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Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Book Review: Heaven's Queen

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.

Absolutely 100% loved this book with every fiber of my being. Glorious, appropriate ending to a glorious crazy ride.

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(let's continue the trend of how I open these reviews eh?)  So you're a kick ass merc who, through no fault of your own find yourself flung through hyperspace unguided with the ship mate you formerly was repulsed by, but found out you share an intense relationship with that he wiped from your memory for your own good just so you wouldn't be chased from one end of universe to the other.  Luck being the bitch it is you run into your former lover (who told you about the cursed ship that landed you in this mess), your former captain is part of the detail that is hunting you down and shooting first, asking questions later and oh yeah that pesky attraction to Rupert....

What would you do?  Well if you're Deviana Morris you threaten EVERYONE within an inch of their lives and then do the reckless thing just because you can.

Please let us take a moment to mourn for Lady Gray, who valiantly and without fear fought with Devi through everything.  Never once faltering and always, always being the wind beneath her wings.  Even more then Rupert.

As the final book in what was a roller coaster thrill ride of a trilogy, I was hopeful this would live up to all my expectations.  Bach has, through this trilogy and her fantasy series (under Rachel Aaron), never given me room to doubt that she will end with a bang.  Her characters don't know what "quiet" or "subtle" even means quite frankly.  Even the ones who claim they do (looking at you Rupert).  And since Devi is hell of a lot more of a ACTION YEAH chick then anyone in the Eli Monpress books ever was, I expected a lot of explosions and fighting.

Bach didn't disappoint.

Let's get this out of the way--awwww Rupert!  That man...he's just...there are no words for this man that would do him justice.  Not since Valek have I been so enamored of a fictional guy before.  He could literally do NO wrong in my (or Devi's apparently) book.  Shady past? Big deal.  Shady present? Pfft who cares.  A way with words that could charm a girl out of her Paradoxian armor quicker then you could say "Sacred King"?  Oh my sainted stars.

I liked that Bach had Devi seriously consider every angle about what being Rupert would mean.  She doesn't take any of it lightly and doesn't allow Rupert to underestimate her.  When Devi wants something nothing in the universe will stop her from having it.  Her dream of being a Devestator led her to join a cursed ship with a 100% turn over rate on security personal for crying out loud.  The two finally communicating on equal terms did a lot to making me handwave some of their less then smart moments.

The resolution to Devi's problem, as well as the Phantom problem and the Daughter system and Ma'at and even Rupert's issues was so freaking easy I almost laughed.  Not that getting it done was easy, but the actual trigger was really easy.  At one point Caldswell says that they should have just talked to Rupert and Devi and worked with them instead of fighting with them.  Well duh. 

And Devi is, as always, marvelous.  Whether its when she's fighting to stay calm (her mother always said her anger would be the death of her), struggling to understand the Phantoms or having a truly divine moment Devi is Devi.  Her choice is almost always 'hit it until it stops', but you know what?  You can't argue with what works.