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on 5 April 2015
The good news is that this particular book is set immediately after the events portrayed in "Star Wars IV: A New Hope" and before the action of "Star Wars V: The Empire Strikes Back". It is easily one of the most recognizable and comfortably satisfying of the "inbetween" Star Wars novels.
By rough count there are at least 380 adult novels, young adult books, and eBooks that are set in the Star Wars universe. (This doesn't count short stories or comics.) About 200 of these cover events that predate the movie "Star Wars IV: A New Hope". That is the movie in which the Death Star is destroyed, and this battle, called the Battle of Yavin, is used in the Star Wars timelines to mark prior eras (BBY -Before the Battle of Yavin, and ABY - After the Battle of Yavin).
This matters because there are sort of three different sets of Star Wars books - 200 books that are set BBY, about 60 set between movies IV and VI, and about 120 set after the current end of the movie series. As you might imagine, the characters, settings and plots placed far before or after the Battle of Yavin are very different from what you might remember from the movies, and readers can be disappointed when a Star Wars book they pick has no recognizable, to them, characters or plots.
Not to worry here. Everyone is back, but this is Leia's book. She and Han Solo feel so right that the book reads almost like the script for deleted scenes from the two movies, or a treatment for a fill-in movie that was never made. I grew up just as these movies were being released and I have crystal clear memories of each character and each scene. I can pop the gang into my head as though they just appeared yesterday. Reading this book I get the same effect.
And that is a great testament to the skill of the author. While it takes talent, obviously, to write any Star Wars book, it takes a high degree of nerve and skill to pull off a story featuring the most iconic characters in the most widely remembered movie settings. Even more, this book really expands and deepens the Leia character; so much so that after you read this book you will appreciate "Star Wars V" in a new and richer way. How's that for a nice payoff.
In any event, this is certainly a nice addition for a completist and a nice treat for a more casual fan. O.K. by me.
Please note that I received a free advance ecopy of this book in exchange for a candid review. Apart from that I have no connection at all to either the author or the publisher of this book.