Tuesday, November 16, 2010

MASTER OF NONE by Sonya Bateman

Book 1 in Series
Published by: Pocket Books
Date Published: March 30th, 2010
ISBN: 9781439160848
Urban Fantasy
Mass Market Paperback
Reviewed by Dawn
Obtained by Self-Purchase

Gavin Donatti is a thief and one that finds his luck disappear one night while on a job…a job that he thought would be a simple snatch and grab. Well unfortunately, Gavin’s employer isn’t too keen on excuses and he finds himself in hot water, on the run from the thugs bent on retrieving the item Gavin lost for Trevor. When a mysterious man named Ian drops in to save him from the thugs, Gavin finds out his life is about to get even more interesting for Ian is no ordinary man but a genie or djnn and he doesn’t give wishes. But Ian has secrets that Gavin never knew about and in the wrong hands, could get them killed. Can they survive long enough to stop the mad man, Trevor and live to see another day?

MASTER OF NONE is one wild ride from start to finish. I loved every minute of it and found it to be full of wit, mystery, adventure, magic and relationships. It had me giggling one minute and the next rooting for Ian and Gavin to win the day. Ms. Bateman is a new to me author and her debut book, MASTER OF NONE, delivers a spine tingling ride from start to finish. Who could resist a genie/djnn that is more hellboy than a traditional wish kind? I loved Ian, the djnn. He was surly, annoying and downright prickly at times but you get a sense of how conflicted he is and shoulders a really big job in stopping the bad guy Trevor. His dynamics with Gavin range from downright hilarious to friendship loving moments that have you smiling through most of the book. The action is non-stop and Gavin’s ex-flame, Jazz, shows up adding a nice twist in the storyline.

Meet Gavin Donatti, a good thief who just finds out his luck deserts him. A fairly easy job for his boss, Trevor, has gone completely off the wayside. The item he procured for Trevor disappears and now Trevor, who isn’t into excuses sics his goons on Gavin to retrieve it back. Needless to say Gavin is having one really, really bad evening. When a mysterious man saves him, Gavin finds out the world he knows is one with hidden magic and worlds beyond it. For Ian is a genie and not a card carrying, “I am giving you three wishes” kind either. Can these two be able to team up without killing one another to save not just themselves, their friends but also the world? I absolutely loved these two characters. They are complex, interesting and delivered some wonderful one liners that had me cracking up. The characters are multidimensional and come to life on the pages. There were some great secondary characters that I hope to see in future books.

MASTER OF NONE is a great introduction to a new urban fantasy series that will blow you away. The storyline flows fast, there are a few twists in the book that had me gasping in disbelief and the characters are multi-dimensional. Take an unlucky thief, add a dash of djnn and shake……you get MASTER OF NONE in the end. Ms. Bateman is a talented storyteller and one I hope to read more of in the future.

This is an objective review and not an endorsement of the book.

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