Steelhands by Jaida Jones

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As the other series novels, Steelhands (A+) was a book that once opened, it just took me in and I could not stop reading it until the end.
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In the land of Volstov, Owen Adamo, the hard-as-nails ex–Chief Sergeant of the Dragon Corps, learns that Volstov’s ruler, the Esar, is secretly pursuing plans to resurrect magically powered sentient robot dragons—even at the risk of igniting another war. Though Adamo is not without friends—the magician Royston and former corpsman Balfour—there is only so much he 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 again. And Balfour, who lost both his hands in the war, is now a diplomat—and still trying to master the metal replacements that have earned him various nicknames . . . of which “Steelhands” is the least offensive.
But sometimes help comes where it’s least expected. In this case, from two students: Laurence, a feisty young woman raised by her father to be the son he never had, and Toverre, her brilliant if neurotic fiancé. When a mysterious illness strikes the university, Laurence takes her suspicions to Adamo—and unwittingly sets in motion events that will change Volstov forever.

About Jaida Jones

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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.
Published August 2, 2011 by Spectra. 449 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Romance, Action & Adventure, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Reviewed by Nathan Brazil

It's not by any means a classic, but for readers who want something that is very readable, often witty, and can be enjoyed as a stand-alone title, Steelhands does the job.

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Reviewed by Book Spot Central. on Mar 22 2012

Anyone who enjoyed Havemercy would enjoy this one. Anyone who read the second and third of the series and was a tad disappointed should read this one.

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Reviewed by stewartry on Jul 31 2011

Steelhands was beautifully written – original, and wonderfully imagined and thought through

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Reviewed by Liviu Suciu on Jul 28 2011

As the other series novels, Steelhands (A+) was a book that once opened, it just took me in and I could not stop reading it until the end.

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Reviewed by warriorofworry on Aug 15 2011

Well-plotted YA of the reverberations of war and conspiracy, with a fast-moving chatty tone reminiscent of some first-person urban fantasy, and Steampunk! Dragons!

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