Thursday, August 14, 2014

Adult Mini-Reviews: Honor's Knight & Heaven's Queen (Rachel Bach)

(Find my review of Fortune's Pawn, Book 1 in the Paradox trilogy, here.)

Honor's Knight (Paradox, #2)
Title: Honor's Knight
Series: Paradox, Book 2
Author: Rachel Bach
Publisher: Orbit Books
Release Date: February 25, 2014
Genre: Adult Science Fiction
Rating: Adult (violence, language, minor sensuality, minor gore)
Told: First Person Singular (Devi), Past Tense
Format Read: Paperback (library)
Find It On: Goodreads

Summary:

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.


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Thoughts: Just as good as the first book, maybe even better! This plunged deeper into the mystery and intrigue, as well as ramping up the action to a whole new level. I enjoyed getting to know more about the misfit crew of the Fool when placed in their natural habitats, as well as the habitats themselves - Rachel created a fascinating world that was really fun to discover. While this book didn't end on a literal cliffhanger, much was definitely left up in the air.

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Heaven's Queen (Paradox, #3)Title: Heaven's Queen
Series: Paradox, Book 3 (final)
Author: Rachel Bach
Publisher: Orbit Books
Release Date: April 22, 2014
Genre: Adult Science Fiction
Rating: Adult (language, violence, sex)
ToldFirst Person Singular (Devi), Past Tense
Format Read: Paperback (library)
Find It On: Goodreads

Summary:

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.


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Thoughts: While still on par as far as writing and content, and despite exploring even more of the amazing world, this wasn't as good as the first two books for me. There was way too much introspection and discussion where there should've just been action, and because of this the climax dragged on way to long (almost half the book). The mystery was fully revealed and answered, but answered a little too extensively for me - I like a mystery that retains some of its mystery. I felt the end was too neat and tidy and happily ever after for such a violent story, but considering everything the characters had been through it was certainly nice for them. As the last book in the series, it was a satisfying conclusion.


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Fortune's Pawn (Paradox, #1)Honor's Knight (Paradox, #2)Heaven's Queen (Paradox, #3)

Series Thoughts: A fun and flirty adult sci-fi series full of action and intrigue with a pinch of fantasy and steam. I'd definitely be interested if Rachel decided to continue Devi's story, there is still a lot of potential with both the world and Devi's future - and I want to explore Paradox, darn it! (It was the one world we never fully delved into, and I was extremely disappointed.) Recommend for readers who enjoy their sci-fi light on the science and heavier on the action.

Re-read?: Maybe

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