I apologize for the horrible picture here. For some reason one of my local libraries decided it’d be a genius idea to put their sticker right smack dab in the middle of the book. It sucks because this book was AWESOME and the review picture here is not. Maybe when I get my own copy I’ll update it with a better one.
Devi Morrison is a mercenary, and she’s damn good at it. She has ambition to be the best of the best, one of the king’s own Devastators – but to get there, she needs to take a guard job on a tiny ship that’s rumored to be cursed with the worst luck. One year on the Glorious Fool is worth five any where else, so she takes it. No big deal, right? Wrong. There are secrets and people on this ship that even Devi might not be able to handle.
Alright you guys – Devi is one kick-ass character. She’s tough, determined, and intelligent. And the book literally starts with her in bed with a guy after a one-night stand, before running off to get her new job. Hooray for ladies who get theirs. She does approach many situations with caution, but when it comes to action she’s kind of adrenaline junkie. She lives for the fight. Being on a tiny ship like the Glorious Fool kind of forces her to slow down a bit and interact with some REALLY interesting people, including a birdman navigator, a spacey assistant navigator, and a reptile-like doctor whose kind is known for eating humans. Clearly, only fun times are to be had there.
I have to say, I really enjoy books with are set on ships with a crew of people. It doesn’t seem to matter what kind of ship – sea, air, space – just having a crew usually leads to a really diverse cast of characters were are all integral to the story and who usually end up forming a particularly special sort of bond. Fortune’s Pawn does this really well. Plus, there are battles with aliens and that it only ever a good thing. There are some seriously mysterious things happening and Devi is doing her best to reveal them without getting too involved. It’s a fine line to walk.
I don’t know what else to say about this, other than: Tough lady mercenary in space. Come on. You know you want to read that. Personally, I’m going to run out and buy the second book, Honor’s Knight, as soon as I can.
Sarah Says: 4 stars