Fortune’s Pawn is one of those books I never thought I would pick up, but I saw someone talking about it on another website and noticed it was on sale. After doing a little bit more looking into what the book was about I decided to give it a chance. What I discovered by doing so was a fun book with some cool science fiction technology, some crazy aliens, and a bit of whimsy all at the same time.
It looks like Rachel Bach has a fun concept going on with this book and likely the two books that follow it to this point. Fortune’s Pawn has all the elements of a good science fiction adventure with a mysterious captain, a brooding character or two, some strange aliens, and plot twists to keep things interesting. Added to all of that was an unexpected romantic element, but it worked really well. Most of the science fiction I’ve read does not feature a female protagonist, and the ones that have featured female protagonists that were set up as very intense, serious, and not inclined to romance. To have Devi Morris, the main character, be a badass mercenary who can still be a bit of romantic was a breath of fresh air. It added a new dimension to the adventure in my mind.
There are two more books (so far) that follow Fortune’s Pawn. The next in the series is Honor’s Knight, followed by Heaven’s Queen. I had no intention of adding yet another new series to my list of series I need to finish someday, but I can’t deny that I really had a lot of fun with Fortune’s Pawn, so these other books are going to have to be added to my ever-growing list of books to read.
Devi Morris is a very dynamic character as the driving force behind the story in Fortune’s Pawn. She’s a highly successful mercenary with years of experience who wants nothing more than to serve as a power armor soldier in her king’s personal guard. To do so she needs to set herself apart from the crowd in a way that even her stellar record can’t do. So, she takes a job as security on board a trading vessel known for its terrible track record at staying out of trouble. The captain of the ship goes through crew members at an alarming rate, but those who can hold their own make a big splash.
Along the way Devi begins to discover some strange behavior by the captain, a budding romance with the ship’s cook, and something about herself she did not see coming. All of that mixed together leads to some very exciting action. Devi finds herself having to make some unexpected choices, and she ends the book with all sorts of new plot developments that should provide juicy adventures for the following books.