adventure
I love this work. Wonderful world-building, superb pacing, a delightful queer fantasy adventure. Each character thread builds toward a satisfactory conclusion, which can be tricky given the number of POV characters in this book. I am in love with how the authors are able to maintain a clipped pace in the plot, while slowly spooning out the creative details, very well done. Worth your time.