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3.82  ·  Rating details ·  663 ratings  ·  241 reviews
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 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 fa
Hardcover, 544 pages
Published November 10th 2020 by HarperTeen
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Nov 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Ok let's be honest.

This is probably not 5 stars.
I couldn't care less.

I add a star as a "Sorry If I thought you were a trashy book, I will never do it again"

But please.
I need the sequel.

God, I love when I am wrong in a good way about books.
2.5 / 5
i really enjoyed this in the first 100 pages, but it dragged sooo much after that. it threw me into a weeks-long reading slump, my FIRST ONE THIS YEAR. i was under the impression that this book would be about a thief, a fae, a heist, and some gay adventures, but that constituted a very low percentage of the story.
the beginning was the only heist part, starting off with a sort of aladdin-esque plot. rags, the thief, is forced by the queen’s sorceress to break into a fae stronghold with onl
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" When a common thief finds himself on the wrong side of the law, his punishment is to join an evil sorcerer on a perilous journey to uncover a lost fae relic. The relic turns out to be a fae himself—a distractingly handsome, annoyingly perfect, ancient fae prince. Together they must save the world from the evil sorcerer, while trying not to fall in love with each other."

Nov 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
Exciting wasn’t powerful enough for what Somhairle had found. A group of strangers who could be friends. A group of friends who might become heroes.

When I read the blurb and saw Six of Crows + The Cruel Prince my deal was sealed despite not knowing anything about the authors or story. But did this book meet all my expectations? Definitely!

We have a little sweet thief with a lot of humor (not at all anything like Kaz so don't expect that), a too literal cute fae prince (NOT our cruel Prince)
Thank you to TBR & Beyond Tours, Netgalley, the authors and the publisher for an ARC in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

Can I reread this already?? Honestly, my brain is just scrambled from all the amazing books I've been reading lately, but Master of One takes the cake. A thief who discovers the last fae? A slow burn Achillean romance? A crew that is diverse and queer? They must take down an evil sorcerer and Queen? Yes, this book checks all the boxes that I wanted and mo
h o l l i s
This might be a read I could actually round up on but for now I'm going to linger just under a three. I definitely didn't hate this and, despite the length (so long!), it was a pretty easy read — I swear, my eyes only skimmed the tiniest bit. Also the concept is definitely different and I appreciate that. But I do rather feel the pitch of this book as being a big ol' heist adventure is patently false.

Instead, this book is about the ever lasting reign of a queen who has committed, or at least con
This book almost put me in the biggest reading slump ever.

It is so LONG. It is not a "heist story" even though a thief is the main character, it is more an Indiana Jones looking for lost fae treasure story. There is no convoluted clever plan to steal anything, there are puzzles to reach a treasure though.

And, I was just bored quite honest.

The beginning felt rushed to me. I didn't have time to bond to the MC (even though he has quite a morbid sense of humor) before we were literally sent strai
May 30, 2020 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
gay fae sorcery heist count me in
No One
Jul 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Goodness I love this book with all my heart and instantly fell in love with each character. Such a unique book and I’m eager for more
Oct 12, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: arcs, lgbtqiap
This kind of open ending should be illegal...either way this book was really good! You can expect a review + interview with BOTH of the authors on November 8th on my blog!
Sophie's Reading Corner
Nov 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
In this YA LGBTQ fantasy we have Rags, a thief who somehow has to go on a secret quest. We meet amazing characters along the way and the humor is epic! We have thieves, Princes, sorcerers, fae, Knights, etc. If you're a fan of books by Leigh Bardugo and Holly Black, then you should read this book!

I really enjoyed this book!! I loved the tests that Rags had to go through in the beginning and how clever they were. I also loved how developed and multilayered these characters were. If you love fant
Jun 30, 2020 marked it as wishlist  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: anticipated-2020
Heists, faes, royals, queer romance, magic, and one of the authors just told me no one in this book is straight. Oh, how I love it already. 🤣

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Dec 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I normally can't really focus on SFF audiobooks, but this one was a clear exception. It was such a long book, but I almost couldn't stop listening to it, I had so much fun! It was very fast-paced from the start and just so much happened. ...more
Oct 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Thank you so much, NetGalley, HarperCollins Children's books and Harperteen for the chance to read this book!

TW: murder, torture, violence, loss of free will, kidnapping, death

Rags is an excellent thief, until he's caught by the Queensguard and forced to help a sadistic and cruel sorcerer to find an ancient Fae relic, a powerful relic unlike anything they ever knew. But after Rags finds a Fae, a beautiful, powerful prince called Shining Talon, things begin to become more and more dangerous and c
Oct 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
[...clears throat]

**Thank you to Harper Collins Canada for an advanced copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.**

This is definitely 4.5 stars. Woah.
As you might have guessed from those opening lines, I stayed up late finishing this book one night and it quickly became one that I wanted to scream about... at many friends...

Things t
WHEW. Okay, listen. This book is one of my most anticipated reads this year, and I'll definitely be looking forward to the sequel next year!

Master of One was a whole action-packed ride. Though it can take a while to really build up/can feel slow at times, the intriguing plot and the characters really stood out for me and got me invested in the story. Also!! All the yearning in this book made me want to curl up in a ball. (oh, the AGONY)

Full review soon!

(Also, a big thanks to the author Jaida Jon
Michael Araujo
Oct 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: faeries
This review was originally published on TheFandom.

Jaida Jones and Dani Bennett created an intense book in Master of One that’ll offer readers a wild ride they’ll never forget.

In Master of One, Rags finds out that sometimes being a small time thief can attract the attention of some pretty powerful people. So when he’s given a job by a powerful sorcerer to explore a deserted fae court, he literally has no choice but to take it. It’s literally do or die. In this epic adventure, Rags and co.
Nov 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book so much it is now one of my favorites of the year. I loved everything about this book from the story and the characters and everything in between I am also really wishing for a sequel I hope it gets published someday. I loved all of the characters they all were so very well developed and I look forward to maybe reading more about them. The characters that I loved most were Rags and Tal I loved the slow burn romance and the payoff at the end was so great. I really loved Rags for ...more
Oct 16, 2020 rated it liked it
I loved the main characters personality. He is witty and funny, I found myself laughing out loud at his reactions to things and really liked him a lot.

The thing about this book, is that it is not what I expected. I thought it was going to be like Six of Crows or something along the lines of that, but it was more like Indiana Jones. Even though I enjoyed the main character it wasn't enough to hold me to the plot itself. It was a bit flat and I didn't feel connected to the world at all. The langua
Nov 10, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: my-shelf, arc-other
Master of One wasn't at all what I expected. I don't mean this in a bad way - I just want to let you know that I think the synopsis is kind of misleading. This is a book about magic and old secrets and villains who will do anything to stay in power, starring an unlikely hero who definitely didn't sign up for this. There's a heist and a queer romance, as advertised in the synopsis, but those aren't the focus for most of the book.

The part of this book that stood out most to me was one of the POV c
Rachel Emily
I am absolutely LOVING this debut book from Jaida Jones and Dani Bennett! Great, witty, well-written characters, great diversity and rep between the main couple and characters, and plenty of action makes for a very, very strong debut fantasy read.

Fair warning - Master of One really starts out with a punch - and a violent and intense one at that. These authors don't shy away from the violence, but it was a very impactful way to start the story. We then go on to meet Rags - and you guys, I love h
Nov 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I'm honestly surprised at how much I enjoyed this novel. It's got everything I normally avoid: a quest plotline, inconsistent pacing, multiple POVs, and a generic medieval European setting. But wow, it is charming, and the characters have taken hold of my heart.

This might be a YA fantasy but it reads way more like Adult. It sort of gave me Merlin meets The Lord of the Rings meets Terry Pratchett's sense of humor. I haven't read Terry Pratchett, but I've read and loved Good Omens, so I base it of
DNF at 38%

Perhaps choosing to read a very long high fantasy book because I enjoyed a fanfic by one of the authors 15 years ago was not the best plan. I'm sure this will be very enjoyable to some people but for me the pacing was all off and I just didn't really connect with any of the characters. The part with Rags doing the heist stuff and discovering Shining Talon was probably the first like 10-15% of the book and it felt like the whole thing was being absolutely rushed through. After that the
Nov 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
... There will be a sequel, right? RIGHT?
Nov 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: not-logged, 2020
Yes, yes, yes!

This book lived up to all of my expectations and then some.

Based on the ending and all the loose ends, I'm pretty sure there will be a sequel and I welcome it with open arms.
Paige Green
Oct 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Disclaimer: I received the e-arc from the publisher. Thanks! All opinions are my own.

Book: Master of One

Author: Jaida Jones and Danielle Bennett

Book Series: Standalone

Rating: 5/5

Diversity: m/m romance, gay main characters

Recommended For...: fantasy, magic, LGBT, romance

Publication Date: November 10, 2020

Genre: YA Fantasy

Recommended Age: 16+ (violence, gore, romance, slight sexual content)

Publisher: HarperTeen

Pages: 544

Synopsis: Rags is a thief—an excellent one. He's stolen into noble's coffers,
That was so weird! I don't know what to say, but it was really something. Something good, though. Sweet and fascinating and diverse. I loved that. The ending kinda stumped me because I wasn't expecting that it would be the way it was (original!), though with my vivid and active imagination, I was actually OK with it.

So cute! Like a beautiful picturesque cliff-side cute, that looks really great and like you could almost see beyond it, the good and the bad. Yeah, really something. I still hope th
Dnf at 55%
I truly , really , genuinly wanted to love and enjoy this but it just couldn't reach at that point.😔 And i really did give a good try. The only thing i found myself enjoying was rags and shiny relationship and his pov the most.
So i might get back to give this a try some other time.
Starr ❇✌❇
I received an ARC from Edelweiss
TW: physical abuse, torture

Rags is a thief- and a good one at that. But when he's caught pulling what would have been the heist of his life, he's forced into an even bigger and riskier heist. One involving the dangerous, and now all wiped out fae folk. Except the treasure at the end isn't any treasure he was expecting- instead, it's a still living fae boy and the new understanding that he's just at the beginning. With a crew of the forgotten, damaged, and a
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Jaida Jones is a graduate of Barnard College, where they wrote their thesis on monsters in Japanese literature and film. A poet and native New Yorker, they had their first collection of poetry, Cinquefoil published by New Babel Books in 2006. They also co-wrote the Shoebox Project - a Harry Potter fan website with more than five thousand subscribed members. They currently live in Brooklyn with the ...more

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