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Havemercy (Havemercy #1)

3.65 of 5 stars 3.65  ·  rating details  ·  1,869 ratings  ·  186 reviews
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 neighborin
Mass Market Paperback, 431 pages
Published July 28th 2009 by Spectra (first published January 1st 2008)
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This is an unholy cross between Sorcery and Cecilia and The Mirador, with little of the charm of either. The metal dragons of Volstov are on the cusp of victory in the generations long battle against the Ke-Han. During a lull in the war, the magician Royston is exciled to his family's country estates, where he falls in love with the young tutor there. Their slow building romance was quite sweet, and I actually cared about it. Not so with the relationship between Rook, a dragon jockey, and (view ...more
“Havemercy” (Bantam Spectra, $22, 388 pages) is puzzling from the title to the conclusion – so puzzling, in fact, that I had trouble deciding if I liked it. On reflection, I didn’t, because in the end co-authors Jaida Jones and Danielle Bennett spent too much time on one problematic, improbable relationship that they resolve with a deus ex machina.

The setup is interesting: It’s an unnamed world populated by humans living along what is pretty recognizably the border between Russia and China. Russ
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I really enjoyed this book, and it really irritated me. I'm going to air my grievances first, as they are the sort of thing that may or may not apply to you, and you can decide weather or not to discount them.

First: The most important plot-role played by a woman in this book is when one is slapped on the ass and called a whore, and a diplomatic incident is instigated. The incident in question is related, and the woman does not appear. Other women do appear in order to be, variously, someone's ha
While it was not quite the book I was expecting, I enjoyed it a lot, maybe more than if it were a standard human/dragon book. Despite being a 400 page book, it's a very fast read and I almost did not put it down.

This book is much closer to Sarah Monette's Mirador series, though it's not as dark and explicit, and there are four main characters, rather than two, but there are similar kind of emotional undercurrents, and ultimately this is where the book succeeds very well - in the relationships be
Well-written, unusual, and entertaining, with a really well-fleshed out world and some really neat POVs and writing styles. On occasion the writing style sort of ran away with itseld, but overall this was really well done.

I have an issue the lack of female characters, and I found the big gap between the two main storylines kind of perplexing. They just seemed really disconnected, and never quite meshed the way I thought they should.
Decent fantasy story with mecha dragons, which should have been a winning formula in my book, but the writing is sub-standard and there are too many characters with far too little characterization. I saw the twist at the end coming from a mile away, and the rest of the book lacked suspense. The gay characters seemed very seme/uke to me, and not engaging at all.

Furthermore I was incensed at the portrayal of female characters. Once again you get this bizarre apologist internalized misogyny from fe
Molly Jo
What impressed me the most was Jaida and Danielle's ability to move flawlessly between characters. Each personality was beautifully developed. Watching the subtle similarities between the character pairs develop added so much to the plot and story development. I will forever be in love with Royston and Hal, and wishing for more of their relationship. Thom's anguish over the situation with Rook broke my heart every time.

My one criticism is that I was about halfway through the book before I felt l
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Althea Ann
The latest I've read in The Series I've Been Reading Mostly Backwards, for Unknown Reasons.
After reading #4, and then #3, I suspected that I really should have read #1 first, in order to be properly introduced to the characters.
After reading it, I was correct.
Many vaguenesses are now explained. I do feel much more familiar with the characters.
However, while the book was entertaining and fun, it still wasn't great. Perhaps as a result of having two separate authors, I felt this was really two sep
M. Weaver
Aug 17, 2008 M. Weaver rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: steampunk/fantasy lovers, gay romance, dragon enthusiasts
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The action was absorbing, but there wasn't a single female character (however, there was plenty of misogynistic remarks and references to them. It didn't make for a comfortable or pleasant experience.)

Some of the characters were more fascinating than others. In particular, I found Thom and Rook to be a more interesting set than Royston and Hal. The tension between the characters was better played out, as well as their individual quirks and weaknesses; they were less saintly and felt more r
harlequin {Stephanie}
70 pages in. No more for me. This was far from what I was hoping for, maybe I didn't read far enough to get to the delicious cream filling.

I will leave that up to far better men /women than I. happy hunting. Just don't search for dragons in these here parts.<\i>
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Phil McCrum
Title: Havemercy
Genre: Science Fiction / Fantasy
Authors: Jaida Jones and Danielle Bennett
Publisher: Bantam (Hardcover, 388p)

First of all... if you think that the novel "Havemercy" is about the mechanical/magical dragon named "Havemercy" you will be disappointed. The dragon, Havemercy actually has a relatively minor part in the novel (as do all the dragons) and is used as a driving factor behind the real primary participants of the novel. So look on Havemercy as the "Maltese Falcon" of the plot.

‘Havemercy’ is the first novel by Jaida Jones and Danielle Bennett. I had little idea of the story when I picked up the book, I’ll admit I was attracted by the mechanical dragon on the cover. Though the dragon depicted, the book’s namesake, Havemercy, features within, it’s not her story.

It’s hard to tell whose story it is, really, as it’s deftly told by four very different men. The first you meet is the Margrave, Royston. A Margrave is a magician and each has a specific talent they use in servi
Rating: 4.5 points, actually

I don’t really know what to write for this review but I guess the fact that I decided to type it in MS Word at 0.34 am right after finishing the novel says something: that I could not sleep after finishing a book that had elicited so many emotions from me.

I’ve been a huge fan of the Shoebox project (those who know about it, know that Jaida Jones is one of the writer’s there) and this book was recommended to me with the words: “well, there are steampunk dragons in it a
It didn't suck, and from me, that's kind of high praise. I'm giving it four stars mainly in contrast to Naomi Novik's similar efforts -- which had enormous potential but sucked terribly. These authors don't make the same mistakes she did -- their characters aren't awesomely perfect, even when they're saving the day -- but the ending's a little abrupt and seems to neglect some pretty major loose ends, and not in a sequel way.

One thing that's pretty obvious, and not necessarily bad, is that thes
This was a big disappointment. Four (!) different first-person narrators (only one of whom has something approaching a distinct voice) and a plot that felt like the authors would rather not have bothered. There was nothing holding it together! The dragons, while intriguing, hardly featured at all. The character relationships that might have been interesting (Dragon Corps, anyone?) were passed over; instead we got ENDLESS Hal/Royston scenes. (Where, much like the plot, there was no conflict and n ...more
The good: I loved the premise of steampunk dragonriders in a magical Eurasia; I found several of the characters very engaging; and the story is exciting, with a great mix of action, drama, humor, and romance.

The bad: The worldbuilding is incredibly sloppy. The two major countries in the book are Volstov, which reads as a Russian-English hybrid, and Xi'an, a Chinese-Japanese hybrid, with no attempt made to explain how and why those nations/cultures would have intermingled. And this can't simply b
I picked this book up more because Jones is a Barnard Alumna ('08) than for any other reason.

I enjoy dragon stories, but the mechanical yet magical-ness of the dragons did not catch and hold me to this story, and thus it fails to earn it's fifth star.

It does earn four however for the following reasons:
the pace, the language, and the relationships of the story, while not perfect, kept and held me until I had devoured this book. I thought about the world in which it was set and contemplated the
First of all, I liked the book. Couldn't put it down, actually.
But my main problem is that the book could have been 150 pages long. No need for 400.
For the first half of the book nothing really happened, just a lot of characters thinking and thinking without doing anything. It was very annoying.
The world building wasn't that good. Maybe more focus on that instead of all that thinking would have help the story.

Anyone that will give this book 2 stars... I completely understand.

I will try and give
When I started researching m/m erotica I had no idea it would segeway into such amazing fantasy as Richard K. Morgan's A Land Fit For Heroes, Lynn Flewelling's Nightrunner series and now Havemercy. The homosexual characters in these books are definitely not the forefront of the story, but they are dealt with so realistically and faithfully that they blend seamlessly into the story. I look forward to discovering more and more wonderful writers through my research.
Funny, very funny story...

I add this book in my basket to buy it and guess what:

By Danielle Bennett & Jaida Jones

This means that the ebook, on my favorite site to buy ebooks, due to publishers disagreement can't be sell to me, a costumer from Italy.

explanation from this seller:
The paper book business has always had the notion of being able to sell the rights of a particular book to different publishers by geographic region. Although we would tend to agree
At some point I'm going to have to write a proper review about this, but all I have to say right now is that I was terribly disappointed by this book. I went into it expecting a great, epic fantasy, and instead was given a big love story. I like a good love story as much as the next girl, but, 1) this wasn't a really good love story, and 2) the titular character of the book is a flying metal dragon and we don't get nearly enough time with that aspect of the novel...or the titular character herse ...more
The story was pretty fun but very slow. Nothing really important happens until like 200 pages in. For the most part, it read like fanfiction. Royston kept going on and on about his feelings and doubts and nothing was really pushing the story forward. You know, it's a good story but not exactly the best novel.

I do have to ask. Why were there no major female characters? There weren't even kind of important side female characters. :/ It just feels really misogynistic, even if that was unintentiona
It definitely wasn't my favorite book (the whole switching narrations took a while to get used to, and the language sometimes offended my delicate sensibilities, and it often felt like the characterization was playing up stereotypes/typical masculine and feminine roles too much). All that aside, though, it was really amusing. And it definitely made me chortle to myself a few times and had me for quite a long time assuming something about the plot which later turned out to make me feel quite gros ...more
The way this book was written made me want to read every word. At no point while reading did I just jump from dialogue to dialogue without first taking in what was in between. I really felt that the authors treated each sentence and each word with care and thought. I can really respect that. I will agree with some by saying that the portrayal of the society and country as a whole could have used a bit more elaboration, but I didn't mind that those aspects were secondary to the fact that this was ...more
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Jaida Jones is a graduate of Barnard College, where she wrote her thesis on monsters in Japanese literature and film. A poet and native New Yorker, she had her first collection of poetry, Cinquefoil published by New Babel Books in 2006. she also writes the Shoebox Project - a Harry Potter fan website with more than five thousand subscribed members.

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