Review: Heaven’s Queen by Rachel Bach

Reviewed by Jen

I am struggling to find the words to tell you how much I loved this without sounding like a mindless squee-machine. The first book in the series, Fortune’s Pawn, was great… I had a little trouble with parts of book two. But this final book in the trilogy gave me everything I wanted and everything I needed. It’s action-packed, emotional, and satisfying in every way. I’m still cheering inside.

If you haven’t read the books leading up to this, stop here and pick up Fortune’s Pawn. You’ll thank me. Spoilers for the previous installments are ahead.

We pick up right where Honor’s Knight left off. Devi and Rupert are in an escape pod, separated from the rest of their crew, under pursuit from the leglis. They land on a pirate colony and have to hide and regroup, trying to figure out their next move. Devi has agreed to work with the Eyes, but the captain is missing and after their escape through hyperspace, there’s no telling when he could reappear. So when a team of Eyes show up to nab them, they run. Without Caldwell, there’s no telling what the Eyes have in mind for Devi.

I won’t pick apart the plot, but this is all about Devi’s journey as she figures out the right way to use her virus to save the world. Everyone around her has a different idea about that, and they’ll all sacrifice or kill anything in their way. Is the good of the many worth the sacrifice of the few?

There are a few bumps in the road, but this book is about Devi figuring out the answer and executing a plan that stands up to the courage of her conviction. All this, while, for the first time, allowing herself to love and be loved in return.

I barely know where to start in telling you why I loved this so much. It moves like a freight train, but it never shortchanges the feelings or the impact of the action. As much as Rupert made me angry in the last book, I needed to read that to truly appreciate his transformation here. His love for Devi is so complete and unwavering, and it’s why you can’t help but root for them despite all of her reasons why it makes her weak. Ultimately, with him, she is her strongest.

The Maat storyline is so heartbreaking and a true guiding star for Devi’s conscience. Still, Caldwell and Benton and their Eyes were never mindless villains. Rachel Bach built them with their own sense of right and wrong, just one that is different from Devi’s. Bach twists and turns our ideas about who the bad guys are, writing in shades of gray that are fantastic. But at the end of the day, what really got me is the emotional journey I went on with this heroine. The bittersweet triumph of victory that left me crying tears that I wasn’t sure were from joy or grief.

I could go on and on, but suffice it to say, this is one of the best sci-fi romance/space opera series I have ever read. If you like this genre at all, I recommend it unreservedly. And be prepared to read all three books back-to-back. You’ll thank me later.

Rating: A

Click to purchase: Amazon

Heaven’s Queen
by Rachel Bach
Release Date: April 22, 2014
Publisher: Orbit

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