Genre: space opera
Length: 373 pages
Setting: various locations, ending at Dark Star Station, immediately following the events of Honor’s Knight
Interest: It’s the third and final book in the Paradox series. Once again, the previous book ended on such a cliff hanger (maybe Devi escaped death) that I had to immediately read the final book to find out what happened. I never read a whole series so quickly, but between I was out-of-town while reading the first two, and I didn’t want to leave Devi’s fate up in the air. I’m just glad I’m reading these books after they’ve all come out, so I didn’t have to wait to resolve the cliff-hangers. It does look like they were published very close together, though, so even if you read them when they first come out, you wouldn’t have to wait too long.
Summary: Devi and Rupert barely managed to escape the destruction of the Reaper’s ship and capture by the lelgis in a xith’cal escape pod. They come out of hyperspace near a cash colony. They need help getting off planet and it comes (although not voluntarily) in the form of Devi’s old boyfriend. Rupert and Devi head to the pirate colony Kessel (they had to do the Kessel run!!) to get a less recognizable ship before heading to the Church of the Cosmos to consult with Dr. Starchild for help with Devi’s virus. Unfortunately, the Eyes catch up with them on Kessel and again at the Church. Devi resigns herself to going with the Eyes, but Ma’at means to hold Devi to her promise to kill her. With the help of some emperor phantoms, who shut down the Dark Star Station, Devi rescues Rupert and Brenton, who help her get to Ma’at. The lelgis show up to stop Devi from killing Ma’at, but ultimately she was successful.
Final thoughts: A satisfying conclusion to the series, even if the ultimate result was unsurprising (I knew Devi would succeed). All the major players were there, but this time Rupert is on Devi’s side and totally supporting her decisions. That puts him on the wrong side of the Eyes when they finally subdue Devi, but his love for her makes it worth it. There is a lot in this book about trust and keeping promises, something Devi finds important. And Devi ultimately gets her happy ending. It was a bit too good to be true that everything worked out, but I was still happy for Devi.
I did find Devi’s devotion to the Paradoxian King to be amusing. She’s so strong and willful and trying to do the right thing based on her morals most of the time. However, when the King shows up, she’s quaking in her boots. It’s nice to know that Devi isn’t all-powerful and perfect. There is someone/something she’s willing to bow to, and that happens to be her King.
Title comes from: Devi’s finally at her most powerful, so she gets compared to the most powerful chess piece. Her choices also affect the heavens since killing Ma’at opened the door back to the phantoms’ universe, allowing them to return.
Reading challenges fulfilled: an R in my author Reading the Alphabet Challenge, #18 in my Maybe 100 This Year Challenge
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