Battlefront: Twilight Company – Alexander Freed

“He would die with a grin & a battle cry.”

Alexander Freed is quickly becoming one of my favorite Star Wars writers. Not surprising really, considering he used to work at BioWare on probably my favorite gaming franchise of all time, Mass Effect! He is a great fit within the Star Wars universe.

Battlefront: Twilight Company was inspired by the video game, Star Wars Battlefront. It is about the war between the Empire & the Rebellion, while focusing on the Sixty-first Mobile Infantry. This is better known as the Twilight Company. It’s rare that we get to see so closely into the grim war side of the Rebellion, especially with the prior Legends novels. Canon really is about expanding & diversifying the universe, which is a fucking righteous thing for me to see happen as a long time fan.

Twilight Company allows the reader to viscerally experience what it is like on the battlefield. It is described as being Band of Brothers, set in the Star Wars universe. Which ticks so many boxes for me, personally! I really enjoyed this interstellar adventure. It was a fast-paced, gripping, realistic, gritty read. There are even a few brief encounters from some recognizable faces, which is always fun for us nerds!

There were a few questionable things that happened towards the end of the book, which I didn’t think flowed with the rest of the story. But it hurtles towards a worthy conclusion.

I have read close to 60 Star Wars novels & besides Lost Stars, another fantastic canon tale, this is the only other one that I can think of that focuses so deeply on the militarization of Star Wars. It shows a more realistic side to both the Rebel Alliance & the Empire. A grittier side to the Rebellion, comprised with many soldiers that had nowhere else to go & where not all of the Empire were horrific monsters.

I hope this will open up the door for more military-themed Star Wars books. The possibilities are endless when it comes to this ever immersive galaxy far, far away!

~Holly

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Thrawn – Timothy Zahn

Synopsis: In this definitive novel, readers will follow Thrawn’s rise to power—uncovering the events that created one of the most iconic villains in Star Wars history.

One of the most cunning and ruthless warriors in the history of the Galactic Empire, Grand Admiral Thrawn is also one of the most captivating characters in the Star Wars universe, from his introduction in bestselling author Timothy Zahn’s classic Heir to the Empire through his continuing adventures in Dark Force Rising, The Last Command, and beyond. But Thrawn’s origins and the story of his rise in the Imperial ranks have remained mysterious. Now, in Star Wars: Thrawn, Timothy Zahn chronicles the fateful events that launched the blue-skinned, red-eyed master of military strategy and lethal warfare into the highest realms of power—and infamy. Continue reading “Thrawn – Timothy Zahn”

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story – Alexander Freed

In the instant before he’d risen from the bunker, he’d questioned his own wisdom: How might he separate the will of the Force from his will, his ego, demanding action where action was unneeded? But there was no doubt in his heart now. The Force expressed itself through simplicity, and all it asked of him was to walk.

I am one with the Force and the Force is with me.

Well fuck. Just when I think I am finally emotionally stable enough to delve in before watching the movie again, this. THIS. I devoured this like the masochist I am! Continue reading “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story – Alexander Freed”

Catalyst – James Luceno

I’m encouraged to learn that your brain remains in working order.

Okay. OKAY. As if I wasn’t excited enough already for Rogue One, then you have to throw in a novel that just so happens to be the prequel to said soon-to-be-badass-new canon-anthology Star Wars movie? Released prior to the movie coming out? YOU MEAN WE GET ACTUAL SOLID BACKSTORY BEFORE SEEING THE EVENTS UNFOLD ON THE BIG SCREEN?! TAKE ALL MY MONEY! This is not necessary to read ahead of time, but it certainly helps to set the stage for some quality storytelling to flesh out these characters we will see come to life in Rogue One! Continue reading “Catalyst – James Luceno”

Aftermath – Chuck Wendig

Be patient. Be strong. Fight back where you can. The Imperial war machine falls apart one gear, one gun, one stormtrooper at a time. The New Republic is coming. And we want your help to finish the fight.

I am a big fan of Chuck Wendig’s blog. Out of all the modern writers that I have read so far, I feel like I relate to the way he writes the most. We have a similar sense of warped humor & are both weirdos. He is obviously far more successful with those attributes, currently ^_^ Continue reading “Aftermath – Chuck Wendig”

Dark Disciple – Christie Golden

Cheers the spirit, humor does, even at the darkest times.

Dark Disciple is an extension of The Clone Wars, which is based on eight unproduced episodes. It takes place between Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith. You don’t necessarily have to know much about these characters to read this particular story, however it does help to know some of their backstory at least. The protagonist is Asajj Ventress, who is a Nightsister; Sith-in-training; bounty hunter. She truly is a multidimensional character!  Continue reading “Dark Disciple – Christie Golden”

Half a War – Joe Abercrombie

Every hero is someone’s villain.

This series was one hell of a ride!

I feel that after having read three books by Abercrombie, I can now fully say that he has such an intrinsic narrative voice.. & I cannot get enough of it!  Continue reading “Half a War – Joe Abercrombie”

Half the World – Joe Abercrombie

And Thorn strode tall through a thunder of clashing metal, the warriors parting before her like the earth before the plow.

Half the World continues on with Yarvi’s story, from the POV of Thorn. Oh, Thorn. How I adore her! Such a badass, savage, flawed character! And Yarvi is even better in this book, for sure. We get to see the multilayered sides of his character. He is cunning, smart, funny. It will be interesting to see where Abercrombie takes his character in Half a War! Continue reading “Half the World – Joe Abercrombie”

Half a King – Joe Abercrombie

And Yarvi realized then that Death does not bow to each person who passes her, does not sweep out her arm respectfully to show the way, speaks no profound words, unlocks no bolts. The key upon her chest is never needed, for the Last Door stands always open. She herds the dead through impatiently, heedless of rank or fame or quality. She has an ever-lengthening queue to get through. A blind procession, inexhaustible.

Let me start by saying that this is marketed as a YA novel, but it didn’t feel that way. This feels purely like traditional epic fantasy. Fucking great epic fantasy, at that! You’d be doing yourself a disservice by not checking this series out because of the claim that it is YA. Continue reading “Half a King – Joe Abercrombie”