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AN EARLY CLASSIC.....
on 17 March 2014
When a science fiction novel opens by discussing the inherent beauty of the universe, you know you are in for a good solid read. When a Star Wars novel opens in such a fashion, the reader knows the journey into the expanded universe they have begun is one they will never forget. SPLINTER OF THE MIND’S EYE is like this. The title alone is intriguing and compelling but when you discover it is set just after the cataclysmic events of the legendary Battle of Yavin, and given that it also features a young and naïve Luke Skywalker (still head over heels in love with Princess Leia) and of course Darth Vader, well you can’t go wrong. Allan Dean Foster has written an early but classic work of Star Wars literature.
On the way to a secret confab with the Circarpousians - to convince them to join the Rebel Alliance - Luke and Leia are forced to land on a neighbouring planet, which as a short amount of reading time reveals, is being secretly mined by the Empire. At this stage of the book the reader does not know what is being mined but it really is beside the point. The empire is there, and that can only mean one thing. Big Bad Darth.
The writing of tis novel really is outstanding. The pacing is excellent and even early on, the reader can feel the suspense begin to build and of course long term fans of the saga (which is about two thirds of the world's population) cant wait for Vader to grace our kindle screens with his presence. Characterisation is perfect. Reading is book really is like having a bonus episode of the saga to enjoy. Threepio and R2 have a strong presence in the book, even early on, and the first appearance of storm troopers are bound to raise the hairs on the back of your neck. That really should be a money back guarantee.
At this early stage of proceedings, i give this book four stars. As i approach the book's finale, i should be in a position to update this review but don't expect the overall rating to move away from excellent.