Steelhands

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Spectra-Ballantine Books, 2011 - Fiction - 426 pages
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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.
  

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Review: Steelhands (Havemercy #4)

User Review  - Mjlibrary NDSCS - Goodreads

813.6 J718sh The 4th book in what has been called “magicpunk” style, this continues the world of Thremedon, the Dragon Corps, the lives of those who have fought in the wars. Adamo has now been put out ... Read full review

Review: Steelhands (Havemercy #4)

User Review  - Sarah Kelsey - Goodreads

I kinda skim-read this. I had a hard time getting into it; I think that was due in part to the constantly shifting perspectives and vastly disparate characters. The fact that two authors co-wrote this ... Read full review

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Contents

ONE
3
TWO
38
THREE
64
FOUR
85
FIVE
110
SIX
142
SEVEN
165
EIGHT
200
TEN
249
ELEVEN
282
TWELVE
311
THIRTEEN
332
FOURTEEN
361
FIFTEEN
377
SIXTEEN
393
SEVENTEEN
413

NINE
224

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About the author (2011)

Jaida Jones and Danielle Bennett wrote their first novel together, Havemercy, over the Internet--Jones in New York, and Bennett in British Columbia. They now shuttle between apartments in Brooklyn and Victoria, B.C., which makes their collaboration much easier. They are also the authors of Shadow Magic and Dragon Soul.

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