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Star Wars: Empire and Rebellion: Razor's Edge (Star Wars Empire & Rebellion)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 3 June 2014
This is an excellent novel that has Leia as the main character for once, with Han in a supporting role for the majority of the book, and Luke, Chewie and the droids playing lesser roles in the plot.

This story takes place after A New Hope, but before The Empire Strikes Back, and has you gripped from page one. We see most of the story from Leia's point of view, and get to see her as a warrior as well as a diplomat, and see her insecurities as well as her determination. Leia's characterisation is true to the character too.

Most of the main 'guest' characters are female too, and each is written well and is believable, and actually quite refreshing. The pain, anger and guilt that Leia and the Alderaanian crew feel over the loss of Alderaan is written well too.

The pace of the story is good, but it becomes obvious quite early on who the traitor is, but that doesn't really spoil the story. The main villain is a female, and scarily twisted and evil.

I personally thought the ending was a little abrupt and left me feeling like there should at least have been a few more lines of dialogue, and wanting to know what happened next to the crew of the Aegis.

Maybe the author will write a sequel to this book, and if she does I hope that she continues to focus on Leia and the other strong female characters that are missing from so many Star Wars books.
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on 8 June 2015
An altercation with pirates disrupts what should be a relatively simple mission for the rebel ship ‘The Gamble’. With General Willard rendered out of commission temporarily, Leia must take charge and attempt to extricate the ship and its crew from the clutches of the pirates. However, things are far from simple and the pirates are not ordinary criminals and thugs but refugees from the destruction of Alderaan taking desperate measures to survive.

‘This novel was originally supposed to be part of a loose trilogy, entitled ‘Empire and Rebellion’, that was to concentrate on particular events between ‘A New Hope’ and ‘The Empire Strikes Back’ where each volume opted to focus on one of Luke, Leia and Han. The Disney takeover has resulted in ‘Heir to the Jedi’, the Luke novel, remaining as part of the new canon but not the other two. I’m not sure how this exactly affects the three novels but ‘Razor’s Edge’ is a fairly self-contained and independent story.

‘Razor’s Edge’ focusses on the character of Leia. As such, it is concerned somewhat with her transition from royalty to rebel. It addresses her anxieties not to be a rendered a mere figurehead for the alliance and her desire to be a proactive leader. It also touches on her growing attraction to Han and her efforts not to acknowledge this.

Overhanging everything though is the destruction of Alderaan. Obviously Leia has issues to deal with concerning this, but it is brought to the foreground as she encounters the crew of an Alderanian ship who have resorted to piracy to survive. The fate of Alderaan’s survivors hasn’t really been that much explored so this gives the novel an extra level of interest.

However, the traitor in the midst aspect of the plot is fairly ineffectual. It is a little obvious and overplayed and not much of a revelation at a point when the plot needs a bit of a boost as the story is meandering somewhat.

Viest is a much better and more original villain than the generic Degoren. She also works as more of a suitable opponent for Leia and there is some good interaction between the two characters. As the story progresses Degoren and his Imperials start to become more prominent the plot loses a bit of direction and becomes more typical.
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on 7 July 2015
a well written story about our favourite SW characters. Another adventure to add to the collection, which keeps in the EU storyline cannon nicely.
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on 23 May 2015
Classic stuff, always good to read more star wars. A nice read, and before jaina and Jack came along. Nice
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on 1 May 2015
awesome book love it
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on 1 February 2015
Good good book
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 14 November 2014
Good story, a bit strange to read this now after reading so many later books in the timeline, but good to go back and flesh out more details at the time of the "Vong" and the battle of Duro and how Leia coped with her injury.
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