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Master of None (Gavyn Donatti Series #1)

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  • Posted August 29, 2012

    I just...I couldn't finish this book. I think that Bateman has

    I just...I couldn't finish this book. I think that Bateman has a strong
    concept here, but her writing is elementary at best. The book is
    dialogue-heavy, which wouldn't normally be a problem except that it
    comes off as stilted and contrived. In an attempt to make an
    action-packed novel, Bateman sacrifices detail for pacing; by page 100,
    you're still not quite sure what makes the characters tick. The
    characters are two-dimensional and generally unlikeable. If you're
    interested in reading some urban fantasy about the Djinn, you should
    check out Rachel Caine instead.

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  • Posted April 6, 2010

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    Magical Debut to a New Urban Fantasy!

    I really enjoyed this exciting urban fantasy; the story moved rather swiftly and seemed to not have a moment to spare. I loved that this story focused on the undervalued Djinn whose story is seldom told. Although I was completely entertained, never bored and most of the times I didn't want to put this book down; I would've preferred the male lead get things done without behaving either overly reckless or too-stupid-to-live. Gavyn's hero complex would be equal to or on par with the heroine Rachel Morgan from Kim Harrison's Hallows series, and it was beyond frustrating. I can't explain why I love the Hallows series so much despite, the obvious kinks it has; but suffice it to say I have already grown fond of this budding series.

    Besides Gavyn's too-stupid-to-live issues, this book was exciting and fascinating. This author has now been added to my favorite authors list. I highly recommend this urban fantasy to fellow dark urban fantasy readers and I look forward to the sequel Djinn's Apprentice due out around 1/2011.

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  • Posted April 1, 2010

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    fans will enjoy Master of None starring a likable antihero.

    His partners if they had survived would testify he was the worst thief in the universe. However, even for Gavyn Donatti, his latest failure is a stunner as he lost the score he stole for his employer. Gavyn knows he must skip town, but his irate fence Trevor does not accept failure so he sends Skids Davis to beat the snot out of Gavyn and perhaps more; as a warning to other employees. However, someone intervenes; Skid shoots the male who tells him that hurt and warns the thug to tell his boss to back off or else.

    The djinn makes it clear he needs the moronic Gavyn, but will not put up with any shenanigans. Not interested in Gavyn's mouth, the djinn tells him he was sent here to help him fulfill his destiny. Neither the djinn, Gavyn, his girlfriend Jazz nor her son know what a small time robber's destiny could be beyond surviving and selling the latest heist.

    This enjoyable urban fantasy is filled with intelligent jocular dialogue as Donatti the thief struggles with achieving his life's purpose once he learns his life's purpose. He is terrific as the focus of the fun plot while his support team augments his efforts to determine his quest by not allowing him to just going back to being the worst thief in the world. Tongue in cheek but loaded with action, fans will enjoy Master of None starring a likable antihero.

    Harriet Klausner

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