Title: Heaven’s Queen (Book 3 in the Paradox series)
Author: Rachel Bach
Published: April 2014
From the moment she took a job on Captain Caldswell’s doomed ship, Devi Morris’ life has been one disaster after another: government conspiracies, two alien races out for her blood, an incurable virus that’s eating her alive.
Characterization and badassery
What’s better than a protagonist that doesn’t know how to do halfway and isn’t afraid to die? One willing to put all that badassery behind an ideal and push. Most of us in life are pragmatists. We accept that we can’t have everything, and settle for what we can get. But Devi doesn’t see why she can’t make the “everything” she’s looking for into reality. So she refuses to settle for less, even when it means fighting every single damn person in her life. Maybe every person in the universe, if she has to.
Plot and pacing
Like Fortune’s Pawn, this book is a can’t-put-it-down read. That’s not hyperbole. I read it in a day. And no, I did not have that much time to read that day. But I read anyway. Because Rachel Bach made me. My family suffered a really crappy dinner that night because I just didn’t have time to make a decent one.
All of the plot lines are tied up, and with each character willing to do anything to complete their objective, the stakes are high. The final book in this series delivers lots of action, turnabouts, and a satisfying conclusion. Like the other books, it is unpredictable in plot but consistent in impact.
Prose and editing
Check, check, and check. Once again, this is a tight package. I also didn’t notice the little proofreading oddities I saw in Fortune’s Pawn.
Consistent with the other two books of the series. Well done, with a judicious hand.
Why do I have to be done? I feel like a three-year-old that just got spun around and set back down and goes running back with her arms up yelling, “Again! Again!” But I don’t get an “again” because I already read it all. Dammit.