A New Dawn: Star Wars

A New Dawn: Star WarsMy consecutive reading streak had finally broken. For several years I had been continually reading something, anything from my local library. With all the recent stuff going on in my life, I finally just didn’t have enough time to keep the streak alive.

So, a month or so had gone by where I wasn’t reading anything! Crazy, I know but I decided to get back to reading with the book that I hadn’t finished last, A New Dawn.

It’s a prequel book to the new show Star Wars Rebels. The few episodes of the show I’ve seen so far seemed pretty cool, so I figured I’d read up to get a better idea of some of the characters, story, etc.

Overall the book was ok. To me Star Wars books aren’t amazing works of literary greatness and do get a bit repetitive at times, but with all that aside it was pretty good. If focused mainly on Kanan and Hera who are two of the main characters on Rebels.

Their tale is a bit of a Star Wars cliche, but then again that’s what is expected from the series. The main villain,  Count Vidian was pretty cool. The author did a great job making him a creepy, efficient cyborg.

An ok overall story with an exciting finish. Glad I got back to reading!


Star Wars Fate of the Jedi: Apocalypse

Star Wars Fate of the Jedi: ApocalypseI noticed online that h ninth and final installment in the Fate of the Jedi series had just just been released. I’d read the previous eight and have been awaiting the conclusion, so I stopped by the Linwood Library hoping that they might already have a copy available to loan. I happily noticed in amongst the new arrivals and checked it out.

It’s been awhile since I read the last installment, but the status of how things were left off quickly were recalled just a few page in. This was some more good stuff, with some pretty epic battles taking place. I really enjoyed how towards the end it kept switching better major battles going on. It really reminded me of watching Return of the Jedi way back when in the theatre.

My only complaint was just how easily the Jedi mowed through the Sith at times. It seemed that they were continually slicing through hundreds of them with little to no loss at times (sorry Barv, your loss was a most noble action). Besides that, I really enjoyed reading the conclusion to this pretty lengthy series.

Even though the ending is a bit predictable, it really did a solid job of wrapping up a long running nine book series. A fine ending.


Darth Plagueis

Darth PlagueisWow, this was one of my favorite books in a long time. Granted I’m a pretty big Star Wars fan from back as long I can remember (I do recall faintly seeing Empire Strikes Back when it was first released), so I might be slightly biased on this one.

This book takes places over several decades before Episdoe I The Phantom Menace (such a disappointing movie for me still). This book is told from the Sith’s point of view and really explains so much of what will eventually unfold in all of the movies.

Darth Plagueis is Palpatine’s (Darth Sidious, aka The Emporer) master. So all is explained how Palpatine turned to the dark side. Since this doesn’t get touched on in the films, I was really excited like a Trekkie meeting Shatner to hear all about it. So much of it sets up so much of what happens down the road.

Also introduced are Darth Maul and his training and rise in power, an up and coming Hutt named Jabba, and countless others. Oh yeah, how the Jedi’s believed that Anakin was conceived by the Force? That was a side effect of crazy midi-chlorian experiments gone wrong by Plagueis and Palpatine.

If any of this makes even remote sense to you then you must read this book and get a much better understanding of so many events that you’ve seen unravel over the films. Amazingly interesting nerdy stuff!



Star Wars: Fate of the Jedi Ascension

Star Wars: Fate of the Jedi AscensionSince the copy of of Game of Thrones that I had loaned from the library became unreadable due to sever book damage (I really shouldn’t taken a photo to share, it was amazingly beat up), I figured I’d continue on my Fate of the Jedi series. The latest book out is Ascension, and thus far I think it was my favorite in the series.

Since this is the eight book in a nine book series, things are really beginning to come together. Lots of battles, a ton of Sith doing bad things, Abeloth doing all sorts of evil, political double crossing, all good stuff. The author does a great job of setting the stage for the final book which I will have to wait until April to read.

I really plowed through the very beginning and the last half of the book. There was just so much unfolding that if was hard to put down during those times. My favorite thus far in the series and am anxious for April now.


Star Wars: Fate of the Jedi Vortex & Conviction

Star Wars: Fate of the Jedi VortexRead two more books in the Fate of the Jedi Series, Vortex and Conviction. After reading the first 5 books, much to my sadness my local library didn’t happen to carry the 6th book, Vortex. However, due to magical library ways, they were able to get the book in just a few days on interlibrary loan. They were super nice to help me acquire this book.

Vortex turned out to be my least favorite of the books thus far, but it wasn’t necessarily bad. Being the 6th book our of 9, I guess some of the plot is just getting a bit stale to me. It seems like a similar recipe to the previous installments.

The Sith working alonside Luke was cool. But I have to say that I didn’t agree with how the Jedi conducted themselves, ousting Hamner. They’re actions seemed as guilty as they were accused of being at the start of this series.

Conviction was better to me. I was genuinely excited when I found out who busted Daala out of prison. Boba Fett himself, infamous bounty hunter and my favorite character and action figure growing up. He was worked into the story very well, good stuff.

Only two more books left in the series, with the last not printed yet.


Star Wars: Fate of the Jedi Allies

Star Wars: Fate of the Jedi AlliesFinished up the 5th book in the Fate of the Jedi series. It was pretty solid stuff. I really enjoyed the beginning and the ending, but the middle was a little less enjoyable for me.

Luke forming and alliance to work with the Sith to fight a common foe was very cool. But then they didn’t really touch much on it, until the end of the book. In the meantime some new story lines were introduced, such as the reporter and slavery issues.

I’m sure that they will lead up to some bigger stories in the later books, but I guess I just wanted some more action taking place. I’m glad that the hutts did get a brief role, Jabba was always a favorite growing up.

I wasn’t expecting the jedi madness to be cured in this book, so that was a surprise. But then again, I wouldn’t be surprised if it’s not really cured just yet, but I guess I’ll eventually find out.

The Sith do make for some interesting characters, so I hope there’s still a big focus on them in the remaining books.