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Jaida Jones and Danielle Bennett
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From Publishers' Weekly:

Jones and Bennett vividly convey the testosterone-saturated world of fantasy fighter pilots in this fast-paced debut. When the stereotypically Asian Ke-Han threaten the Volstov empire, graduate student Thom is sent to rehabilitate the Dragon Corps, an ersatz air force of rebellious, violent young men who fly enormous metal dragons animated by magic. As Thom struggles with his task, challenged most by the brutish ace Rook, the Margrave Royston, banished for an illicit homosexual affair, befriends Hal, an innocent but brilliant tutor who eventually becomes Royston's lover. These four join minds and skills to solve the mystery of a devastating plague and defend Volstov from the foreign army. The insular corps culture of combative homoeroticism and masculine archetypes dominates the book, as female characters fade far into the background. Despite few surprises or original flourishes, Jones and Bennett credibly bring the decadent empire and its inhabitants to life. (July) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

From Library Journal:

At the moment of victory in Volstov's battle over the rival Ke-Han, disaster strikes, crippling the elite Dragon Corps and its crew of reckless riders. Only an exiled mage, a newly arrived farm boy with a love for reading, a harried professor, and the troubled and troublesome ace dragon rider have a chance to use their combined talents to solve the puzzle that could save their country--provided they don't kill one another first. Debut coauthors Jones and Bennett have created a freshly imagined fantasy universe with magically powered metal dragons, a hard-living, tough-talking crew of dragon riders, and tales of hidden identities, long-kept secrets, and loves that prove stronger than magic. Fans of dragon-oriented fantasy may enjoy this unusual take on dragons, which belongs in most fantasy collections. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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