Review: Heaven’s Queen by Rachel Bach

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Review: Heaven’s Queen by Rachel BachHeaven's Queen by Rachel Bach
Series: Paradox #3
Published by Orbit on April 22, 2014
Genres: Adventure, Romance, Science Fiction
Pages: 373
Format: Paperback
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four-half-stars

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.

I sit here basking in the glow of a good series completed. Few, it seems, are the series that can end solidly and rarer still are the series that are good all the way through. In my somewhat humble opinion, Rachel Bach’s Paradox trilogy is one of the few that achieves these bookish accomplishments. While the first will probably always be my favorite of the series, they’re all mindblowingly amazing and I will always be in love with the cast of characters Bach created.

Let’s get the important stuff out of the way first: MY SHIP. Rupert and Devi are gloriousness, and I will spaceship their perfection for all of time. They have a definitively rocky start and Rupert does some of that “for your own good” bullshit, which is a major tropey turn-off. HOWEVER, Rupert has learned, and their relationship is so much stronger for that. Basically, by this point there is so much love and so much respect that I’m sort of a mess at how healthy their relationship is while them still having so much chemistry. Warning: if, for some strange reason, you are not hardcore on this ship, you might be disappointed in this book a bit, but I love it forever.

Devi has grown so much too, especially through her relationship with Rupert, but also through her understanding of the Sisters, the phantoms and Nova. Her growth isn’t about the romance, but about learning to trust others. Even more than that, she’s learning to see depths in people and to see more than her side and the enemies. She’s coming to really understand complex moralities.

For all that, Devi remains so true to her central character. She doesn’t ever feel out of character or unnatural. She’s still herself, only weakened and strengthened by her love of others. She goes from being a real rule-follower to more of an initiative-taker, willing to risk the displeasure of those in power. Even so, the scene at the end is charming and shows how much she still has the same ultimate goals in life. Devi is consistently a wonderfully charming badass, who loves her weaponry more than just about anyone or anything.

The plot of the trilogy is epic in scale and, admittedly, a bit…absurd. Either you’ll be able to roll with it and enjoy the wacky ride or not, really. There are some definite fantastical elements to the series, particularly Maat’s character. That sort of wrong-footed me a bit in Honor’s Knight, but by now I’m totally used to the plot lines and totally on board.

Everything ties together neatly and cleverly in Heaven’s Queen. I will admit that things are perhaps a bit too neat, considering all the shit that went down, but I’m in no way disappointed with my reading experience.

What it boils down to is this: I love this series wholeheartedly, and encourage readers who like violent, badass heroines or action-packed science fiction to read it. DO IT.

Favorite Quote:

“And I suppose he helped you make that choice?”

“Yes, he did,” I said. “But if you think there’s a man anywhere who can make me do anything I don’t want to do, you haven’t been paying attention.”

Tl;dr – Review in a GIFfy:

Reading, obviously.

Reading, obviously.

3 responses to “Review: Heaven’s Queen by Rachel Bach”

  1. Tammy says:

    I just finished Fortune’s Pawn this morning, ah the ending! Which is killing me but luckily I have the second book to start immediately. Such a great book, it’s really like the TV show Firefly but in book form. More people need to start this series.

  2. This sounds like such a great read! The ship sounds like it’s wonderfully built up throughout this entire series and I’m glad that this trilogy ended so wonderfully for you! <33
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  3. Bonnie says:

    That is one thing that I adored about this trilogy was that Devi always stayed true to herself. I may have felt the romance took over but Devi still felt like Devi and I did so love that. I’m so glad you ended up loving this one, my brain just wanted more action. Stupid brain. I really need to buy her other series though, I have high hopes for that one.
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