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Jaida Jones

Autor(a) de Havemercy

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About the Author

Includes the name: Jaida Jones

Também inclui: Hannah Jones (1)


Obras por Jaida Jones

Havemercy (2008) 591 exemplares
Master of One (2020) 269 exemplares
Shadow Magic (2009) 212 exemplares
Dragon Soul (2010) 126 exemplares
Steelhands (2011) 97 exemplares
Cinquefoil (2006) 25 exemplares
The Best Teen Writing of 2014 (2014) 13 exemplares
The Shoebox Project 6 exemplares

Associated Works

Jabberwocky 2 (2005) — Contribuidor — 5 exemplares


Conhecimento Comum

Outros nomes
Jones, Hannah
Data de nascimento
Local de nascimento
Brooklyn, New York, USA
Locais de residência
New York, New York, USA
Barnard College (BA | East Asian Languages & Cultures)
Bennett, Danielle (wife)



I'm incredibly late to this party, apparently, having gotten to read all of this in 1-1 1/2 days and I spent a long time hovering between 3 or 4 stars. I'd really love to rate it more a 3.5. The story is lovely, but toward the end it tapers in a slow drag, as fics are wont to do (in a way books don't so much) when people grow up and go other places, but it was fun for a one day lark.
wanderlustlover | 2 outras críticas | Dec 27, 2022 |
This was a rather disappointing read. The synopsis on the inner flap of the book suggested a gripping adventure; instead the authors chose to focus on developing the relationships between the characters. I don't mind character-driven books, when the characters are interesting. Unfortunately, out of the four main characters, only Rook really stood out. Thom grew on me a little, by way of his interactions with Rook. They had a really interesting dynamic and lots of electric tension between them; they, along with the Dragon Corps, were my favourite part of the book.

Meanwhile, Royston and Hal had no real chemistry and yet the authors spent so long detailing their nauseatingly sweet, and ultimately tedious, romance. It also didn't help that the character of Royston seemed only to be there to provide exposition. I basically skimmed most of their parts so I could get to Rook and Thom. There were some interesting minor characters that I thought the authors could have dedicated more time to rather than to the boring Royston/Hal scenes, like the other members of the Dragon Corps who had some very funny scenes and proved that at least the authors could write some witty banter.

The plot itself, the bit in the synopsis about four different men coming together to save their country in one final battle, doesn't really come in until the last 80 pages or so. And when it did happen, it didn't have any real sense of urgency. The book takes place in a setting where two great empires are at war, yet there was never a sense of real danger in the book so the climax (the final and only real battle scene) fell a little flat.

Also, some things were just really farfetched, like a university student being sent to teach what is basically manners to a group of elite soldiers or Hal's ridiculously simple and obvious solution to the magicians' crisis. I got the impression that the authors had a lot of ideas for this book (giant metal dragons! young student vs. dangerous soldiers! gay magicians! war and intrigue!) but didn't know how to put them all together in a way that made sense. The result is a very uneven book that has a lot of wasted potential.
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serru | 29 outras críticas | Oct 6, 2022 |
Really bland book. Feels like not much truly happened despite all the fancy prose. And as in Havemercy, the real plot doesn't kick in until maybe the last 80 pages or so. And it's still bland and boring.

It's also quite obvious that both authors are huge fans of Japanese culture-- Ke-han is basically feudal Japan, though oddly enough, their naming scheme also uses names from other East Asian cultures (a few characters had Chinese- and Korean-sounding names while others had Japanese ones). All four main characters resemble anime cliches: Mamoru and Kouje are like a typical master-servant couple found in a lot of yaoi manga (except without the romantic relationship), and Caius and Alcibiades bicker like an old married couple. Unfortunately, this means that the characters are very two-dimensional. Their interactions were predictable and not at all interesting.

I also get the sense that the authors really love their characters, which explains why so much of the book is spent on detailing their every thought and action in all sorts of unnecessary, filler-like scenes. It was like the authors thought it'd be funny to see this character in this or that situation, regardless of its relevance to the plot.
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serru | 9 outras críticas | Oct 6, 2022 |
I loved it.
(They are people! And they are real! And they behave like real people!)
(Yes, Remus, this is an abundant overuse of exclamation points; except they capture my mood so well)

Not without issues (career counselling I'm looking at you)
So very very lovely.

It also Explains Things and Makes Perfect Sense.

I love it.
Did I say that already?
Well, it's well worth repeating. So there!
QuirkyCat_13 | 2 outras críticas | Jun 20, 2022 |



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