Of futuristic knights & murderous crows

fortunes-pawn-coverHi all,

It’s time to talk books again — specifically, books read in June :)

I’m sure I’ve already done a rave about Anne Bishop’s “Others” series? *pauses writing to search website Recent Reads posts*. Ah ha. Yep indeedy I did, back on 1st Feb when I posted the January reads.  Anyhoo, I must admit to a little trepidation when I picked up the second book A Murder of Crows. My concerns were because I LOVED WRITTEN IN RED SOOOO MUCH that I was a tad worried the next book wouldn’t live up to that first one, and I’d turn the last page and feel mildly disappointed.

I’m happy to say my concerns were baseless. A Murder of Crows was yet another brilliant read. Meg and Simon and the rest of the cast continued to keep me enthralled to the max, and I gobbled this book up as quickly as I could turn the pages. The instant I finished it, I passed it on to DD… and then spent the next couple of days eagerly awaiting for her to get a chance to read it so I could interrogate her as to whether she loved it as much as I did. Epic win on that hope, BTW: she loved it as much as I did. In fact, I reckon this series will appeal to DS, too. *makes note to leave Written in Red  on the breakfast table where he’s likely to pick it up*

But the book I’d like to talk about this time around is Fortune’s Pawn by Rachel Bach. I can’t tell you how damned cool it is to read about a kick-ass-and-take-no-prisoners heroine who not only happens to be a mercenary and very good at killing, but who really REALLY enjoys her job. And do I want my very own “custom Verdemont master craft knight’s armor” to play with? You’d better believe I do!

Deviana’s armor is like Devi herself: totally fricking awesome. But she’s not perfect by any stretch, and I think this is what makes her story so compelling. With that amazing “Lady Grey” armor leveling the playing field for a female in a job where brute strength and endurance are pretty much required to make it out alive, it would have been all to easy for her to come across as a little too perfectly capable at holding her own, and therefore Mary Sueish… *yawn*. But there was nothing boring about Devi, and IMO her flaws aren’t what I would call “pseudo-flaws”, meant to be “endearing” and feed into the whole Mary Sue heroine trope.

DD adored this book, too, and she generally avoids sc-fi like the plague. So if you’re up to trying some character-based sci-fi with a truly relate-able heroine, then give Fortune’s Pawn a try. And did I mention Devi has awesome kickass futuristic armor???

Here’s the blurb:

Devi Morris isn’t your average mercenary. She has plans. Big ones. And a ton of ambition. It’s a combination that’s going to get her killed one day – but not just yet.

That is, until she just gets a job on a tiny trade ship with a nasty reputation for surprises. The Glorious Fool isn’t misnamed: it likes to get into trouble, so much so that one year of security work under its captain is equal to five years everywhere else. With odds like that, Devi knows she’s found the perfect way to get the jump on the next part of her Plan. But the Fool doesn’t give up its secrets without a fight, and one year on this ship might be more than even Devi can handle.

You can read an excerpt from Fortune’s Pawn here.

BTW, I also highly recommend you have a copy of the next book in the series, Honor’s Knight, close at hand — you know, so you can dive right back into the story to find out what happens to Devi and the rest of the crew. Consider yourselves duly warned ;-)

Here’s the rest of my reading list for June 2014:

  • In Too Deep by RaeAnne Thayne**
  • A Murder of Crows by Anne Bishop
  • Stray (Touchstone #1) by Andrea K Höst
  • Your Scandalous Ways by Loretta Chase
  • Every Girl Does It by Rachel Van Dyken**
  • Crystal Healer by S.L. Viehl
  • Dream Called Time by S.L. Viehl
  • Fortune’s Pawn by Rachel Bach
  • Waking The Witch by Kelley Armstrong
  • Working Stiff by Rachel Caine
  • Lumberjack in Love by Penny Watson
  • A Father’s Secret by Yvonne Lindsay
  • Higurashi; When They Cry (Curse Killing Arc 1) by Ryukishio7
  • Homecoming Season by Susan Wiggs**
  • Higurashi; When They Cry (Demon Exposing Arc) by Ryukishio7
  • Origin by Jennifer L. Armentrout
  • Honor’s Knight by Rachel Bach
  • Unspoken by Lauren Hawkeye**
  • Spell Bound by Kelley Armstrong
  • Altered by Jennifer Rush

**A Sweet Life Boxed Set

Happy reading!

M

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