Whoever it was who wrote a post about Rachel Bach's Fortune's Pawn, thank you. I nabbed the first book, immersed myself in it, had a delightful time, and then cursed the fact that you hadn't also included a warning to make sure the entire series was on hand before starting to read the first one due to the cliff-hanger style endings. So...
WARNING: Have the entire trilogy on hand before you read the first one.
What is it? A series of three books, in order: Fortune's Pawn, Honour's Knight, and Heaven's Queen. And it's a space opera, which, as a fan of Lois McMaster Bujold's books, is a genre I adore. And, neither here nor there, the author is from Georgia and I have a soft spot in my heart for Georgia. But don't base your reading decision on that, since it pretty much all takes place in outer space on ships and planets you've never heard of. Plus I didn't even realize the fact until I reached the end of the book and read the author's blurb where I learned something else interesting: Rachel Bach writes fantasy under the name of Rachel Aaron. So you can guess what I'll be reading next... And in one of those strange coincidences that the universe sends, she is also the author of the non-fiction book for writers: 2k to 10k: Writing Faster, Writing Better, and Writing More of What You Love, which I was already vaguely familiar with.
And in case you read it and like the characters and world, it's worth noting that it is written with the potential of more books. No clue if she'll write those books or if the publisher will go for publishing them, but even though the trilogy ends neatly and tidily, the potential is clearly there in the author's head for more.
5 = If I were stranded on a desert island and could only take one suitcase full of books, this book would come. Assuming of course that the suitcase functions like the Tardis (unlimited space inside) so I wouldn't need the space for something more practical like a book on how to survive while stranded on a desert island. Seriously, though, to get a 5 it must be an Double R&B: a Re-read, a Recommended without hesitation, and a Buy (or at least dream of buying depending on the price).
4 = I'd happily read it again and recommend it to someone, but I might not buy it full price.
3 = I don't regret reading it--but I wouldn't necessarily read it again.
2 = I really could have used my time better.
1 = This book isn't recommended and I probably never even reached the end nor bothered to write a review.