In Jaida Jones and Dani Bennett’s “Master of One” a botched robbery finds street thief Rags drafted by a sorcerer to find a hidden treasure. Rags attempt leads him to discover not a hoard of silver or gold, but rather a warrior from a race long believed to be extinct. While Rags tackles his treasure hunt, sinister events are occurring in the heart of the Queen’s court. Not even her friends are safe and her young son, Somhairle, is determined to get to the bottom of these events even if it means risking his life.
So even I can see that the above is not a great summary, but I couldn’t find a better way to describe this story. The plot felt disjointed at times, in my opinion at least, so it is hard for me to try to pull it all together even after I finished the book. I’m pretty disappointed, because when I stumbled on it on Goodreads I really thought I would love it.
The very beginning of the story was gripping and I got through it pretty quickly, but then the story got bogged down in Rags’ quest to find the treasure. I feel that for the purpose of moving the plot along we could have seen a few of his obstacles instead of at least ten of them. Then I found the introduction of Somhairle a bit abrupt after chapters of Rags’ point of view. Though I found his storyline more interesting, I found it difficult to connect with either character and found them a bit flat. I couldn’t really get invested in the quest to find the paragon or defeating the Queen. Nothing about the overall plot was unique and the ending was rather disappointing. Although the ending does leave room for a sequel, I don’t think I will continue with this series.
Overall, I give this book a 3 out of 5. Maybe somebody else would find these characters interesting or enjoy a treasure hunt themed story, but this is definitely not for me.