Star Wars: Rebel Rising-Should You Read It?

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Genre: Young Adult Science-fiction

Rating: 4/5

Rebel Rising is a part of the Rogue One story line in the Star Wars franchise. This book can be found in the young adult section of your local book store, and is written for more of a teen audience, which made this a fun and unique read in addition to the Star Wars collection of books.

This novel features Jyn Erso for the ten years she spends between the time of her mother’s death and the time that she truly joins the rebellion. When Jyn is taken from her hiding place by Saw, a Clone Wars veteran, she finds she could learn to care for him as if he were family, but Saw has treated Jyn as a rising rebel rather than a daughter. At times, he does claim her as his daughter and he ingrains into her that she must never share her true identity, since her father is working for the Empire.

Jyn learns how to use a blaster and how to fight and defend using hand-to-hand combat. She becomes antiquated with a number of rebels that begin forming small strikes against the Empire, and she even demonstrates her strength against them, proving her worth to join Saw and the rebels on a mission.

When a mission goes sour and the rebels find a traitor in their midst, they must be careful. When the wrong person is accused, the real spy makes himself known, and Jyn is separated from Saw. She spends a year with the Ponta family (Hadder and his mother, Akshaya), finding new meaning to life, and even romance.

Even though Jyn constantly warns Akshaya that the Empire will eventually come down on their planet, the trader does not listen. When the Empire strikes, Jyn must make a new start yet again. Finding jobs hard to come by, Jyn resorts to working codes for the Empire and even selling out rebels, until she lands herself in the Imperial prison on Wobani.

This book is fun and fast-paced with the perfect type font, line spacing, and writing style for a young adult audience and it works for any Star Wars fan as well. There are some time skips that make the book feel rushed, which was noticeable and a bit of a bummer, and there isn’t anything that particularly stands out that makes the book great. Rather, it is the build and background that is placed upon Jyn’s character that makes this book more interesting, especially since we know the events that happen right after the books ends.

All in all, I would recommend this book for Star Wars fans of all ages, whether they be new fans to the franchise or veterans. It was a great installation to the series, to be sure!

Dark Apprentice (Jedi Academy Trilogy #2)-Should You Read It?

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Genre: Science-fiction

Rating: 3.5/5

11 ABY

Happy 40 year anniversary to the release of Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope, released on May 25, 1977! In honor of the anniversary, I ensure that a fresh Star Wars Post makes it onto my blog on May 25th. This post features the second novel in the Jedi Academy Trilogy: Dark Apprentice, preceded by the first in the trilogy, Jedi Search. While not quite as interesting as the events and characters in the first novel, this one still has quite a bit of merit.

The New Republic has taken the Sun Crusher, and in retaliation, Admiral Daala is wreaking havoc across New Republic worlds, including Akbar’s home-world. After his ship is tampered with during a peaceful political talk with a new planet of people, Ackbar crashing into their sacred building has the New Republic remove him from his post, no longer an admiral. Now residing on his home-world, Leia and Ackbar fight against Daala’s assault.

While this battle rages on Mon Calamari, Luke is on Yavin 4 training his new Jedi apprentices. Little does Luke know that a couple of his Jedi are looking to the Dark Side. Gantoris on the Eol Sha people sees visions of dark power, and when he chooses to embrace the Dark Side, it is too much, and his body gives out. Now this dark being has found its way to Kyp Durron, who claims the Sun Crusher can be used against Daala and the rest of the Empire remnants, and that Luke is not teaching his new pupils what they need to know.

Meanwhile, Leia is aiming for peaceful negotiations with various planets while trying to be a good mother at the same time, and the one who sabotaged Ackbar’s ship has found Anakin Solo’s whereabouts!

When Luke finds out about the destruction of the Eol Sha people, wiped out by Daala in an act of pure guerrilla warfare, Luke cannot keep up with the fading Empire remnants and his pupils turning to the Dark Side. When Luke aims to fight whatever this looming darkness is, he falls into a comatose state, leaving his apprentices to fend for themselves, and leaving Kyp to do as he pleases with the Sun Crusher as he aims to exact revenge and save his brother.

All in all, this book was still pretty decent. I was not as interesting as the set-up and character introductions in Jedi Search, it has potential to lead into a climactic finish, and it does keep the reader wanting to know what will happen with many of the characters, including Luke, Kyp, Anakin, Daala, and Mara. Yes, Mara Jade make an appearance in this novel, as Luke is aiming to get her to join his Jedi Academy, and the plays between Mara and Lando are hilarious. Overall, a decent sequel to a decent Star Wars trilogy that any fan would find interest in.

Star Wars Highlight: Comics (Part 12)

There are many, many comics in the world of Star Wars. The ones I have here vary in era, art, publication date, publisher, and style, but they are all interesting releases both to the old Expanded Universe as well as the new canon. They are listed in order based on the Battle of Yavin. Just remember, this is a highlight on a small fraction of a larger whole.

 

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Star Wars Dawn of the Jedi (Guide(36,453 BBY)

Publisher: Dark Horse (1 Issue)

Writer: John Ostrander

Artist(s): Jan Duursema

This single issue is very unique. Rather than a story arc of any kind, this in a short informational issue with accompanying art work that portrays some of the Dawn of the Jedi era. This single-issue informative comic gives background details about the Je’daii code, temples and the planets they are one, what the temples main affiliation is, ships from the era, and some of the iconic masters.

Despite not having a story, this is an interesting issue to own for any Star Wars fan in that it add some history and context to the early era of the old timeline, not to mention it is a pretty hard to find issue these days.

 

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Knight Errant: Deluge (1032 BBY)

Publisher: Dark Horse (5 Issues)

Writer: John Jackson Miller

Artist(s): Ivan Rodriguez, Michael Atiyeh, et. al.

This is the second installment of the Knight Errant series of comics: Deluge. When Kerra returns to her home-world, Aquilaris, she finds that her world is still in havoc. Not only is the Hutt crime lord Zodoh fighting Sith Lord Daiman for the planet, but Zodoh has sent an emissary to smuggle drugs in and out of the planet. The smuggling involves one drug in particular: deluge, a drug that gives people a more blissful feeling and an apathetic manner of looking at life, not giving a care about the circumstances surrounding them. Now Kerra must stop the Hutt and reclaim her world for her citizens.

As always, the art in this series is appealing, and Kerra is a fun female character to follow. This is a nice extension to the Knight Errant series and adds just a bit more flavor to the conflicts in the Old Republic era.

 

Star Wars The Clone Wars Volume 8 (20-19 BBY)

Publisher: Dark Horse (6 Issues)

Writer: John Ostrander

Artist(s): Jan Duursema, Dan Parsons, Brad Anderson, Thomas Giorello

This volume contains the Star Wars Republic issues 72-77. “Trackdown Part 1,” and “Trackdown Part 2” Quinlan has gained some vital information that can change the events of the war. The problem is, we as a reader are just as conflicted about his loyalties as his own Jedi brethren are. Many still do not trust him, but Aayla is keen on finding out just what side he is on. When they join together to search for their master, Tholme, it is apparent that many Jedi have already turned to Dooku’s aid. Aayla and Quinlan must save their master and determine who the other Sith Lord is, and Quinlan thinks he knows just who it might be. In “The Siege of Saleucami” Parts 1-4, Quinlan forces the idea that Sora Bulq must be the other Sith and aims to track down the Anzati Jedi. In the mean time, Quinlan is being hunted down by Dooku’s men. The Jedi form a small battalion to face off against Bulq and other turned Jedi in hopes to end the war. When Aayla enter’s Quinlan through the Force, Quinlan must face his Dark Side and conquer it before he can return to the light and fight for the Jedi. An interesting betrayal from someone close to Quinlan adds for an exciting ending, and a lead-in to the final chapter of The Clone Wars.

Being the Quinlan fan that I am, I loved how this volume really revolved around him. We get to see his internal struggles with the choices he has made and the Jedi he has become, as well as see more in-depth connections between him and his fellow Jedi…and his girlfriend!

 

Star Wars Volume 4: Last Flight of the Harbinger (0 ABY)

Publisher: Marvel (6 Issues)

Writer: Jason Aaron, Chris Eliopoulos

Artist(s): Chris Eliopoulos, Mike Mayhew, Jorge Molina

The Harbinger is a Star Destroyer, and guess who plans to take control of it? Leia has planned to take the Harbinger to aid a planet in need of help from the Empire, a planet with a blockade of other Star Destroyers surrounding it. To get through, Leia plans on using the Harbinger to get into the planetary orbit and release the planet from the Empire’s blockade. When Sergeant Kreel, a lightsaber-wielding Stormtrooper, is sent to reclaim the Harbinger, Luke must fend off the enemy. In the meantime, Han and Leia fight over the position of captain of the new ship! In this volume as well is included another of Ben Kenobi’s journals. In this issue, the Whookie bounty hunter, Black Karssantan, is sent by Jabba to find out who has been thwarting Jabba’s men. Of course, Kenobi may know a bit about that, as he has been ensuring that Luke and his family do not have problems from others through his interventions.

This volume was not as exciting as some of the previous volumes, but the art is still phenomenal; Mike Mayhew never ceases to amaze in the Star Wars comics. Kreel is an interesting character, so getting to see some background and development of a Stormtrooper as an actual character was fun. While Kreel may not have succeeded in receiving Luke for Vader, we are left with a captured C-3P0…great…

Star Wars: Jedi Search (Jedi Academy Trilogy #1)-Should You Read It?

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Genre: Science Fiction

Rating: 4/5

Jedi Search is the first novel in the Jedi Academy Trilogy, a good series to read after the Thrawn Trilogy and the Dark Empire graphic novels. Many of the characters we meet within those books make an appearance in this book (or later books) and this book opens up a new door of adventure for Luke, Han, and everyone.

This novel opens with Han and Chewbacca sent on a mission to the spice mining planet of Kessel, where they aim to bring the remnants of smugglers over to the New Republic. When they are shot down, Han and Chewbacca find themselves enslaved by Moruth Doole, who won control of the spice mines after the fall of the Empire. The luminous glitterstim of Kessel is highly sought after, but dangerous to excavate.

Meanwhile, on Coruscant, Luke has gained permission to begin his new Jedi Academy and he has a few candidates he has found through his travels, but he just needs to find a place for the school, which Leia is slaving over. As Leia explores potential planets for Luke’s academy, Luke ventures to places with rumored candidates who may be strong in the Force.

Luke travels to the volcanic world of Eol Sha where he meets Gantoris and his people. When Luke pleads his case with the people of Eol Sha, and Gantoris has Luke fight through some dangerous trials before agreeing to go with him, his people guaranteed to have a safer planet to reside in the Republic. Afterwards, Luke finds Streen on Bespin, a man who is so sensitive to the Force that he can’t keep the voices quiet in his head, which Luke promises her can train.

Lando is searching for a Jedi lead on Umgul well-known for its blob races. When a man is suspected of using the Force to win big, Lando and Artoo hunt him down, only to find that he was not a force user, although he was wanted by his Duchess, ensuring Lando leaving with a major consolation prize.

Leia is dealing with a bunch of political and diplomatic stuff while taking care of her twins, Jacen and Jaina, who could finally be with her on Coruscant since they turned two, and juggling finding a planet for Luke’s academy. When Han is late in returning, Leia sends Luke and Lando to find out what is going on.

Back on Kessel, Han and Chewbacca are stuck in the spice mines where they meet Kyp Durron, a young Force-user who helps them deviate an escape. Even though they cannot get the Falcon back, the trio manages to escape with on of the spice transports. When Doole’s men go after them, they escape into the Maw Cluster, a dangerous series of black holes. Kyp’s use of the Force guides them through to the center where four Star Destroyers sit in waiting. Apparently Admiral Daala did not get the memo of the Empire’s fall, being stranded in a place that cannot get fluid communication. When she questions Han, she finds his truth to be devastating and has a hard time believing him.

Of course, our trio finds a way to escape: the Sun Crusher, a tiny ship with more power than the Death Star and can annihilate solar systems. It’s developer, Qui Xux (an Omwati), didn’t really think she was doing anything bad by creating these devastating things, only knowing the lies Tarkin told to manipulate and use her intellect.

When Luke and Lando finally find the Falcon and that Doole had done something with their friends, they steal back the Falcon, get caught up in a space brawl, and narrowly escape (after meeting up with the Sun Crusher) when Daala’s Star Destroyers enter out of the Maw onto Kessel’s air space.

With Han home, the Sun Crusher in Republic hands, and the perfect planet, Luke can now take his candidates and begin training a new era of Jedi, but what will come of Daala and her sought revenge for the Empire?

This was a very fun novel and continuation of events after the fall of the Empire. It had a bit of a slow start, but the appearance of Daala and all the new Force users are interesting additions that have potential to be in the books chronologically from here on out. So my question, when reading, was “Where’s Mara Jade? She’s my favorite, isn’t she going to be in this?” Yes, she is mentioned, but she doesn’t make an appearance again until Dark Apprentice, the second book in the trilogy.

Some people go straight to The Hand of Thrawn Duology after the Thrawn Trilogy, but Luke and Mara are growing close in  that series, and I didn’t want to just jump into their relationship without seeing how they arrived there through the other events chronologically, so while the pace is slow-going, it is interesting to see her interactions with Luke in the Jedi Academy Trilogy.

Star Wars Highlight: Comics (Part 11)

There are many, many comics in the world of Star Wars. The ones I have here vary in era, art, publication date, publisher, and style, but they are all interesting releases both to the old Expanded Universe as well as the new canon. They are listed in order based on the Battle of Yavin. Just remember, this is a highlight on a small fraction of a larger whole.

 

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Star Wars Vector Vol 1 (3963, 19 BBY)

Publisher: Dark Horse (5 Issues)

Writer: John Jackson Miller, Randy Stradley

Artist(s): Joe Pimentel, Dan Parsons, et. al.

This is a unique collaborative volume that contains volume five of Knights of the Old Republic and volume three of Dark Times. Both are put together in one volume with a story woven around a Jedi introduced in the next installment of KotOR, Celeste Morne. Zayne gets mixed up on a mission with her to retrieve an ancient Sith artifact that can control the beasts of the Rakghoul Plague. On a side mission to eliminate Zayne, Celeste realizes that he is a better man than she thought. When she sacrificed herself to save the Mandalorians from the plague, she is thought dead. The Mandies now owe Zayne for warning them of the plague on their planed, but he leaves with a heavy heart.

In the next section of the volume, Darth Vader is seeking a casket found deep in the ice on a barren planet. Within the casket is Celeste and the Sith icon that Vader seeks. With her, she brings a return of the Plague. While Captain Heren’s crew and Vader’s troopers aim to avoid the plague and the death is will surly bring, Vader and Celeste battle one-on-one, Celeste opting to give in to the Sith lord controlling the ancient item, giving her the ancient one’s power.

This was an interesting collaborative piece that worked well together. I have not read the Dark Times arc yet, and I didn’t need to to know that this volume was vastly interesting. While the art for the KotOR piece is pretty bad, the shift in style to the Dart Times volume is absolutely gorgeous, and the two stories focus around Celeste and can be a stand-alone piece featuring her.

 

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Star Wars The Clone Wars Vol. 7: When They Were Brothers (20 BBY)

Publisher: Dark Horse (7 Issues)

Writer: Haden Blackman, Miles Lane (“Brothers in Arms”)

Artist(s): Brian Ching, Nicola Scott

This volume contains “Obsession” issues 1-5 and the short “Brothers in Arms.” Obsession was an iconic piece in seeing more of Obi-wan and Anakin’s relationship. While Anakin claims to have killed Ventress on Coruscant, Obi-wan is positive she is still alive and asks Anakin to help find her. When they do, she is in a bacta tank, fully recovered by Dooku’s aid. When she fails yet again to kill Obi-wan, Dooku has one of his droids end her for her failures. Obi-wan finds that he has been able to reach a speck of light within her just before she dies, and aims to take her back to be with other fallen Jedi. “Brothers in Arms” shows the built relationship of Obi-wan and Anakin as two comrades in battle. When they storm Dooku’s palace, they find a horde of droids, but they also find that they will always have each others backs, despite Anakin’s hard-hardheadedness.

The art in “Obsession” is sharper than some of the previous Clone Wars volumes, the characters looking somewhat more realistic, especially with their facial features. The story was focused on Obi-wan’s obsession with Ventress, a correlation between two characters in the Clone Wars that has always been interesting to look upon and analyze. It is also five months before the Jedi purge, which makes me curious as to how the Clone Wars will fall into place just before that iconic event occurs.

 

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Star Wars: Han Solo  (0 ABY)

Publisher: Marvel (5 Issues)

Writer: Marjorie Liu

Artist(s): Mark Brooks, Lee Bermejo

Han Solo is asked by Leia to use his ship in a dangerous race, while the race is actually a cover to pick up three rebel spies, one of which is a traitor. Many of the racers don’t respect Han as a pilot in that he is a smuggler, but despite the mission, he is determined to win the race. Many obstacles get in the way, including the Empire. When one of the rebel spies is killed aboard his ship, the other agents find themselves staking out the one who has been feeding information to the Empire.

The art was a bit different in this graphic novel, sharper and more angular than some of the other new Marvel line. The story sounded kind of bland, but it was interesting in that we get to see an extra mission between Episodes IV and V, as well as meeting someone who was once an enemy of Han and Chewbacca. It was a decent stand-alone piece and had the thrill of excitement that any intense race would have, along with high stakes.

 

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Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens  (33 ABY)

Publisher: Marvel (6 Issues)

Writer: Chuck Wendig

Artist(s): Luke Ross, Marc Laming, et. al.

This graphic novel is an adaptation of the movie and parallels the events of the movie. Scavenger Rey and deserting Stormtrooper Finn find themselves on a mission to escort a BB-8 unit back to the Rebel Alliance. BB-8 holds the key, the final piece of the map to finding Luke Skywalker. Along the way, Rey learns of her force powers, encounters Han Solo and Chewbacca, and fights Kylo for the sake of good.

Overall the adaptation was an enjoyable read. The art is pretty sharp, and when going from motion to still, adjustments must be made to get that motion across. Some of the fight scenes or other action bits, while drawn well, do not have the same impact as seeing it on the screen. Regardless, reading and looking at an adaptation of something you know and love is always a good experience to see something from a slightly different perspective.

Star Wars Highlight: Comics (Part 10)

There are many, many comics in the world of Star Wars. The ones I have here vary in era, art, publication date, publisher, and style, but they are all interesting releases both to the old Expanded Universe as well as the new canon. They are listed in order based on the Battle of Yavin. Just remember, this is a highlight on a small fraction of a larger whole.

 

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Knights of the Old Republic Vol. 4: Daze of Hate, Knights of Suffering  (3,963 BBY)

Publisher: Dark Horse (6 Issues)

Writer: John Jackson Miller

Artist(s): Dan Parsons, Michael Atiyeh, Colin Wilson, et. al.

“Daze of Hate” continues where volume three left off. Zayne and Jarael are still under the clutches of Adasca, a bio technician using Camper to improve the bio-weapon space slugs. Adasca wished to secure his place of power in the Republic by selling the dangerous creatures to the highest bidder. When Lucien, Zayne’s previous Jedi Master, enters the scene, enemies must work together to find an escape. When Camper regains his senses and self-control, he makes sure Adasca’s ship and experiments can no longer harm others. “Knights of Suffering” brings us back to Taris where the Padawans were murdered. Zayne has a run-in with the girl he likes whose brother he was accused of murdering. Raana Tey, one of the masters behind the murders, has the girl convinced of Zayne’s wrongdoing. Zayne tries everything to convince her that he didn’t kill anyone, but she doesn’t believe him…until Raana Tey admits to the crime. Perhaps Zayne is not the evil she had prophesied about, and Tey gives him a name to work off of as well as a noble farewell.

This volume was interesting in that the art was a bit different, sharper than previous volumes. The characters have a bit of a different appearance about them, and the drawing is somewhat inconsistent, which was both distracting and annoying. This aside, “Knights of Suffering” was an interesting segue into the next events. Rather than random story lines about Mandalorian’s or space slugs, we finally get back to the main story where Zayne will be seeking retribution and a claim of innocence. And now thanks to Tey, he has the name of someone to find and pursue in his endeavors.

 

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Star Wars The Clone Wars, Vol. 6: On the Fields of Battle  (21-20 BBY)

Publisher: Dark Horse (7 Issues)

Writer: John Ostrander

Artist(s): Dan Parsons, Brad Anderson, Jan Duursema, Tomas Giorello

This volume collects issues 65-71 of the Republic era comics. “Republic 65: Show of Force, Part 1,” and “Republic 66: Show of Force, Part 2,”deal with the Jedi finding out that someone has put  bounty on Jedi heads. When Mace Windu and his team find out that the Bounty Hunter’s Guild is behind the bounty, he demonstrates that placing a bounty on Jedi is not wise. Interestingly, Count Dooku is not pleased by this bounty wither, because it messes up the order of Sidious’s plans. In “Republic 67: Forever Young,” we find Anakin and Obi-wan on a mission to destroy an enemy facility. Master Tohno is with them. Anakin thinks he can save her, rather than have her fulfill a suicide mission, and it takes a great deal of coaxing to prevent Anakin from rushing in. “Republic 68: Armor” is told from the perspective of one of Aayla’s clone troopers. He is suspicious of Quinlan, and he should have acted on his suspicions, but his need to trust his commanding Jedi ruled.  “Republic 69: Dreadnaughts of Rendili, Part 1,” “Republic 70: Dreadnaughts of Rendili, Part 2,” and “Republic 71: Dreadnaughts of Rendili, Part 3,” involve a mission of peace gone sour. When negotiations with an enemy fleet lead tot he capture of Republic Jedi, Anakin charges in to save them. Quinlan, in Republic custody, escapes and helps out with the fight. Quinlan returns to the Jedi council to meet his fate while Anakin supposedly murders Ventress.

As some of you may know from previous review, Quinlan and Aayla continue to be more and more interesting and I have found that Quinlan is one of my favorite Jedi in the Clone Wars. We learn a great deal about his character, but we are never quite sure just what side he is on, giving him n air of mystery. This volume, overall, was pretty interesting and had a decent mix of “meh” stories with fantastic stories.

 

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Star Wars Darth Vader: End of Games  (0 ABY)

Publisher: Marvel (5 Issues)

Writer: Kieron Gillen

Artist(s): Salvador Larroca, Edgar Delgado

This is the 4th volume of the new Marvel Darth Vader series consisting of issues 20-25. This graphic novel has Darth Vader putting  a pause on his agenda to find Luke Skywalker. He must focus on defeating Cylo, one of the other potential Sith candidates that the Emperor has pit against Vader. After defeating Cylo (and all his clones), Vader finds that Aphra has spoken of his plans to the Emperor (with the pursuing of Luke exempt). Upon this, Vader tosses Aphra out into free space, where the droids and Krrsantan save her from space.

While the art was still phenomenal in this series, as always, this volume was not quite as good as its predecessors. I am hoping with the other Sith apprentices out of the way, that this story will pick back up with Vader’s pursuit of Luke.

 

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Star Wars Poe Dameron: Black Squadron (34 ABY)

Publisher: Marvel (6 Issues)

Writer: Charles Soule

Artist(s): Phil Noto, Joe Caramagna

In this series, we get to see more about what Poe Dameron was doing before the events of The Force Awakens. Poe has been hand-picked by General Leia Organa to find an explorer who knows the galaxy well, and if anyone, he might know where to find Luke Skywalker. Poe and his Black Squadron (Snap Wexley, Kare Kun, L’ulo, Jess Pava, and Oddy Muva) are some of the most skilled pilots of the New Republic. Following a lead to find the Explorer, Black Squadron finds they have been tracked by the New Order. Following yet another lead, to a prison and Grakkus the Hutt, Poe finds that Grakkus will give the whereabouts of the Explorer to Poe OR New Order Agent Terex, whoever can free Grakkus first. With Terex knowing to go to Grakkus without having been informed of the potential location of the Explorer, the thought of a spy in the Black Squadron makes Poe uneasy, because his people just wouldn’t do such a thing.

With the writer of Star Wars: Lando and the artists of Star Wars: Chewbacca,  Star Wars: Poe Dameron is a new and exciting series related to the most recent media of the universe. While it was a bit of a slow start, the race to find the Explorer and the whereabouts of Luke makes the comic an interesting prequel to The Force Awakens.

 

 

Star Wars: Knight Errant-Should You Read It?

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Genre: Science-fiction

Rating: 4/5

This book takes place in the Old Republic times and is harder to grasp if you are not too familiar with how old Sith space works and how Sith ruled before the Rule of Two.

It’s 1032 BBY and Sith are still rampant in the space that is uncontrolled by the Republic. Jedi Knight Kerra Holt aims to destroy one of the Sith Lords: Daiman. Rather than destroying him, she finds it more important to save all the innocent people who fall helplessly under the battle between Daiman (who thinks he is the creator of the universe) and his Sith brother Odion.

Kerra forces all the refugees onto Rusher’s ship, someone who happened to be doing business in Sith space and was not expecting the huge number of refugees that Kerra has forced onto his ship. As they try to make their way out of Sith space, Rusher and Kerra, along with their ship of refugees, find themselves on a world ruled by Sith Brother and sister Dromika and Quillian.

Timing is unlucky when Arkadia, another Sith ruler, has come to Byllura to retrieve her Sith cousins that Kerra was going to remove from the planet! 

Arkadia seems different than other Sith. She treats Kerra more respectfully and shows her around Calimondretta, an ice city that seems very scholarly. While the citizens under Arkadia’s rule don’t seem enslaved, as they were under Daiman’s rule, Kerra notices that the citizens, who are assigned new jobs everyday, are unhappy. This leads Kerra to believe that perhaps Arkadia isn’t as nice as she seems.

When Arkadia invites Kerra to hide during one of her Sith meetings, Kerra learns that all the Sith she has encountered–Daiman, Odion, Quillan, Dromika, Arkadia, and the newly mentioned Vilia–are all related. And yet they all war with each other for who will take Vilia’s place in the future. After the meeting, Arkadia proposed that Kerra assassinate Vilia so that she may claim the Sith high seat. When Kerra denies, saying that is not the Jedi way, Arkadia has Kerra sentenced to death.

Of course, Kerra is rescued by an interesting Bothan who has been present throughout the novel, working for some Sith or another, but ultimately for Vilia.

Kerra may have saved many lives from the brutality of Sith space, but there are many more to save. While the Sith in Vilia’s domain learn to handle a single Jedi, Kerra continues to fight her way through Sith space, Rusher at her side.

Overall this book was pretty interesting. It is a great way to learn about how Sith used to be (in comparison to the main story of Star Wars). It adds an interesting element to the history and focuses on a single Jedi fighting through that time. I would recommend reading it anytime, as long as you are a die-hard Star Wars fan. If you aren’t too interested in anyone except Luke, Han, and the gang, then skill this novel, along with the majority of Old Republic era books (although I would still recommend Red Harvest).