Thursday, June 5, 2014

ARC Review: Heaven's Queen by Rachel Bach

Heaven's Queen
Author: Rachel Bach
Publication: Orbit (April 22, 2014)

Description: 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.

Now, with the captain missing and everyone -- even her own government -- determined to hunt her down, things are going from bad to impossible. The sensible plan would be to hide and wait for things to blow over, but Devi's never been one to shy from a fight, and she's getting mighty sick of running.

It's time to put this crisis on her terms and do what she knows is right. But with all human life hanging on her actions, the price of taking a stand might be more than she can pay.

My Thoughts: The excitement and danger ramps up even more in this conclusion to the Paradox series. Devi, who is carrying a virus that kills plasmex users and will kill her too, has to find a way to change her world. In this episode, she isn't alone against her host of enemies. Eye Rupert Charkov has abandoned the Eyes and is solidly on Devi's side. Their romance is a strong focus in this story.

It is hard to talk about the plot of this story without spoilers, so I won't. I will say that Devi Morris is a wonderful character who has great courage, a strong sense of honor, and a reckless streak a mile wide. The story is fast-paced and filled with excitement and danger.

I highly recommend reading the whole Paradox trilogy in one big gulp, as I did. It was a great thrill ride!

Favorite Quote:
I let out a frustrated breath. Forget the lelgis, this was going to be the death of me. It'd be fitting, too. My mother had always said my temper would get me killed. Of course, she'd been talking about picking fights with bigger kids, but the idea still stood, and I hated it. From my earliest memories, my rage had been my ally, my power, the strength I could draw on when everything else was gone. Now it was working against me, and I felt like I'd just gotten stabbed in the back by my lifelong partner.
I got this eARC from NetGalley. You can buy your copy here.

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