book reviews by Althea

Razor’s Edge – Martha Wells ***

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(Star Wars)

I received this book through Goodreads’ First Reads program! Thanks to Goodreads and the author!

This was the first Star Wars tie-in book I’ve read since the original Alan Dean Foster ones, Back In The Day. But I’d heard good things about Martha Wells and was curious to read something by her.

What most struck me about ‘Razor’s Edge’ was how well Wells captured the Star Wars characters. You could definitely vividly ‘see’ and ‘hear’ Leia, Han, Luke, &c.; it was all very true to the films.

However – I felt a lack of urgency in the book. I didn’t feel the need to rush to finish it, at all. I don’t think this is the author’s fault – I think it’s an artifact of it being a tie-in, relating an incident wedged between ‘Star Wars’ and ‘The Empire Strikes Back’ – we already know that no matter how dire the situations the main characters find themselves in, everything will be OK (for the time being), and there’s no room for any change in the dynamics of their interpersonal relationships.

However, that aside – this is a fun, action-filled book, with Space Pirates thrown into the conflict between Imperial troops and the Rebel Alliance. Good fun.


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