Star Wars: Bloodline
When the Rebellion defeated the Empire in the skies above Endor, Leia Organa believed it was the beginning to a lasting peace. But after decades of vicious infighting and partisan gridlock in the New Republic Senate, that hope seems like a distant memory.
Now a respected senator, Leia must grapple with the dangers that threaten to cripple ...more
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Claudia Gray did an excellent job of portraying Leia. I think she ...more
I fell in love with Claudia Gray’s Star Wars: Lost Stars last year, and so you can imagine my excitement when I learned that she would be penning a second book in the new canon, this time an adult novel about Princess Leia herself. And Gray certainly does not disappoint. With Star Wars: Bloodline, she has established herself as a new powerhouse author in the world of Star Wars fiction and become one of my favorite tie-in ...more
My love for the Star Wars universe is deep and wide, but not wide enough to devour every novel that comes out, so this only brings me so far.
My second reason is that other reviewers have raved about this title, so that makes me warm up inside and open my mind to new possibilities.
And the third reason, the one that tipped me over the edge? Well, it's Claudia Gray. I read Lost Stars last year and was very, very impressed. Not only did she pull it off ...more
In BLOODLINE, she finally gets the chance to show off what she can do with major canon characters and absolutely nails it. Leia's voice is perfect. Han's voice is great. Even more interesting, though, is her ability to introduce new characters as vivid and real as any in the movies. Both of her Star Wars books deserve just as much attention as the ...more
Bloodline captures that spirit completely.
Objectively, the writing is subpar. In Claudia Gray's first Star Wars book, the young adult novel Lost Stars, the tell-not-show style--while an unfortunate underestimation of the YA audience's intelligence--at least managed to feel age appropriate. The topical handling of big picture issues through a "young ...more
In addition, we learn when the rest of the galaxy discovered ...more
None of the new characters seemed especially complex to me; even Han was written as pretty oaf-ish. Leia doesn't seem overly concerned about her son ...more
This is a very difficult book to rate and review. Is it good? Very. As good as Lost Stars? It's different. For me personally, it was nerve wrecking, because the main character is Leia and we already know things didn't go well for her (at least those of us who have seen TFA). And at the end of the book, you know there are still more horrible things to come.
Claudia Gray understands Leia, what makes her tick, how her past influences her, her dreams, her ambitions, her loves... She ...more
I read her first Star Wars book, Lost Stars, last year in prep for The ...more
This book was fantastic! As much as I loved the old expanded universe, it always felt like Han and Leia had a fairy tale ending that wasn't quite true to their characters or the nature of reality. This book answered some questions I had about TFA and gave some touching insight into Leia's character. Also, it was refreshing having a woman into her 40s as an action hero. :D
I also can't recommend this book ...more
Check out Heir to the Empire trilogy as Leia role in that book is to a similar standard in that but is written so much better.
Staaaaaaaaaaaaaar Waaaaars, nothing but Staaaaaaaaar Waaars
In the last couple of years my love and enjoyment for Star Wars has grown a lot. Yes, the original trilogy has always been there for me, but I never did venture to the expanded universe, aka the old canon, aka Legends.
This book is to honour the life of Leia Organa
the princess, the revolutionary, the senator, and at last the Gerneral
this book took place before The Force Awakens by 6 years .. a new generation has been born, A gerneration that has never known Vader and never saw how corrupt the Empire was.
and as Suzanne Collins said: “We're fickle, stupid beings with poor memories and a great gift for self destruction.”
The Senate ...more
Bloodline in one word is phenomenal. Leia was always my favourite character from the original trilogy and to follow a story from her point of view was beyond exciting. One of the biggest questions I have always asked was, how does Leia feel about Darth Vader being her father? We never got to see this relationship on screen, but here it is played out beautifully. Thankfully, too, Leia's other parents ...more
But there's a hanful of authors whose work in the SW Universe is unparalled (Timothy Zahn, John Jackson Miller, Drew Karpshyn, and a small number of others) and draws my immediate attention.
After "Lost Stars", Claudia Gray joined that list. I found that title to be fundamentally satisfying, and one of the best SW titles I'd read.
With "Bloodlines", I feel like it was ...more
Bloodline tries to answer some of those questions from Leia's perspective. And it does so pretty well. Gray's writing is always compelling and simple and she manages to blur the line between what we would think is the right and wrong side masterfully.
While Leia slowly understands that the New Republic ...more
I was not at all looking forward to Bloodline. In fact, I so disliked Claudia Gray's previous Star Wars novel, Lost Stars, that I was disappointed that Lucasfilm tapped her to write a significant part of the background to The Force Awakens. Lost Stars was not as bad as Chuck Wendig's Aftermath, which--I shall hope--will stand as the lowest point in Star Wars novels. But it was bad.
Bloodline was not as bad as ...more
To be sure, "Bloodline" is Leia's story about six years before the events of "The Force Awakens." Her son Ben is still with Luke at the Jedi Academy. Han is still a reputable business man running a ...more
I like the person she's become, even if she's tired, cynical and disgusted with the inaction of the Senate. This is someone who's gained a lot of experience since Return of the Jedi, and has worked hard in government for years, but also craves getting her hands dirty again.
It was heartbreaking when Leia's parentage was revealed; her despair and fury and sadness was really well written.
And it was ...more
I just *clench fist* love Leia Organa so fucking much. And I want to know so much more of all of these characters, wich is a superpower that only Claudia Gray seems to have.
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