Admin note: Chapter 2 Part 1 of Sweep in Peace is up.
Not that long ago I was looking for a good space opera. I’ve finished Tanya Huff’s series and enjoyed it, although at time it felt like she ripped my heart out and stomped on it. Alas, space marines die. That’s what they do.
I’ve been on a look out for a good space opera for what felt like forever. If it had a good romantic storyline, that would be just a bonus. I’ve tried a couple of books that didn’t quite do it for me. The latest was Ghost Planet. I realize many people loved it. It wasn’t my favorite. It was recommended by Hasna of Bookpushers.com. The other day Hasna is on Twitter and she’s like, “Try this book.”
I hemmed and hawed. The price tag was huge, like $9.99. (Yes, I know people in glass houses mustn’t fire shotguns.) So I looked at the reviews.
First review: “Kate Daniels meets Aliens with awesome armor”
O_O. Yeah, right. So I downloaded a sample.
Let it be said that in the past six months I’ve actually read two books. When I read, I mean read every page, every word, without skimming, stopping, or pausing to bitch to Gordon about something stupid in the book. The first book was Beautiful Ashes by Jeanine Frost. I got an early draft and she maintains that the only reason I read it was because she is my friend. ::eye roll:: She underestimates the levels of my book hate. It’s a great book.
The second book was Fortune’s Pawn by Rachel Bach.
Check this out. This is from my personal Twitter account. Read from the bottom to the top.
This is not Kate Daniels in space. This is something else entirely, but it is awesome.
So. At some point humans spread across the Galaxy and split into two group. The first group is Terrans and they are very much like us: democracy, trade, all the good stuff. The second group is Paradoxians. They’ve gone feudal. They are governed by a God-King who can perform real miracles and they really, really, really like their high-tech military armor. They are basically space knights with guns. There are also some freaky alien races and psychics and other assorted awesomeness.
Our heroine, Devi Morris, is a Paradoxian. She loves her armor so much, she has a custom suit. She did a stint in the army and then a stint in a premier mercenary outfit, but what Devi wants most of all is to be a Devastator, which is the God King’s elite unit. Problem is, Devastators don’t take just anyone. They want a really long record of service, because it shows that you survived. Demi’s almost thirty and she doesn’t want to wait too much longer. So this guy friend she occasionally sees tells her about a security post on board a small space trading ship. Apparently this ship gets into so much trouble that Devastators count a year served on it the same as they would 5 years in armed forces. And this ship is hiring.
Devi decides to get herself hired on this ship. She has loads of experience and bad ass armor, and come on, it’s a trading vessel. How hard could this be?
It goes to hell in a hand basket in the most awesome way. Okay, there is a really hot cook dude, who is very clearly not what he seems. There are man-eating scaled aliens. There are invisible creatures. There are mysterious plagues. Psychic space hippies. There is… just read the damn thing.
Obligatory disclaimers: always try a sample first, because my opinion is subjective and this thing is $9.99. Be aware that you might really like it and it is the first in a trilogy and the other two are out. This is science fiction with romantic elements, kind of like Kate Daniels books are urban fantasy with romantic elements. The science is light and absolutely won’t make your head hurt.
If you liked Star Wars, if you like our books, and if you are waiting for Guardians of the Galaxy (trailer below) to hit the theaters, this is your book.
Rachel’s website with the first book. Try not to crash her server. 😉