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Havemercy by Jaida Jones & Danielle Bennett
Review by Mel Jacob
Spectra Hardcover  ISBN/ITEM#: 9780553806960
Date: 24 June 2008 List Price $22.00 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Article /

Havemercy, the debut novel of Jaida Jones and Danielle Bennett, tells the story of war and love through the eyes of four disparate men, Royston, a wizard, and Margrave, a member of the elite nobility. Hal, a cousin of Royston, by the marriage of the Margrave's brother, has a voracious thirst for knowledge. The world weary Royston attracts him. The scholar Thom wants status and the means to assure his future. An assignment to civilize the airmen of the Dragon Corps offers that, but also challenges him. Rook, the arrogant ace of the Dragon Corps, ignores Thom and schemes to disgrace him.

From official release/information:

Product Description: This stunning epic fantasy debut introduces two exciting new authors—and a world brimming with natural and man-made wonders, extraordinary events, and a crisis that will test the mettle of men, the boundaries of magic, and the heart and soul of a kingdom.

Thanks to its elite Dragon Corps, the capital city of Volstov has all but won the hundred years' war with its neighboring enemy, the Ke-Han. The renegade airmen who fly the corps's mechanical, magic-fueled dragons are Volstov's greatest weapon. But now one of its more unruly members is at the center of the city's rumor mill, causing a distraction that may turn the tide of victory.

With Volstov immersed in a scandal that may have international repercussions, the Ke-Han devise an ingenious plan of attack. To counter the threat, four ill-assorted heroes must converge to save the kingdom they love: an exiled magician, a naive country boy, a young student—and the unpredictable ace airman who flies the city's fiercest dragon, Havemercy.

But on the eve of battle, these courageous men will face something that could make the most formidable of warriors hesitate, the most powerful of magicians weak, and the most unlikely of men allies in their quest to rise against it....

Filled with adventure and discovery, treachery and betrayal, Havemercy is a thrill ride to the unexpected—and an unforgettable journey that will linger long after the fire of battle has cleared

(Source: Spectra)

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