Heaven’s Queen (Book 3, Paradox Series)

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I was a little bit nervous to begin this final entry into the Paradox trilogy. I had so enjoyed books 1 (Fortune’s Pawn) and 2 (Honor’s Knight) that I wondered if Bach could continue that through the end of the series.

Because it does serve as a wrap-up to the entire series, it becomes so much harder to write anything about it without risking spoilers for the earlier books at the very least, if not the entire series. So, I’ll just say that if you read and liked books 1 & 2, book 3 shouldn’t disappoint you. It continues the trend of Devi getting herself into seemingly impossible predicaments, and you’re just sure somehow she’ll extricate herself. But does she?

Spoilers ahead! Highlight the below text only if you don’t mind being possibly spoiled:

n the first two books, I was always confident that Devi would be ok. Maybe battered and bruised, but there was a third book – she’d be in it. Book three removes that confidence, but the overall feel of the story line still had me convinced that she’d end up ok, no matter how impossible that seemed. Anyone and everyone else however? Seemed like fair game.

Not telling exactly how it ends, but I liked the job Bach did at wrapping up all the story lines, and how she kept Devi consistent throughout the book, and yet she showed some growth too. That seems like a contradiction, but I don’t think it really is.

Recommended for science fiction fans. And for fantasy fans like me who didn’t think they liked sci-fi. 🙂

Publisher’s Description:
From the moment she took a job on Captain Caldswell’s doomed ship, Devi Morris’ life has been one disaster after another: government conspiracies, two alien races out for her blood, an incurable virus that’s eating her alive.

Now, with the captain missing and everyone — even her own government — determined to hunt her down, things are going from bad to impossible. The sensible plan would be to hide and wait for things to blow over, but Devi’s never been one to shy from a fight, and she’s getting mighty sick of running.

It’s time to put this crisis on her terms and do what she knows is right. But with all human life hanging on her actions, the price of taking a stand might be more than she can pay.

Book Details

Title: Heaven’s QueenHeaven's Queen (Paradox series book #3) by Rachel Bach
Author: Rachel Bach
Category: Science Fiction
My Rating: 4 Stars

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Honor’s Knight (Book 2, Paradox Series)

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I loved book one in Bach’s Paradox series, Fortune’s Pawn, so I was eager to continue with Devi’s story.

That story gets even more complicated and dangerous in this installment. Bach excels at pacing – there is lots of action, but it never gets out of control – and at upping the stakes for Devi at every turn. Even though I know that’s what she’s doing from a technical standpoint, I still found myself wondering how on earth she’d resolve things. And unfortunately I’m still wondering, as there’s another book left to come!

While I preferred the first book (and saying the main reason why might be a spoiler for it and/or this one), Honor’s Knight was still really fun, and I’m anxious to discover how the story concludes in the final book, as I wait impatiently for my turn at the library. Recommended for science fiction fans, but please read Fortune’s Pawn first – things won’t make much sense otherwise, and you’ll miss out on a lot of the enjoyment in discovering what’s going on as Devi does.

Publisher’s Description:
The rollicking sequel to Fortune’s Pawn — an action packed science fiction novel.

Devi Morris has a lot of problems. And not the fun, easy-to-shoot kind either.

After a mysterious attack left her short several memories and one partner, she’s determined to keep her head down, do her job, and get on with her life. But even though Devi’s not actually looking for it — trouble keeps finding her. She sees things no one else can, the black stain on her hands is growing, and she is entangled with the cook she’s supposed to hate.

But when a deadly crisis exposes far more of the truth than she bargained for, Devi discovers there’s worse fates than being shot, and sometimes the only people you can trust are the ones who want you dead.

Book Details

Title: Honor’s KnightHonor's Knight (Paradox) by Rachel Bach
Author: Rachel Bach
Category: Science Fiction
My Rating: 4 Stars

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Fortune’s Pawn (Book 1, Paradox Series)

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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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