Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Review: Master of None by Sonya Bateman

Title: Master Of None
Author: Sonya Bateman
Available: Now
Publisher: Pocket
Number of Pages: 384
Reading Level: Adult

4.5 out of 5 Stars

My copy was received from the author.
Thanks again Sonya!

Description from Goodreads:


Gavyn Donatti is the world’s unluckiest thief. Just ask all the partners he’s lost over the years. And when he misplaces an irreplaceable item he was hired to steal for his ruthless employer, Trevor—well, his latest bungle just might be his last. But then his luck finally turns: right when Trevor’s thugs have him cornered, a djinn, otherwise known as a genie, appears to save him.

Unfortunately, this genie—who goes by the very non-magical name of “Ian”—is more Hellboy than dream girl. An overgrown and extremely surly man who seems to hate Donatti on the spot, he may call Donatti master, but he isn’t interested in granting three wishes. He informs Donatti that he is bound to help the thief fulfill his life’s purpose, and then he will be free. The problem is that neither Donatti nor Ian has any idea what exactly that purpose is.

At first Donatti’s too concerned with his own survival to look a gift genie in the mouth, but when his ex-girlfriend Jazz and her young son get drawn into the crossfire, the stakes skyrocket. And when Ian reveals that he has an agenda of his own—with both Donatti and the murderous Trevor at the center of it—Donatti will have to become the man he never knew he could be, or the entire world could pay the price...

My thoughts:

Master of None is the first book in a new series. It is told from the perspective of Gavyn Donatti. Reading more books with a male main character is a personal goal of mine. It’s a nice way to mix it up a bit, and prevent the dreaded reading slump. Gavyn is one of my new favorite characters. Yes, I was charmed by the quick-witted thief. He is just so much fun. Add one grumpy djinn named Ian to the equation, and you’re in for a treat. This book is the perfect blend of suspense, action, and comedy. It even has a tiny bit of romance. Not an easy combination to pull off, but the author nailed it. In a genre dominated by werewolves, vampires, and faeries a book about the djinn really stands out. If you’re a fan of Urban Fantasy I’d recommend giving this book a try. I think you’ll be glad you did.

Sonya Bateman did an excellent job of creating a fresh addition to the Urban Fantasy genre. With the combination of deft dialogue, on the edge of your seat action, and charismatic characters you have a definite book win. 

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  1. Nice review! Master of None was one of the biggest revelations of 2010 for me. I LOVED this novel. I found the writing utterly brilliant, my only problem is that I'll have to wait until April 2011 for the sequel :-(