Review: Fortune’s Pawn by Rachel Bach

Reviewed by Jen

I have so many things to say now that I have finished this book. The one first and foremost in my mind: HOW DARE IT END THIS WAY??? Seriously, I cursed words most foul at my ereader when I realized it was over. I won’t spoil it, but I guarantee it will leave you one-clicking book two before you can blink. (Thank God I am reading this years after it released or there might be a hole in the wall from my temper tantrum.) That leads me to point two: this book is expensive! You’ll rarely find me reference a price tag in the review but the ebook on this was $10 on Amazon (which is more than I want to spend on an older title) – BUT I was lucky enough to find it at the library. I don’t know if book 2 is there, but that brings me to my third and final point. This book was so good, I will totally pay 10 bucks for the sequel if the library doesn’t have it, because I am totally hooked.

The story centers on Devi, a kick-ass space mercenary who wants nothing more than to become a Devastator, one of the elite soldiers of the king. She catches wind that there is an opening on a trader ship in need of a merc, but there is more to the job than meets the eye. The Glorious Fool is considered cursed, and if she survives a year on board, she stands a good chance of being drafted for the job she covets. The short version is that she falls for the ship’s cook (who is full of deep secrets) and her boss isn’t just a pirate… he’s into stuff more dangerous than she ever imagined.

There is so much cool in the details. Like the fact that Devi does her job in giant robot armor that makes her nearly indestructible when she wears it. The author does such an amazing job describing her experiences in the suit. Not only that, the cast of characters is fascinating. Like the captain’s super-creepy daughter who never speaks and plays speed chess by herself. Like the giant human-eating lizard alien that serves as the ship’s medic. Even the spacey-hippie girl who is Devi’s roommate. They’re drawn so well, and together make the book extremely immersive. Same thing with the world-building.

And then there’s the romance. I always a sucker for a forbidden romance, but this was made even better as we unpeeled the layers of who Rupert was. I loved him and I loved watching Devi decimate his control. It does take a little while for the relationship to take off, and for sure, it happens in stops and starts, but I couldn’t put it down.

There are so many mysteries and secrets to unravel, and it’s a fun and breakneck ride as we go on the journey with Devi. I can’t wait to see where the story goes next.

Rating: A

Click to purchase: Amazon

Fortune’s Pawn
by Rachel Bach
Release Date: November 5, 2013
Publisher: Orbit


  1. I’ve not read Rachel Bach, but I’ve read Rachel Aaron and I love her work. I need to try this one. *wonders if it is on audio*

  2. Jen, you’re killing me. lol Lately, I want to read everything you are reading. I’ve been reading your blog since very early days. I keep so many of the post emails in my inbox until I can figure out how to make sure I get stuff on my reading list. I think Ilona Andrews recommended this book one time also. Great review! Anne – Books of My Heart

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