Fortune’s Pawn by Rachel Bach


Devi Morris isn’t your average mercenary. She has plans. Big ones. And a ton of ambition. It’s a combination that’s going to get her killed one day – but not just yet.
That is, until she just gets a job on a tiny trade ship with a nasty reputation for surprises. The Glorious Fool isn’t misnamed: it likes to get into trouble, so much so that one year of security work under its captain is equal to five years everywhere else. With odds like that, Devi knows she’s found the perfect way to get the jump on the next part of her Plan. But the Fool doesn’t give up its secrets without a fight, and one year on this ship might be more than even Devi can handle.



“Did I pick safety or ambition? The slow and steady or the gamble? I smiled. Put like that, it wasn’t even a question.”

Fortune’s Pawn is fantastic and I absolutely adored this book. The characters are well developed and likable, the story is filled with fantastic imagery of space,new planets, and alien species, the plot is full of action, and the fight scenes had me on the edge of my seat. There are bigger problems all woven together in a way that made me stay up late into the night needing to know what was happening when this happens I know I’m in love.

Fortune’s Pawn is the story of Devi, a space mercenary who has moved up from a soldier to the highest active rank she can be in a matter of a few years instead of the decades that it takes another person. Devi doesn’t want desk work, she can’t stand to be stagnant. Coming from a family of nothing ambition is her lover and she’ll do what it takes to become a Devastator: One of the elite King’s guards that usually takes 10+ years experience and that you can’t apply for, they must notice and ask you.

To up her chance and fast track her training she takes a spot as a ships guard on The Glorious Fool: A trader ship that turns through ship mates as fast as a superman racing to save Lois Lane from a 30 story drop. 1 year on the Glorious Fool is equal to 5 years anything else and Devi has just taken the job.

From the start of the story we see what type of character Devi is, a good soldier, a great fighter, a quick thinker, a girl with a plan, a lone wolf, a nice person. Devi is good at what she does but not up herself, she isn’t to quick to settle on a judgement, and gets along with all the different crew members no matter that one is an alien breed that is sworn enemy of nearly everyone and another is a skulkhead who is trying to throw his weight around and hit her with insults that are below the belt.

Twists and turns, hyperspace and terraforming planets, mind control and unthinkable strengths. The crew is more dodgy then it seems. The captain’s keeping secrets and Devi is learning too much as well as not enough


Also Devi has powered amour and I need more powered amour in my sci-fi! Her suit is

alien_powered_armor_by_rebirthofdougler111-d5isaqg.jpgamazing! I would like a Gray Lady please? I loved her affection to it and her affection to her guns Sasha and Mia, I feel like if anything happens to her guns or her suit I may actually be sadder than if one of the crew members die.

If you are a sci-fi fan there is no doubt your going to love this book. Also if you love a strong kick ass female lead that is passionate about herself and her ambitions then check it out!


5/5 stars


This is book is so underrated for how great it is and I think if you love Sci Fi and you’re looking for a new recommendation pick  this up! Also everyone that knows books that contain Powered Amour I need some more in my life, send all the recommendations my way.


14 thoughts on “Fortune’s Pawn by Rachel Bach

    1. Its a first in the trilogy but I did read it quite quickly I think it’s around 300 pages 🙂 Tell me about needing some more Sci Fi stand alones thougH! I need to go on search for some titles soon. I really loved the worlds and all the shooting and powered Armour in this though I’m hoping the author decided to do a spin off series because the world is so big I just want to explore more of it 😀

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      1. 300 pages is short for a Sci-fi– regardless, I’ll have to check it out, but perhaps only once the series is a bit further along. 🤔
        If I find any great newer standalone Sci-fi novels I like, I’ll be certain to shoot them your way. I just keep thinking of Snow Crash and Stranger in a Strange Land, and that’s all. I’ve got to work on that!

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        1. The whole series is out! I read them all and the first one is the best in my opinion but I still liked the other two 🙂

          Shoot them away! Even any sci fi that you just love in general, my fave genre is sci fi but it’s also the least read on my shelves (please don’t ask me how I’m confused about it myself DX) Going to check out Snow Crash and Stranger in a strange land now 😀

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          1. That’s what I get for not researching the book before making that comment… 🤓 I’ll definitely have to check it out!
            I just joined a Sci-fi/Fantasy book club to try and get me to read more of those genres. I’ll pass more books you way as the book club ventures on!

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    1. Kirstie Joyce recommended this to me so you’re probably going to love it as well :D! EXACTLY I need powered armour I need more books about it, it’s just so awesome, I need to do some serious digging and find some more books with it 😀

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