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Witches, Rancors, and Warlords, oh my
If you can accept some of the more outlandish places, people, and things that Dave Wolverton created to exist in the Star Wars Universe, this is a good book.
If you have trouble with... 1) an incredibly wealthy, well-armed government that was left alone by the Empire
2) a planet with a large number of force-sensitives, including many which could rival the Emperor in their lust for power that were not hunted down...
then you are going to have problems with this book.
I am of the latter mind. Both items seem to be something the Emperor would have attempted to conquer or destroy. The fact that the Witches of Dathomir were able to beat Jedi 400 years earlier is also far-fetched.
And continuing in the far-fetched vein, the actions of Leia are nearly irreconciable with what we have seen in the movies. She is a woman of conviction and passion. If she fell in love with Han, there would be no turning away to another suitor no matter how politically expedient.
Zsinj, as the villain, was nearly a comic opera buffoon as his personality was further developed only with the release of the Wraith Squadron books a few years later.
Despite these misgivings, I see the characters of Isolder and Teneniel Djo having some depth and I think some of Wolverton's descriptions of the light side of the force as the best that have been written.
The BEST Star Wars Book Out There !
I loved the whole idea of the story. I always wanted the authors to give a good-detailed description of how Princess Leia and Han Solo got together and this book explained it. Mr. Zahn skipped all the way to the first few months of Princess Leia's preganancy. This book talked about her struggle between Prince Isolder and King Solo (Han Solo). It was funny and I laughed out loud in a few parts and I had to read some parts to my friends because I had never heard Leia and Han fight like that before. It was also so cute the way Luke and Teneniel Jo met and fell in puppy love. This was the best book yet and I wish George Lucas would make a movie from this book. I think it would be a blockbuster. I can't wait to see the prequels. This is a great site. Thanks!
I was a little disappointed with this book. For one thing, the author gives Luke superhuman powers- whatever happened to the more brash Luke? I can understand growing and maturing in the Force, and all that- but then there's also the slight fact that he seems to regularily do things without effort using the Force, without even pausing to think about it. It gets old, after a while.
And Han Solo was totally unlike the character we remember from the movies. Come on, who ever heard of using a Gun of Command just to get someone to go on a space flight to a planet with them?
On the other hand, the plot line does have some interesting points, and Teneniel Djo is an interesting character.
Nice try, Wolverton. Try to make the characters a little more realistic next time.
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