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Fortune's Pawn

(Paradox #1)

3.94  ·  Rating details ·  14,489 ratings  ·  1,735 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 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Emily May by: Wendy Darling
Shelves: 2015, sci-fi
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 pa
Oct 06, 2013 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! ...more
✘✘ 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
Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
Man, I blitzed right through this book both times I've read it. It's an incredibly quick read, 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, and better technology.

Deviana Morris is a private mercenary soldier, one with super-high-tech-gee-whiz space armor and weapons that makes her the physical equivalent of any guy. Both her armor (Lady Gray) and her weapons (Sasha, Mi
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.
Gail Carriger
Jun 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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
Jessica ❁ ➳ Silverbow ➳ ❁
Apr 29, 2014 rated it liked it
Recommended to Jessica ❁ ➳ Silverbow ➳ ❁ 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 alien
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
Melissa (Mel’s Bookshelf)
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
Jan 04, 2016 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! ...more
TS Chan
May 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: library-book
A full trilogy review.

The one thing I'll always credit Rachel Bach/Aaron with is her ability to thoroughly entertain me with her stories, and the Paradox trilogy is yet another proof of that.

By now, most of you will already know that I swear by Rachel Aaron's books. They are go-to comfort reads; I've never picked up one of her books and not found it enjoyable. Her knack of creating great characters is matched by her ability to create worlds which at first glance seemed familiar but is packed wi
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
Jan 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Melki by: Tracey Dow
Even as the symbiont pushed me down, part of me couldn't believe this was happening. Counting my initial attack, I'd shot this bastard four times at point-blank range in the head. Even a Devastator would have gone down under fire like that, but while the symbiont was bleeding now, the blood red and human looking as it splattered across my visor, the head wound didn't seem to slow it down at all.

Looking for a rip-roaring shoot-em-up featuring a tough-talking female mercenary who names her guns?
Lindsey Rey
Mar 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2015, science-fiction
[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
Niki Hawkes - The Obsessive Bookseller
Trilogy Review: I LOVED this series. It solidified Rachel Bach (a.k.a. Rachel Aaron) as one of my go-to authors for a guaranteed good read. Seriously – there’s nothing this woman can’t do! “The Paradox Trilogy” is her only sci-fi/space opera series thus far, but she also wrote the “Eli Monpress” fantasy series (which has amazing world-building, humor, and characters you’ll never forget) and the “Heartstrikers” series (which is an urban fantasy about a clan of badass dragons, and one nice dragon ...more
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
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
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.
Jan 13, 2014 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.

Jan 13, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Sarah by: Ilona Andrews
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
Gwen (The Gwendolyn Reading Method)
This is by far one of my favorite series of all time and an EXCELLENT space opera. The characters, the action, the world building, all perfection!
Oct 09, 2015 rated it it was ok
** 2.5 stars **

Sorry funs of Fortune's Pawn, the first of Rachel Bach's Paradox Series was a disappointment. The major problem for me was that I simply didn't like Devi. I found her superficial and couldn't empathize with the character. It read almost as if Devi was a secondary character. The world building also presented nothing new or extraordinary.

Despite all that, it was a fair read: adventure with some mystery and light romance. Still unsure if I will read the next installment of the Par
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
Feb 02, 2018 rated it liked it
This is a book I picked up off of my TBR in amongst all my other reading and I am very happy I did so...

It's a great SF story with a fun concept of Merc, battle suits, high-technology and inter-dimension travel. We follow Devi who is a Merc who wants to become a Devastator, and to do this she has to prove herself by working on board an incredibly dangerous ship with a small crew and a Captain who keeps many secrets...

The story in this book is certainly more romance-heavy than some of the storie
Nov 26, 2013 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
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. ...more
Feb 22, 2015 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
Dec 12, 2013 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
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
Meagan ✊&#x1f3fc; Blacklivesmatter ✊&#x1f3fc;Blacktranslivesmatter
This was good! So many things I loved: the aliens, the world, the armored mech suits, the mystery, the action and the characters (minus Devi) AND THAT ENDING 😭😭. Devi was ok but there were a few things I didn't like about her. She's what stopped me from giving this book 5 stars. My favorite thing about this was the armored mech suits. I feel like Bach fully explored the concept and it was fully incorporated to the plot. We got to see so many battle scenes inside the suits 😍 🙌 ...more
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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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