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[Rebel Rising] [] Rebel Rising
By Beth Revis
Reviewed by Darth Kondorr, Poland

While Catalyst is the beginning of the story, Rebel Rising is a direct sequel, refocusing from Galen Erso to his daughter and her substitute parent Saw. But we do not get a typical starwarsy training montage, but a really good look at how bad her situation became after Saw pulled her out that cave. After all we are talking about Saw Gerrera, someone, who was so hardcore, the Rebel alliance did not want to work with him. The same Alliance, that had no problems with Cassians way of handling things.
We get to see Saw through Jynís eyes, and together with her we first see him as a savior, then an awkward father figure, mentor, then growingly paranoid protector until finally we arrive at the unstable extremist we have seen in ROGUE ONE. Saw lost his sister a long time ago, then he lost his homeworld, his heart belonged to Jyn which fed his paranoia, but finally he sacrificed more and more of himself, of his soul and of his body for THE cause. Once he had only his own life left to sacrifice, he started sacrificing others. This is a pretty bleak version of Star Wars, perfectly in line with ROGUE ONE...
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[Rogue One] [] Rogue One
By Alexander Freed
Reviewed by Darth Kondorr, Poland

Freed does not disappoint. The parts we know from the movies are more than competently described, but Freed does not just show us the movie written in words, but brings us the emotions and motivations of all characters closer. There is lots of insight and surprisingly lot of connective tissue with CATALYST and REBEL RISING (in memories and flashbacks which are not in the film)...read full review

 
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[Adventures in Wild Space: The Rescue] [] Adventures in Wild Space: The Rescue
By Tom Huddleston
Reviewed by Darth Kondorr, Poland

Finally we arrive at the finale of the journey. What most surprised me about it, was how the book series suitable for the youngest had a ROGUE ONE tie in element (the most adult of the movies). The story's ending is satisfying, even when the final confrontation (which makes the book 25% longer then itís predecessors) is not that engaging.
Overall I liked this series very much. It is littered with tie in elements, but does not rely on those.

 
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[Adventures in Wild Space: The Cold] [] Adventures in Wild Space: The Cold
By Cavan Scott
Reviewed by Darth Kondorr, Poland

Scoring it as it is... a childrenís book, it really deserves four stars. A book that is fast paced and tense but suitable for children: a fine line to walk.
The adventure at hand continues the quest to find and rescue the parents. As the stories before it, it is short but fun. Considering the length and title of the next one, we seem to be reaching the series climax. It was a fun ride, more fun than some of the more hyped about adult books and I am looking forward to seeing the finale.

 
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[Thrawn] [] Thrawn
By Timothy Zahn
Reviewed by Darth Kondorr, Poland

While this is definitely not one of Zahn's masterpieces, it still is a proper, if extremely uneven read. This is one of the long running series of books named after its titular character on which it is focused. While there were great books, like Kenobi or Dark Lord, there were also the pretty average ones like Tarkin.
What seems to be the problem, is that the NEW CANON seems to restrict epic writers like Zahn and Luceno, to a degree, that lets the reader feel, how less fun they have writing in the new ruleset. Both Luceno's Tarkin (and Catalyst for that matter) and Zahn's
Thrawn have great, amazing even, elements, that are too few among really boring and uninspired "coming of age/rising in the ranks" elements...read full review

 
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[Darth Maul] [] Darth Maul
By Cullin Bunn, Luke Ross et al.
Reviewed by Darth Kondorr, Poland

I really liked the old comic book Darth Maul by Marz and Dursema. The story was simply but sharp. The art wasÖ well, it was art. Sharp, precise & perfect. Like Maul.
Maybe I did not like that book, I might have loved it, even. But this Maul, much more conflicted, yet equally precise, with a story slightly more complex and art less precise, but equally impressive, really had everything I loved about great Star Wars comics. Maul was a killer machine in the first prequel, but thanks to Filoni he became a character, and comparing Marz's great work with Bunn's, the same can be said. A great story with amazing art, which sadly is not a standard in recent Marvel Star Wars books.
One of the few recent must-buys!

 
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[Red Harvest] [] Red Harvest
By Joe Schreiber
Reviewed by Darth Kondorr, Poland

The book started out quite intriguing. The author managed to lay some thick atmosphere on the Sith academy, which was the main backdrop for this tale. But not even after 100 pages, I could see that there was no real plan behind it. We were just thrown from one senseless and gory massacre till the next one. The few characters that got kinda interesting got killed rather fast and those that made it rough mostly did not bother me. Lots of side stories cut off by death without any conclusion, which would be positively tragic, if the book had any interesting arcs to get it to the end.
The gory element also seemed extremely repetitive and it was a challenge and a chore to get through its barely 260 pages. One of the worst books I have ever read and the dark exception to the rule, that The Old Republic books rule!

 
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[ Before the Awakening ] [] Before the Awakening
By Greg Rucka
Reviewed by Darth Kondorr, Poland

Greg Rucka is capable of perfectly catching the vibe and the characters of Star Wars. All his books I have read to this day felt very true to the franchise. He finds a fitting scenario for our new heroes and makes it interesting, instead of creating a gimmick plot devoid of character.
All three tales are very true to their characters and all are very fun to read, giving small glimpses into their lives, before they all changed. This is one easy recommendation.

 
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[ Bloodline ] [] Bloodline
By Claudia Gray
Reviewed by Darth Kondorr, Poland

Lost Stars was a nice read, that grew to be amazing in the wake of the events of Alderaan's destruction, but then turned into an unfocused and uninspired retelling of the movies. The battle of Jakku was also just a backdrop to romantic melodrama. Bloodline is for the first 250 pages a rather uninteresting investigation mixed with a very simplistic political plot, that paints Leia within its first 10 pages as a complete hypocrite (other than that, Leia's portrayel is a strong point of Gray's writing)...read full review

 
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[ A Saga on Home Video: A Fanís Guide to U.S. Star Wars Home Video Releases ] [] A Saga on Home Video: A Fanís Guide to U.S. Star Wars Home Video Releases
By Nathan P. Butler
Reviewed by Ewan, Star Wars Books & Comics

While we may have become accustomed to the idea that there is around a four-month gap between a film's theatrical release and our ability to enjoy it in our own homes on our super-sized high definition widescreen televisions along with a THX certified digital surround soundtrack (should you choose to do so or can afford to do so), forty years ago Star Wars fans had to wait an amazing five years after its theatrical release in 1977 before being able to buy or, as was more popular and affordable in 1982, rent a copy of A New Hope on either VHS, Betamax or LaserDisc. However, no matter which format you selected in those days, you didn't get the "whole" film...read full review

 
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[ Lost Stars ] [] Lost Stars
By Claudia Gray
Reviewed by Darth Kondorr, Poland

I never read a romance novel in my life, and I never thought I missed out... and to be honest I still do not feel that way. Don't get me wrong, the book is quite alright, but it is going through the motions, there is not much new here, not much surprise either.
The overall story is very simple: We follow a young couple from their first childhood meeting 8 years after the Clone Wars all the way to the aftermath of the battle of Jakku. The romance part, as well as the Star Wars part are both treated very suave, rarely going outside the established mold for both and not offering any new things (besides some interesting insights into the already established canon)...read full review

 
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[ Aftermath: Empire's End ] [] Aftermath: Empire's End
By Chuck Wendig
Reviewed by Darth Kondorr, Poland

I really got to like the new characters, they all were interesting and engaging, I liked their arcs in each book, but also spread across all three. What I did not really like is the overarching scheme, the overall arc, the plot divided across all three books. It was not bad, it just was a lot of fuss about something rather not thrilling [...] third book is as the two before it, neither better, nor worse. It is exciting, but when both sides of the conflict have a mutual goal, then no matter the outcome of said conflict, the end result will be kind off the same...read full review

 
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[ Aftermath: Life Debt ] [] Aftermath: Life Debt
By Chuck Wendig
Reviewed by Darth Kondorr, Poland

The first book in the Aftermath trilogy was relatively small scale, introducing a motley crew of characters, but not really bringing them together. It was more of a prelude, than a proper first part. With it, Wendig created the foundation for the emotional attachment, which he formed beautifully right at the very beginning of this second book. Still a band of individuals, but functioning as a unit, the characters have a surprising chemistry and it is a delight to witness them before it all falls apart again [...] threat is still something of a phantom, we know who the bad guys are, there is a lot of grey guys and some good guys, but the end game is not fast revealed, so the book makes good use of compelling characters and one obvious legacy character to keep the reader engaged...read full review

 
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[ Aftermath ] [] Aftermath
By Chuck Wendig
Reviewed by Darth Kondorr, Poland

I loved this book [...] I am not here to defend the supposed weak points, but to point out what I liked. And first and foremost it was the characters. All are quite distinctive, from a drunkard veteran to a minor almost-orphan, I was keeping my fingers crossed that they all make it through [...] The interludes were also interesting: offering a bigger picture, sometimes more personal, like a splintered family sitting on a dining table, sometimes of epic proportions, but always enriching the overall galaxy [...] biggest cons would be for one the lack of the big three, I do understand, that they were rather inconsequential here, but as everybody else, I too would like to know what they were doing at that time....read full review

 
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