Wednesday, 19 March 2014

Star Wars: Honour Among Thieves (Book Review)

As with the last book review this is posted in full on and this is simply a preview. If you want to see it in full then please follow the link through to there.

Set during the Rebellion era, Honour Among Thieves is very much a back to basics story. Taking place between films while the initial war against the Empire was in full swing and Coruscant had yet to even be retaken, it examines the place of Han Solo during this time. Ever so much the rogue, he is tasked with the sort of mission an expert smuggler knows only too well – Find someone in the middle of dangerous territory, ensure no one finds them, and bring them back alive. Things unfortunately go awry very quickly when the person, expert rebel spy Scarlet Hark, cannot return. What she has uncovered is far too dangerous and valuable to merely ignore…

As you might have guessed from the cover, Solo himself is firmly the focus of the novel. Much more like the smuggler we saw in A New Hope than the commander of later films, a large chunk of the book is spent exploring the character’s initial thoughts at that time. His pessimism, attitude towards others and even lack of faith in either side. Most notable among these is the fact that, while he understands the Empire needs to be toppled, he believes that any effort by the Rebellion to take power will ultimately corrupt it into something just as bad. As far as he is concerned, he is looking for something much less complicated in life and does not see it as being his fight. At the story’s beginning, all he really wants is to remove the price on his head.

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