master of one

Hi friends! This was the book I received for my November Bookish Box! This is a relatively new addition to my book box subscriptions, but I love it so far! Each month you get a new title (often they’re signed or have unique covers or artwork!) along with some really cute goodies and things from small artists. Last month I got a super cute headband, a puzzle, a lip balm (that I now use every day), and more! I’m not a Bookish Box affiliate or partner (I wish!), but you can sign up using my referral link here, if you’re interested.

Synopsis & Quick Thoughts

Master of One is the last novel by writing team Jaida Jones and Dani Bennet. Rags is an expert thief, growing up on the streets and making his living by taking from others. That is, until he’s caught by the Queensguard and forced to help them locate an ancient fae relic. Instead, he finds an an actual fae, Shining Talon, who leads Rags and the sorcerer guarding him on a quest to find the other five relics in an attempt to bring peace to the area.

Yeah so….I DNF’ed this book. It’s the first book I’ve had to call it quits on in over a year and a half (the last one being NOS4A2 by Joe Hill for those wondering). I really gave this novel the old college try and made it about 56% of the way through; eight days in and I just couldn’t anymore. This novel isn’t unreadable by any means, it just wasn’t for me the in the worst type of way.

Why I DNF’ed

I think the biggest downfall of this novel were its pacing and repetition. The main crux of the story is that this group of characters has to find these six relics in sequential order, with the previous relic being able to lead them to the next one. So, in the portion I read, there’s a constant cycle of get to the relic, find the relic and its master, short break for conversation or small action scene, rinse repeat. I don’t know if this pattern continues beyond the discovery of Three’s master, but it was enough to make me fall asleep while reading almost every other day.

The other fault I found with this style of writing is that new characters are introduced and added to the group so rapidly that it’s impossible for the authors to give proper character development for each and every one. Thus, each character is more of a shallow, cardboard-cutout version of themselves than they are a three-dimensional, thoughtfully crafted being. This was a strange combination to me, because in theory this book should have been largely character-based (based on my interpretation of the plot and synopsis), but instead was so plot-centric that I had no reason to be invested. Frankly, I didn’t even really like any of the main characters, with the exception of maybe Shining Talon.

Rating & Final Thoughts

So, I’m going to give Master of One 1.5 out of 5 star read. Now, this book has great reviews on Goodreads. You may really, really like it. Please don’t take my review as the end-all-be-all for this title. If it sounds good, give it a go! I could just feel the beginning of a devastating reading slump while I was in the middle of this novel and figured I’d stop before spending another week or two trying to slog through to what I had already decided would be an unsatisfactory ending.

Buy Master of One by Jaida Jones and Dani Bennett here.*

*as a reminder, I am an Amazon affiliate and make a small commission off of purchases made using my link.

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