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 everywhere 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.
©2013 Rachel Aaron (P)2013 Tantor
"Rachel Bach's Fortune's Pawn is based on a fascinating premise and launches what looks to be a superb military science fiction series." (Eric Flint)
Enjoy the adventure
Got this book to hear the story of a hard fighting, hard drinking space mercenary. I was expecting the hero to be a tough talking woman who takes down aliens with her big guns. But “Fortune’s Pawn” is also the story of girl meets guy, girl gets guy, girl worries about losing guy. I do not care about the problems of dating in space.
The narration is distractingly bad. I didn't make it 5 minutes. It sounds as if the Comcast auto teller were a 12 year old female reading to a 3 year old.
The narrator was OK, but couldn't really do authoritative mail voices well. I look forward to the next in the series, though I could have done without the Monarchy drivel. Fortunately it wasn't key to the book.
I really should read more sci-fi. I really enjoy it! And Fortune’s Pawn… 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 the king himself . The highest position that an armoured guard can get to. And Devi is ambitious. On the Glorious Fool the people she encounters are not what they seem. The Captain is something more than a trader, his daughter is more than a little girl, and the cook is more than a cook. But she has no idea what their secrets are. And she is going to find out and use the information to become a devastator. If she doesn’t die first.
This book was fantastic! My synopsis doesn’t do it justice! Think Firefly, crossed with Battlestar Galactica. It was AMAZING! Mystery, violence, sexual tension, thrills, comedy, aliens, space travel… And this is just the first book!
And the audio book! WOW! Think I have a new favourite. I couldn’t stop listening! I loved every minute of it! Emily Durante did such a fantastic job as the sarcastic mercenary!
Devi is an awesome character. Yes it has a little clichéd powerful Buffy type thing going on, but I love reading about the awesome strong female character. I loved the dialogue, the fact that she drunk way too much and made mistakes and wasn’t perfect. She is the best female lead character I have read about in a long time!
The romance was fabulous! I have read a few reviews complaining about the large romantic aspect of this novel, but I think it absolutely made it! It still would have been interesting without it, but added an extra dimension that I loved. Plus, I love a good dose of romance and sex in a book!
Another star of the book was Devi’s armoured suit “Lady”. It was almost a character itself. I thought it was so clever and I loved that it was like an extension of her body.
Oh I just loved this book! I’m already into the second!
Would I recommend it?
Yes! For any science fiction fan, and also for sci-fi newbies! Those who want a good, easy to read, fabulous story! And I absolutely recommend the audio version, which is the best one I have listened to so far!
“But fair warning, being drunk doesn’t slow down my head shots.”
Thoroughly entertaining, captivating, imaginative, tightly-wound. For a man (me), more than I ever wanted of naughty glimpses into how women think and what they want in men (according to this woman author). Fun ride that ended all too soon! Really amazed by the whole thing!! The armor was really cool too. Just displeased with taking God's name in vain so repeatedly.
Geeky painter girl who loves all things Whedonverse. Audio book addict. :D
Narrator's pacing was off & needed more inflection variety. Fight scenes were delivered in much the same manner as conversation between characters.
Best Selling Author of Science Fiction and Fantasy.
This was a fresh book. There certainly have been female protagonists in Space Opera, take Kai Vatta, Herris Serrano and Honor Harrington. But I think this is the most feminine role yet. Sure she's tough, and kicks ass, but she's sexy, and feminine, and I enjoyed that aspect of the book. The book doesn't get bogged down with unnecessary description or prose, and is fast paced, and very satisfying!
This book reads just like good Firefly fanfiction. It's about a group of people on a derelict spaceship with mysterious backstories. The main character is fabulous, a space mercenary who loves her guns and armor. And there's a sexy bartender.
The reader is also great. She does the main character with a mild southern accent that emphasizes her origin from a backwater planet.
SciFi isn't my typical bag so i feel somewhat bad reviewing it. I didn't really like the narrators voice really but she still did a good job. I really wasn't overly impressed with the story and don't really feel the need to continue with the series but i can definitely see how fans of the genre will really enjoy it.
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