Author: Rachel Bach
Series: Paradox (Book 2)
Publication: Orbit (February 25, 2014)
Description: Devi Morris has a lot of problems. And not the fun, easy-to-shoot kind either.
After a mysterious attack left her short several memories and one partner, she's determined to keep her head down, do her job, and get on with her life. But even though Devi's not actually looking for it -- trouble keeps finding her. She sees things no one else can, the black stain on her hands is growing, and she is entangled with the cook she's supposed to hate.< But when a deadly crisis exposes far more of the truth than she bargained for, Devi discovers there's worse fates than being shot, and sometimes the only people you can trust are the ones who want you dead.
My Thoughts: Devi's life just keeps getting more complicated in this sequel to FORTUNE'S PAWN. The story begins with her lost memories and with her seeing little invisible bugs. She thinks she might be hallucinating which frightens her because the unit she wants to join doesn't take mercs with mental problems.
Fortunately for her, the bugs are real. But bigger versions of them kill planets. She learns some secrets about the ship she is on and the captain who commands her. This was an action-packed story which pits Devi against almost everyone.
Bach builds an interesting world with all sorts of aliens. The xith'cal are fearsome lizard warriors and scientists. The aeons are birds. The lelgis are sort of jellyfish/squids. And all of them want Devi dead for various reasons. The humans don't want her dead. They want to use her like some sort of lab rat to find out why she can do what she does. She'd rather be dead!
Fans of fast paced space opera will enjoy this sequel and will be clamoring for the third book. Luckily, HEAVEN'S QUEEN is already available to satisfy their need.
But when you practice enough, miracles happen more often than you think.I bought this one because I got books one and three in this series for review. You can buy your copy here.