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Havemercy Review

Goodreads 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.

My Review:

I loved this book. I thought the plot was fantastic and the characters were interesting. I enjoyed the fact that the characters tell the story from their different points of view, because it allows the reader to really hear their individual voices.

I thought the relationship between Hal and Royston, though fairly slow to progress and very chastely described, was beautiful in an old-fashion-romance sort of way. I don’t know how else to describe it, because it made me think of courtly romances. It was different and following the progression of it was enjoyable – though the m/m romance fan in me was left wanting more.

The twist in the relationship between Thom and Rook was great, I thought, because even I didn’t suspect it. The irony between what they really were to each other and Rook’s past actions were not lost on me. Though Rook was a huge jerk after the fact – well, until the end. So, Thom really did end up changing him.

The ending was satisfying, I felt. Though, I wondered what happened to the supposed ally nation. Maybe I missed something and they stayed out of the final acts of war because of Royston’s and Rook’s actions. I also wonder how it took so long to figure out that they had to kill the Ke-Han magicians. That seemed pretty obvious to me as soon as the cause of the magical illness was described.

But those were the only questions I had, and they are only minor things. Nothing really stood out as bothersome to me in this book. Jones and Bennett did a great job writing it, and I can’t wait to read the sequel.

Rating: 5/5

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June 10, 2011 - Posted by | Reading

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