I picked up this first book on Wendy Darling of The Midnight Garden‘s recommendation and couldn’t read them fast enough. I almost cried when I realized the third one wasn’t coming out for another month or so after I finished book #2. I’ve read a couple of reviews that call this “scifi lite” but I don’t see it that way. Fast-paced and well-written, it’s a fully-fleshed out universe with several races of bloodthirsty creatures, cool weaponry and solid characters. Seriously, if you liked bad-assed Ripley in Aliens, were a fan of Starbuck in Battlestar Galactica or had strong appreciation of Star Wars’s Princess Leia’s smart mouth and way with a gun, you’ve got to check out this series.
FORTUNE’S PAWN (Paradox #1) by Rachel Bach
320 pages, paperback
Available now (November 2013)
Review copy purchased
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.
FIRST DATE: Filled to the brim with sass and ambition, Devi finds her way onto the most dangerous trade ship she can find. If she can survive for a year or so, she can have just about any job she wants. With her gorgeous suit of armor, Devi steps aboard the ship and into more trouble than she could possibly have imagined because, of course, The Glorious Fool and its crew are not what they seem. Besides the captain, the space cadet, the bird pilot and the mechanic, there’s Rupert, the quiet cook who looks after the captain’s mute daughter (he’s also the love interest but I just wasn’t feeling it. Too mysterious, too hands-off. Good for a quickie–which happens–and then get back to business). Devi is a full-on alpha female. She’s tough, she’s focused, and she’s not someone I’d want to cross or piss off. Ever. I love her.
HONOR’S KNIGHT (Paradox #2) by Rachel Bach
358 pages, paperback
Available now (February 2014)
Review copy purchased
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.
SECOND DATE: I couldn’t wait to get back to Devi and the awesome craziness that is the Paradox series! As soon as I finished the first book, I downloaded the second. (It’s times like these I absolutely adore ereaders. Instant gratification.) Devi had some serious trouble in the first book, trouble that’s spilling over into the second and is threatening not just her life but that of the entire universe. It’s a lot for a woman who really wants to just do her job to the best of her abilities to deal with but she does the best she can. Especially now that she really doesn’t have anyone she can trust, not even her captain. Not after what she’s learned. Not after what happened. (Ooh, am I mysterious enough for you??) Rupert’s still in the picture, though Devi realizes that she really can’t trust him (I mean, would you trust someone named Rupert? Nope. Not me.). However, neither of them can fight the attraction that keeps pulling them back together, no matter what’s going on around them.
HEAVEN’S QUEEN (Paradox #3) by Rachel Bach
379 pages, paperback
Available now (April 2014)
Review copy provided by publisher for honest review
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.
THIRD DATE: It’s never fun to be on the run, especially when practically everyone in the universe is looking for you — to use you, stick you in a cage for a lifetime of experimentation or kill you. But Devi doesn’t take this latest development sitting down. She’s got to rescue her crew, save her lover and do it all while breaking into the most secure and dangerous prison in the universe. Piece of cake. Devi has a lot to do and a short time to get it done and she’s not going to take any shit from anyone while she’s doing it. I swear, hanging out with this girl is like drinking shots of napalm with a smile and a slice of cheese.
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