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Sovran's Pawn

(The Black Wing Chronicles #1)

3.94  ·  Rating details ·  124 ratings  ·  30 reviews
Convicted of treason and sentenced to be executed, Bo Barron is the last person who should be infiltrating a Sub-socia weapons auction. But when her father is kidnapped and the ransom demand is the schematics to an experimental weapon, she has no choice but to go under cover with her uncle to get it.

Nobody counted on former-government-agent-turned-holofeature-hero Blade De
ebook, 262 pages
Published April 1st 2012 by Smashwords
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Cary Caffrey
May 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book saw me coming. It's lean and it moves, so get ready and hold on! What an amazing and awesome surprise.

I don't think there's anyone more cynical than me, so finding a book that had me this interested from the get-go, turning page after page to see what would happen next, is a rare thing (and a real treat).

Right from the opening page, JC Cassels sets the stage for an exciting and really interesting ride. You can tell this is the beginning to a much bigger and bolder story than what's her
Apr 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing
From page one, Cassels creates an expansive and realistic universe that opens the doors to a spectacular story. Filled with action and suspense, the plot grabs you and doesn't let go until the last page is done. I had to force myself to stop reading when I got off the bus to go to work each morning. The bits of comedy sprinkled generously throughout the book had me in stitches, and I earned curious looks from the other bus riders when I laughed out loud on more than one occasion. The protagonist ...more
T.K. Toppin
May 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing
The Black Wing Chronicles - Sovran's Pawn by J.C. Cassels is just one of those books that suck you in and leave you reluctant to drag yourself out, or to reach the end despite the fact that you want to know what happens next. This is a character-driven book, and it's evident that J.C. Cassels has spent time (years) fine-tuning her two main protagonists traits to perfection: Bo Barron and Blade Devon. The result, you simply adore them! Set primarily on a deep-space cruise liner, centered around a ...more
Isabella Constanza
Apr 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I am not one who likes Science Fiction/Fantasy or Action type books. I leave those books for my husband and son Raul. My preference is more the romantic type novel. Sovran's Pawn really surprised me in that this was a fun book that seemed to be able to blend Science Fiction, Action, and Romance all together in one novel and it felt that those three combinations of genre's have always belong together. This was a really well written book with very good character development. If you are looking for ...more
Oct 11, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed Sovran's Pawn.
JC Cassels has crafted a tale that is both classic and unique. At first glance it seems like the standard, well-written, space opera/adventure, but as the story progressed it became apparent I was reading something out of the ordinary. Filled with action, romance, and intrigue, Sovran's Pawn put me on a fantastic ride I didn't want to get off. The use of two, well-blended points of view to tell the story was masterful, and really made this one stand out for me. It'
Cassandra Davis
Apr 16, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
J.C. Cassels delivers an enjoyable sci-fi romp. She has created a vast universe of (some-what) cooperative peoples, but avoids the common pitfall of describing every single aspect of these worlds. The reader gets enough description to feel engaged in the action without feeling the need to skip ahead to the action. If you love your heroes in the mold of Han Solo and Malcolm Reynolds, you'll be left idolizing Blade Devon. For less than $5 you can pick up the Kindle version of this book that will l ...more
Angelia Almos
May 07, 2012 rated it really liked it
Sovran's Pawn creates an interesting world of political intrigue where our two heroes aren't sure who to trust and who's the enemy. I really liked the dynamic between Bo and Blade as they see through each others masquerades to the real person underneath.
May 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Fans of space opera and adventure
Thoroughly enjoyed this debut novel. All the right amounts of suspense, intrigue and romance to make a great space adventure. Loved the characters and seeing them progress throughout the story. Can't wait for the next book in the series!
Fiona Weston
Apr 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing
My brother gave me this book and told me I had to read it. I took it with me on a trip, not expecting much from a self-published novel. I was pleasantly surprised to find it hooked me from the start. I was expecting all kinds of typos and editing errors and was pleasantly surprised to find almost none! Once I realized that this self-published novel was better edited than most I've read from the bigger, established, "reputable" publishers, I was able to really settle in and seriously enjoy myself ...more
Elizabeth Zaza
Jan 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is my review of Sovran's Pawn that I wrote on

First of all, I never write reviews. I am one of those people that is way over-extended in life with really too much on their plate. In fact, this is the first review I have ever written on an Amazon purchase and I am probably one of their best customers. So in general when I take the time to sit down to actually write a review it is either because I thought the item was absolutely horrific or incredibly earth-shattering fantastic. Th
Pippa Jay
What I liked.
I loved the characters, even the secondary ones. Bo is a strong, capable woman without being so kick ass she simply becomes a caricature. She retains an edge of vulnerability, and definite femininity while remaining believable. She reminded me very much of Dejah Thoris from John Carter. By contrast, I expected to hate Blade, as I'm not a fan of alpha males in general. But his self confidence didn't stray into arrogance, and despite his notorious reputation, he's a man with a deep se
J M Padoc
Sep 03, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is another one of those books that makes me hate the five-star rating system. If I had ten stars, I'd give it a nine out of ten. I really, really want to give it five stars, but I just don't quite feel like it's a real 5-star book for me.

There is quite a bit to praise about this book. The characters are well-drawn, consistent, and have that kind of fictional self-awareness that makes one believe they could exist in the real world. The setting is vivid and offers plenty of tantalizing hints
Misa Buckley
Jul 05, 2012 rated it really liked it
SOVRAN'S PAWN is a stonking space opera in the vein of Star Wars and Firefly. It centres around the two main characters, so it's not hard sci fi, but Cassels gives a good basis of her worlds without too much exposition.

Full of mystery and intrigue, this is a universe at the edge of self-destruction and it's not clear who's on what side, or even which side is "good" - something that I loved, as black-and-white is nowhere as interesting as morally grey. I think my only complaint is that Bo and Bla
Kel (Faerie-bookworm)
Apr 24, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2012, scifi, ebooks
Very good book. Great character development. Good details, felt real, and was easy to picture what the author was trying to portray. I really enjoyed this book.
Paula Cordner
Aug 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Oh my!!! I had originally planned to 'just read a few chapters' in bed......however several cups of tea with biscuits later I had looked at the clock, realised it was 2am and had completed the book with a huge smile on my face wanting more!

The central characters Bo and Blade are brilliant. Bo is the fearless Baron, who's life takes a huge twist with the events challenging what she trusts and believes. Blade is, well he's BLADE! Ruthless, egotistical, dangerous and, well I'm my imagination, pret
Tara Quan
This book broke my reading dry spell! For a long while now, I've been starting books and not finishing them. Because I don't have a lot of free time, I've gotten into the bad habit of stopping after a chapter or two unless a story grabs me by the lapels and holds me captive. Sovran's Pawn did exactly that.

This book has all the elements that I love:

1. Exotic setting: A space-faring universe ruled by "Sovrans", where heroes wield phase-blasters and heroines pilot ships capable of going into hyper
Nov 16, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
I had such high hopes due to the rating. It's not bad but I can't say it's good. The beginning starts off rather contrived and I was annoyed with Bo's optimism that although all evidence pointed her way she'd be declared not guilty. Obviously this doesn't happen as the blurb says she's a convicted traitor. It's not really a female empowerment story as she heads off to the family business (prostitution) and learns to be an escort and then uses said training for a cover to do nothing. I kept slogg ...more
Holly *Confessions of a Lit Chick*
3.5 stars

Well, firstly I've decided to not give an indpeth run down of the plot since there are reviews applenty about that already.

Firstly, I did enjoy this book, it was relatively light, with action, romance and adventure.

But at the beginning it took me a while to be hooked, there was a huge scene of action and fighting but I found myself slightly confused on what it was about, I felt a bit bombarded with new planet names and their names for their social status. But, as the story continued all
Aug 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Open the pages of this book and meet Bo Barron, the young ruler of her people, and Blade Devon, a Predator, holo actor and gambler. Set against a backdrop of intrigue and counter-punch, romance sparks in the strangest of ways. JC sketches out locations and worlds with ease, bringing images vividly forward in the mind. This book is one of the wittiest, sexy and intricate I've read in a long time. There are loads of questions running through my mind as I close the book, and I am hungry for more fr ...more
Feb 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was surprised by just how good this book is. I am not usually a reader of Science Fiction and I certainly never expected to enjoy the book as much as I did. Excellent story, great pace, engaging characters and an all around entertaining, fun book to read. It offers a little bit of everything, from suspense to comedy. Sovran's Pawn may very well have made me a convert! I look forward to delving a little deeper into this genre. If you haven't yet read this, you should!
Renee Stewart
Feb 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of the things I like about JC Cassels is the way the words create the image, as if watching a tv series. I haven't found that in a book in a long time.

The hero's are complex and enticing. She keeps me guessing as to what the characters are going to do with twists that are unexpected.

I have read "Hero's End", the 2nd in the series and I'm looking forward to the 3rd installment.
Raul Delaplaya
May 17, 2012 rated it liked it
Sovran's Pawn shows promise. The characters came alive. The banter was great. The story grabbed me from the start. I look forward to reading the rest of the series. It was a fun ride that didn't seem to take itself too seriously. Great literature it isn't, but for lighthearted escapist fare in the tradition of Star Wars and Firefly, it's a definite winner.
Pamela Morganelli
It was amazing!
Aug 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
looks and sounds awesome cant wait to read it....
May 14, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The first half is a 2 it gets a bit better after the first half though.
Aug 02, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a pretty fast paced and exciting book. I have a bad feeling that this thing starting with bo and blade is going to end badly. Especially since he didnt just tell her up front about his "special"assignment. *sigh* people never seem to learn. I cant wait to read the next book! Hopefully it's as action packed as this one!
Crissy Whetstone
love it and it keeps you interested!

this book is fantastic! It's got love, action and keeps you guessing! It's even better the 2nd time around. I can't wait to see how Bo and Blade evolve together.
Oct 29, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
Any book that I read less than a month ago, and I can't remember anything more than the bare details (and then only after reading the synopsis) can't rate more than 3 stars.
Aug 18, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I very much enjoyed reading Sovran's Pawn. It not only made for a in interesting start to a new space opera series, but its characters kept me turning pages to find out what fate awaited them in every chapter. The interaction between Bo and her male counterpart (who will remain secret for spoiler reasons) really makes this book work. Kudos to Ms. Cassels for making Sovran's Pawn a great story and a lot of fun.
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JC Cassels, a native of Tampa, Florida, traces her lifelong fascination with SF/Adventure to watching Star Trek on a tiny black and white portable television aboard the family boat as a child. The Space Opera trend that followed the release of Star Wars fed an obsessive need for swashbuckling adventure set in deep space. Today, JC feeds that need by writing her own adventures, heavily inspired by ...more

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