Review: Fortune’s Pawn by Rachel Bach

January 21, 2015     Danielle Romero     4.5Stars, reviews

Review: Fortune’s Pawn by Rachel BachFortune's Pawn by Rachel Bach
Also by this author: Honor's Knight, Heaven's Queen
Published by Orbit on 2013-11-05
Genres: Action & Adventure, Fiction, Military, romance, Science Fiction, Space Opera
Pages: 352
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.

my thoughts

This book has been recommended to me so many times and while I’ve considered it and owned the book for quit some time now, I never really dived into it until recently when I was going through a reading slump and Fortunes Pawn certainly pulled me out. What first lead me to this title was when my all time favorite author Ilona Andrew’s mentioned it on her blog. I read some of the book’s review and readers raved about how much Devi was like Kate Daniels in Andrew’s books and being a huge fan or the series, I decided to give it a try. First I’d like to say that no, Devi and Kate are nothing alike and neither is the story. However, Devi is pretty bad ass and the book is fantastic. I loved it. I work at 4am and found my self hiding under my covers with my kindle reading well past my bedtime because I was so involved in the story.

Fortunes Pawn had action, adventure, mystery, romance, everything I could ask for in a book. I’ll be the first to admit that I read very little if any sci-fi but I will read every book in this series from here on out. I feel as though I am already going through withdrawls having not picked up book 2 yet. Don’t worry though, I will rectify that shortly.

The story is character driven and the world-building is top notch. Rachel Bach (Rachel Aaron) has officially won me over as a huge fan. The touches of romance were just enough without over-doing it and the ending…Gah! All I can say is that this better all work out the way I want it to in book 2. Rachel sure left me hanging at the end of Fortunes Pawn but in such a great way. This is an absolute must read. I don’t care what genres you prefer, you have to read it!

4 half coffee cups


about the author

Hello, my name is Rachel Aaron, and I write The Legend of Eli Monpress fantasy series for Orbit Books! I’m also the author of the new, rolicking fun Paradox Science Fiction trilogy under the name Rachel Bach. Confused yet? I know I am!

I was born and raised in Atlanta, but I currently live a lovely, nerdy, bookish life in Athens, GA with my faster-than-the-speed-of-light son, perpetually understanding husband, and fat dog. I write full time, all the time, but when my husband can drag me away from my own books, I love reading fantasy (urban and traditional), Romance (paranormal and Regency), and Science Fiction (all kinds). I also enjoy video games, Minecraft, anime, manga, hanging out at conventions, and very overdone, epic things.

Besides my own books, the internet knows me best for writing very fast. The best way to get to know me is probably to read my blog or follow me on Twitter or Facebook.