Razor's Edge

- Minor Spoiler Review -

I’m betting most fans of the Star Wars expanded universe, particularly Leia and Rebellion fans, have been looking forward to a book like this. Set just after the events of Star Wars: A New Hope, Razor’s Edge is the first book in a series of three that focus on the Big 3, namely, Han, Luke and Leia.

As the gorgeous cover art suggests, Leia is the main character of this book. She, along with her crew, plan to rendezvous with a merchant that has access to much-needed supplies for a new base, but the Empire manages to intercept with help from someone inside the Rebellion. After sustaining heavy damages and injuries, Leia is forced to lead the mission, which takes many dangerous turns, and causes her to cross paths with unlikely allies.

For me, Razor’s Edge falls right down the middle: it’s a decent read, but nothing was exciting or particularly memorable. I love that Leia is the primary focus of the book. I felt author Martha Wells did an awesome job writing her. Leia’s thoughts and actions were right in line with how I pictured them to be at this point in the timeline. I thought Han was well written also. The exchanges between Han and Leia are always entertaining in Razor’s Edge.

The book starts off great, but at some point, Leia and her crew find their way to a pirate base, and for me, that’s where Razor’s Edge sagged. The pirate base leader was totally uninteresting, and the foray into the base was as tiring for me as it was for the main characters. The escape out of the place was nice, in that I was done reading about it, but unfortunately the conclusion wasn’t very exciting at all.

One of the main plot threads was the inclusion of a traitor behind Rebel lines, but the eventual reveal was predictable. I got the sense that Razor’s Edge wants to be spectacular, but some of the secondary characters and the pirate base prevent it from being so.

Just coming off reading Choices of One, which was packed full of the words “grimaced” and “winced”, I was really disappointed that those words appear a lot in Razor’s Edge. Even Chewie grimaced at some point. Please, please limit the use of those words; it’s quite distracting.

My conclusion is, read Empire and Rebellion: Razor’s Edge if you love reading about Leia and the Rebellion. But don’t expect to be blown away by anything.

+ Spot-on characterization of Leia.

+ Exciting introduction.

+ Diverse cast of characters.

+ Great cover art.

- Main villains are boring.

- Main bulk of the plot was boring.

- Conclusion was unfulfilling.

DISCLOSURE: I received a copy of this book from the publisher at no charge in order to provide an early review. However, this did not affect the overall review content. All opinions are my own.

Bryan Dean is the founder and administrator of Knights’ Archive. You can follow him on Twitter at @bry_dean.

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Cover Synopsis:

Times are desperate for the Rebel Alliance. Harassment by the Empire and a shortage of vital supplies are hindering completion of a new secret base on the ice planet Hoth. So when Mid Rim merchants offer much-needed materials for sale, Princess Leia Organa and Han Solo lead an Alliance delegation to negotiate a deal.

But when treachery forces the rebel ship to flee into territory controlled by pirates, Leia makes a shocking discovery: the fierce marauders come from Leia’s homeworld of Alderaan, recently destroyed by the Death Star. These refugees have turned to pillaging and plundering to survive—and they are in debt to a pirate armada, which will gladly ransom the princess to the vengeful Empire . . . if they find out her true identity.

Struggling with intense feelings of guilt, loyalty, and betrayal, Leia is determined to help her wayward kinspeople, even as Imperial forces are closing in on her own crippled ship. Trapped between lethal cutthroats and brutal oppressors, Leia and Han, along with Luke, Chewbacca, and a battle-ready crew, must defy death—or embrace it—to keep the rebellion alive.

Razor's Edge