Honor's Knight (Paradox)
by Rachel Bach
Review by Ernest Lilley
Orbit Paperback ISBN/ITEM#: 0316221082
Date: 25 February 2014 List Price $15.00 Amazon US / Amazon UK
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Now Devi's wandering around the ship wondering what the hell happened during the last attack on the ship, the one she evidently beat off before blacking out, and why she can't stand the sight of that cook.
The cook in question is Rupert, and like the captain he's part of a secret project to stop the spread of planetary destruction caused by the invisible creatures. Devi's encounter with an alien derelict left her infected with an experimental virus that gave her the ability to see the phantoms, which are composed of psychic energy, and grown to full size to cause matter to destabilize, resulting in quakes, or ultimately the creation of an asteroid belt where a planet used to be.
It's a dirty business, but the daughters of Maat have the ability to kill phantoms, and nothing else can touch them...at least until Devi got infected. A few lives taken to save a few billion seems like a fair deal to the handlers, but not to Devi, who is starting to understand what's going on and why her memory went missing.
She's also developing her own plasmic powers, and though various factions want to use her as a pawn, or possibly even a knight, she doesn't like any of the options she's being offered.
Throughout the book Devi struggles with eluding those that would turn her into their weapon at the cost of her freedom and possibly even her sense of self. Striking off alone while there's a universe to save isn't really an option, so she's going to have to take her pick of strange bedfellows, assuming she doesn't get snatched by aliens, rebels, or the gang she'd originally signed on with. She's also going to have to come to terms with her feelings for Rupert, who she's been brainwashed to loathe, despite being in love with him.
Like a lot of middle books, Honor's Knight gets to do a lot of work but doesn't get to enjoy a happy ending, or really, any ending at all, just a pause before the next book picks up the story. Devi does manage to resolve a lot of issues, but the larger conflict with the phantoms looms over the horizon, and there's still no shortage of people, aliens, and psychic monsters eager to get their hands, claws, or ethereal tentacles on her.
Of course, if she can work things out with Rupert, getting his arms around her might make up for a lot of it. If he can get her to take off that damn space armor.