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Master and Apprentice (Gavyn Donatti #2)

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Luck has never been on Gavyn Donatti’s side. Anyone else with magic abilities inherited from a distant genie relative would have it made, but not Donatti, descendant of a cranky, shape-shifting genie named Ian. The prince of a murdered kingdom, consumed with revenge and driven
Paperback, 416 pages
Published March 29th 2011 by Pocket Books (first published March 7th 2011)
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Kristin  (MyBookishWays Reviews)
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Master and Apprentice picks up a year after Master of None ends, with Gavyn and Ian systematically hunting down and killing members of the Morai tribe, the djinn responsible for wiping out the Dehbei, Ian’s clan. The Morai used humans to slaughter the Dehbei, since djinn cannot directly kill humans. A curse, the ham’tari, was put on Ian. If he doesn’t kill every last one of the Morai, he will suffer greatly. This curse als
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Favorite Quote: “Damn, I never thought I’d say this, but it’s good to have your cranky ass is back.”

Luck has never been on Gavyn Donatti’s side. Anyone else with magic abilities inherited from a distant genie relative would have it made, but not Donatti, descendant of a cranky, shape-shifting genie named Ian. The prince of a murdered kingdom, consumed with revenge and driven by an unbreakable curse, Ian is determined to hunt down and d
Gavyn Donatti was used to being freakishly unlucky as in the worst thief ever, then he met Ian the djinn who is his great-great-great…etc grandfather and the Donatti luck changed to reasonably okay. Especially when they were both on the hunt for the evil djinn tribe that had basically wiped out Ian’s.
Then the luck went to bad and it’s affecting everything in Gavyn’s life. His truck is wrecked after a head one with a moose, Ian starts drinking beer. Absolutely worst of all, his family is driven
Grace Fonseca

Review: I was so looking forward to this book. I loved the first one, Master of None.

This book was okay. I expected this book to have more liveliness in it. I guess it suffers from second book syndrome. I felt that the book dragged at certain times and then we were left waiting for more. I think that the world is getting much darker and that the stakes were raised a little bit, yet I never felt that there was any real danger to our characters.

This book had some problems, but still I would have
Apr 03, 2011 Stella rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Any and all urban fantasy lover!!
I sometimes wonder which is harder: writing the 1st book in a series, ie. the authors launching themselves out into the unknown and building an original universe they hope readers will enjoy, or to the contrary writing the 2nd book, ie. when they have to meet (and exceed) the expectations of all the readers who enjoyed their 1st book. That must be pretty daunting, what daunting terrorizing! (It is a miracle authors manage to write 2nd books in my opinion.)

And in all fairness I confess that I had
Master and Apprentice by Sonya Bateman
Urban Fantasy March 29th, 2011
5 stars

This thrilling sequel to Master of None is even better than the first. The author spends time further developing her highly entertaining cast. And although this book is very complex it can easily be read by itself.

Garvyn Donatti is a charming ex-thief with a conscience who has discovered that he has diluted genie blood. This gives him some magical powers. But being untrained and trying start afresh with his new family is
I am torn with some aspects of this book, there are parts that I really liked and some that I disliked.

I will start with the dislike as it is a part of the foundation of the series. I get that in the past Donatti was a thief, but he isn't any more. It irritates me how everyone, especially Ian calls him Thief, as his name, and when they do it is like a slur. Donatti was very much thrown into this situation and has done so much to help Ian, often at great personal peril. It does seem that this ma
While I adored "Master of None", Sonya Bateman's first book about theif Gavyn Donatti and his djinn companion Ian, I wasn't quite as enraptured by the second book "Master and Apprentice". The plot was still strong and compelling. Ian and Donatti are hunting down all the Morai, or 'evil' djinn. Gavyn draws the line when they meet a morai named Calvin who doesn't believe in violence and has given up his own personal use of magic. Donatti can't force himself to kill Calvin because he knows he isn't ...more
4.5 stars

I need to get this out first: I was so surprised when I found out that Sonya Bateman and S.W. Vaughn are one and the same. The later is an m/m genre author, whose works I quite like. So I guess I end up appreciating this series more (and I'm already happy that there are secondary gay characters here, even if their presence is not much). Okay, now on to my opinion ...

The second book of "Gavyn Donatti" series is definitely raise the bar for the whole (if there is a next book); it is more
Since I hate trying to do a plot synopsis under even the best of circumstances, I'll cut right to the chase: The first book in this series ("Master of None") was very good. This follow-up is substantially better. The main characters (Gavyn Donatti and the djinn known as Ian) have evolved into much more clearly defined personalities, and their relationship with each other has moved into an area that has a lot more potential for future development. While I liked the first book, I felt that the end ...more
Jackie Uhrmacher
Master and Apprentice by Sonya Bateman is an explosive addition to the strangely hilarious tale of a man and his magic mentor. Ian goes off the deep end on a few occasions, leaving Donatti to be the voice of reason. This prospect frightened me almost as much as it frightened Donatti. Anytime a consummate screw-up is put in charge, things tend to go horribly, horribly wrong. To our mutual surprise, he really pulls through as a leader. Even more shocking is Ian’s transformation from murderous assh ...more
Martha Bullen
Full disclosure: this book is written by my friend and fellow author, Sonya Bateman. If you haven't read any urban fantasy yet, this series is a great place to start - but make sure you read the first book first, Master of None, before tackling Master and Apprentice.

Both books are imaginative, suspenseful and dark stories that intermix magic and the modern world. Her main characters are fascinating, complicated and exasperating. The plots are twisty, the dialogue witty and some of the scenes are
Further adventures of Gavyn, and his relationship with Ian and the djinn world. This book wrapped up nicely; I'm hoping for more in the series, so hopefully this wasn't a final wrap.
Ming Haugen
Second entry in a wonderful series. An unlucky ex-thief, his djinn ancestor and an assortment of friends and foes spend time in the country. Did I mention he hates the country?
Nicole Luiken
Even better than book one. Not only action-packed, but the stakes kept ratcheting upwards as the plot thickened.
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It would have been better without all the repetition and sexism...
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