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Master of None (Gavyn Donatti -1) by Sonya Bateman

Master of None (Gavyn Donatti #1) by Sonya Bateman

Gavyn Donatti series, aka Master of None series by Sonya Bateman. 

Genres and Sub-GenresEdit

Urban Fantasy / Noir UF

Series Description or Overview Edit

Gavyn Donatti is the world’s unluckiest thief. Just ask all the partners he’s lost over the years. And when he loses an irreplaceable item that he was hired to steal for his ruthless employer, Trevor—well, his latest bungle might just 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 hates Donatti on the spot, he may call the thief master, but he isn’t interested in granting three wishes. Ian 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 exactly what 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. ~ Master of None | Sonya Bateman

Lead's Species Edit

  • Human thief

Primary Supe Edit

  • Djinn

What Sets it ApartEdit

  • Djin as primary Supe

Narrative Type and Narrators Edit

  • First person narrative told by Gavyn Donatti, protagonist.

Books in Series Edit

Gavyn Donatti series:

  1. Master of None (2010)
  2. Master and Apprentice (2011)

Shorts, Novellas, Anthologies and Guides Edit

World Building Edit

SettingEdit

West Virginia (bk 2)

Places:

  • Morai
  • Virginia

Supernatural Elements Edit

✥ Djinn, cult of magic-users, curse, supe mob, 

Glossary: Edit

  • Morai: villainous djinn—can shift into huge, poisonous snakes

Groups & Organizations:Edit

  • Dehbei: Ian's clan—wolf

WORLDEdit

Donatti, an inveterate thief, has lost an antique knife he just stole, and Trevor, the most vicious crime boss in town, is after him to get it back. Just as Donatti is being captured by the Trevor's thugs, a shape-shifting djinn (genie) named Ian comes to his rescue. This is not an “I Dream of…” genie; this guy is more like Hellboy; he’s a grouchy supernatural who seems to hate Donatti on sight. As the action progresses, Donatti and Ian get involved in a complicated djinn war with Trevor at the center. The villainous djinn are members of the Morai and can shift into the form of huge, poisonous snakes. Also pulled into the action is Donatti’s one-time girlfriend, Jazz, and her young son, Cyrus, who (Donatti is shocked to learn) is also his son. Donatti's former partner, Lark (the head-dropped guy) and Lark's lover, a second djinn named Tory, complete the cast of characters. Eventually, Donatti discovers that he and Ian have a relative connection, so to speak, that will change Donatti’s life forever. ~  Fang-tastic Fiction: Sonya Bateman: GAVYN DONATTI

Sidekick Edit

  • Name: Ian / What: Djinn / Sidekick-to: Gavyn Donatti / About: doesn't like Donatti; grouchy

Character Chart Edit

Characters What About
Gavyn Donatti unlucky thief finds a djinn who says he is his
Ian shape-shifting djinn; sidekick rescues Donatti from Trevor but doesn't like him; grouchy;
Trevor vicious crime boss
Jazz one-time girlfriend
Cyrus Jazz's yong son Donatti is shocked to learn is also his son
Lark Donatti's former partner
Tory djinn Lark's lover
Akila Ian's wife Ian must kill all Morai before he and his wife (Akila) can return to his homeland

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Sonya Bateman

Sonya Bateman

Author Edit

Sonya Bateman

Bio: Sonya Bateman lives in upstate New York, where there are two seasons: winter, and construction. Her home is shared with a husband, a son, three very strange cats, and a gerbil with half a tail. She enjoys reading and swimming, and wishes there were some feasible way to combine the two. ~ FF

Cover ArtistEdit

Artist: Craig White ~ Source: Bibliography: Master and Apprentice

Publishing InformationEdit

  • Publisher: Pocket Books
  • Author Page:
  • Bk-1: Paperback, 376 pages, Pub: March 30th 2010—ISBN: 1439160848
  • Bk-2: Paperback, 416 pages, Pub: March 29th 2011—ISBN: 1439160856
  • Bk-2: eBook, 157 pages, Pub: Dec 2nd 2010—ISBN: 2940011148545

Book Cover Blurbs Edit

BOOK ONE—Master of None (2010): ONE UNLUCKY THIEF. ONE UNLIKELY GENIE. ONE VERY ODD COUPLE. 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. ~ Irresponsible Reader ~ More from Author: Master of None | Sonya Bateman

BOOK TWO—Master and Apprentice (2011): When stealing’s your only talent, it isn’t easy being a retired thief. Especially when you’ve graduated from thief to killer—and your partner doesn’t care if you die along with your targets. 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, the thief 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 the thief’s 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. A deadly cult. An unbreakable curse. The rules are simple: learn to kill…or die. ~ Master and Apprentice | Sonya Bateman

First Sentences Edit

  1. Master of None (2010) — Just once, I would have liked to get my shit together. Even accidentally.
  2. Master and Apprentice (2011) — They tell me flying is safer than driving.

Quotes Edit

Goodreads | Sonya Bateman Quotes (Author of Master of None)

Being this surly bastard’s master was about as useful as ordering the weather around. And if achieving my life’s purpose depended upon coaxing a flesh-bound hurricane to cooperate with me, I’d take eternal bad luck. — Gavyn Donatti, Master of None, book one.

Trivia Edit

Awards Edit

Read Alikes (similar elements) Edit

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See Also Edit

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