Author: Rachel Bach
Published: February 2014
Devi Morris has a lot of problems. And not the fun, easy-to-shoot kind either.
Honor’s Knight picks up where Fortune’s Pawn left off, though our girl Devi doesn’t exactly know where FP left off, thanks to some Men In Black-style memory gaps. Nonetheless she’s trying to soldier on, do her job, and keep her head down. Which, of course, doesn’t work. Devi’s seen too much and knows too much (even if she doesn’t know she knows it). Plus, she’s acquired a critical game-changing…hmm, let’s call it a “skill.” I’ve been on a real Sci-Fi jag lately and the Paradox series has really been stellar. (That’s right, I like puns. So there.)
Characterization and badassery
While the first book was pretty linear and straightforward, this volume spins off into chaos land. That’s not a bad thing. Devi’s good at chaos. Even without her full memory, she has keen instincts and isn’t afraid to lean into them. She’s only managed to stay alive this long because of well-honed instincts, so why would she quit now?
Devi kicks ass, takes names, and reveals a few more layers of herself. Not in a boring backstory kind of way but in a fully-fleshed-out character kind of way. Good stuff.
Plot and pacing
The pacing is fast. Almost too fast. Is that possible? It must be because there are no “stopping points” in this book. Sadly, when I was reading it, I got nothing done in a timely manner because the action just doesn’t stop and there’s no place to easily pause. That’s pretty ideal for a bookworm but it does make it really tough to perform essential functions like eating and sleeping.
In spite of being book 2 of a trilogy, this one doesn’t have a weak plot or a meandering storyline. Honor’s Knight isn’t a letdown after the first book, or a place-holding buildup for the third book. It’s just a good book.
Prose and editing
I did catch a couple things that got by the proofreader. But the editing was excellent and the writing was tight. These books aren’t the kind that have glaring mistakes or confusing lines. Everything is well considered and well executed. All books should be like this. Very few are.
I like the humor in these books. There isn’t a ton of it, but it breaks up the action bits and makes the reading more satisfying. I’m a big fan of that.
There were no disappointments. This book picked up where the last left off, and passed the torch on to book 3. There’s no flab, no stretching it out, and no teasing. This book is more complex than the first one. In Honor’s Knight, Devi’s begun to dive down the rabbit hole. Book two in a series is always a chancy thing but this one works. It turns a single Sci-Fi book with a badass heroine into a series of Sci-Fi books with a badass heroines. And what’s better than one great read? Three of ’em.