A Triplet of Dates with Devi: The Paradox series

Posted 12 June, 2014 | Mary @ TheBookSwarm | Review | 34 Comments

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
Science Fiction
320 pages, paperback
Available now (November 2013)
Publisher: Orbit
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
Science Fiction
358 pages, paperback
Available now (February 2014)
Publisher: Orbit
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
Science Fiction
379 pages, paperback
Available now (April 2014)
Publisher: Orbit
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.Β 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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34 Responses to “A Triplet of Dates with Devi: The Paradox series”

  1. It sounds like Devi’s life becomes one huge mess over the course of the series. It soundsl like the danger keeps getting bigger and bigger though, which I love to see in an action-packed book. This sounds like a series I’d be interested in picking up. Great reviews! They’re a lot of fun to read and really sold the series to me πŸ™‚

  2. Rupert is a sketchy name, definitely can’t be trusted πŸ˜‰ How have I never heard of this series before now Mary? With this kind of recommendation from you, I absolutely can’t NOT meet Devi and see what types of messes she gets herself in. So excited to try these!

  3. This sounds like a series would enjoy sci-light or not, I love how developed both the world and characters sound. Loved your dates for each installment!

  4. You had me when you mention “bad-assed Rippley in Alines” for sure, Mary! I’ve seen this series around, but never “got” that it had such a touch heroine. This series sounds perfect, adding it to my Goodreads list. Wondeful review πŸ™‚

  5. I’m so glad you’ve enjoyed all three of these books, Mary! I’ve been wanting to read the series since Wendy’s review too so I definitely have to bump it up my TBR knowing the entire trilogy is excellent. Lovely set of reviews!

  6. I remember seeing the first one but don’t really remember hearing much about this series at all! I do like sci-fi a lot more lately so this might be a series I’d really enjoy! Yes, that name Rupert is awful.

  7. I hadn’t heard of this series before but i do need a sic-fi kick so i am interested in this one—especially since the world bulding sounds pretty on point and the chaarcters don’t seem flat!
    Great review πŸ™‚

  8. You had me at Ripley, Starbuck and Princess Leia! I have to say that Ripley was my favorite kick ass sci-fi heroine, though. Still love this line: “get away from her you BITCH!” I’m dating myself aren’t I? Devi sounds like she deserves a place with these greats. I agree, Rupert is definitely a dodgy sort of name. The love interest sounds shaky just on that alone, lol! πŸ™‚ Thanks for bringing these books to my attention, Mary! πŸ™‚

  9. I am SO glad you loved this as much as I did. I just pushed it on my cousin – who has never read SF and she said it took her a bit to get into and now she is hounding me for the third book (I was reading it at the time when i passed her the first two) anyways I was so lucky to interview her! And guess what !? She’s doing another spin off in this world. Featuring a different lady who is a Blackbird!

    • So it was YOU who was the other blogger who recced this book! Sorry I couldn’t remember! And I loved your interview — I cannot WAIT for the next story. She needs to stick with this world that she’s created and keep producing fantastic characters.

  10. “I swear, hanging out with this girl is like drinking shots of napalm with a smile and a slice of cheese.” <— coolest.sentence.ever!

    I’ve never heard of this series, but your enthusiasm has me interested! Thanks for the fun post!

  11. Heeeeeey, I came to visit and I was amply rewarded for it! *puffs up with pride*

    I am so, so happy that you love this series. Isn’t Devi awesome? She’s one of the most kickass heroines I’ve ever come across, in any form of entertainment. And dude, the last line of this post is just killer. Such a perfect way to describe Devi, hah.

    You’ve leaped ahead of me, though–I still haven’t read HQ yet! Booo. I have to fit it in soon.

    Wendy @ The Midnight Garden

  12. It’s always a good sign when you pick up book 1 and end up reading the entire series back-to-back! I’m not big on the SciFi genre, but I’ve read nothing but glowing reviews for Paradox, so perhaps it’s time that I reconsider my stance. πŸ˜‰ Happy Friday!

  13. You had me at “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,”! Um… yes please. These sound like so much fun. I’m gonna have to see if they have them all at my library!