Not when she just got 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. And with a reputation for bad luck that makes one year as security detail on this ship equal to five years everywhere else – 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 might be more than even Devi can handle.
I love space operas, I love science fiction with a twist of romance, I love first person stories where things are grey as the narrator figures things out and makes mistakes and misunderstands.
I love Fortune’s Pawn.
So much so in fact, that it reminded me why I got into reviewing in the first place, because people NEED to know about this book because it is just that good!
I put off reading it because I never seemed to be in the right mood and now I’m kicking myself because this has shot up as one of my favourite sci-fi books of all time – on par with James S.A. Corey’s Expanse series.
Devi is a heroine I can utterly get behind. She’s an amazing soldier because she’s trained hard to be. She’s not pretending to be a man and she’s not a helpless female who is supposed to be a tough mercenary. She’s prepared to go down fighting and doesn’t quit, even though she knows her death may well be approaching. She is just the ultimate badass and I love her. Later on we see Devi’s softer side, and rather than detracting from the power of her character, it instead makes her more human and reinforces her strength.
The core crew were brilliant as well, often making me laugh, sometimes wanting to make me smack them – Caldswell in particular! Rupert was a wonderfully enigmatic character and loved the way he was with Devi – as the book progressed, that did NOT go the way I expected and that made me want to cry! Then there is the mystery of Ren. Argh! Just a wonderful mix of alien/human crew on board the Glorious Fool.
I loved the way Rachel Bach wove the story around the characters and just when I thought I had things figured out, it changed and I had to look at a situation in a new light.
The action was extremely well done. Fast paced, descriptive and emotive. My heart was in my mouth several times and I even got a bit tearful at certain scenes.
I have the second book waiting here and I can’t wait to dive into it as the end of Fortune’s Pawn demands it! It proves that you can’t know everything from all sides.
Just a phenomenal book and one I highly recommend!