I feel slightly uncomfortable about making this post, but it’s been sitting in my drafts since April and I’m just going to do it.
This book is really similar to Sarah Monette’s Melusine. Really similar, I mean. The narrative structure’s similar, the protagonists are similar, the setting’s similar, the MacGuffins are similar. And though they do refer to different things, two proper names are duplicated.
This is not easy for me to ignore.
Beyond that: I don’t recommend this book, because everything that sounds promising about it it screws up. I don’t buy one of the central relationships, I only half-way buy the other, the denouement is kind of a mess, and the Chinese are sneaky.
Details (containing spoilers for Havemercy and both Melusine and The Virtu) under the cut: Continue reading Havemercy, by Jaida Jones and Danielle Bennett