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With just two novels under their belts, young writers Jaida Jones and Danielle Bennett have established themselves as two of the hottest new stars in fantasy. Havemercy introduced readers to a brilliantly realized world riven by an intractable war between the kingdoms of Volstov and Ke-Han--a war in which the great dragons of Volstov--deadly hybrids of machine and magic--and their equally fierce human riders were all that kept the dark sorcery of Ke-Han at bay. In Shadow Magic, Jones and Bennett brought the common humanity of the opposing sides to life in an adventure that showcased once again their talent for creating not only fantastic settings but vivid characters to inhabit them.Now Jones and Bennett are back with their most accomplished novel yet, featuring the return of two beloved characters, the brothers Rook and Thom. When the war was at its height, there was no fighter on either side who could match Rook for sheer arrogance and skill. Only Rook could ride the great dragon Havemercy, whose savagery and bloodlust matched his own. Thom could not be more different. Bookish, diffident, reserved, he yearns for his brother's approval--yet fears he can never earn it.With the war over, and an uneasy truce holding between Volstov and Ke-Han, it seems the perfect opportunity for the long-lost brothers to forge a bond by taking a trip together. At least, that's how it seems to Thom. Rook hasn't given a rat's ass about anything since the end of the war, his brother included, and he's not about to start now. Not when the one thing he loved in the world--Havemercy--lies scattered in pieces across Ke-Han.Then Rook and Thom discover that someone is buying up bits of the fallen dragons, including Havemercy. Though the dragons are dead, the magic that powered them is not--and if that magic and the technology created to harness it should fall into the wrong hands, the fragile peace could shatter. An agent from Ke-Han, a sorceress from Volstov, and a group of desert tribesmen are all in the race, and the future rests on whoever gets there first. But all that matters to Rook is that someone is desecrating his girl, so he vows to leave no stone unturned in laying her to rest--and taking his revenge. From the Hardcover edition.
With a unique and imaginative blend of epic fantasy, humor, and heroism, this debut author team crafts a riveting tale of magical mechanisms, a kingdom at war, and the four men who stand poised to defend it.
From the widely acclaimed authors ofHavemercycomes this stunning new epic fantasy, set in the chaotic aftermath of a hundred years of war. Here, amidst the treacherous dance of diplomacy and betrayal lie the darkest secrets of all...and a peace more deadly than war itself. Led to victory by its magic-fueled Dragon Corps, Volstov has sent a delegation to its conquered neighbors to work out the long-awaited terms of peace. Among those sent are the decorated war hero General Alcibiades and the formerly exiled magician Caius Greylace. But even this mismatched pair can't help but notice that their defeated enemies aren't being very cooperative. The truth is even worse than they know. For the new emperor is harboring a secret even more treacherous--one that will take every trick in Alcibiades' and Caius' extensive arsenal to unveil. And once it is revealed, they may still be powerless to stop it. With their only ally, an exiled prince, now fleeing his brother's assassins, the countryside rife with treachery and terror, and Alcibiades and Caius all but prisoners, it will take the most powerful, most dangerous kind of magic to heal the rift between two strife-worn lands and unite two peoples against a common enemy...shadow magic. From the Hardcover edition.
With Havemercy, Shadow Magic, and Dragon Soul, the acclaimed writing team of Jaida Jones and Danielle Bennett has fused magic and technology into something that can only be termed "magicpunk." Their distinctive style, featuring a chorus of quirky first-person narrators and brilliantly sophisticated world-building, has won these young writers the plaudits of fans and critics.In the Volstov capital of Thremedon, Owen Adamo, the hard-as-nails ex-Chief Sergeant of the Dragon Corps, learns that Volstov's ruler, the Esar, has been secretly pursuing the possibility of resurrecting magically powered sentient robot dragons--even at the risk of igniting another war. That Adamo will not allow. Though he is not without friends--Royston, a powerful magician, and Balfour, a former corpsman--there is only so much Adamo and his allies can do. Adamo has been put out to pasture, given a professorship at the University. Royston, already exiled once, dares not risk the Esar's wrath a second time. And Balfour, who lost both hands in the climactic battle of the war, is now a diplomat who spends most of his time trying to master his new hands--metal replacements that operate on the same magical principles as the dragons and have earned him an assortment of nicknames of which "Steelhands" is the least offensive.But sometimes help comes where you least expect it. In this case, from two first-year university students freshly arrived in Thremedon from the country: Laurence, a feisty young woman whose father raised her to be the son he never had, and Toverre, her fiancé, a brilliant if neurotic dandy who would sooner share his wife-to-be's clothes than her bed. When a mysterious illness strikes the first-year students, Laurence takes her suspicions to Adamo--and unwittingly sets in motion events that will change Volstov forever.From the Hardcover edition.
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