Havemercy || BOOK REVIEW

Title: Havemercy
Author: Jaida Jones and Danielle Bennett
Series/Number: Havemercy #1
Genre: Fantasy, LGBTQ+
Age: Adult
Page Count: 388
Publication Date: June 24th, 2008
Themes: Magic, War, Friendship, Romance, Age Difference Romance, M/M Romance
Trigger Warnings: Homophobia

“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 members is at the center of a scandal that may turn the tide of victory. To counter the threat, four ill-assorted heroes must converge to save their kingdom: an exiled magician, a naive country boy, a young student—and the unpredictable ace 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.”

This one was an unexpected surprise. I had seen it in probably only one Booktube video and it immediately sounded interesting. I picked it up from the library and I absolutely loved it. We follow a number of different characters in different circumstances and the way the whole book unfolds is amazing.

Each chapter is divided up to follow all 4 characters, Thom, Hal, Royston, and Rook. They all have completely different circumstances and motivations. I honestly fell in love with the characters immediately even though they were so incredibly different. I adored the chaotic relationships between Thom and the Dragon Corps. I absolutely died over the relationship between Royston and Hal.

The plot definitely begins at a kind of slice of life story to begin with as we learn about their histories and relationships. I liked that there isn’t a direct link between all the characters in the beginning. I think that is one of the things I love most about books is when we follow different characters without knowing what their overlap and importance to one another is until later.

I really don’t know what to say about this book other than that I really did enjoy it. It was so fun and magical. It really was a first book in a series because we didnt explore the magic system or world a lot, but as a study in character I really loved it. The whole world and the relationship building was incredible. Also yes, it is gay and I loved it. I can’t wait to read the rest of the series.

Rating: 4/5

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