Dec 102014
Review: Fortune’s PawnFortune's Pawn (Paradox #1) by Rachel Bach
Published by Orbit on Nov 5, 2013
Genres: Adult, Romance, Science Fiction
Format: eBook from Purchased
Find the book: Amazon, Goodreads
Rating: four-stars

When professional mercenary Deviana Morris took the security guard job aboard the Glorious Fool, all she wanted was a fast route into the Devastators --- the elite league of armored fighters entrusted with the most important duty on her home planet of Paradox. But this security job isn't just twelve-hour patrols, armor-polishing, and whiskey. The supposedly-cursed Captain Caldswell keeps sending Devi and her partner into unimaginably dangerous situations. Ren, the captain's daughter, is a kind of weird that Devi has never experienced before. And to top it off, there's the insufferably sexy cook, Rupert Chekov, who is far more than what he seems -- possibly even far more than human.

I’m always quick to say I love sci-fi books, but less quick to say I have a soft spot for space stories. Space and alien stories usually have way more potential than they actually deliver. Part of that is because female characters seem to be highly stereotypical in this genre.

I’m super happy to say that this book killed those stereotypes and brought lots of action delivered through a very impressive female protagonist. Devi is a very focused and career driven woman. She knows what she wants, and she’s willing to do the work to get it. She’s not looking for shortcuts or the easy way out, she wants the route that proves she’s the best, which she clearly is. Her decisiveness is bone deep, and her every action and thought is consistent with her character.

It’s not just the characters that are impressive in this book. Space stories require a lot of world building and believable science explanations, or at least believable enough to suspend belief, and I easily bought into the world being offered. The space travel was exciting and the nonstop action was easy to picture.

I was very impressed at this book. I love the details injected into the story, like Devi’s armour, and the overall feel and direction the series looks like it will take. If you’re looking for a well written sci-fi story, this is it, and with a great female protagonist to boot.

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