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Fortune's Pawn (Paradox #1)

3.97  ·  Rating Details ·  9,064 Ratings  ·  1,372 Reviews
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
Paperback, US edition, 320 pages
Published November 5th 2013 by Orbit (first published March 7th 2013)
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Emily May
Dec 13, 2013 Emily May rated it really liked it
Recommended to Emily May by: Wendy Darling
Shelves: sci-fi, 2015
Cotter leaned forward. “Where do you get off being such a bossy bitch?”
I looked him dead in the eyes. “I was born a bossy bitch, so you can either roll with it or get rolled over."

Normally, I wouldn't use the word "formula" in a book review for a good reason. Do any of us really want to read a novel that's formulaic? I would think not. However, Fortune's Pawn does something very interesting - it combines a breathtaking universe full of imagination, mysteries and new creatures... with that part
Oct 06, 2013 Felicia rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sci-fi
This book kicked ass, I loved the main characters, the mystery, the setting, the plot twists, I JUST LOVED IT! Perfect light sci-fi. If you like space stuff that isn't that complicated but highly entertaining, I give two thumbs up!
✘✘ Sarah ✘✘ (former Nefarious Breeder of Murderous Crustaceans)
►► BR with the BBB gang starting September 14, 2015.

DNF at 48%

❣❣ A dedication: To all my friends who read and loved this book. I love you. I'm sorry I suck so much at BRs and have such crappy book taste. It's a wonder you haven't unfriended me yet.

Contrary to popular belief I do NOT actually enjoy DNFing books. Neither do I enjoy writing the corresponding reviews. Okay, that might be a slight lie. Might. Slight. More or less. You really do want me do say it, don't you? Fine, I'll say it: I alway
Wendy Darling
4.5 stars Hugely entertaining scifi written like urban fantasy, with an awesome Ripley-from-Alien type heroine and explosive action. SPACE. ALIENS. KICKASS WOMAN. FUN.

Full review is posted on the blog.
Sh3lly ✨ Bring on the Weird ✨
Meet Devi.

She's given 10 years of her life to hardcore training and mercenary life. She's one of the best and she is determined to be better the rest. She wants to be a Devastator - one of the Paradox King's personal guard. She's highly motivated, confident, sassy, and ready to do whatever it takes to accomplish her goals.

At first, I hard a really tough time liking her or relating to her, and therefore, struggled to care about her story. She isn't just confident and bad-ass, she's obnoxiously co
Jessica ❁ ➳ Silverbow ➳ ❁ Rabid Reads
Apr 29, 2014 Jessica ❁ ➳ Silverbow ➳ ❁ Rabid Reads rated it liked it
Recommended to Jessica ❁ ➳ Silverbow ➳ ❁ Rabid Reads by: EVERYONE
3.5 stars

Reviewed by: Rabid Reads

On the off-chance anyone hasn’t gotten the memo yet: A-L-I-E-N-S<——I love ‘em.

This is partially b/c when my grandmother (who I stayed with instead of going to daycare) wasn’t reading me fairy tales, I was watching PBS specials on the ocean or OUTER SPACE.

Which is why when I was in first grade and got asked what I wanted to be when I grew up, I said, “Astronaut.”

That not panning out didn’t make me bitter . . . It made me friggin’ love A-L-I-E-N-S.

I love good al
Gail Carriger
Jun 30, 2014 Gail Carriger rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sci-fi
I enjoyed Fortune's Pawn, although it is certainly the first in a series given the ending. Devi is a likeable character with a fun attitude toward life and a sweet modern approach to romance. The plot has some unexpected twists, but Devi never betrays herself or the reader. Neither the violence nor the sex got too graphic for me and both are used with intelligence and moderation in service to plot and character, and as such, never gratuitous.

Bach's writing style is fast paced, almost movie-like
Experiment BL626
This book was great, but there were a few things that could have been done a lot better.

What I Didn’t Like

+ the romance

I did not care an ounce for the romance between Devi and Rupert. Of all the men Devi had met in her life, as someone who traveled a lot and was in a field dominated by men which meant she was surrounded by men at all time, she had to go fall for Rupert who is one of the worst men that she could have fallen for. It’s not because Rupert is a bad person; to the contrary, he’s a fu
Jan 04, 2016 Sanaa rated it really liked it
[4 Stars] I adored this book. It wasn't perfect by any means. For example I'm not quite sure how I feel about the romance, and I did feel like at times during this book we were just really left in the dark. That being said, I flew through it! I particularly loved Devi, all of the cool space opera world building, and getting to slowly know the characters. I'm excited to move on with the trilogy for sure!
I really should read more sci-fi. I really enjoy it! And this book... HOLY MACARONI!!! What a FANTASTIC book! WARNING - ENTHUSIASTIC RANT AHEAD!

Meet Devi! Our smart, strong and BUTT KICKING heroine. Devi is an armoured soldier and leaves her prestigious position to take a security job on the Glorious Fool, a trade ship. For some reason security personnel that serve on this ship tend to do well for themselves, and she is determined to be a devastator - an elite type of armed guard that protect th
Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
Man, I blitzed right through this book. It's in the tradition of the old pulp science fiction space opera novels, but with a kickass heroine rather than the guy this book would be about if it were written 50 years ago. Devi has super-high-tech-gee-whiz space armor that makes her the physical equivalent of any guy, and she has the guts and assertiveness to fit the part. She also fights at the drop of a hat, drinks hard, and unapologetically sleeps around 'cause she enjoys it (no explicit scenes, ...more
Lindsey Rey
Mar 12, 2015 Lindsey Rey rated it really liked it
Shelves: science-fiction, 2015
[4.5 Stars]
REALLY LOVED THIS ONE!!! I highly recommend it and I can't wait to read the next one! My only complaints are -
1. Although there wasn't very much romance in this book, I feel like the relationship between the two characters was underdeveloped in the first half of the book to the point that certain things the characters say, do, and think in the second half of the book feel weird or out of place.
2. This book is pretty predictable and I think that the pacing of the foreshadowing and the
Robin (Bridge Four)
2.5 Stars

This book is O.K. I didn’t love it or hate it. My problem is that I don’t really like Devi and everything is from her PoV. Maybe I’ve just been hanging out with Heroines like Kate Daniels, Nevada Baylor, Vin, Sirantha Jax (before the (view spoiler)), Jasnah Kholin and MacKayla Lane and so she never stood a chance.

The best thing about all of those heroines is that yes they Kick-Ass but they also have some underlying personality traits that make them easy to rela
This military space opera was a lot of fun, and it felt fresh while raising some fine nostalgia as a classic tale. It taps into the long sci fi traditions of heroes who are hard on the outside and chewy on the inside. In this case the kick-ass lead space soldier is a female mercenary, Devi. Her ambition is to gain enough credentials to get into a job with an elite special forces operation. She takes a gamble on a position as security officer with an armed merchant ship, one that has a reputation ...more
Jan 13, 2014 Brandi rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Space opera fans, scifi/fantasy fans, lovers of baddass women.
Recommended to Brandi by: JennyJen
Shelves: favorites

This is one of those books that I live for: it’s got a kickass heroine, a badass setting, fast paced writing, a fully realized world, colorful cast mates, and an engrossing romance. I loved this book. The author said in an interview (included in the Kindle version) that,
“I am a huge, huge fan of in-your-face, make-no-apologies female badasses,”
and I think that is what sets this book apart from so many other space operas. Rachel Bach wrote this book just for me and I love her for it.

I’ve been
Michelle, the Bookshelf Stalker  Queen of the Undead
What the hell? How did I go from really disliking this book to loving it so much that I would mark it down as one of my favorites? No time for a review just know this book was absolutely fucking fantastic.
Tabitha (Pabkins)
Strap in and bite down - you're in for a ride!
With the perfect balance of action and downtime, the plot pace plunges you forward with eyes locked. Be sure to start your reading with snacks and beverages on hand because Fortune's Pawn hooks you in with a kickass, take names heroine, that might as well be her own walking hazard zone. It felt rather like reading Urban Fantasy in space with its multiple races, popup action, and almost magic like abilities for a handful of the characters.

Read my inte
Devi Morris is a legit badass and I think I’ve got the beginnings of a girl crush on her. I'll even go so far as to say that her level of badassery reminds me a bit of Kate Daniels (and please don't think for a second that I make KD comparisons lightly). And while Devi's character doesn't have the depth or heart that Kate does, the things she does have to offer -- ambition, confidence, and the abilities to back her shit up -- made it impossible for me to not love her.

And I don’t know if it’s bec
Mogsy (MMOGC)
4 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum

Rachel Bach is also Rachel Aaron, an author who put herself on my radar earlier this year after I read The Spirit Thief, the excellent first book of her fantasy series The Legend of Eli Monpress. That novel really impressed me with its light-hearted yet suspenseful story, not to mention the fun, down-earth-characters. So while we may be heading to a place a little beyond earth's atmosphere this time around, I had good a fe
Nov 26, 2013 Cathryn rated it it was ok
I finished this last night and all day I've been trying to figure out what rating to give it. I've settled on 2. The first half of the book I was constantly on the verge on DNFing. The only thing that kept me reading was Rupert. I wanted to know what he was. The reveal wasn't all that interesting though.

What kept me reading for the second half was the action and the romance. A lot of people didn't like the romance in the book and would have been very happy if it was left out altogether. I happe
Cathy (cathepsut)
Feb 22, 2015 Cathy (cathepsut) rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Aliens fans in need of fluff
Interesting set of characters. Devi, the likeable main character, was nicely kick-ass and self-assured. Mysterious Rupert, ethereal Nova (Luna Lovegood), silent Ren and the other side characters were good additions.

The suspense of the story didn't exactly keep me up at night, but was interesting enough. Attacks, fights, scary aliens, strange planets, conspiracies, mysteries, good stuff.... The fight scenes felt like playing a first person shooter, with Devi pulling the trigger. A bit more snark
Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)
Yoooo, I LOVED this. Perfect mix of serious badass sci-fi and romance. The romance was a bit much at times so if that isn't your thing it may bug you, but I personally love me some romance so I was ALL about this. I cannot wait to carry on with this series, oh man.
Dec 12, 2013 Bonnie rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Bonnie by: Wendy Darling
So my reading sci-fi is completely out of character and if it wasn’t for the recommendations of trusted individuals I never would have picked this up. Regardless of this being set completely in space, this is definitely what I would consider sci-fi-lite. The world building is sufficient enough without boggling my mind with excessive detailing which I appreciated. Fortune’s Pawn was absolutely fantastic though. I can’t remember the last book I read that was so freaking exciting, and I don’t say t ...more
Jan 13, 2014 Sarah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Buddy read with Buddies, Books and Baubles group starts 14th September

Devi is a mercenary, she has trained hard and is one of the best at what she does but her goal has always been to become a Devastator, one of the elite band who guard the king. She has the skills but what she is lacking is years of experience in the field and now she's looking for a way to get accepted faster. When a friend tips her off that spending a year guarding The Glorious Fool will automatically qualify her dream role s
Sep 08, 2013 Mihir rated it it was amazing

Full review over at Fantasy Book Critic (with Analysis by Liviu)

ANALYSIS (Mihir): This was another awesome book from the mind that gave us the wonderful Legend Of Eli Monpress series. Rachel had mentioned this book in her previous interview with us last year and after finishing it, I think can be best summed up as " Kate Daniels in space with armor". The author builds up an interesting universe that I’m sure will be explored in the sequel books. What this book is simply awesome and here’s what
Sandy Williams
Have you ever come across a book that was EXACTLY the type of book you've been searching for years and years to read? That's this book for me. I wanted to clutch it to my chest and shout "Mine! Mine! Mine!" I loved it so much. Of course, then reality hit me, and instead of wanting to clutch it to my chest, I wanted to run around shoving it into everyone else's shouting "Read! Read! Read!"

There might not have been much "new" about this book, but it took everything I loved in science fiction, spac
Dec 14, 2013 Keertana rated it really liked it
Rupert is the worst aspect of Fortune's Pawn. And not even the character Rupert, but his name.

I don't know about you, but when the name of the love interest is just about the only flaw you can find within a novel then that's a damn good book you've got there.

I've had Fortune's Pawn on my TBR ever since Wendy first reviewed it over at The Midnight Garden, making me jump for joy at the thought of a well-done science-fiction novel. It seemed too good to be true. While the reviews for the conclusi
Oct 29, 2013 Tamahome rated it liked it
I liked the sample in the back of Ancillary Justice.

This would make a good book trailer:

pg 48: Hmm, Devi is quick to put on a dress when she's after a man. Would Ripley do that? I kind of expected her to be more, I don't know, near-lesbian.

There was some cool battle armor stuff in chapter two.

pg 119: "It's more like paranormal romance than you would expect."
pg 171: "Comfortable, like a Syfy tv series."
pg 212: "Sexy time!"

All done. A quick fun read that d
Addictive page turner with a great narrator and a weird and interesting character list all set in an intriguing universe that is of the advanced technology, space polities, humanity, aliens, space fleets etc future with magic (or possibly unexplained science of course) kind - the set-up reminded me of the Shadow warrior series of Chris Bunch to a large extent

The author wrote also the Eli Monpress series as Rachel Aaron and while I liked the writing well enough in the first volume, I had no inten
Your assignment, should you choose to accept it, is to start this story on a Friday evening. That way you won't risk your job or school because of lack of sleep when you go in, if you go in, Monday morning.

It is sometime in the not-so-near future in a galaxy far, far away. Deviana Morris or Devi as she prefers to be called, is a kick-a** heroine with plenty of moxie, just enough foibles and a smidge of deviation that attracts her to danger in hordes.

And let's not even talk about her body armor.

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Rachel Bach grew up wanting to be an author and a super villain. Unfortunately, super villainy proved surprisingly difficult to break into, so she stuck to writing and everything worked out great. She currently lives in Athens, GA with her perpetual energy toddler, extremely understanding husband, overflowing library, and obese wiener dog. You can find out more about Rachel and all her books at ra ...more
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