Review: Heaven’s Queen by Rachel Bach

Heaven's Queen
Heaven’s Queen


Heaven’s Queen
by Rachel Bach
Series: Paradox, Book 3
Genre: Science Fiction, Space Opera
Published by Orbit, 2014
E-book, Purchased
373 pages
Grade: B+
Synopsis: 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.

“The tools of evolution are time and death, Deviana. The second greatest illusion is that of our own importance. Our lives are not sacred; the universe does not care about little specks. We in our hubris care, and when we try to fight the universe, we will always lose, because we are finite, and the finite can never defeat the infinite….”

. . .

I growled deep in my throat. I was past fed up with this guru bullshit.


  • The trilogy published all in six months! I got to read the books quickly which increased my enjoyment.
  • I grew to like this trilogy more and more as I read the books.
  • Devi is a great character–funny, violent, idealistic, a little naive sometimes, loyal, never giving up.
  • Lots of action.
  • I would like to read more about this world Ms. Bach created–especially about Paradox.
  • Ms. Bach does a good job wrapping up all the threads in the books. That doesn’t always happens in a trilogy or series.


  • No jeers!

And a few thoughts. . .

  • This is a fun set of books–space opera science fiction with lots of action making them quick reads. It’s great to have a rollicking space adventure.

Have you read this book? How did you like it?

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I love to read--especially mysteries, science fiction and fantasy. I also love blogging, photography, gardening, playing Mah Jonng, reading with a cat on my lap, throwing a ball for a dog, creating cards to send to family and friends, reading book blogs, using my computer.

11 thoughts on “Review: Heaven’s Queen by Rachel Bach”

  1. I love when books in a series get published close together. If they don’t I end up not reading any of them until the trilogy is done! This one sounds really interesting though I haven’t read much from this genre. Sounds like this may be a good place to start!


  2. Yes, I’m glad they were published all together as well – I read all three in quick succession! I’m looking forward to see what Rachel Bach writes next – think she has a self-pubbed book on the cards?


    1. Hi, Li! You sent me off to see what’s next and I found Nice Dragon’s Finish Last by Rachel Aaron coming out July 15 (according to her website and Goodreads), but I can’t find it on Amazon so maybe it is self-published?! It sounds good.


  3. This trilogy really did come out quite quickly! Glad you liked the conclusion so much. I’ve heard nothing but good things, and I do love a female mercenary. One of my favourite authors, Gail Carriger, posted an interview that she did with Rachel Bach on her blog. I only skimmed it (to avoid spoilers!) but even so, I really want to read this series now.


  4. Yeah, it’s nice being able to read a complete trilogy in just a matter of months, keeps up the momentum which is especially important for a series like this one. Loved these books, which was a nice break from some of my heavier reads, and it’s always nice to jump into a fun sci-fi that’s accessible for non-hardcore readers of the genre like me, and one that’s easy to get into.


    1. I agree, Mogsy. Great to get to read these so quickly and I’m always on the outlook for a good science fiction since I read way more fantasy.


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