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)
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...