Honor’s Knight by Rachel Bach – Review

By on February 23, 2014


Publisher’s 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.

What I expected:  I’m not quite sure what I expected other than more of the same science fiction goodness.  I read this very close to my finish of the first book, and I don’t believe I even read the blurb – the first was good, I wanted more of the same so I started reading.  Naturally, now that I see the blurb, I am loving the tag, “Devi Morris has a lot of problems.  And not the fun, easy-to-shoot kind either,” as it is very much a descriptive of the story – serious but with an underlying charm.

What I got:  I got a terrific science fiction novel with even more dangerous action than the first.  The reader is going to get up close and personal with a few other races along with Devi, and it is a fun ride.  Also, as hinted at in the blurb, Devi gets far more than she bargained for, everyone is not what they seem, and friends and allies might be interchangeable if the situation calls for it.

What I liked:  I liked that there were places where the story took an unexpected turn as well as some that were quite expected.  I liked that because a lot of the world building has been done already, this book is 90% action.  Don’t expect lots of down time for a reader to catch her breath.

What I did not:  I cannot think of anything that I really just did not like.

Cover talk:  Meh.  It isn’t a bad cover, but it isn’t all that interesting or attractive, either.  I think seeing Devi in full armor facing down a Xith’cal or something of that sort with some action would attract more attention.  Of course, this is the second to a book that has been very well received, so no doubt the cover isn’t as important as it would be for the first in a series, and it does fit the theme set by the first.

Recommendation: This is highly recommended by little ol’ me.  If you like space opera or military-minded female main characters who do not apologize for liking what they like and living life the way they like it and you haven’t read Fortune’s Pawn yet, you need to get to it and then pick up Honor’s Knight right after. I don’t know for sure that there are more books coming – there are no cliffhangers, though the ending here is ambiguous enough to definitely foster more books – but if there are, I’ll be here waiting for them.

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