Retro Reviews: ‘Lords of the Sith’ by Paul S. Kemp

June 9, 2020 at 12:01 am | Posted in Books, Random House, Regular Feature, Retro Reviews, Reviews, Star Wars, Star Wars Books | Leave a comment
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Lords of the Sith, by Paul S. Kemp, is the fourth adult novel released in the Star Wars canon in April of 2015.

To start with, this book has an extra special place in my heart, as it was the first Star Wars canon novel I read in December of 2015 (right when The Force Awakens came out) and I’ve been reading Star Wars books ever since.

Paul S. Kemp did a great job on this novel. His writing is exciting and scary and nerve wracking. I knew throughout the story that Vader and the Emperor were going to survive and be fine, but I found myself cheering for the Rebels and wishing and hoping that they would be successful. There were times where I bought into the excitement and thought that perhaps the Lords of the Sith would be taken down for good. Any author wants their audience to become immersed in the story, and Kemp absolutely nailed that here. Continue Reading Retro Reviews: ‘Lords of the Sith’ by Paul S. Kemp…

Retro Reviews: ‘Heir to the Jedi’ by Kevin Hearne

May 26, 2020 at 5:28 am | Posted in Books, Random House, Regular Feature, Retro Reviews, Reviews, Star Wars, Star Wars Books | Leave a comment

Heir to the Jedi, by Kevin Hearne, is the third adult novel in the Disney Canon released in March of 2015. 

This is one of the most unique books in the canon. The reason behind its uniqueness is that it was originally written to be the third book in the “Empire and Rebellion” series that was written in 2014 for the Expanded Universe (some of the last EU novels). However, once the decision on “canon” was made, Lucasfilm and Del Rey decided to make some changes and plop this book into the canon. There are many differing views on this, but mine is that they absolutely should not have.

One good thing that I can say about this book is its pacing. While many Star Wars books try to be written like movies, this book really feels like a miniseries. I could envision Lucasfilm making a t.v. show on Disney Plus that was six episodes that followed this book’s plot. It moves from the Rodia plot, to the side trip to Fax, to the covert operation on Denon, to the escape from Denon, to the stop in Kupoh, to the final battle. I liked that pacing and felt that I could read about 50 pages at a time and feel like I was reading an episode of television. Continue Reading Retro Reviews: ‘Heir to the Jedi’ by Kevin Hearne…

Retro Reviews: ‘Tarkin’ by James Luceno

May 12, 2020 at 12:01 am | Posted in Books, Random House, Regular Feature, Retro Reviews, Reviews, Star Wars, Star Wars Books | Leave a comment

Tarkin, by James Luceno, is the second adult novel written in the canon, released in November 2014.

To start with, it should be noted that James Luceno is no stranger to Star Wars novels at the point of this book’s release. Luceno had already written eight adult novels for Star Wars, including the ever popular Darth Plagueis

James Luceno did a decent job with this book. As expected, this book focuses on the character of Tarkin. Not only is he the main character of the novel, but his backstory is also explained in-depth. I would not have expected his backstory to actually be so interesting, but James Luceno does an excellent job of weaving it throughout the main plot of the book. There are no chapters entirely of flashbacks, but rather short, one or two page long exposition dumps that adequately serve the purpose of the book. Continue Reading Retro Reviews: ‘Tarkin’ by James Luceno…

Retro Reviews: ‘A New Dawn’ by John Jackson Miller

April 29, 2020 at 12:02 am | Posted in Books, Random House, Regular Feature, Retro Reviews, Reviews, Star Wars, Star Wars Books | Leave a comment
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Greetings, my name is Jonathan Koan. The team here at Roqoo Depot has graciously allowed me to write some book reviews to put on the website. I am extremely thankful to Skuldren and the whole team for allowing me the opportunity.

Since we are now almost 6 years into the publishing process of the canon, I thought it would be prudent to go back and read through all of the adult and YA books released thus far. I’ll be analyzing how the book works on its own as literature, how the characters work, how it ties into the greater Star Wars universe and many other things. At the end of my reviews, I’ll be giving my personal rating on the book.

To start with, I am going to review A New Dawn by John Jackson Miller, which was released in September of 2014. This book serves as a tie-in prequel to Star Wars Rebels and also serves as the first novel in the Lucasfilm canon. Continue Reading Retro Reviews: ‘A New Dawn’ by John Jackson Miller…

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