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02 May 2016 @ 07:27 pm
Book Review: [Star Wars] Empire and Rebellion Razor's Edge  
I really wanted this book to last a long LOOOOONG time because it was so damn good...

But - like everything in life - it had to end, and made me very sad because I think I won't be able to find anything this good in the Star Wars EU.

I know you might think I'm being overdramatic but try to start this book and the come here and tell me if I wasn't absolutely right!

Empire and Rebellion: Razor's Edge

Originally published: 2013
Author: Martha Wells
Genres: Star Wars Novel / Sci-Fi
(reading time: Apr 28 - May 2)
I think this is the best Star Wars Book about here (Okay... I didn't read them all, but I can't imagine something better than this at the moment). The author captured perfectly the personalities of our 3 heroes, especially Leia's since the story is mostly written on her prospective.

The story is set after "A New Hope" and right before "the Empire Strikes back" Leia and Han are out on the Gamble - an Alliance ship - on a mission to get the raw materials they need to finish building Echo Base. Han organized a meeting with a merchant but there are spies on the Allience ship and the Empire attacks the rebels, forcing them to flee into a territory controlled by pirates. As soon as they exit the hyperspace Leia notices a cargo ship being attacked by a ship that belongs to the Alderaam Fleet. She's shocked when she finds out the ship's (the Aegis) captain and crew are from her home planet. After the Death Star destroyed their home they turned pirate. The captain Metara asks for a meeting on the pirate ship with the Princess and - against Han's strong suggestions -she decides to go. Han - of course - and 2 other Rebels (Sian and Itran) go with her, but, as soon as they're on board, another pirate ship arrives and command the Aegis to go with them because their employer wants to see them. There's no time for Leia and Han to go back to the Gamble (who has landed on a planet to get fixed) so they all go to this Pirate Port.

Leia wants to free Metara and her crew from the evil Pirate Fightmaster Viest and convince them - in the meanwhile -  to join the rebellion. Viest has no intention of freeing teh Aegis from their deal so Leia Han and their "friends" have to be creative about it.

There is action, great dialogues, unexpected revelations, close death experiences, sacrifice and everything you want from a Star Wars Book.

Leia and Han act almost like on ESB, they know they're attracted to each other and they can't help it... Han begins to wonder if it's more than that on his side... I think this is one of my favorte passages [Han and Leia have a meeting in a refreshener that is very small and they keep turning down the temprature while they talk because they can't handle it LOL]:

As they spilled out of the refresher, Leia grimly reminded herself that she couldn’t afford lapses like that. It was all right to be attracted to Han, but she couldn’t be tempted, especially not in the middle of a mission, but being attracted at such close range, watching him shifting around in that confined space, made her think about warm skin and hard muscle.… She couldn’t be tempted, especially not in the middle of a mission.
Sometimes she felt like the Empire had killed part of her when had they killed Alderaan, but moments like that made her remember she was still alive, still whole. It made her want to take all she could while she could, before the Empire killed her again. But there was never any time. Not when there were so many more important things to do.

I hope the author will write more Star Wars Books even if I asked her on twitter and she said no... (Maybe she writes fanfictions... XD)

So now it's time for another book, a non-Star Wars book and it's going to be though since today I bought the second book of the Empire and Rebellion series "Honor Among Thieves" and I know there is a scene where Han takes off his clother because they are wrinkled... CAN SOMEONE CLONE A YOUNG HARRISON FORD AND A YOUNG CARRIE FISHER AND HAVE THEM ACT IN THE ADAPTATIONS OF THESE BOOKS? COME ON!!! Ans also Bloodline comes out tomorrow and that's another book I need to read since is set 6 years before the events of The FOrce Awakend and Han and Leia are still together... I need a very short book... I might read The Catcher in the Rye that I've never read in english... I don't know yet, but I better start now...
Current Mood: busybusy
Current Music: Fleetwood Mac - Landslide
rhoda_rants on May 3rd, 2016 01:42 pm (UTC)
There's a Leia book coming out this week called "Bloodline" by Claudia Gray! Brand new, and set after "Return of the Jedi," so I *think* it's focused on her dealing with being Darth Vader's daughter. And some awesome being-a-general stuff.
Ery-chan: Han Solo (Star Wars)erychan86 on May 3rd, 2016 02:04 pm (UTC)
Yes... It's coming out today... It'll be at my door on Friday (but I think I might go to Barnes and Noble to read some of it today or tomorrow) It's set 6 years before The Force Awakens and there are a lot of different opinions online... All I know is that - as you said - another senator expose Leia' secret and Leia and Han are still together and Ben is with Luke training as a Jedi but she is not able to reach them so we don't actually know if Ben turned already to the dark side or is about to...

Still I don't think is going to be as good as this one... I just love stories set before they get together or right after when there's still tension and they are discovering themselves... What can I say... I'm a romantic :D

Anyway you should read this book! Trust me you're going to love it!!!
orangerfulorangerful on May 5th, 2016 12:02 am (UTC)
I've heard some good things about 'Bloodlines'. I'm waiting for my copy to come to the library. But I might need to pick this one up soon (even though I guess it is probably deleted from canon now that Disney has taken over?)
Ery-chan: Community: Abederychan86 on May 5th, 2016 12:42 am (UTC)
Since it's between Episode IV and V I think it can still be considered canon... I mean technically it's not in the timeline anymore BUT it's SO DAMN GOOD that I thing we can pretend! :)

My copy of Bloodline is coming tomorrow... I'm very excited :D