Fortune’s Pawn by Rachel Bach
Series: Paradox #1
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.
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This book is amazing. There aren’t enough positive words to describe FORTUNE”S PAWN. Whether you’re a die-hard sci-fi buff or someone new to the genre, you will definitely enjoy Bach’s accessible and well-written novel. It’s the start of what’s sure to be a great series. Don’t believe me? Ask Felicia Day.
Seriously, that’s how I feel about FORTUNE’S PAWN. But I will try to be a bit more articulate so that I can give you a better sense of what makes this such a great book:
1. Devi is a fantastic protagonist. She’s everything you could want in a heroine: tough, driven, smart. She’s extremely single-minded about her goal to become a Devastator and it leads her to the Glorious Fool and its strange crew. I love her commitment to her goals and her insatiable curiosity.
2. An amazing world. The further you get into FORTUNE’S PAWN, the more elaborate and interesting the world gets. I can’t say too much but there are all sorts of beings that inhabit the galaxy and each species is more intriguing than the next.
3. Crisp writing. Bach is a seasoned writer and it shows. She’s got such a way with words and you’re immediately sucked into the narrative.
4. A teensy bit of romance (or romantic potential). The main focus of the story is Devi and her journey but there is some major sexual tension between her and Rupert. Of course, it’s complicated, and not just because shipboard romance is forbidden. I love a good sci-fi romance but the romance in FORTUNE’S PAWN is just one small element of the overall story.
5. Lady Gray. Devi’s crazy armour suit is a thing of beauty, as are her weapons, and I loved discovering what the suit can do.
6. That ending! There’s a definite end to FORTUNE’S PAWN — no stinky cliffhangers here — but Bach really shows that this is just the first step in Devi’s journey. I was left wanting much, much more.