Heir to the Jedi Book Review!

I just finished Kevin Hearne’s contribution to the new canon, Star wars: Heir to the Jedi. So now ya’ll get to hear what I think of it. This book is the 3rd novel since the Star Wars EU rebooted. A New Dawn was 1st and you can read my review for it here. Tarkin was 2nd, but I didn’t finish it yet, so no review on that one.

This book is a bit of an oddity for 2 reasons. One, it is the only book (including Legends canon) to ever be written in Luke’s first person perspective, and it was actually going to be a Legends book (and the last part of the Empire and Rebellion series) but due to it’s release date and other factors it was co-opted into the new canon.

Anyway, on to the story. It starts soon after the destruction of the first Death Star at Luke’s hands. Young Skywalker is struggling to improve his use of the Force without a teacher, while also helping the Rebellion as much as possible. He has become renowned as the pilot who blew up the Death Star and deals with the notoriety that accompanies that.

The flow of this book is a little awkward as it is really about Luke learning about himself and the Force more than about a particular adventure. This is a departure from normal Star Wars fare that has characters involved in one winding action packed story but with a single overall arch fighting an evil villain. At first it was a little strange, but once I mentally adjusted I found the story to be quite enjoyable.

Princess Leia is the only other established character you see in this story, and only briefly. The other characters are all new and are well rounded and fleshed out personas. Several alien races are seen, one new one is created, and the Givin make their first appearance in the new canon (it makes me very happy to see things brought over from the Legends universe).

In summary, this is an atypical read for a Star Wars book, but it is definitely worth your time for it’s  insight into the growth of one of pop cultures  most iconic characters.

As a side note, Lords of the Sith will be out on Tuesday so check it out, or wait for my review and see what I think of it.

-Derek1138

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Book Review of Star Wars: A New Dawn!

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A while back I finished the audiobook version of John Jackson Miller’s Star Wars: A New Dawn and I’ve been meaning to write this review to share my thoughts and opinions on it with all of you.

First, allow me to give you a summary. This book features two of the main characters from the Star Wars Rebels show: Kanan Jarrus and Hera Syndulla. The story details how the duo crossed paths and became rebels together. For those unfamiliar with the show, Kanan is a former Jedi Padawan whose master was slain during Order 66 when the Clone Troopers turned on the Jedi Order. Hera is a smart, brave Twi’lek female who is trying to organize a rebellion against the Empire.

The book also features several characters and places new to the Star Wars universe. As always diversity in personality and alien races makes the setting feel truly intergalactic and Miller does a good job of making the characters feel alive. The Empire is fully embodied by the antagonists: Count Vidian, a human cyborg abomination of a man who prizes efficiency over lives; and Captain Sloane, an Imperial commander who follows orders and turns a blind eye to the suffering that she causes in the hopes of gaining more power within the Empire.

The story was just a little slow in the beginning but once setting and characters are established it becomes rather engrossing. Plenty of epic, over the top, science fiction action is to be found within the book; and a multitude of details and foreshadowing leaving some questions in the readers mind till the very end.

I found the book to be enjoyable once it started moving. There are no big twists or surprises but the story is definitely an adventure. My favorite thing about this book is discovering more about Kanan and Hera’s characters. Kanan’s life as a Jedi youngling and padawan is briefly visited and it definitely whet my appetite for Marvel’s Star Wars: Kanan comic series (just read that and I’ll make another post on it). Mostly I appreciated a more in depth look at Hera. In the Rebels show the Twi’lek is the mother figure of the ragtag group, but I don’t feel like her character or history was explored nearly enough.

In summary it’s a good adventure and a deeper look into some of the Rebels characters, and being the first book of the new canon it sets a good tone of action and adventure going forward.

A final comment. The paperback version of this book is a new strange size that is taller than normal and is 9.99 instead of the typical 6.99 to 7.99 price range. I don’t know if this will be the same for all PB’s in the new canon, but I hope it isn’t. I already buy them in E-book when they first come out and buy paperbacks for my shelf later. I don’t want to have to pay more for them.

-Derek1138

 

 

Author and Date for Episode VII Tie-in Revealed!

More news from Anaheim and the guys at SWU. (jeez it’s like there’s a Star Wars convention there or something).

The author for the novelization of The Force Awakens was revealed to be Alan Dean Foster. Many may not remember, but he was the author for the original novelization of Episode IV in addition to writing a prequel trilogy book that sort of tied-in to the beginning of Attack of the Clones (the border dispute on Ansion that Mace mentions).

The novelization will be released digitally the same day as the movie and available in paperback a few days later.

-Derek1138

Star Wars Battlefront Tie-in Novel Revealed!

During the Star Wars Battlefront panel at Celebration Anaheim it was revealed (perhaps accidentally) that a tie-in novel for the game is being written called Twilight Company. (Thanks to Star Wars Underworld for live tweeting it)

Shortly after, this tweet from Alexander Freed confirmed him as the author:

Awesome news! I love me some Star Wars books and this will be a great chance to pull in readers that might not normally be into the novels.
-Derek 1138

A New Dawn in Paperback Today!

Good morning friends,

March is coming to an end today, but a new dawn will bring us into April. That was a pun because the first book of the new Star Wars canon comes out in paperback today, Star Wars: A New Dawn.

Based on 2 of the characters from Star Wars: Rebels, this book marks the beginning of a whole new era of Star Wars novels. All the Expanded Universe books that came before this title have been changed into the Legends alternate storyline. This makes A New Dawn a great place for people who are interested in the EU to start reading. Since it’s on paperback you will see it all over, probably even at your grocery store. So pick it up and open your eyes to a wider world…

You can read my review of this book here as well.

-Derek1138

 

Summary for Dark Disciple Revealed!

Happy Monday Everyone!

Did the exclamation point make it seem like I’m actually excited? I actually am, but not for Monday. This weekend Random House unveiled the full summary for Dark Disciple, the new book based on unproduced scripts from Season 6 of The Clone Wars show.

The only way to bring down the dark side’s most dangerous warrior may be for Jedi and Sith to join forces.
 
In the war for control of the galaxy between the armies of the dark side and the Republic, former Jedi Master turned ruthless Sith Lord Count Dooku has grown ever more brutal in his tactics. Despite the powers of the Jedi and the military prowess of their clone army, the sheer number of fatalities is taking a terrible toll. And when Dooku orders the massacre of a flotilla of helpless refugees, the Jedi Council feels it has no choice but to take drastic action: targeting the man responsible for so many war atrocities, Count Dooku himself.

But the ever-elusive Dooku is dangerous prey for even the most skilled hunter. So the Council makes the bold decision to bring both sides of the Force’s power to bear—pairing brash Jedi Knight Quinlan Vos with infamous one-time Sith acolyte Asajj Ventress. Though Jedi distrust for the cunning killer who once served at Dooku’s side still runs deep, Ventress’s hatred for her former master runs deeper. She’s more than willing to lend her copious talents as a bounty hunter—and assassin—to Vos’s quest.

Together, Ventress and Vos are the best hope for eliminating Dooku—as long as the emerging feelings between them don’t compromise their mission. But Ventress is determined to have her retribution and at last let go of her dark Sith past. Balancing the complicated emotions she feels for Vos with the fury of her warrior’s spirit, she resolves to claim victory on all fronts—a vow that will be mercilessly tested by her deadly enemy . . . and her own doubt.

Fan favorites Quinlan Vos and Asajj Ventress together in a story, with some hint of romantic involvment as well? Sounds great. I’m excited for this book not only because of it’s characters but because it’s written by Christie Golden. I’ve read her Star Wars entries before as well as some other books she’s written and I was very fond of them. She has a great way of showing the emotion and personality behind characters even when the story seems like it’s just for the adventure.

Dark Disciple is out on July 7th, and before that will be Lords of the Sith on April 28th.

-Derek1138

Star Wars: Aftermath News and Cover!

Happy St. Patrick’s Day all!

Besides all the people wearing green and perpetuating racial stereotypes, there was some more news about the new Star Wars:Aftermath novel. News such as… the cover:

Besides this very nice cover art, StarWars.com also announced that the book will be the first in a trilogy starting in September and will be filling us in about some of the events between Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens. The article mentions specifically “What I can reveal is that you will be introduced to a sweeping new cast of characters, along with a fan favorite from the films“. So it seems there will be exactly one of the main characters in Aftermath, with a host of new characters filling out the roster. Also, they hint that some of the locations we’ll see in the book could be relevant to Episode VII.

For a lot of other people this news might not be so big. I am always excited to hear about the next Star Wars novels though, as they are my second favorite way of experiencing the Galaxy Far, Far Away. If you’re excited too, Amazon has a listing up for pre-order already!

-Derek1138