Review: Heaven’s Queen

Posted 14 August, 2015 by Lianne in Books / 2 Comments

Heaven’s Queen (Paradox #3)
By: Rachel Bach
Format/Source: eBook; my purchase

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.

So after finishing with Honour’s Knight (review), I immediately started reading Heaven’s Queen. I had to find out what happened in the end! May contain SPOILERS for this book and for the trilogy if you haven’t read the first two books!

I think my favourite word to describe this trilogy is relentless. This book picks up immediately after the previous novel and just keeps going; I think it’s best if you’re planning on reading these books to just get all three in one go because chances are you’ll want to know what happens immediately after the previous book and it’s best to read it straight when all the events and characters and sides are still fresh in your mind. But this book was actually pretty jam-packed with action sequences and developments that I started wondering whether this book will be able to bring everything to a successful and satisfying conclusion. And it surprisingly does wrap up quite nicely; things were a little more straightforward in this novel and less on the twists and turns, probably because at this point we know where all of the characters’ allegiances lie (more or less), so that was great.

Speaking of characters, it was great how certain hints mentioned here and there and characters from previous books make an appearance here. I had totally forgottena bout Devi’s comrade/sometimes-lover Anthony so it was interesting to see him make an appearance. More of Nova’s family makes an appearance and her connection to Caldwell is finally revealed.

But again, I love the continuing characterisation and character arc that Davi is on. Again, her strengths are highlighted here–she’s the same badass, driven woman we’ve come to know and love since the first book–but also her flaws and in this volume she’s come to not only confront her feelings but also through acknowledging tem and her fears–both through her ongoing tumultuous relationship with Rupert as well as her own virus and impending mortality–evolve and grow as a person. I thought it was interesting how her ongoing confusion with Rupert isn’t just about the complexity of their relationship and the way that his secrets have created such a rift between them but is also very telling about the sort of person she is. She learns that to be strong doesn’t necessarily means you have to do it alone and that you can have people worry for you and want to protect you (whether you like it or not) precisely because they care for you. She knows herself enough and respects herself enough to know that the person she wants to be with has to be someone who will respect her decisions, however bullheaded they can be, and who wants to work in a team with her. Hence that awkward showdown between her, Rupert, and Anthony was so important, because it highlighted–driven home, really–what she wanted out of life and out of her relationships. So yes, I was quite the happy camper that she and Rupert were able to work out their own individual and collective problems to be together, even as I was sort of dying inside at the possibility that either one of them would die at the end. Because, you know, epic-scale problems happening here.

I think if there’s any quibble I had about the finale novel, it’s that

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Overall Heaven’s Queen was quite the concluding novel to such a trilogy! I was quite sad to end this journey with Devi Morris, but happy at the same time with how everything turned out. Again, it was quite a page-turner, I couldn’t put it down once things got really harrowing. I cannot recommend this trilogy enough if you’re a fan of science fiction and space opera and kick-ass lead female characters πŸ™‚

Rating: ★★★★★

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2 Responses to “Review: Heaven’s Queen”

  1. I just skim read all your reviews for this series (didn’t want to read anything too spoilery!) it sounds really good, so the first book is going on my TBR for sure (oh no, Book Depository has the second and third books for 50% off, eep!)

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