Rachel Bach “Honor’s Knight” (Orbit, 2014)
For whatever reason, I somehow never got around to reading Fortune’s Pawn after its release in 2013. While it didn’t take the world by storm, there was some good buzz about it, and so I decided to try out the sequel.
There’s lots of talk about books in the middle of a series. They get baggy and saggy and bogged down in trivial concerns. Too much scope without enough action.
Bach seems to have found a way to avoid those problems. Leave a bunch of unanswered questions in the first book. In book two, start answering questions while creating new questions. And double down on action sequences just so no one gets a chance to get bored.
This book was an absolute blast!