Grand Master’s Pawn by Aurora Springer

Grand Master's Pawn (novel)

Grand Master’s Pawn

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The Twelve Grand Masters rule the galaxy in secret.
Young empath Violet Hunter achieves her dream of exploring planets as the pawn of the Griffin Grand Master. But, she discovers the mysterious Grand Masters are the chief suspects for the disruptions in the portal web linking galactic civilizations.
Violet hunts for the culprits, finding clues and strange allies in her missions. While seeking the truth, she does the unthinkable. She bargains with her obnoxious Grand Master and plunges into a world of vicious conflicts and an impossible love. Armed only with her erratic powers and a medley of strange allies she must challenge the most powerful entities in the galaxy.
Book 1 in the Grand Master’s Trilogy

About the Author

Aurora SpringerAurora Springer works as a scientist during the day and creates imaginary worlds at night. Born in the UK, she now lives in Atlanta, USA with a supportive husband, one dog and two cats. Besides reading and writing, she enjoys outdoor activities like watching wildlife, hiking and canoeing. Aurora is an indie author of several published novels, novellas and short stories. Her stories are character-driven adventures with romance set in vividly described worlds and sprinkled with humor. She has published books in two series: the Grand Master’s Trilogy and Atrapako on Eden.
Reviews

.5.0 out of 5 starsSuperb Story and Fab World Building!

By Liza O’Connor on March 19, 2015

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What a delightful read.
As a master’s pawn Violet Hunter travels over the universe meeting all sorts of sentient alien life forms including Bears, Dragons, tiny cannibals etc, and picking up items that will be useful to her in the future. She thinks her master arrogant and obnoxious at first, but over time their relationship changes and when he accompanies her, pretending to be a guide, her skills allows her to know he’s her master. He falls in love with her.
I love the detailed world building, just enough, but never too much which can pull you from the story, and the slow but inevitable love between the Violet and her master as they become partners in all ways. I especially love the way Violet wins friends and influences people by being kind and thoughtful to others. That is a strength that the evil members of the Master’s Council cannot tap into. And when Violet needs help. Her new friends step up.
This is a superb story. It has a clear pay it forward message that rings true even in a world of fantasy.
Love it! I give this 5 stars.

 

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Exciting and vivid sci fi/fantasy/adventure, grounded in real emotions and fully realized characters, Aurora Springer’s GRAND MASTER’S PAWN (Book One of the Grand Master’s Trilogy) is a wonderful read, even for those who might not usually read novels in this genre. (I’m one of those, and I truly enjoyed it!) Give yourself a treat and join courageous, psychically bonded lovers Violet and Athanor on their amazing adventures!

 

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Young empath, Violet Hunter, achieves her dream of exploring planets by becoming the pawn of one of the twelve Grand Masters, despite her forbidden psychic talent. She believes her secret is safe because the Grand Masters never appear in public and communicate through avatars.
When life-threatening cracks in the vast web of interplanetary portals disrupt civilization, Violet agrees to investigate the cause. At the same time, her trusted tutor, Mother Tingu, explains that her father’s death twenty years ago was no accident. Tingu suspects the perpetrator of both crimes comes from within the ranks of the Twelve, perhaps even Violet’s own obnoxious Grand Master. Violet must penetrate their curtain of secrecy to identify the culprit. Her challenges escalate when she meets the enigmatic man behind the griffin avatar. Armed with only her erratic powers and a mishmash of allies, she must challenge the most powerful beings in the galaxy.
I really, really liked it. Colorful planets and colorful “people” make for quite the interesting story. Wonderful detailed multiple world building. We get to go on the adventure with Violet and she sure makes that trip enjoyable. I liked Violet’s zeal for life, her spunky attitude and generous heart towards other people and species. She had such a curiosity about life. She would make a great friend although she did tend to live dangerously. Violet’s mentor, Mother Tingu, was quite the interesting character also. Wise, strict but also kind to Violet in her own way. The Grand Master that Violet served was known to her only as The Griffin, mainly from what she pieced together. He was quite the unknown element. Was he good or was he evil? What were his motives? Only time would tell. Some of the species that Violet befriended were unique and interesting.

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I was given a free copy in exchange for an honest review.

This book was well written with an exciting storyline. It was fast paced and I found myself wanting to finish to find out what happens. That said, I found it to be a little predictable. The overall story was very well done, but the love connection seemed forced and unnatural, going from nonexistent to full blown in a matter of seconds. I feel like it was overdone and overplayed with no real build up or development.

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By Marcie O. Blasko on December 6, 2015

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I enjoyed this book from the very beginning. It was very difficult to put down; however, with the length of chapters, I could stop and return with ease.
I was given a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I will be purchasing next second of the trilogy to find out what happens next with all of the exciting characters.

 

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This was a wonderful story with great characters. There was a lot of intrigue and kept me wanting to know what comes next. I am looking forward to reading the rest of the series.

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