Category: Canon Novel Review

Canon Novel Review: Last Shot

Last Shot - A Han and Lando Novel Review

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Last Shot, written by Daniel José Older, is a Han and Lando novel which covers distinct, but connected eras of their lives, with very loose ties to Solo: A Star Wars Story mixed in for good measure. Older’s prose is exhilarating, funny, and earnest, capturing Han, Lando, and the various supporting characters in organic, interesting ways, and he manages to keep the focus on the characters while raising the stakes of their adventures, all of which make Last Shot my favorite novel of the new canon since Bloodline. Continue reading “Canon Novel Review: Last Shot”

Canon Novel Review: The Last Jedi

The Last Jedi Novelization

Adaptations of the Star Wars films are a fact of life, starting back in 1976 with Star Wars by Alan Dean Foster. Though most adaptations are mostly passable, that trend changed with Revenge of the Sith by Matthew Stover. The Last Jedi‘s novelization stands tall as one of the best adaptations of all, taking a great film and making it so much richer and beautiful.

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Canon Novel Review: Canto Bight

Canto Bight Short Story Collection Review

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Released at the beginning of December, as part of the “Journey to Star Wars: The Last Jedi” initiative, Canto Bight is a novella collection that gives readers a peek into the new casino location seen in the film. The four novellas, written by Saladin Ahmed, Mira Grant, Rae Carson, and John Jackson Miller, all paint the casino world of Cantonica as “Space Vegas,” in various thrilling, funny, and dark ways. Continue reading “Canon Novel Review: Canto Bight”

Canon Junior Novel Review: The Legends of Luke Skywalker

The Legends of Luke Skywalker

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The Legends of Luke Skywalker, by renowned author Ken Liu, unveils myths and legends the people in-universe have about the mystical Jedi, and is part of the “Journey to Star Wars: The Last Jedi” initiative. Dismissing this book out of hand due to its lack of purely canonical stories about Luke Skywalker would be a grave mistake, as Ken Liu’s considerable talents challenge readers’ assumptions and paints an unforgettable and inspiring portrait of everyone’s favorite Jedi. Continue reading “Canon Junior Novel Review: The Legends of Luke Skywalker”

Novel Review: Star Wars: From a Certain Point of View

Star Wars From a Certain Point of View

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There have been short story collections in the Star Wars universe before, but nothing quite like this! From a Certain Point of View gathers together 43 authors for 40 stories giving us new perspectives on Episode IV: A New Hope, as a celebration of the film’s 40th Anniversary (bonus: all the author proceeds go to the charity First Book!). In short, the stories within had me crying, laughing, and filled me up with joyous wonder, much like A New Hope did and continues to do 40 years later, which is a pretty fitting way to celebrate the 40th anniversary, if you ask me! Continue reading “Novel Review: Star Wars: From a Certain Point of View”

Canon Novel Review: Phasma

Phasma (novel)

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Phasma, by Delilah S. Dawson, is part of the “Journey to Star Wars: The Last Jedi” initiative, taking place only a few years prior to The Force Awakens. Dawson weaves together two entertaining and engaging tales, set 10 years apart, which reveal and strengthen the fearsome presence of Captain Phasma that TFA wasn’t really able to do, now making the character one to watch out for in The Last Jedi. Continue reading “Canon Novel Review: Phasma”

Canon Young Adult Novel Review: Leia: Princess of Alderaan

Leia Princess of Alderaan

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Written by the fan-favorite (rightfully so) Claudia Gray, Leia: Princess of Alderaan is a Young Adult novel that’s part of the “Journey to Star Wars: The Last Jedi” initiative, taking place a couple years before A New Hope. It should come as no surprise I’m highly recommending another Gray novel, as she crafts a compelling tale of Leia’s journey into a larger world, the growing rebellion, and how it effects her and her family as the dangers of action and inaction become more real for all of them. Come for The Last Jedi tidbits, stay for the enthralling character piece. Continue reading “Canon Young Adult Novel Review: Leia: Princess of Alderaan”

Canon Novel Review: Battlefront II: Inferno Squad

Battlefront II Inferno Squad

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Battlefront II: Inferno Squad, by Christie Golden, ties into the upcoming Battlefront sequel’s singleplayer campaign, giving readers the story behind the inception of main character Iden Versio’s titular Imperial squad. Filled with nuanced complexity about the war between the Rebellion and the Empire that makes for a gripping, fast-paced read, Inferno Squad is an excellent birth place for the exciting new protagonist Iden Versio, though its short length is both a strength and a weakness that leads to a few, minor other ones. Continue reading “Canon Novel Review: Battlefront II: Inferno Squad”

Canon Young Adult Novel Review: Rebel Rising

Rebel Rising

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Rebel Rising by Beth Revis is an excellently told tale about Jyn Erso’s life, set between the opening flashback of Rogue One and her being broke out of prison on Wobani by the Rebellion, while its Young Adult moniker should be ignored if that typically scares you away from a book because RR really highlights the harsher realities of the journey Jyn goes on. Continue reading “Canon Young Adult Novel Review: Rebel Rising”

Canon Junior Novel Review: Guardians of the Whills

Guardians of the Whills

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In Guardians of the Whills, Greg Rucka expertly captures the bond between leads Baze Malbus and Chirrut Îmwe while bringing the struggles of Jedha to light even more profoundly than Rogue One does, making the young reader novel one to be enjoyed by all ages and especially by fans of the two characters. Continue reading “Canon Junior Novel Review: Guardians of the Whills”