There has ever been a more amazing cover than Red Harvest's. Those epic Sith eyes, creepy red tones, and general murderous intents are what drew me to...moreThere has ever been a more amazing cover than Red Harvest's. Those epic Sith eyes, creepy red tones, and general murderous intents are what drew me to this book. I have no idea who that is, but I will found out, and I will love him. That Sith is one badass. He's going to rule the entire book, make Jedi fall beneath his blade, and rule planets. He's going to-
Wait, who is that again?
After reading the book, I'm still not really sure. Why did the cover lie to me so convincingly? I knew this was a horror book, but I expected it to be more character focused than Death Troopers, considering one of the first chapters is about a Sith student using the Force to manipulate another students mind when that student is aware of it. They give us potentially the most crazy Sith ever, and what happens to him?
For almost the whole book.
Not disappears as in the plot is about finding him, but just that he's an unimportant character and no one really pays attention to him. How can you create a character with that much talent and just not use him? And that's not just with him, either. Schreiber throws this whole list of characters at you in such a short amount of time that you don't even remember their species - oh wait, yes you do, because they're all human. In the dramatis personae(cast list) there are two non-humans out of about ten. And one random Zabrak that had more screen time than some of the listed characters but still wasn't important enough to be on the list of characters. The huge cast, I think, was the great downfall of this book. The plot was actually very interesting - much more than Death Troopers. But then, I've always loved the Sith training camps more than space adventures, so maybe I'm just biased. Either way, all these characters could have been fleshed out or just taken out entirely. I felt that there was a lot of potentially to their backstories and personalities, but with only 240 pages, it's impossible to get into that enough.
The one person we did learn about, I hated. Hestizo Trace, aka, damsel in distress. She does pretty much nothing except get kidnapped and order a flower around. Everyone has to save her, and when no one is around, she screams and flails and pretty much is useless. This girl is a Jedi? Yeah, right.
I wanted to badly to like this book. I even went out and bought Death Troopers because I didn't want to miss anything. (I was told this was a sequel, okay?!) In the end, I'm not sure if I forced myself to like it or I actually enjoyed it, but here. Have a 3 star rating. You were gory till the end. (less)
I've now read all the Star Wars Journals and I can say this: if Jude Watson didn't write it, don't bother. The three that he wrote were great. The thr...moreI've now read all the Star Wars Journals and I can say this: if Jude Watson didn't write it, don't bother. The three that he wrote were great. The three that other people wrote are awful. Amidala, Leia, and of course, the amazing Darth Maul, all of those journals were fantastic. Luke, Akakin, and Han? Ugh! I love all three of these characters but I could barely stomach their journals.
At fist glance, this looked like a great book. I mean, it's from Han's POV, so it must be good, right? It starts out right after he gets out of the carbonite in episode VI and a monk in Jabba's caves convinces him to tell his story of episode IV. It's good at first... for 20 pages. After that it's just redundant. ("You're gonna give my message to Leia, right?" "I said I would." "The kid surprised me." "Leia was really hot.") It doesn't add much to the story except things that are already implied, like when Han was away in the Millennium Falcon after leaving the gang in A New Hope. The writing is sloppy, bland, and generally uninteresting. I suggest that Jude Watson give all the junior Star Wars novel writers a pep talk before they even begin to start writing.(less)