With a spaceship crewed by a motley lot of rogues with secrets, a mercenary guard in powered-armour who can take on any dozen of your average fighters without breaking a sweat, strange new worlds to explore and even stranger people and powers to deal with, Fortune's Pawn packs plenty into its pages. Rachel Bach doesn't give you long to catch your breath while the plot thunders on, and definitely doesn't give you time to get bored. She presents alien species and futuristic technology with the same matter-of-fact attitude that her heroine, Devi, maintains while taking on a job rumoured to be one of the most dangerous in the galaxy.
Devi is an engaging narrator and genuine badass throughout. Strong, determined, and clever, she's both an entertaining companion for the reader and a powerhouse for the plot, her decisions and agency always revealing more of the greater scheme of things, laying out intrigue and suspense for the full trilogy without leaving Devi herself to come across as helpless - she may be a pawn in the big game to start with, but we know she's a hothead with ambition from the word go, and if anyone can untangle the net of trouble laid out in this first book, it'll be her.
Fast paced and exciting, with a good balance struck between action, mystery, and romance, I'd recommend this most highly to anyone with even a passing interest in books by Anne McCaffrey or Elizabeth Moon, or anyone who enjoyed watching Firefly, Alien, or Star Wars. Essentially, if you like sci-fi at all you'll get something worthwhile out of this!
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