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Master of One

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And, sure, six unexpected allies against one wicked enemy doesn’t make for generous odds, but lucky for him, Rag’s not generous—he’s smart. I feel like the authors started writing it that way and then after the first 20 chapters, they decided to add 5 more POVs. There's elements of heist, there's layers of secrecy connected to the crown, and the over arcing story is about discovering the chosen people to form a mental and spiritual connection of living, mechanical magic animals.

A promising beginning following thief Rags as he is forced to go tomb raiding gives way to a long slog of POVs hunting for what amounts to a bunch of Macguffin artifacts. There are additional things that are quite minor for trigger warnings but I will list them since they are mentioned in the story: animal death, child abuse, infertility, kidnapping, torture. Said resistance is led in part by unsuspecting characters who are pulled together by some kind of fae destiny as the discovery of one leads to another, who leads to the next, etc. Also, I've no idea why they chose a female narrator (or a feminine voice) for a book whose cast is predominantly male. I am in love with how the authors are able to maintain a clipped pace in the plot, while slowly spooning out the creative details, very well done.While I wish we got a bit more of the world buildin According to marketing consultant Andie Coupland, who likes the term "generalist” and “spent a ten-year in-house career climbing the ranks before setting up on my own last year”, “being able to pick and choose different projects or clients works really well for me. And, sure, six unexpected allies against one wicked enemy doesn't make for generous odds, but lucky for him, Rag's not generous-he's smart.

However, the counter-argument to this could be that it doesn't give you time to get to know the main character, Rags, but don't worry, you won't learn much about the others either. It was definitely more character driven than plot driven than what I expect from titles similarly marketed, which is not an issue for me at all, but I know it bothers a lot of people. Holding good working knowledge of a lot of areas is desirable and those who hire you might feel like they have hit the jackpot. She found that exploring and experiencing different paths gave her the confidence to leave “[her] six-figure income to make a leap of faith moving to a new city with no visa, job or home awaiting. I loved the idea of a heist-style plot and the unexpected LGBT romance, and that a queer couple wrote it was really exciting.The fact that the main characters were constantly being watched felt super restrictive and stunted a lot of potential development. There is LGBTQ+ rep, and a character is disabled due to a chronic illness (this one is hard for me to peg for the rep, but the character has a chronic illness and their body has some birth defects which has resulted in the necessary use of help for walking).

Edit March 20th : I wrote this review when the book had 140 ratings on GR, so that's why I'm wondering why nobody read it in my review below : it has now approx 1300 ratings, and I hope, still counting!With the heist and intrigue of Six of Crows and the dark fairy tale feel of The Cruel Prince, this young adult fantasy debut will have listeners rooting for a pair of reluctant heroes as they take on a world-ending fae prophecy, a malicious royal plot, and, most dangerously of all, their feelings for each other.

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