Random Musings by Frodosco

Review: Poisoned Pawn by Jaleta Clegg

Poisoned Pawn

Summary From Goodreads

Dace and Jasyn have everything they ever wanted – their own trading ship and freedom.

Their only issue, regulations require a second pilot and the only one available on Viya Station is a little too perfect for Dace’s comfort. But his credentials check out and everything seems fine.

Until Dace disappears and Jasyn learns the truth.


I received an e-book copy of Poisoned Pawn in exchange for an honest review.

It’s time for another edition of Frodo’s Hobbit Sized Reviews! This is where I write a review in the time I have before I go to work or before I go to bed. Short and sweet just like 2nd breakfast!

I’m really excited for this post since it was scheduled on the release day of Poisoned Pawn! Go get yourself a copy and thank me later!

Poisoned Pawn, the third book in the fantastic Altairan Empire series, is filled with just as much action, adventure and witty banter (my personal favorite part) as the previous books. The strength of this series has always been its characters. Clegg does a masterful job in giving them each their own distinct and truly enjoyable personalities despite the difficult task of using multiple points of view. From reading so much this year I can’t stress enough what a feat it is to do that and have the characters be instantly lovable, whether you start the series from the beginning (which I recommend) or jump right into Poisoned Pawn. Dace is a wonderful main character, in my favorite kick-butt heroine mold but with a few quirks that separate her and make her unique. She’s tough and you want her on your side in a fight, but she isn’t invulnerable which makes her easy to relate too and seem more realistic. All positives.

The new recruit, Clark, is excellent and might even be my favorite. He plays his role very well and has personality and a sense of humor in excess but manages to turn on the “hero” mode in a flash (pardon the obvious superhero pun, I couldn’t help it). He doesn’t do as good of a job as he thinks he does keeping his feelings in check all the time, but he is very loyal to those he befriends. I’d love to break down his character more, especially with him being a new one, but I don’t want to give anything away. (River Song Voice – Spoilers!)

The plot is teeming with action, danger, scheming and everything else you can possibly think of. With the addition of Poisoned Pawn to the series Clegg has established herself as one of the best writers in the Space Opera genre. Don’t know what Space Opera is? Make sure to check out her guest post here! I loved Poisoned Pawns and the only thing keeping me from gushing on about how much I do is needing to be up at 3:30am, sorry! Definitely go check it out for yourself, you will be glad that you did, and thanks for reading!

Goodreads 2013 Reading Challenge #94/200

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One response

  1. Thanks! I’m so glad you loved the book. I think Clark is a lot of fun, too.

    April 19, 2013 at 8:58 am

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