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Razor's Edge: Star Wars (Empire and Rebellion)

by Martha Wells

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Martha Wells has brought the Star Wars universe back another foot forward after a long stretch of mediocre novels and series were bringing the universe down. What's worked here was the use of a cast of favorites set in a time immediately after the destruction of the Death Star. Instead of a huge story spanning across multiple books, characters, and settings this was focused on a short period of time using just a few locations to tell a quick story that's entertaining and provides a few new insights into the characters of Han, Leia, and Luke.

With this and the recent novel, Kenobi, the future of the Star Wars EU is looking better. I definitely will be checking out the next in this series. ( )
  capiam1234 | May 17, 2014 |
The Rebel Alliance is in desperate straits, and Princess Lei with the help of Han Solo and others are on a mission to help rebuild a new base. Set in between the film “Star Wars” and “The Empire Strikes Back”, this adds more. It has all the characters we come to love but concentrates on Princess Leia. It gives more meat to the character and we get to experience more of her banter with Solo. I believe this is only the second Star Wars based novel, I have read but I have to say I enjoyed it. It is filled with non-stop action. ( )
  grumpydan | Jan 5, 2014 |
It’s a tall task to take iconic characters and weave them into a story of your own invention. Martha Wells does this very successfully in Razor’s Edge: Star Wars (Empire and Rebellion). Her task is made all the more difficult by the setting, which takes place shortly after the events in the original Star Wars, pegging the personalities of Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, Princess Leia and Chewbacca as very close to how they were portrayed in the movie.

The characters and their interactions felt very authentic. The plot involves a meeting at the out of the way location that gets derailed when Leia runs into a pirate attack led by a ship from her destroyed homeworld of Alderaan. Leia and Han wind up on the Alderaanian ship headed toward a pirate base on an abandoned asteroid mine. Leia must try to protect the Alderaanians, convince them to join the rebellion, rescue hostages from a captured freighter, defeat the sinister pirate leader, complete her mission and do it all before the Empire shows up. Luke and Chewy are left to catch up and try to bail out their captured comrades.

This story was a lot of fun. The pirate base on the abandoned asteroid mine was a fascinating and vividly described setting. The characters, both familiar and new, were interesting and complicated. The battles and fight scenes were wonderfully depicted and ratcheted up in intensity as the plot moved along with rising stakes at each step of the way. I’ve long been a fan of Martha Wells and she certainly doesn’t disappoint here. The Star Wars universe is incredibly vast with plenty of room for stories to tell. Wells proves that there is plenty of fertile territory left to explore. Both casual and die hard Star Wars fans will enjoy this story. Highly recommended.

I was fortunate to receive an advance copy of this book. ( )
  tottman | Oct 6, 2013 |
So far Timothy Zahn has been doing a great job filling in the time between A New Hope and Empire but now it is someone else's turn and boy was Martha Wells up to the challenge. It really felt like the old gang was back together, including Chewie, and it just felt like I was experiencing the my youth through the original trilogy all over again. What really makes this book great is the author's ability to portray a younger Leia that's still dealing with the destruction of her home world and what other survivors of Alderaan's destruction have had to do just to stay alive. Not only is this a great read for long-time readers, but a great place to start for those new to the expanded universe.
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Times are desperate for the Rebel Alliance. Harassment by the Empire and a shortage of vital supplies are hindering completion of a new secret base on the ice planet Hoth. So when Mid Rim merchants offer much-needed materials for sale, Princess Leia Organa and Han Solo lead an Alliance delegation to negotiate a deal.

But when treachery forces the rebel ship to flee into territory controlled by pirates, Leia makes a shocking discovery: the fierce marauders come from Leia’s homeworld of Alderaan, recently destroyed by the Death Star. These refugees have turned to pillaging and plundering to survive—and they are in debt to a pirate armada, which will gladly ransom the princess to the vengeful Empire . . . if they find out her true identity.

Struggling with intense feelings of guilt, loyalty, and betrayal, Leia is determined to help her wayward kinspeople, even as Imperial forces are closing in on her own crippled ship. Trapped between lethal cutthroats and brutal oppressors, Leia and Han, along with Luke, Chewbacca, and a battle-ready crew, must defy death—or embrace it—to keep the rebellion alive.
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Princess Leia Organa and Han Solo lead an Alliance delegation to negotiate a deal for much-needed materials for the Rebel Alliance when they fall into the hands of fierce marauders from Leia's homeworld of Alderaan, recently destroyed by the Death Star. Struggling with intense feelings of guilt, loyalty, and betrayal, Leia is determined to help her wayward kinspeople, even as Imperial forces are closing in on her own crippled ship.… (more)

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