Looking Back at April 2014

Another month, another look back at how my last month of reading went. April was a pretty busy month for me personally as I made trips to Denver and Los Angeles to see family for various reasons, but thanks to a couple of plane rides, I still managed to stay on pace towards my 100 books read in the year goal. This month I had a book to read provided by a publisher, the chance to finally finish one of my incomplete series, a couple of unknown authors, and a couple novels by a favorite.

The list of books I finished in April:

Somewhat surprisingly, Fortune’s Pawn was probably my favorite book of the month. I love all of the books in The Seafort Saga, but Fortune’s Pawn was an awful fun time while I was reading it. I think I really had been starved for some light-hearted sci-fi action and didn’t really know it. The same could be said for Crimes Against Magic, it was good fun, exciting characters, and off the beaten path for me personally. Looking back on the month, I have to say none of the books were disappointing, which isn’t always the case. Usually I have one or maybe two that really didn’t do it for me, but not this time.

I was really happy that I managed to finish the final books of The Seafort Saga after so long of trying to get that series completed. Those books might not be for everyone, but I really liked them a lot, and now I can say I’ve read them, and that I’ve finished off one of the bigger uncompleted series on my list. It’s all smooth sailing from here now, right?

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Book Review: “Paradox Series: Fortune’s Pawn” by Rachel Bach

Fortune's PawnFortune’s Pawn is one of those books I never thought I would pick up, but I saw someone talking about it on another website and noticed it was on sale. After doing a little bit more looking into what the book was about I decided to give it a chance. What I discovered by doing so was a fun book with some cool science fiction technology, some crazy aliens, and a bit of whimsy all at the same time.

It looks like Rachel Bach has a fun concept going on with this book and likely the two books that follow it to this point. Fortune’s Pawn has all the elements of a good science fiction adventure with a mysterious captain, a brooding character or two, some strange aliens, and plot twists to keep things interesting. Added to all of that was an unexpected romantic element, but it worked really well. Most of the science fiction I’ve read does not feature a female protagonist, and the ones that have featured female protagonists that were set up as very intense, serious, and not inclined to romance. To have Devi Morris, the main character, be a badass mercenary who can still be a bit of romantic was a breath of fresh air. It added a new dimension to the adventure in my mind.

There are two more books (so far) that follow Fortune’s Pawn. The next in the series is Honor’s Knight, followed by Heaven’s Queen. I had no intention of adding yet another new series to my list of series I need to finish someday, but I can’t deny that I really had a lot of fun with Fortune’s Pawn, so these other books are going to have to be added to my ever-growing list of books to read.

Devi Morris is a very dynamic character as the driving force behind the story in Fortune’s Pawn. She’s a highly successful mercenary with years of experience who wants nothing more than to serve as a power armor soldier in her king’s personal guard. To do so she needs to set herself apart from the crowd in a way that even her stellar record can’t do. So, she takes a job as security on board a trading vessel known for its terrible track record at staying out of trouble. The captain of the ship goes through crew members at an alarming rate, but those who can hold their own make a big splash.

Along the way Devi begins to discover some strange behavior by the captain, a budding romance with the ship’s cook, and something about herself she did not see coming. All of that mixed together leads to some very exciting action. Devi finds herself having to make some unexpected choices, and she ends the book with all sorts of new plot developments that should provide juicy adventures for the following books.

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Up Next: “Fortune’s Pawn” by Rachel Bach

Fortune's PawnYou know what is a little bit funny? I really do not remember how I wound up owning a copy of this book. I am glad I do have a copy because I saw an article the other day about the book and it drew my interest enough to bump it into this month’s reading list, but I do not remember buying it. I guess it must have been a spur of the moment purchase on a Kindle Daily Deal or some other sale.

Regardless, I’m excited to give this book a try and if I like it I’ll have to add the other ones in its series to my list as well. I have not read a book with a good female lead in a few months so I’m hoping this one might be just the ticket to fill that void for a little bit. If so, then the other books will definitely get bought I think.

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./blockquote>