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A DEADLY CULT. AN UNBREAKABLE CURSE. THE RULES ARE SIMPLE: LEARN TO KILL . . . OR DIE. Luck has never been on Gavyn Donatti’s side. Anyone else with magic abilities inherited from a distant genie relative would have it made, but not Donatti, descendant of a cranky, shape-shifting genie named Ian. The prince of a murdered kingdom, consumed with revenge and driven by an unbrA DEADLY CULT. AN UNBREAKABLE CURSE. THE RULES ARE SIMPLE: LEARN TO KILL . . . OR DIE. Luck has never been on Gavyn Donatti’s side. Anyone else with magic abilities inherited from a distant genie relative would have it made, but not Donatti, descendant of a cranky, shape-shifting genie named Ian. The prince of a murdered kingdom, consumed with revenge and driven by an unbreakable curse, Ian is determined to hunt down and destroy every last one of his enemies in the power-hungry snake clan—at any cost, including his life. Or Donatti’s. Obsessed by his own rage, Ian has never really taught Donatti how to use his abilities. So when a powerful cult of magic-users captures Ian’s wife, the princess Akila, and then Ian himself, Donatti is left alone to take on dozens of half-djinn and their mysterious leader with designs on world domination. Facing an impossible mission, Donatti is forced to turn to an enemy for help—one who claims to know how to unlock his true potential. Trusting a snake might be the last mistake Donatti ever makes—but if he doesn’t learn to wield the power inside him, everyone will pay the ultimate price....

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Master and Apprentice Reviews

  • (Tori-Smexybooks) smexys_sidekick
    2019-02-01 14:29

    Originally posted at Quote: “Damn, I never thought I’d say this, but it’s good to have your cranky ass is back.”Luck has never been on Gavyn Donatti’s side. Anyone else with magic abilities inherited from a distant genie relative would have it made, but not Donatti, descendant of a cranky, shape-shifting genie named Ian. The prince of a murdered kingdom, consumed with revenge and driven by an unbreakable curse, Ian is determined to hunt down and destroy every last one of his enemies in the power-hungry snake clan—at any cost, including his life. Or Donatti’s.Obsessed by his own rage, Ian has never really taught Donatti how to use his abilities. So when a powerful cult of magic-users captures Ian’s wife, the princess Akila, and then Ian himself, Donatti is left alone to take on dozens of half-djinn and their mysterious leader with designs on world domination.Facing an impossible mission, Donatti is forced to turn to an enemy for help—one who claims to know how to unlock his true potential. Trusting a snake might be the last mistake Donatti ever makes, but if he doesn’t learn to wield the power inside him, everyone will pay the ultimate price.Master and Apprentice picks up one year after Master of None. Ian and Gavyn are methodically hunting down and destroying each member of the Morai tribe; the tribe responsible for killing off every member of Ian’s clan, the Dehbai. Ian inherited a curse called the ham’tari that requires Ian kill every last Morai before he will be allowed to return to his homeland. This curse not only affects Ian but all his descendants-including Gavyn. When Ian and Gavyn are returning home from killing a Morai, they fall into the clutches of a group of humans who act as if they are Morai. Escape from them leds them to a monastery and a monk named Calvin. Calvin is a Morai who lives at the monastery and was not part of the group that slaughtered Ian’s clan. After meeting Calvin, Gavyn begins to wonder about Ian’s prejudice towards the Morai and if Ian has been completely honest with him.When Ian, Tory, and his Akila are all kidnapped by the same Morai serving human group, Gavyn will have to place his trust and life in Calvin’s hands and hope that he can unlock the power he needs to save them all.Sonya Bateman out does herself in Master and Apprentice. An engaging urban fantasy that layers the supernatural with the mortal to create a complex but not confusing world. Smooth writing combined with superb characters and a phenomenal continuing storyline swept me back up in Ian and Gavyn’s adventures as if I had never left. It does start out a little abrupt, tossing you in the middle of the action and for me it took a little to get in to the groove.Ian is back and cranky as ever. Not a nice Disney Djinn, he drags Gavyn all over the world on his personal vendetta. Still not taking the time to teach Gavyn how to unlock his powers, often resulting in Gavyn being hurt badly at times.Gavyn is adorable. Simply adorable. I love Gavyn. Sarcastic, snarky, and still touting his bad luck like an extra limb; he is quite witty and usually at inappropriate times. But for all Gavyn’s failings, he maintains his strong moral code. While he may bend the law and break some promises, everything he does is for a good reason. Ian’s war on the Morai makes Gavyn nervous. He questions following anyone blindly and has a problem killing someone because someone tells him to.Ms. Bateman brings about some interesting changes in Ian and Gavyn both. I enjoyed how she evolves their characters without changing their base personalities. Ian begins to finally “see” Gavyn as a person and not an extension of him while Gavyn learns more about Ian and the pain he has had to live with for hundreds of years. Ian and Gavyn don’t have it easy in here though. Ms. Bateman takes a more serious tone in this book and both Gavyn and Ian are run through the gauntlet. I love a book that can make me experience a wide range of emotions and Ms. Bateman gave me that in here. I laughed, cried, and raged as I followed my two favorite men through their trials and tribulations.The secondary characters are as dynamic and diverse as our protagonists. Calvin is a wonderful addition to the gang. A monk and a Morai; he is Gavyn’s first clue that not all the Morais’ are evil murders. His wisdom and rather unique way of looking at things balances the storyline quite well. When he attempts to help Gavyn unlock his powers, well, lets just say his patience is a virtue. We see much of Jazz, Akila, Cyrus (oh, Cyrus is wonderful). Tory comes back to lend a helping hand. We also get a very romantic sub story that focuses on the history of Ian and Akila’s romance.The ending is...everything I wanted it to be and more. Everything is wrapped up nice and tight. I highly recommend this book and the first one- Master Of None- to everyone who enjoys a funny, emotional, romantic, action packed urban fantasy.Rating: B+

  • Kristin(MyBookishWays Reviews)
    2019-02-06 16:19

    You may also read my review here: and Apprentice picks up a year after Master of None ends, with Gavyn and Ian systematically hunting down and killing members of the Morai tribe, the djinn responsible for wiping out the Dehbei, Ian’s clan. The Morai used humans to slaughter the Dehbei, since djinn cannot directly kill humans. A curse, the ham’tari, was put on Ian. If he doesn’t kill every last one of the Morai, he will suffer greatly. This curse also helps to explain the phenomenal bad luck that Gavyn has suffered from all of his life, as it also effects Ian’s descendents. As Gavyn travels with Ian, he realizes that not all Morai are the same, and starts to wonder just how much he can trust Ian. Then they meet Calvin, a Morai, and a monk, who was not involved in the slaughter, and uses the form of a rather charming raccoon. When Akila, Ian’s wife, is taken by a mysterious cult lead by a Morai bent on using Ian for world domination, Gavyn will have to rely on Calvin to teach him how to use his newfound powers (including transformation with a memorable scene involving his sneaker), and get them out alive. I LOVED Master of None, but if possible, I liked Master and Apprentice even more. The tone is a bit more serious this time around, but Gavyn is still his snarky self (sarcasm is a serious weapon with this guy), and still retains the moral code that makes him so charming and likeable. Ian begins the novel rigid in his mission, but begins to change when he realizes that things may not be what they seem with the Morai. Calvin is a wonderful addition to the lineup, and Tory is back as well to offer help. I laughed out loud at times, and Ms. Bateman’s writing is better than ever! She also manages to create a rather layered story without things getting confusing, a talent which is greatly appreciated by this reader! She puts poor Ian through the ringer in this book, as well as Gavyn, and I found myself flinching in spots, but nothing is too gory or gratuitous, and just makes getting the bad guys that much more satisfying. Every now and then there are books you wanna hug, and this was that book for me. You know, the one you start babbling about the minute someone gives you an opening? Yeah, you know the ones I’m talking about… If you haven’t discovered this series, run, don’t walk, to grab yourself a copy of Master of None, and for goodness sake, pre-order Master and Apprentice! It’s that good.

  • Vickie
    2019-02-07 18:26

    Gavyn Donatti was used to being freakishly unlucky as in the worst thief ever, then he met Ian the djinn who is his great-great-great…etc grandfather and the Donatti luck changed to reasonably okay. Especially when they were both on the hunt for the evil djinn tribe that had basically wiped out Ian’s. Then the luck went to bad and it’s affecting everything in Gavyn’s life. His truck is wrecked after a head one with a moose, Ian starts drinking beer. Absolutely worst of all, his family is driven away, they need to rescue Princess Akila who has been kidnapped by beyond evil half-breed djinn supremacists. I like watching Gavyn and how he keeps on keepin’ on protecting his loved ones and his responsibilities. Even when the injuries keep on comin’, he makes himself do what needs doing. Sonya doesn’t sugarcoat the injuries either nor make Gavyn into a Superman. He’s injured, he hurts, he stumbles. He grows with his newfound abilities, learns as he goes and gets tougher even if he doesn’t admit to it. It may be just me, but I got invested in everything that happened to Gavyn, Ian, Jazz, Akila, Cyrus, the characters I cared most about. I sat at my desk crying at some points and other times wanting to reach inside the computer to wheal on some evil djinn halfbreed asswipes. That is excellent writing, making the reader give a good goddamn about the characters. We get more of the history of Ian and Akila’s relationship, too. It’s a lovely story. A romance and love for the ages. I love Cyrus, Jazz and Gavyn’s young son. He’s a doll. He has inherited his father’s djinn qualities. Jazz realizes she now has to not only worry about potty training, but the fact that Cy has magical abilities like turning invisible. That’s a hard one to deal with in a toddler when all you figure you need to teach is potty-training and don’t poke your finger in the light socket. And, ohhhh, the WTF moments….absolutely loud ones. Favorite quotes or bits:I wasn’t exactly claustrophobic----just allergic to being trapped.

  • Stella
    2019-02-12 16:13

    I sometimes wonder which is harder: writing the 1st book in a series, ie. the authors launching themselves out into the unknown and building an original universe they hope readers will enjoy, or to the contrary writing the 2nd book, ie. when they have to meet (and exceed) the expectations of all the readers who enjoyed their 1st book. That must be pretty daunting, what daunting terrorizing! (It is a miracle authors manage to write 2nd books in my opinion.)And in all fairness I confess that I had extremely high expectations of Master and Apprentice after how much I was blown away by Book #1 Master of None (if you can't recall my gushing, you can read my review of Book #1 Master of None here), but somehow I wasn't worried, I trusted that after all the awesomeness of Master of None Sonya Bateman wouldn't disappoint me and she sure didn't!Master and Apprentice picks up around one year after where Master of None left off: Gavyn and Ian have been hunting and exterminating Morai (=the bad djinns for those who forgot) and they live happily ever after in a cozy suburban house. They live the slightly magical version of a Desperate Housewives scene until everything comes crashing down and more evil djinns disrupt their quiet and blissful family life.There are so many fantastic things about this series that I cannot pinpoint only one as its highlight. The incredible writing style, the action packed, nail-biting plot, the rich and detailed worldbuilding (with original djinn clans (Dehbei, Bahari and Morai) and the creation of a made up djinn language(!)), the crack-up humour and the three dimensional, in-depth characterization are all essential to make the Gavyn Donatti series the awesomeness that it is. But if I really had to highlight something which in my opinion makes this series outstanding and an urban fantasy series you absolutely mustn't miss I would say it is the chuckle out loud dry, sarcasticly hilarious banter between Ian and Gavyn! Both are amazing characters separately: Ian being the quietly glowering, grumpy and authoritative genie err.. I mean djinn with the dry biting comments, while Gavyn is the crack-you-up-a-mile-a-minute soft hearted thief with morals. And when these two are put together, they make one helluva combustive team! Master and Apprentice made me crack up just as often as Master of None, so for those of you who are not yet familiar with Sonya Bateman's writing here is a little taste of how sputtering-your-coffee-on-your-keyboard-funny the Gavny Donatti books are (be warned though: put away any hot drinks (well any drinks) just to insure the safety of your keyboard and yourself, because hilarity ensues): (oh and yes, it took me a considerable time and effort to narrow my top list down to only the following quotes!)Ian frowned. "We will discuss this later.""Yeah. Sure we will." I knew a dismissal when I heard it. WIth a scowl of my own I crossed my arms and nodded towards the cave. "Confident assholes first."A hasty mental inventory revealed I'd brought nothing useful. Cell phone, flashlight, a bag of trail mix. That'd help. I could temporarily blind him, force-feed him, and hope he had a peanut allergy. My last thought before blackness took me was that Jazz would be pissed because I'd forgotten to put the laundry in the dryer before I died."Is murder your answer for everything, or do you reserve it for special occasions - like Tuesdays?"I knew she could be just as stubborn as Ian when she wanted to, but this time I couldn't let her win. No way in hell I was going to end up saying I told you so to her tombstone.They both looked like I felt. Worn down harder than a neighborhood football. And we were still going after these bastards. Brilliant strategy. It was like David and Goliath - if David had a broken leg, wore a blindfold, and hadn't slept for a week before he went to the valley. Hell, we didn't even have a lousy slingshot."You know most people would disagree that there's any magic on Earth. Outside of Disney World and the Bermuda triangle, that is." "Look, what they are doing to him makes the Spanish Inquisition look like a bunch of Boy Scouts."I didn't trust his sudden change of heart. Getting Ian to consider a new opinion was like suggesting that the pope toss the mitre and wear a baseball cap in public.So what do you say? Isn't Gavyn Donatti the most unique and hilarious narrator you have come across? :-)Sonya Bateman's writing is flowing. The pace of the action gets faster and faster until you feel like the outside world is rushing you by in a blur and you can only see the action of that particular moment you are in with Ian and Gavyn.But just as I said, Master and Apprentice is so much more than an action packed novel: the plot is structured and the rich worldbuilding is carefully developed, it is a lush universe full of colours, it is a feast to read any story set in it. Besides the action, deeper issues (and emotions) are also explored. Master and Apprentice is a novel with heart. All the characters you'll come to know, you'll grow to love and thanks to Ian and Gavyn being the way they are, despite their lives being very turbulent and highly dangerous, you would gladly sign up and be part of their team!Verdict: Master and Apprentice not only met but exceeded all my (extremely high) expectations and reinforced my belief that Sonya Bateman is an amazing and incredibly talented storyteller, whose future novels I cannot wait to read!! If Urban Fantasy is your genre, or if you simply love original, well developed exciting stories who pack more than a handful of chuckles and choking up moments, you should try this series, you'll discover a new favourite! ps: you can now read Book #1 Master of None free here: you need to register, but registration is completely free and only takes 1 min, enjoy! :-)

  • Elizabeth Meadows
    2019-01-18 16:09

    Hilarious adventures worth buying twiceI purchased the paperback, Master and Apprentice only to have it disappear in my house. Then, I ordered the electronic version so I could scratch the itch caused by stopping in the middle of a series. Gavyn Donatti shows signs of maturity and competency with his newly discovered Djiin heritage. Of course, this leads him to new moral dilemmas, as a father, partner in a vendetta and friend. Friends, Akila, Ian, Jazz and Cy return with sidekicks Lark and Taregon to continue their increasingly complicated quest. Mastering his abilities, Gavyn begins to understand the responsibility and consequences of power when dealing with the Morai clan. Pulled into this centuries long quest, Gavyn transcends from apprentice to teacher in Master and Apprentice by Sonya Bateman.

  • Stacey
    2019-02-11 19:22

    While I adored "Master of None", Sonya Bateman's first book about theif Gavyn Donatti and his djinn companion Ian, I wasn't quite as enraptured by the second book "Master and Apprentice". The plot was still strong and compelling. Ian and Donatti are hunting down all the Morai, or 'evil' djinn. Gavyn draws the line when they meet a morai named Calvin who doesn't believe in violence and has given up his own personal use of magic. Donatti can't force himself to kill Calvin because he knows he isn't evil. When Ian's wife Akila is kidnapped and possibly murdered, Ian vows revenge unlike ever before seen. From there the book becomes one big journey to hunt down the murdering morai and hopefully rescue Akila, if she is still alive. For the record this book still read compulsively and was always entertaining. Yet I still had several complaints or annoyances as I read through the tale. - There is almost too much action in this book, believe it or not. The action is almost non-stop and it doesn't feel like we get many chances to catch or breath and really visit with these wonderful characters. Thats not to say the action isn't well written because those scenes are for the most part engaging and heart racing. - Ian is troubled through the book's entirity. I mean, anyone with a missing wife would be beside himself but we really don't see the same Ian from the first book and thats a shame. Donatti's trademark sarcastic humor from the first book was also very toned down. - There were too many instances where someone was severely injured, near dead, and they healed and back to 100% strength in no time. Wow the first time this was incredible but by the eigth or ninth time this same thing happened I was over it and it really stretched believabilty to a breaking point. "Come on," I wanted to shout at the book, "this is too predictable now!" The story still feels incomplete. I know the author is shopping for a publisher for the next book and I hope she finds one. We are left with some great threads that could continue to the next book. Akila's truly disgusting and horrible father is in desperately need of a murdering. I absolutely adored seeing the new "children" introduced in this book and I really liked the scenes featuring those characters. I think they could add a lot to future installments if there are any. Seeing Donatti's son Cyrus's new abilities was also a treat could be further explored. I liked this book. There were just some things I didn't care for in this volume. If Bateman is able to continue the series one way or another I will continue to read it and recommend it.

  • Bookaholics
    2019-01-20 16:12

    Master and Apprentice by Sonya BatemanUrban Fantasy March 29th, 20115 starsThis thrilling sequel to Master of None is even better than the first. The author spends time further developing her highly entertaining cast. And although this book is very complex it can easily be read by itself.Garvyn Donatti is a charming ex-thief with a conscience who has discovered that he has diluted genie blood. This gives him some magical powers. But being untrained and trying start afresh with his new family is complicated. Especially because his many times removed grandfather (a full blooded genie named Ian) keeps pulling him into his mission of vengeance. Ian's people were all murdered by a different clan called the Morai and he is determined to kill them. Because Ian feels Garvyn is useful he has taken him on as his apprentice to help him exterminate the Morai. But Ian's killing spree bothers Garvyn and he questions if all Morai are evil. When they try to recover from their last assassination they find strange ‘human’ Morai. They are attacked and barely escape. But no sooner do they escape than Ian's gentle wife is mysteriously abducted. Now Ian and Garvyn must try to find her before it is too late. But will prejudices and old beliefs get in their way or will they be able to help those who they had considered their enemy? This is a fantastic book with humor and imagination. The hero has a well-meaning heart and is very good natured. Garvyn lives by his own rules and is a bit of a dare devil with a cause. He reminded me a bit of Jim Butcher’s Harry Dresden. This book is even better than the first because the characters are more fully developed and we learn secrets about Ian and his wife's past. (It is a great author who can make you sympathize and relate with most of her cast of characters.) Once I started really I did not want to stop. This book pulls together many ideas and ties up loose ends that explain Garvyn’s rocky life. I really enjoyed how the author doesn’t gloss over difficult questions. It questions Ian killing spree and I liked how it made me think about the Morai differently. I also liked the curse in the story because, it added an extra layer of depth that really made this story more intense and riveting. I also liked the satisfying ending. It still gives the hero a lot more to do but doesn’t leave it at a horrendous cliffhanger that a lot of authors are adding to their books these days. Non-stop action, adventure and magic! Those looking for a thoughtful book with humor and an appealing cast will love this latest book by Sonya Bateman. Reviewed by Steph from the Bookaholics Romance Book Club

  • Ami
    2019-01-23 12:13

    4.5 starsI need to get this out first: I was so surprised when I found out that Sonya Bateman and S.W. Vaughn are one and the same. The later is an m/m genre author, whose works I quite like. So I guess I end up appreciating this series more (and I'm already happy that there are secondary gay characters here, even if their presence is not much). Okay, now on to my opinion ...The second book of "Gavyn Donatti" series is definitely raise the bar for the whole (if there is a next book); it is more complicated and more developed than the first book. I think most of it came from the development of Donatti's power as well as a deeper look inside's Ian and Akila's past-life as djinns before they reside in Earth.The book starts with Ian's killing spree plan to kill all Mohrai, to enable him (and his wife) to return home WHILE trying to avoid the curse that binds him to fall into Donatti as his descendant (to that point, to Cyrus, as well, as he's Donatti's son). Along the way, both Ian and Donatti find that not all Mohrais are bad, but those who are, are now planning a to literally take over both djinn and Earth realm, with some powerful scions (djinn/human descendant) helping them. This make up for some twists in the story (Akila gets kidnapped, Ian binds his soul with Donatti ...) and leads to a thrilling climax.I've read few main heroes in mainstream urban fantasy books that blow my mind, since they kick ass like no other. With this book, Donatti joins the club of those amazing men. (view spoiler)[He discovers that even if he is only a scion but his power is huge. He wakes up Earth magic inside him, which combines with his Dehbei magic (which is already earth element), Donatti is one powerful Earth mage. That is plain mind-blowing. (hide spoiler)]I really love Donatti's voice as narrator. He might not be as cracking smart-ass as Harry Dresden or Atticus O'Sullivan, but he definitely has that snarky humor. He is also deeply romantic -- his feeling for his woman, Jazz, and his son, Cyrus, is one that I treasure. He has integrity (example when he refuses to help Ian to murder Mohrais without reason) and he is definitely loyal. I wonder how he is going to tackle that powert brewing inside him. I cannot wait to read his next adventure.Oh, if I have reason to be grumpy, it's Ian's nickname for Donatti that grates my nerves. Ian keeps calling Donatti as "thief", while it is clear he is an ex-thief. It just sounds plain insulting ....

  • Darcy
    2019-02-14 19:30

    I am torn with some aspects of this book, there are parts that I really liked and some that I disliked. I will start with the dislike as it is a part of the foundation of the series. I get that in the past Donatti was a thief, but he isn't any more. It irritates me how everyone, especially Ian calls him Thief, as his name, and when they do it is like a slur. Donatti was very much thrown into this situation and has done so much to help Ian, often at great personal peril. It does seem that this may be changing, I guess we will have to wait for the next book to find out for sure. I also really dislike that Ian doesn't seem to trust Donatti. He could have been teaching him about his new powers, but it seems like he can't be bothered. I would think that if Donatti knew and could use those powers it would be better on their trips to hunt the Morai.What I really like is the odd family that Donatti and Ian have formed, along with their spouses and Cy. Those quiet times when we get to see them being normal makes up for all the crazy magic things that happen.I also liked how Ian and Akila had to face some old foes and learned things about those in the world they come from. Those new facts definitely make them think again about what was going on back there and going back. I really liked that Ian came face to face with his enemy, the Morai, but had to re-evaluate them. I did get a little tired of all the action going on in the book. It seemed like they went from one disaster to another, were almost killed each time, yet still able to go on. Even with the healing skills it seems to be too much.I think the best part of this book was Mercy, a mountain woman they encountered who was part redneck, part pot smoking hippie, and animal wrangler. For some reason all the scenes when she was around became my favorite, probably because she took everything in stride and came up with some way to help.With all of the game changers in this book I look forward to seeing just what the future will bring for Donatti and Ian.

  • Grace Fonseca
    2019-02-11 16:21

    Review: I was so looking forward to this book. I loved the first one, Master of None. This book was okay. I expected this book to have more liveliness in it. I guess it suffers from second book syndrome. I felt that the book dragged at certain times and then we were left waiting for more. I think that the world is getting much darker and that the stakes were raised a little bit, yet I never felt that there was any real danger to our characters.This book had some problems, but still I would have liked the book to be a little bit more fast paced and would have like a deeper exploration of Cy's powers as well as Gavin's in this book. I did like that Akila, Ian's wife showed Gavyn Donatti how Ian and her met. That was nice. This book didn't possess the same power as the first one. I thought that Gavyn Donatti's humor was missing. I loved that about the character. I also didn't like how Ian acted. He acted almost muderous. I don't like when he gets that blood thirsty...I liked how Gavyn got Calvin-the enemy in Ian's (the dinjin) eyest to train him. I thought it was a good progression of his powers and would have loved to have seen even more development of this. It was an okay read over all. I just felt like at the end the author left us with a weird HEA, kind of.Overall this book receives a rating of...3 Hearts

  • Ratkin
    2019-02-02 16:09

    Since I hate trying to do a plot synopsis under even the best of circumstances, I'll cut right to the chase: The first book in this series ("Master of None") was very good. This follow-up is substantially better. The main characters (Gavyn Donatti and the djinn known as Ian) have evolved into much more clearly defined personalities, and their relationship with each other has moved into an area that has a lot more potential for future development. While I liked the first book, I felt that the ending was pointing in a direction that would lead to a set of repetitive identify-the-bad-guys/take-out-the-bad-guys following books. This story, and especially the development of the Ian/Gavyn relationship, points the series to a more promising and original future. I will be looking forward to the third installment.

  • Jackie Uhrmacher
    2019-01-21 16:08

    Master and Apprentice by Sonya Bateman is an explosive addition to the strangely hilarious tale of a man and his magic mentor. Ian goes off the deep end on a few occasions, leaving Donatti to be the voice of reason. This prospect frightened me almost as much as it frightened Donatti. Anytime a consummate screw-up is put in charge, things tend to go horribly, horribly wrong. To our mutual surprise, he really pulls through as a leader. Even more shocking is Ian’s transformation from murderous asshole to slightly humorous mentor. Their development as characters is proof of Sonya’s talent as a story-teller and weaver of tall tales with dark heroes.Full review available here:

  • Martha Bullen
    2019-02-14 16:29

    Full disclosure: this book is written by my friend and fellow author, Sonya Bateman. If you haven't read any urban fantasy yet, this series is a great place to start - but make sure you read the first book first, Master of None, before tackling Master and Apprentice.Both books are imaginative, suspenseful and dark stories that intermix magic and the modern world. Her main characters are fascinating, complicated and exasperating. The plots are twisty, the dialogue witty and some of the scenes are very intense. If you enjoy fantasy and are tired of reading about the usual vampires, zombies, wizards, etc., then you'll want to pick up a copy of Master of None and enter the world of the djinn.

  • Ming
    2019-02-09 12:35

    Second entry in a wonderful series. An unlucky ex-thief, his djinn ancestor and an assortment of friends and foes spend time in the country. Did I mention he hates the country?

  • JK
    2019-01-20 11:08

    It would have been better without all the repetition and sexism...

  • Nicole Luiken
    2019-02-04 15:16

    Even better than book one. Not only action-packed, but the stakes kept ratcheting upwards as the plot thickened.

  • Jackie
    2019-02-01 18:07

    I found this second foray into the world of Gavyn and Ian to be filled with action, a bit of suspense, some mystery and easy to follow even when things become chaotic.

  • Mj
    2019-02-01 19:21

    Good book, well written, fun characters. Enjoyed it!

  • Mary
    2019-02-02 17:15

    Further adventures of Gavyn, and his relationship with Ian and the djinn world. This book wrapped up nicely; I'm hoping for more in the series, so hopefully this wasn't a final wrap.

  • Dragoness24
    2019-02-12 11:06

    Love it!