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Novel Review: Honor Among Thieves

Honor Among Thieves

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Honor Among Thieves is the second installment in the Empire and Rebellion series, and it is easily the best of the series so far and one of the best Star Wars novels I’ve ever read.
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Megan’s Review: Honor Among Thieves

Honor Among Thieves

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The writing team of James. S. A. Corey bring strong prose and organic dialogue to their brisk Han Solo tale in Honor Among Thieves. This is a Han who sounds like his A New Hope self, with dialogue that is legitimately funny and filled with attitude. It’s one of the more quotable Star Wars books – I found myself reading funny dialogue even to friends who aren’t into the franchise.
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Megan’s Review: Maul: Lockdown

Maul Lockdown

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In Norse literature, berserkers were warriors who fought in a blind rage, remaining in that state until all the foes around them were killed. In The Phantom Menace, Darth Maul was portrayed as quietly menacing, until the final battle – when the berserker rage propelled him into one of the most impressive fight scenes in any Star Wars film. Maul: Lockdown shows a Sith who is a bit of both at all times, calmly orchestrating traps one moment and viciously tearing an opponent apart the next.
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Novel Review: Maul Lockdown

Maul Lockdown

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Maul: Lockdown is branded as a follow-up to the super-successful Darth Plagueis novel. Anything associated with Darth Plagueis is bound to be great, right? You’d think so, especially when you consider that the author of Plagueis, James Luceno, was consulted during the production of Lockdown. That, coupled with the fact that there’s very few novels with Darth Maul in them, and none with Maul, Sidious, Plagueis, Komari Vosa and Jabba the Hutt. Throw in mentions of Plagueis’ prior experiments with prolonging life, including an appearance of Darth Tenebrous, and you have the ingredients for a spectacular book. Problem is, the final product didn’t come close to its predecessor.
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Novel Review: Rogue Planet

Rogue Planet

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Rogue Planet is an interesting novel with both intriguing and bizarre ideas. This book is set three years after the events of The Phantom Menace, with the primary focus on Obi-Wan Kenobi and his young apprentice, Anakin Skywalker. They’ve been assigned to locate a missing Jedi on a mysterious planet, Zonama Sekot, which is also the manufacturer of strange, fast spaceships.
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Novel Review: The Force Unleashed II

The Force Unleashed

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The Force Unleashed II opens with a battle in progress, and the action is fairly nonstop until the end. The Empire and Rebellion both moved on from the events of the first book/game, as both sides adjusted from the loss of the main character, Starkiller.
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Ryan’s Review: Kenobi

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Westerns and I have had an on and off again type of relationship. I don’t necessarily hate them and I won’t go out of my way to indulge in them, but I don’t mind a few from time to time. Growing up, my father seemed to have high hopes my brother and I would follow in his footsteps and idolize John Wayne, a film called The Magnificent Seven, and Mr. Eastwood. I turned out to be the farthest from when I took up my love affair with Star Wars, but for the first time in a long, long time, we’ve found common ground: Kenobi, written by John Jackson Miller. While horror was added to the GFFA wonderfully in Death Troopers, I had my initial misgivings about putting a more straight-up Western in Star Wars. After having read Kenobi twice already, it’s hard to understand why I was so worried. Read more

Novel Review: Empire and Rebellion: Razor’s Edge

Razor's Edge

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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.
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Megan’s Review: Razor’s Edge

Razor's Edge

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The first scene in Razor’s Edge features Princess Leia and Sian Terae, a black Rebel pilot, escaping an Imperial attack. The scene is exciting, with the two women jockeying starships and dragging doors open. It’s a good taste of what the rest of Razor’s Edge will be like. Martha Wells’ Leia is fierce and sharp, and I could hear Carrie Fisher’s voice in her dialogue sometimes. Along with the action, Leia muses on trust and guilt as she interacts with the Alderaan survivors who see her as royalty – but still want to live as pirates instead of Rebels. Although it doesn’t all come together perfectly, Razor’s Edge is a heartfelt novel and good space adventure. It’s also pleasantly diverse.
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Megan’s Review: Kenobi

Kenobi

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It’s so close to being great.

Kenobi is a good book for anyone who has wondered what average life on Tatooine would be like for Luke Skywalker and the generation before him. It reveals much less about the titular hero, though, and the very short segments focusing on Obi-Wan himself aren’t the book’s strong points.
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Novel Review: Kenobi

Kenobi

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Star Wars: Kenobi has been one of my most anticipated novels ever. I’ve always been interested in reading more about Ben Kenobi’s life on Tatooine while looking after Luke, so I was thrilled when this novel was announced.
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Novel Review: Choices of One

Choices of One

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I enjoyed Allegiance, the book that begins the story of a group of Imperial stormtrooper deserters that call themselves the Hand of Judgement. The whole concept is intriguing to me, and Allegiance delivered, in my opinion. Naturally, I had to read the follow-up, Choices of One.

Mara Jade is on the hunt for traitors within the Empire, but one supposed act of treason turns out to be much more than meets the eye.
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