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Avg. Rating: 3.15
aside from the "evil cousin" bit, fun
Book Two of the Corellian Trilogy is, like its predecessor, not great, but good enough to enjoy. I'm sure that everybody, like myself, winced when they read the synopsis on the back of the book and saw that they had written that Han had an "evil cousin." While the character of Thracken Sal-Solo may suck, the plot he's involved in isn't all that bad (the familial relationship was entirely unnecessary, though).
There is lots of adventure in this book. Han, Leia, Mara, and the kids are trapped in the Corellian system and cannot communicate with the outside universe. Meanwhile, the New Republic can't find its way into the system because of a massive interdiction field. Meanwhile, in Corellia, Han makes an awesome, seat-of-the-pants escape attempt and finds another wonderful furry sidekick in Dracmus while separated from his mainstay, Chewie. The subplot with Luke and Lando starts to take on some meaning in relating to the main plot, and the Bakurans make an appearance, with Gaeriel Captison returning to the pages of the novels at long last. Plus, there is the looming threat of the Starbuster super-weapon. And the ending is a superb cliffhanger which, as it should, leaves you begging to read the next chapter (the first book didn't do so well on this mark).
As usual, the second book of the trilogy picks up the pace bigtime, with great action sequences and building tension that set us up for the grand finale. This is not my favorite SW novel trilogy, but it's not that bad (better than Black Fleet Crisis). Still, it is kind of tiring to see yet another weapon of massive destruction with the formulaic name (planet/star/sun/etc. + destructive verb, such as World Devastator, Death Star, Galaxy Gun, Sun Crusher, etc., Darksaber perhaps being the one pitiful exception).
Overall, average, but worth reading because it sets us up for the third book, by far the best of the trilogy. Now if only the movies had actually pulled that off...
Solid if not spectacular Star Wars novel
Book 2 of the Corellian Trilogy finds our heroes Han, Leia and their brood trapped on the worlds of Corellia, Selonia and Drall, while Luke and Lando rush off to borrow a fleet from a little world known as Bakura. It was great to see the return of Bakura to the Star Wars universe after a decently long time of neglect. The scenes with Luke and Lando are enthralling while other scenes show some flashes of brilliance, but overall this book is simply better than average. It suffers through a sophmore slump, parts of the book are just uninteresting. The writing stays fine, but the especially the scenes with Han Solo and his allies prove to be a bit drawn out and difficult to read. That said, Assualt at Selonia is still better than any of the KJ Anderson books in the Star Wars universe. It builds up very well towards the conclusion Showdown at Centerpoint.
Assault on Selonia begins where Ambush at Correllia left off. Han is captured, Leia is trapped, and Luke is on his way to find help. Luke is able to find help with the Bakurian navy that readers meet in the novel Truce at Bakura by Kathy Tyers. Bringing the two books together helped to tie some loose ends that were never really answered (like whatever happened to Gaeirel Captison).
Also, the characterization stayed pretty much true to the other books. The dialog and actions were believable. What also helped Assult at Selonia was the detailed craftsmanship of the narrative to bring the Selonia and Drall culture into the storyline. The anthropological feel to the cultures and how they worked helped to illustrate how the new characters Dracmus, Marcha, and Ebrihim reacted to certain situations.
The book receives four stars because of its narrative. Though it helped to convey the culture and action of the Star Wars universe, it took too long to explain certain aspects of the story. At certain points, I felt as if I was reading a technical manual on the Millennium Falcon or any other ship. Much of the detail about repairing that ship or any other didn't really need to be in there and slowed the pace of the book down a lot. But overall, it was an interesting read, and I recommend it for any Star Wars fan.
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