Books : reviews

Rachel Bach.
Fortune's Pawn.
Orbit. 2013

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 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 its captain is equal to five years anywhere else. With odds like that, 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 on this ship might be more than even Devi can handle.

Rachel Bach.
Honour's Knight.
Orbit. 2014

Devi Morris has a lot of problems. And not the fun, easy-to-shoot kind either.

After a mysterious attack left her short of several memories and one partner, she’s determined to keep her head down, do her job and get on with her life. But even though Devi’s not actually looking for it, trouble keeps finding her.

She sees things no one else can, the black stain on her hands is growing and she’s entangled with the cook she thought she hated. Now the mysteries she’s been avoiding are starting to find her, and as the stakes get higher, missing memories might be the least of Devi’s problems.

Rachel Bach.
Heaven's Queen.
Orbit. 2014

Government conspiracies. Two alien races out for her blood. An incurable virus that’s eating her alive.

Now, with the captain missing and everyone – even Devi’s own government – determined to hunt her down, things are going from bad to impossible. The sensible plan would be to hide and wait for things to blow over, but Devi’s never been one to shy away from a fight, and she’s getting mighty sick of running.

It’s time to put this crisis on her terms and do what she knows is right. But with all human life hanging on her actions, the price of taking a stand might be more than she can pay.