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The Master [Kindle Edition]

Melanie Jackson
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Long ago the hobgoblin Qasim was turned to darkness, was made a master of evil. His newest plot is a sacrifice of unspeakable horror that will mean full-fledged war between all species. There exists hope to fight back. Nicholas Anthony, an ER doctor, doesn’t know of his own fey blood, or that others of his kind are massing in the Nevada desert. Alienated from himself, he is a man about to discover his destiny. Magic will draw Nick to his true self—and to Zee, an enchanting beauty with dark secrets yet to be revealed. To these two is entrusted the fate of the world, their kind, and salvation from THE MASTER.

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From Publishers Weekly

Fans of ghouls, goblins and wizards need look no further than Jackson's latest Wildside romance, though newcomers might do well to start with an earlier volume in this popular paranormal series, like The Traveler or The Courier. At Christmastime in an alternate present-day Nevada desert, Dr. Nicholas Anthony, a hunky pixy-human half-breed, is heading home for the holidays. A sudden ice storm detours him to a dilapidated cabin, where he's taken in by beautiful Zee Finvarra, a human-goblin on the run with her two siblings from their truly awful goblin stepfather. Meanwhile, back in town at the mall, Qasim, that nasty-tempered hobgoblin from previous books, is up to no good again. He's hatched an idea to generate a holy war between the "lutins" (French for goblins) and humans by dressing in a Santa suit and luring children to their death via a sacrificial ceremony that will free his brethren from bondage. The action is all over the place as Nick and Zee join forces with the faeries to save the children while trying to make a place for themselves in this strange new world.
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"Readers who have come to expect wonderful things from Jackson will not be disappointed. Her ability to create a complicated world is astounding with this installment, which includes heartwarming moments, suspense and ystery sprinkled with humor. An excellent read." —RT BOOKclub

"Ms. Jackson, as usual, does a great job of keeping readers in suspense, and nothing is completely what it seems...Action, humor, and romance are woven together to bring to life engaging characters and an intriguing plot in The Master." —Kathy Samuels, Romance Reviews Today

"Filled with captivating characters, non stop action, a fantasy world that is so real it's scary, and a love story that twines itself among all the danger and intrigue, this is a great addition to Ms. Jackson's "Wildside" series, and is not to be missed." —A Romance Review

Product Details

  • File Size: 1106 KB
  • Print Length: 374 pages
  • Publisher: Montlake Romance (July 26, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005AKZ9YC
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Addition to the Series October 2, 2005
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I have read all of Melanie Jackson's Wildside series books and she has built an interesting world with equally interesting characters. The newest, The Master, is no exception.

The book delves more into the world of the Goblins and the Fae. More specifically, this book deals with the Hobgoblins and their leader Qasim. In previous books he was painted as the bad guy, but in the book you see a softer side and you as the reader learn the Hobgoblins are not the danger that was believed.

I think the strongest thing about this book is the characterization. The main characters Nick and Zee were well-portrayed. Their were times when things were awkward between them, which added believability to the story. The setting was on target and the Christmas theme was incorporated well into the book.

The Master also lets you know what has been happening with the other Fae characters we have come to know from other books in the series. My only complaint was that the ending was a little rushed and everything was tied up so quickly. I really think Ms. Jackson needed another 40 or so pages to better end the story with.

I would recommend for potential readers to NOT start off with The Master. Their is a lot of backstory in this book that might leave the reader confused. If possible start with the first in the series- Traveler.

All in all, the book was a 4 stars. Good job, Ms. Jackson!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent romantic fantasy August 26, 2005
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Qasim the hobgoblin has come up with an ingenious plan to free his peers. All he needs is several hundred human children to die. To attract the kids to him, this Pied Piper intends to pose as Santa at the mall.

At about the same time that Qasim begins implementation of his brilliant strategy, hybrid (human, Fey, and Goblin) Zee Finvarra flees with her two younger siblings from her Goblin kin. She recognizes the disguised Qasim and knows he cannot be up to anything good. However, a nasty ice storm created by her relatives pursuing her detains her from warning anyone. Dr. Nicholas Anthony is also caught by the sudden storm. He ends up sharing a cabin with the stranded Zee. Though a non-believer, he willingly risks his life to keep the Finvarra siblings safe from creatures that just cannot exist as a confrontation between good and evil is about to occur on a Nevada desert.

No one does romantic fantasy better than Melanie Jackson does (see TRAVELER, DOMINION, and THE COURIER). Her latest thriller is another winner as readers will root for the lead couple to defeat the vile villain (as nasty a malevolence as fans will find) and make it with one another. Especially interesting is the metamorphosis of Nicholas from non-believer to doubter to convert as he learns there are plenty of mysteries under the heavens including his own bloodline. Ms. Jackson is at her masterful best with this exciting tale.

Harriet Klausner
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Master September 5, 2005
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Dr. Nicholas Anthony isn't quite as bad as Ebeneezer Scrooge, but he's seen enough stupidity, commercialism, and pain intensified by Christmas to be rather apathetic towards the holidays. Then, he finds himself in an abandoned cabin with Zee, a lovely woman who is half fey, half goblin, and her two young siblings over Christmas. She awakens feelings in Nick he didn't know he had, drawing him into her quest to stop Quasim from sacrificing countless numbers of children to darkness. Nick also learns that he has fey blood himself. Over the hours they spend together, Nick and Zee discover each other's worlds, each awed by the newness. They are joined by the heroes and heroines of previous Lutin books for a battle filled with danger and surprises.

***** The early scenes describing some of the whacky Christmas emergencies that Nick encounters are laugh out loud funny. Many of us can identify with Nick's tiredness of the Christmas hype, and the way he finds his way to the true heart of the season brings joy and hope. This book has one of the most uplifting endings of any novel this year at least. *****

Reviewed by Amanda Killgore, Freelance Reviewer.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Lutin Menace is back! August 24, 2005
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Okay, buckle up, Paranormal Addicts - it's about to get bumpy! Melanie Jackson is at it again. She and her herd of Goblins...umm...Lutins are up to their no-good tricks once more, in the fifth in the series of Goblin...umm... Lutin books. The Goblins have just about ruined every major city in the US - (I'm waiting for Melanie's Goblin...umm...Lutin horde to go ruin the Kentucky Derby! Ah, Melanie you have to! You really have to! Of course, the Lutins in the Infield at Derby might go unnoticed! hehehe). So instead of ruining another city, the Goblins turn their attention to wrecking something hallowed - Christmas. What next? The World Series. Apple Pie? Some might argue the retailers don't need any help with ruining Christmas, but Qasim, the ill-tempered Hobgoblin from her previous books, has now set his sites on wrecking Yuletide with a devilishly Lutin plot. He shall dress in a Sanity Claus outfit (Whoops, got a little Chico Marx tossed in there!)...Santa Claus outfit and go around sacrificing children in a ceremony designed to set the Lutins free from bondage.

As usual, Melanie has conjured up special denizens of the Fae to do battle with the evil Lutin Empire. This time the part-human lovers are Dr. Nicholas Anthony and Zee Finvarra. Zee is a half-human, half-Goblin on the lam with her younger siblings. They're hiding from their wicked Goblin stepfather, sheltering in an abandoned cabin in the Nevada desert. Nick, a sexy Pixie-human half-breed, is trying to make it home for the Hols when a sudden ice storm causes him to detour to the cabin where Zee and her family are staying.

Will Nick and Zee rescue Santa from all the Bad PR? Will the Goblins see Christmas decorations out in Wal-Mart in July?
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars Not My Cup Of Tea
Fantasy. If you 're into trolls I guess you would "get it". Not particularly well written.
Published 6 months ago by healthy
5.0 out of 5 stars Hobgoblins and fey
I was enthralled. I've never read anything like this. I have always thought of fairies being like Peter Pan, Tinkerbell and such. This blew me away,completely. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Tina Nixon
4.0 out of 5 stars Bah Humbug!
I don't know how I missed that this was book five in a series. I guess I just purchased this book in one of those Kindle sale binges, and didn't realize until halfway through that... Read more
Published 12 months ago by dreamy ice creamy
2.0 out of 5 stars not for me
I did not read this book....too weird for what I like in a quick read. I was lost at the realization that these are monsters who look like humans? didn't understand it at all. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Maria Wise
5.0 out of 5 stars The master
Really enjoyed this book. It was better than the last one l read. Beginning to understand her type off writing!
Published 23 months ago by Brenda doris flynn
5.0 out of 5 stars Happy wildsider
I have absolutely loved the Wildside series of books. The fantasy and magic combined with the real world and everyday life just appeals to me on so many levels. Read more
Published on March 2, 2012 by Kindle Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars KEEP THEM COMING
If you haven't read the other books in this series, I suggest you read them before you read MASTER. At least read STILL LIFE first. All of them are wonderful. Read more
Published on August 29, 2005 by Elaine C McTyer
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More About the Author

Melanie has been writing her entire life. In fact, one of her earliest fond memories is receiving an IBM Selectric typewriter for her birthday. After publishing romance novels (Scottish historical and paranormal) for New York based publisher Dorchester Publishing from 1999 to 2010, Melanie chose to begin self-publishing cozy mysteries. Since then she has released the Chloe Boston, Butterscotch Jones, Wendover House, Kenneth Mayhew and Miss Henry Mystery series.

Melanie Jackson is the award-winning author of more than eighty novels, novellas and poems published in various languages. She lives with her writer husband and her bossy cat in the Sonoma wine country. Besides gardening, she is involved with animal charities.

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