Monday, December 16, 2013

Review: Fortune's Pawn (Paradox #1) by Rachel Bach

Release Date: Nov. 5, 2013
Published by: Orbit
Genre: Science Fiction, Romance
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Devi Morris isn't your average mercenary. She has plans. Big ones. And a ton of ambition. It's a combination that's going to get her killed one day - but not just yet.
That is, until she just gets a job on a tiny trade ship with a nasty reputation for surprises. The Glorious Fool isn't misnamed: it likes to get into trouble, so much so that one year of security work under its captain is equal to five years everywhere else. With odds like that, Devi knows she's found the perfect way to get the jump on the next part of her Plan. But the Fool doesn't give up its secrets without a fight, and one year on this ship might be more than even Devi can handle.
If Sigouney Weaver in Alien met Starbuck in Battlestar Galactica, you'd get Deviana Morris -- a hot new mercenary earning her stripes to join an elite fighting force. Until one alien bite throws her whole future into jeopardy.


I picked this story up after coming across several glowing reviews, one from a fabulous author named Sandy Williams (Shadow Reader series). And since I'm always searching for a good science fiction romance after falling in love with the Sirantha Jax series and Ghost Planet, I decided to put down the two review books I was currently reading and start Fortune's Pawn instead. I'm so glad I did because it was exactly what I had been looking for.

The protagonist in this story is a tough-as-nails chick who is violent, mouthy, and comes equipped with a high-priced suit that makes her capable of kicking anyone's ass. It doesn't matter if you're bigger, think you're faster, or show up in numbers, Devi will have no problem with showing you who's the baddest merc around. I loved her unapologetic, point-me-at-it-and-I'll-kill-it attitude. Some may find her character to be too hard or maybe difficult to relate to, but she was perfect for me. 

She boards a ship whose reputation is so bad that it's considered cursed. Devi isn't afraid of a challenge, she welcomes it, and completing a tour on the Glorious Fool could mean landing her dream job as a Devastator. I was immediately intrigued with the idea of following Devi during her journey through space on this "cursed" ship and I enjoyed watching the mystery unfold as Devi discovers that the ship's unusual crew are harboring dangerous secrets. And as each secret is revealed, she must decide if pursuing her goal is truly worth the risk when her life may be at stake.

My only teeny-tiny complaint about this story is Devi's relationship with Rupert, the ship's cook. I enjoyed Rupert's character. He was a good match for Devi and not at all what you'd expect. But what I didn't like was Devi's thoughts and actions in regards to the two of them being together. When things didn't..or rather couldn' out between them, Devi came across as desperate and clingy and took stubborn to a whole new level. It just didn't feel true to the character we were initially introduced to. 

Despite that one drawback, I still loved this story and this series has immediately been added to my list of favorites. I'm anxiously counting down the days until the release of Honor's Knight.


Bregje said...

This one sounds really good! Thanks for posting your review, this one is going on my to-read list.

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