Series: Paradox #2
Published by Orbit Books on February 25, 2014
Genres: Adult SFF, Romance, Science fiction
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My Reviews in this series: Fortune's Pawn, Heaven's Queen
The rollicking sequel to Fortune's Pawn -- an action packed science fiction novel.
Devi Morris has a lot of problems. And not the fun, easy-to-shoot kind either.
After a mysterious attack left her short several memories and one partner, she's determined to keep her head down, do her job, and get on with her life. But even though Devi's not actually looking for it -- trouble keeps finding her. She sees things no one else can, the black stain on her hands is growing, and she is entangled with the cook she's supposed to hate.
But when a deadly crisis exposes far more of the truth than she bargained for, Devi discovers there's worse fates than being shot, and sometimes the only people you can trust are the ones who want you dead.
Honor’s Knight slams onto the scene, moving forward with the same ground pounding momentum as Fortune’s Pawn. At this point I wonder if there isn’t a bad situation that Devi Morris can’t get herself into.
I loved you once upon a dream
Devi has this extreme nauseous revulsion now whenever she sees her once flame, Rupert, who she at this point just thinks of as ‘the cook.’ And she can’t understand why she’s having such a gut reaction toward him when she doesn’t even know his name. Curiouser and Curiouser, yes? She slowly starts to pick things apart, what with her odd dreams involving Rupert and the way when she’s close to him yet not looking at him things feel so right and natural.
To the far reaches of space and beyond
That is the scope of which this plot line in Honor’s Knight is starting to expand to. Devi realizes there is something very wrong with her and this black dust coating her fingers. It’s slowly working itself up her arms and with it comes some very unusual abilities. She starts to suspect there is something about these shimmering bugs that no one else sees but her and when she finds out just what it changes everything.
The enemy of my enemy
One of the best parts about the Paradox books thus far is that you really don’t know who the bad guys are. Each character or race encountered has been capable of or committed acts that are morally appalling all in the name of their respective causes. Would I be any less responsible for torturing someone if it was to save the lives of others? I loved how these characters and their actions really call into question my own thoughts on morality and what I would be willing to do. So who can you trust? No one really but yourself, but one can always hope right?
My bacon could fry the whole universe
What the heck is a woman to do when you hold the virus that could very well destroy all living things in the entire known universe? Run? Hide? Kill yourself? Heck I don’t know what I would do – that’s just too overwhelming of a thought. This is the highest stakes game Devi has ever played because now she isn’t just responsible for her life or those of her employers, no no no, she’s got every living person in the galaxy to think of. I don’t envy her one bit.
We are who we were
As Honor’s Knight is the second book in a trilogy you can well expect that there are quite a few things left unsettled. Many issues were addressed, even more problems were created, yadda yadda, all good stuff to keep me eating up every page. That is of course the nature of trilogies – leaving me with a big ‘no we can’t stop now!’ I’ve come to believe that the second book always leaves you with the biggest feeling of anticipation so that the final book can hammer things home. I do however like the place that the characters as well as we readers are left at. This was definitely a perfect scene I could well imagine on a huge screen fading to black with a big bold….To be continued.
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