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The Master (Sons of Destiny #3)

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A Novel of the Sons of Destiny...

To avoid tempting destiny, the brothers are exiled to Nightfall Island, where women are forbidden. But when Dominor, the third-born brother, is taken by a powerful and beautiful mage, he wonders if she is the Prophesied Disaster: his foretold wife-to-be.
Paperback, 352 pages
Published September 4th 2007 by Penguin Group (USA)
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Nisha
Jul 21, 2009 Nisha rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy-romance
True, there was an excess of sex in this book, but I really like the introduction of another country and its politics. I was really looking forward to reading this, mostly for Dominor. I like his character, even if he is a bit arrogant and says dumb things on occasion. Serina is not bad. Not my ideal character, but she is scatterbrained and quite competent (except for not feeding herself and such), so somewhat likable. I wish her history had more of an impact, but it came off as not very importa ...more
Christel
Jun 02, 2008 Christel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Any of the gang
Shelves: jean-johnson
The Third son shall meet his match:
Strong of will and strong of mind
You seek she who is your kind
Set your trap and be your fatee
When Lady is the Master's mate.

Dominor is the third son and he was kidnapped and taken captive by the Mandarites. They wanted them to help them in thier ongoing battles with the Natallians. Unfortunately, they are captured by the Natallian navy before they can get to Mandare and sold at a slave auction.
Lady Serina is a powerful mage and buys Dominor for her use in a Tan
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Gardavson
3 1/2 stars. The book was decent. The characters were well developed and likeable, even the side characters. The reason this book didn't rate higher was the lack of plot. There was plenty of steam, and a decent plot concept, but the plot wasn't enough to cover the length of the book. Pretty much the beginning was good and the end was good, but nothing happened in between. There was a whole lot of filler that was not interesting, and often made no sense to me.

This was Dom and Serina's story. He
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Lover of Romance
I had high expectations for this one, but I decided to set it aside after only reading halfway. I became bored with the story and I do plan on continuing the series, but this one just didn't work out for me. And after almost a week of trying to get through it, I decided that I will have to come back to it later.
Josephine
Disappointing. Looking for a light read, instead the book spent quite a long time explaining an unfathomable history and premises. The information only slightly needed for the story. It could have been simplified and the story would have been strengthened.
However, Johnson still has interesting characters so I did complete the read.
Coral
Feb 17, 2017 Coral rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Plot: 3/5 (simplistic plot)
Characterisation: 4/5
Prose: 3/5 (average in terms of syntax and grammar but bordering on too much explanations *yawns* that I tend to skip things and missed a lot of details)
How much I enjoyed it: 3/5
Gypsie Holley
Jun 13, 2008 Gypsie Holley rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ok this book takes you off Nightfall and into another part of this world. We get to see bustling cities to a nunnery. The destiny of Dominor finds a wonderfully scatterbrained mathmagician who is far superior to his ego magics and falls for her and learns to accept he can't beat everyone. Still looking forward to the next one. This is completely different and makes me laugh out loud each time.


Best quotes from the book:


"You have maybe a minute before I throw you on that desk and do my best to s
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Crazy4more
Apr 03, 2011 Crazy4more rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars very close to 4! The story of the 3rd son not knowing he'd meet his prophecied fate head-on as he tried to survive the kidnappers; sold into slavery; used in a mathmagical calculation to revoke a curse set by a pair of lovers...figured out by scatteredbrain-genius-passionate-absent-minded Font Guardian, Serena...only to realize he'd do it all over again just to be duped again, to be used, to be given a chance to tell her he'd give up his existence, be her slave and her beckon-calls. Ho ...more
Aurian Booklover
At the end of the first book, Dominor is kidnapped by the Mandarites. They need a strong male mage like him to fight their enemies, the women of Natallia. In Natallia, it are the women who are the ones with magic, treating the men like second rank citizens. The Mandarites have escaped the country to found their own, where they keep women as slaves, with no powers at all. And they try to breed magical sons on them, for which Dominor would be perfect. But Dominor has grown up respecting women, and ...more
LWB Marissa
Sep 14, 2009 LWB Marissa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"The Third of Sons shall meet his match:
Strong of will and strong of mind
You seek she who is your kind
Set your trap and be your fate
When Lady is the Master’s mate"

Eight mage-brothers who were born in four sets of twins, all on the same day two years apart each time, are known as the Sons of Destiny. They fulfil the Curse of the Eight Prophecies, written by the seer Draganna over a thousand years ago. They were exciled by the Council of Mages of Katan to Nightfall Isle to prevent the fulfilment o
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Kathy
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MaggieReadsRom
May 15, 2010 MaggieReadsRom rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
The third book in the series and a fresh set of twins, starting with Dominor whose destiny will unfold first.

The story of his kidnapping by the Mandarites continues in his own book. Picking up where we left of in the Sword, Dominor suffers being bound and shackled, being captured as a war prize and being sold off on a slave-market. Luckily for him he's bought by Lady Serina, his Prophesied bride. With the purchase of Dominor starts a lovely story of trust and love, sprinkled with magic and pass
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The Window Seat
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Theresa
Sep 16, 2016 Theresa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The third son of the prophecy: Dominor. This is the one was kidnapped to the country of Mandare, but of course he’s captured by pirates and sold as a slave in Natallia to (you guessed it) his destined mate: Serina.

Serina is the Guardian of the Koral-tai fount of power. She wants to use him in a world changing tantric ritual. This basic description of her makes her sound bad, but Serina is a very generous person (when she’s not being absent-minded). This makes her a very interesting character, b
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Laura the Highland Hussy
This is a book that I am absolutely unsure of. On one hand, I liked Dominor, I liked the concept of his being captured (back in book 1 The Sword ) and yet it fizzled. There was absolutely no conflict. How do you right a book where everyone is content the whole time? A little bit of conflict at the end...about 3 pages worth. Really it was a misunderstanding. The other 2 books had way more going on. I think everything in this series it too easy. Oh he can't get that done? presto! magic. Oh, she ne ...more
Steph
I started skimming after a while. I was just so fricking bored; again, my belief that the author has fallen in love with her own world is proven correct as she goes on and on about the history of curses and the scientific nature of magic.

On the plus side; an extreme lack of 'Queen Kelly', bitch of the island. Serena wasn't a bad heroine, I actually kind of liked her when I wasn't skimming from boredom. Dominor was boring, and similar to 'The Sword', where Saber went from domineering alpha to K
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Mad about
Oct 26, 2012 Mad about rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Master is the third installment in the Sons of Destiny Series and follows off from the ending of The Song (First Book).

Dominor is the third most powerful Mage amongst his brothers and fifth of all those in Katan. He's competitive and arrogant and now kidnapped on a Mandarite Ship to be a resource in their sexist War against Nathalia. This isn't the only problem he has though as he and his siblings are part of an ancient Prophecy to wed in their birth order to their perfect brides.
How can you
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norcalgal
I read almost all the books in this series, and of the two main protagonists in each book, Dominor and Serina were the only couple I really, and truly liked.

I felt the author took too many liberties with her virgin heroines in the author novels, and felt glad that not only was Serina not an innocent, but that she seemed to enjoy sex. Indeed - to stop the curse of male babies being born without magic, she even went so far as to "buy" Dominor (a stranger) and coerce him into a sexual relationship!
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July
Aug 31, 2013 July rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: home-library
Dominor is kidnapped in the first novel of this series at the very end of the novel. His brothers tried to save him from the ship as it was leaving port, one of his brothers one wounded and almost died. His twin has Evanor who is born with the gift of song keeps singing hoping his twin will hear him. Dominor is under a very strong drug falomel, they have laced a drink to render him unconscious to get him shackled so the ship could take off. Dominor after all is a very strong mage. When he awakes ...more
Kate
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Sue
Sep 19, 2011 Sue rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As the third book in the series, the idea behind it (lonely, hunky male Mage exiled for just existing and looking reluctantly for love) is becoming familiar. I don't know whether it was because I found myself taking an almost instant liking to the last brother Wolfer but I found it really difficult to relate to the main character in this one. Dominor struck me instantly as being arrogant and very full of himself at the beginning of the book (which I guess was the idea) but I found it difficult t ...more
Megan
May 05, 2011 Megan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Now this was my favorite book of the series!!!(Or at least in the top three) Now I know there is a lot of sex in this book, but come on! It is part of the fun of the genre!

Dominor has always been the competitive brother stuck in the middle. Good at everything, great at nothing. So he has a complex about it. At the end of the last book Dominor is captured by the Mandrakes. Whose ship is then captured and the men are sold at auction as slaves.

Cut to Serina, who for reasons you'll know upon readin
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Missy Ann
Ok, this one is my car book. Not good. Really this is not a good book.

Ugh, am I even going to try to finish this one? I'm at about the half way point right now. All I can keep thinking is that if the male & female roles were reversed it would've *never* been published. I haven't found a single female character I could stand to be in the same room with. And the "gay" discussions... the author falls all over herself; "not that there's anything wrong with that". If she really thought there wasn
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Kimberly
This is a 3.5 almost a 4! THE MASTER reveals there is more behind the Destinies of the Brothers of Nightfall.

As in her previous novels, Jean Johnson unveils new details about her world, offering glimpses of what is to come for the other exiled brothers, while continuing to wind threads of mystery around the eight and their futures. However, within the mystery and fantasy she continues to give some delightful grounding on everyday behaviors and life within her mystical world. As the stories cont
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Terri
May 11, 2008 Terri rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, paranormal
This is the 3rd book in the sons of destiny series. And like, the first two, I really enjoyed it.

Dominor is the third son of the exiled mage brothers. He is drugged and kidnapped by men seeking to use his powers in their own land. The ship he is on, is captured by the warring neighboring nation and he is sold as a slave.

Lady Serina is a powerful Mage and Guardian of a powerful magical font. She seeks to undo a spell that is at the root of the war between the two countries, and needs the help of
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Alice
The Mistress takes the Master

Book # 3 in the Sons of Destiny follows Dominar after he was abducted by the Mandarians and placed in mage chains. He ends up being purchased as a slave by a Lady who needs him for a magical working. While releasing him from slavery and chains, she binds him by mage vows and other more subtle connections. The interplay between these two is physically described and the most sensual of the Destiny Books. Also the misunderstandings are what keeps the story going. Possib
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Shannon
Sep 20, 2012 Shannon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, fantasy, romance
So far this has been my favorite book in the "Sons of Destiny" series. Dominor, the third brother, is arrogant and egotistical, but he finds his foil in Moonlander Serina, a brilliant Mathemagician. The plot that brings them together is a bit silly (omgz we must have sex over and over again to solve a magical crisis!), but it the character development is pretty nice. The lack of interference from the other brothers and certain other female characters (*cough* Kelly *cough*) is very nice. This bo ...more
Patrice
It's much the same as the others. Amazingly, it actually manages to have even more graphic sex in it than the others. How it does this and still advances the main story is remarkable to me, but it does it. It also lays the ground work for the next book. I like how all the books have ties preparing the following books. It shows how well thought out the story planning is to interconnect them like that. Even if only about 30% of each book is story. THis one does overly discuss the workings of magic ...more
Lady Lioness
Feeling much better, but opted to continue reading this series because I was curious about my theory regarding Johnson's writing quality. Indeed, I felt The Master was stronger than The Wolf, although there was still some repetitive language. Johnson does a fantastic job of world-building and I'm looking forward to re-reading the next coupla books in the series. For some reason, I'm chomping at the bit for The Cat and The Flame so I'll probably continuing re-reading the series before I start som ...more
Melissa Levine
I liked this one a lot. I kind of think it was the best one so far. That being far, far away from Kelly. The only thing that really stood out to me I guess you could say was how adventurous in the sack Serena was. Meaning with how eager she seemed to more want to touch herself than Dominor. I don't know, that just seemed strange to me. I guess I'm comparing her to other female characters in books I've read. At least the ones that are either in different universes/worlds or ones from the 'olden d ...more
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(1)romance author, science fiction author

Jean Johnson currently lives in the Pacific Northwest, has played in the SCA for 25 years, sings a lot, and argues with her cat about territorial rights to her office chair. She loves hearing from her readers, and has a distinct sense of humor. Rig
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