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Heaven’s Queen by Rachel Bach – Review
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.
What I expected: I expected an exciting finish to Devi’s adventures with closure on at least the larger plot points.
What I got: I got pretty much just what I was expecting. The plot was fast-paced and plot holes were plugged and linked and put away. The ending was full of edge-of-your-seat action.
What I liked: I liked that the ending was not what I expected but fit the world and plot well. I also liked that there were not a lot of loose ends left hanging.
What I did not: I found the final scene to be a bit hokey. I can understand how it fit into the story with Devi’s worship of her divine king, but it just felt too “and they all rode off into the sunset smiling and waving.” But, this scene happens after all of the action so can be easily ignored if you wish.
Cover Talk: I have not been a huge fan of the covers of this series but must admit that the branding is both different and uniform enough for identification with each other. Aesthetically? It looks like a 16-year-old boy dressing up as his favorite space super hero.
Recommendation: If you have read the first two you will definitely want to find out what happens to Devi and Maat and all the rest of the characters. If you have not read the first two and what I say above makes you interested, go get them. Fans of sci-fi with a romantic subplot, over the top space adventures, and women who are unapologetic about going after what they want should enjoy this series.