- Paperback: 320 pages
- Publisher: Arrow (3 May 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0099542668
- ISBN-13: 978-0099542667
- Product Dimensions: 11 x 2 x 17.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 243,972 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Star Wars: Scourge Paperback – 3 May 2012
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An all-new stand-alone Star Wars adventure set before the bestselling New Jedi Order series, delving into the mysterious and dangerous world of the infamous crime-lords, the Hutts!
About the Author
JEFF GRUBB is an author and game designer. He is the co-creator of the Forgotten Realms setting with Ed Greenwood and one of the co-founders of the Dragonlance setting, and has written 15 novels and 30 short stories set in the such worlds as the Forgotten Realms, Dragonlance, Starcraft, Warcraft, and Guild Wars. He has written and contributed to over a hundred games and game support products, including the Star Wars RPG, the Star Wars miniatures game for Wizards of the Coast and Star Wars Attacktix for Hasbro. He lives in Seattle with his wife and two cats, and currently builds worlds for ArenaNet, the makers of the Guild Wars game.
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However the book does have some bad points. Most of supporting characters, with one or two exceptions, are very thinly developed and aren't that interesting. Secondly the identity of the arch villian really isn't a mystery. Finally the plot does drag in one or two places.
good read for all.
(19 ABY) Jedi Master Mander Zuma begins investigating the death of his former apprentice and soon becomes embroiled in a mission to end the trade in the deadly drug (sorry, 'spice') known as Tempest, delving deeper and deeper into the shady world of Hutt politics.
The concept of Mander Zuma is an intriguing one. He's a very average Jedi, with basic lightsaber skills, little field experience and an imperfect connection to the Force. When so many Star Wars stories focus on Jedi prodigies like the Skywalkers or wise and experienced Jedi like Obi-Wan, it made for interesting reading to see the adventures of a more everyman type. It was good to see him grow into the role of Knight errant as his quest progressed too. This story also reintroduces the Corporate Sector Authority from the classic Han Solo Adventures.
My biggest problem with this book is that it is the novelisation of an old RPG campaign book called 'Tempest Feud'. This meant that all of the major plot points, including the big twist as to the identity of the Spice Lord, were already known to me. Since the story relies heavily on plot-based mysteries, this foreknowledge soured the reading experience. Also, overall, the story on offer here is not particularly epic or enthralling, making it feel more like an extended short story than a proper Star Wars novel. My final quibble is simply that I found the idea of a drug-addicted Jedi to be a fascinating one but sadly Toro Irana doesn't survive long enough for the author to fully explore the interesting possibilities there.
A perfectly acceptable book but one which doesn't grab you in the way that a great Star Wars story should.
Certainly it read like a bit of fan fiction. It didn't feel like part of the Star Wars saga and seemed very out of place for some reason. It had the feel of a spin-off. Of course the whole EU is a spin off so this felt like a sort of spin-off of a spin-off... if that makes any sense.
That's not to say it was an entirely bad book. It was a sort of Star Wars meets the mafia and the plot largely revolved around the Hutt underworld, gangsters and drugs. It was a very interesting concept and I personally enjoyed it. The story itself dragged on a bit - an impressive feat for such a short book - but the characters were all very likable. The main character, although a bit bland, was quite believable in that he was a fairly weak Jedi and a little bit clumsy. I personally thought this was a nice touch; it gave a better impression of the New Jedi Order in its infancy. Jeff Grubb has a nice easy writing style, although I did get fed up with him using the phrase "half a hundred". Is the word "fifty" not good enough?
On the whole I thought it was a good and enjoyable read but certainly not one that is a "must read" in my opinion. It stands alone and has no impact on any other books in the series.
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Really liked it. Nice to read a smaller scale Jedi story for a change, instead of massive galactic threats and huge wars.Published on 22 Feb. 2014 by Neil Roberts