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Genre: Science Fiction, General Science Fiction
Book two in Bach’s Paradox trilogy doesn’t suffer from a sophomore slump — quite the opposite, actually. With so much going on, Honor’s Knight has no trouble holding readers’ attention and is loaded with action. However, this reviewer struggled to get behind the relationship that develops between Devi and Rupert after Rupert’s betrayal in the first book — especially given Devi’s unforgiving, stubborn nature and aversion to relationships. Bach’s worldbuilding is vast and her writing engaging, but in order for the romance between Devi and Rupert to be believable, major developments —both individually and as a couple — will need to happen in the third book.
After nearly losing her life, things are back to normal — well, as normal as things get — for Devi aboard The Glorious Fool, save for the loss of her partner and a few memories. But she can’t account for the unexplainable repulsion she feels toward the ship’s cook, Rupert, or why she can’t seem to stay away from him. As she begins to learn more about the truth behind the ship’s dangerous missions, Devi further questions her loyalties, her relationships and her own being. The fate of the universe lies on Devi’s shoulders — and while she’s tempted to run, her merc instincts tell her to fight — for the promises she’s made and for the man she loves. (ORBIT, Mar., 384 pp., $15.00)
Reviewed By: Elisa Verna
Published: March 2014