Fortune’s Pawn (Book 1, Paradox Series)

œFortune's Pawn (Paradox Book 1) by Rachel BachFortune’s PawnFortune's Pawn (Paradox Book 1) by Rachel Bach by Rachel Bach

My love for fantasy has been mentioned on the site before, along with my general disinterest in science fiction. What finally persuaded me to give a sci-fi series a try again? Having it be written by the author of a fantasy series I really enjoyed, of course. Rachel Bach is the science fiction pen name of Rachel Aaron, the fantasy author.

If all science fiction were as enjoyable for this one, I’d be a firm convert to the genre. I loved the main character, I liked the plot, and it avoided the annoyances that have turned me off from the genre in the past. Specifically, I appreciated that the book didn’t emphasize the physical attributes of every female character introduced. And while there was fighting, that didn’t feel like the only thing that ever happened. Finally, the technology wasn’t described in endless, tedious detail. I don’t care how these things are supposed to be able to happen – I don’t even care if some of the things described are impossible by the laws of physics. 🙂

There are two more books in the series, and I’m hoping I like them as much as the first. I’ve got book #2 waiting for me on my Kindle, and book #3 comes out later this month. Love that I can finish the series without having to wait and wait and wait for them all to be published!

Publisher’s Description:
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.(

Book Details

Title: Fortune’s PawnFortune's Pawn (Paradox Book 1) by Rachel Bach
Author: Rachel Bach
Category: Fiction / Science Fiction
My Rating: 4 Stars

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  1. sounds interesting I will go add to my TBR

  2. You had me when the publisher’s description compared her to Starbuck. Love BSG. 🙂

    • Unrelated, but has anyone else mentioned not getting email updates for your new posts? The last one I got was for your review of Four Kitchens in early April. I tried to re- subscribe so hopefully that fixes it. At first I thought maybe the pregnancy had you too tired to update, but turns out I just wasn’t getting the emails! But I like to star the reviews of books that sound interesting, and go through and reserve them when my holds list gets low, and now I’m afraid I’ll forget about all the interesting boss from this month. 🙁

      • I haven’t heard that from anyone (although that doesn’t mean it’s not happening; I think it’s harder to notice when you’re not getting something), but you prompted me to check my own emails – I signed up to receive them so that I’d (theoretically) notice if there were problems with it.

        And I haven’t gotten them since the Four Kitchens post either. So clearly I wasn’t paying attention to it. I’ll see if I can figure out what’s going on with it. Thanks for the heads-up – who knows when I might have noticed otherwise.

        • Ok, I think I found the problem and have fixed it. Which might result in the next email coming through with all of the posts that were missed in one gigantic email. We’ll see.

          Please let me know if you still don’t get anything so I can do some more troubleshooting, and thanks again for telling me about it so I could fix it!

    • And I’ve never read BSG, so I can’t comment on whether or not the publisher’s comparison is accurate. But maybe I should try it and find out for myself!


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