Retro Reviews: ‘Empire’s End’ by Chuck Wendig

November 25, 2020 at 11:19 am | Posted in Books, Random House, Regular Feature, Retro Reviews, Reviews, Star Wars, Star Wars Books | Leave a comment
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Aftermath: Empire’s End is the final book in the Aftermath trilogy, written by Chuck Wendig and released in February 2017. 

It seems like each Aftermath book has a different genre or story style, while still having the same underlying themes and tones. Aftermath is a kind of a heist book where a ragtag group comes together to rescue someone. Life Debt is more of a traditional star wars book with a hint of political thriller added to the mix. Empire’s End is more of an epic war book with some smaller stories happening inside it. I like those aspects of all three, but because they are each so different, it makes it harder to like Aftermath as a cohesive trilogy.

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Retro Reviews: ‘Rogue One’ by Alexander Freed

November 17, 2020 at 8:22 am | Posted in Books, Random House, Regular Feature, Retro Reviews, Reviews, Star Wars, Star Wars Books | 1 Comment
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Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is the second adult film novelization in the canon written by Alexander Freed and released in December of 2016.

If you’ve read my previous novelization review of The Force Awakens, you know that novelizations have a high bar with me. In fact, unless it’s something I’m really interested in, I usually skip novelizations in media tie-in fiction because they rarely add anything of value and if they do, it’s nominal. There are very few novelizations that appeal to me, and most do not.

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Retro Reviews: ‘Catalyst’ by James Luceno

November 3, 2020 at 2:00 am | Posted in Books, Random House, Regular Feature, Retro Reviews, Reviews, Star Wars, Star Wars Books | 1 Comment
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Catalyst by James Luceno is an adult canon book released in November of 2016. It is one of the tie-in books to Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, and it follows the characters of Galen and Lyra Erso, Orson Krennic, and Has Obitt.

I remember in 2016 when I was just getting into Star Wars books that my parents allowed me to go the day of release to the local bookstore to snatch up my copy of Catalyst. I was incredibly excited for Rogue One, and this book was really hyped online.

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Retro Reviews: ‘Ahsoka’ by E. K. Johnston

October 20, 2020 at 1:00 am | Posted in Books, Disney Lucasfilm Publishing, Regular Feature, Retro Reviews, Reviews, Star Wars, Star Wars Books | Leave a comment
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Ahsoka by E. K. Johnston, is a young adult novel in the canon that was released in October of 2016. 

This book has an interesting place in my heart, because I had already started reading Star Wars books in 2016, but this was the first book that I bought on release day and read in a 24 hour period of time. 

After reading Queen’s Shadow and Queen’s Peril, I was disappointed with E. K. Johnston’s writing as a whole. When I realized I’d have to reread Ahsoka, I was afraid I wouldn’t like it now as much as I did back in 2016. 

I was wrong.

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Retro Reviews: ‘Aftermath: Life Debt’ by Chuck Wendig

October 5, 2020 at 8:24 am | Posted in Books, Random House, Regular Feature, Retro Reviews, Reviews, Star Wars, Star Wars Books | Leave a comment
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Aftermath: Life Debt is the second novel in the Aftermath trilogy written by Chuck Wendig and released in July of 2016. 

When I first read Life Debt, I liked it a whole lot more than the first Aftermath book. I think that this has the effect of being more popular because it includes major characters like Han and Leia, but it also kind of explains what’s happening to the greater galaxy at large. While those are things the first book was lacking, I still had several problems with this book, many of which were present in the first book.

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Retro Reviews: ‘Bloodline’ by Claudia Gray

September 22, 2020 at 5:35 am | Posted in Books, Random House, Regular Feature, Retro Reviews, Reviews, Star Wars, Star Wars Books | 1 Comment

Bloodline by Claudia Gray, is an adult canon novel set roughly six years before the events of The Force Awakens. It was released in May of 2016.

I remember loving this book when it first came out. I was still inexperienced in reading books and so it took me a while to get into it. But when you combine Claudia Gray, politics, and Star Wars, you are sure to have a great book.

The first thing I’d like to point out is that Claudia Gray absolutely nails the character of Leia. All of her lines, her actions, her motivations, and her feelings felt completely in tune with what we see in the movies, and Claudia just makes me feel so bad for all the bad things in her life. Despite all of the good in her life, Leia has one of the most tragic stories in Star Wars, and this book shows how difficult public service can be. Continue Reading Retro Reviews: ‘Bloodline’ by Claudia Gray…

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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