- Also check our best rated Star Wars Book reviews
Razor's Edge (Star Wars (Random House Hardcover)) Hardcover – 5 Nov 2013
Customers who bought this item also bought
Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
"[A] rollicking "Star Wars" adventure . . . a book that keeps you eagerly turning pages.""--Roqoo Depot"
[A] rollicking "Star Wars" adventure . . . a book that keeps you eagerly turning pages. " Roqoo Depot""
[A] rollicking Star Wars adventure . . . a book that keeps you eagerly turning pages. Roqoo Depot"
About the Author
Martha Wells was born in 1964 in Fort Worth, Texas, and graduated from Texas A&M University with a B.A. in anthropology. She is the author of more than a dozen science fiction and fantasy novels, including the Nebula-nominated The Death of the Necromancer, as well as a number of short stories and nonfiction articles. Her books have been published in seven languages.
Top customer reviews
Razors Edge is a brilliant exception, in fact I would go on to say that in all the characters but especially in Leia, I found their depiction to be a worthy extension of those we know and love from the original trilogy. Clearly the writer has done some research around politics and diplomacy and woven it seamlessly to create more rebellious and more cunning Leia. This is done without detraction from the action during fast paced scenes and making the book cleaver rather than boring during the slower ones. The book is also told from multiple points of view which is difficult to write and even harder to perfect but see what you think for yourself, personally i think she has captured the character actions and views very well.
The writer has even touched on fleshing out the earlier stages of Han an Leia's relationship in a way which I believe is accurate and amusing without descending into fan-service.
Apart from that the new characters are believable, in that they fit well into the star wars universe and the plot is sound. Its just a shame this cannot be made into a movie with the original cast. iI you are new to star wars books I suggest reading something else if you start with one this good you might find yourself disappointed with the rest by comparison, and that would be a shame as there are some good ones.
I have read the following star wars books for reference: More to read...
The force unleashed
The force unleashed 2
The Thrawn trilogy
- Heir to the empire
- Dark force rising
- The last command
The Corellian trilogy
- Ambush at corellia
- Assault at selonia
- Showdown at Centerpoint
Dawn of the Jedi: into the void
The old republic: fatal alliance
Heir to the Jedi
Honor among thieves
The Han Solo trilogy
- The paradise snare
-The Hutt Gambit
- Rebel Dawn
This is the first book in the Empire and Rebellion series. It is set 2 years after Star Wars: A New Hope. It starts out with Leia leading a rebel mission to buy materials to complete construction of a certain base on Hoth. Coming out of hyperspace they are ambushed at their most venerable moment by an imperial ship leading them to believe they have a traitor aboard. They manage to limp away in a damaged ship. Then run into a pirate ship. The thing that upsets Leia's sensibilities is the ship is an Alderaanian military ship. Speaking to the captain she realises the ship is crewed by survivors from Alderaan turned pirates. Remember Alderaan was always know for it's peaceful way so this is a slap in the face of the plannets memory; this is just 2 years after the destruction of her planet so the scars are still raw.
Martha Wells get Leia's character spot on I think. There are sparks of attraction between Leia and Han, but they are not madly in love yet, there is also a mention that she sees Luke as more of a confidant, someone she is comfortable to talk to. She does even manage to show Leia's diplomatic training at work while she is trying to recruit/redeem the Alderaan pirates; and her interview/interrogation with the sectors pirate queen. I do not know if it is Wells usual writing style most of the main characters are female. I like the way people's reactions to Leia change, many think of her as just a figure head for the rebellion, but with her tactical thinking and when they see her in combat they realise she every bit the soldier earning the respect of rebels under her command and the Alderaan pirates alike.
The only down side of the book is the combat sections. The Space battles were ok, but the person to person combat/games did not really work for me. Also I did manage to predict who the spy was quite early on. All in all a good introduction to this period of Star Wars. I think this is more Leia story than either saying good bye or clutching to the last shred of Alderaan.
Be warned, though: the Kindle edition is 1/3 previews and recaps of the Star Wars literary universe, the story itself ends at around 66%...
Would you like to see more reviews about this item?
Look for similar items by category