I love how Karen Miller is not afraid to show the human aspects of being a Jedi, while showing how super human they can be.
Obi-Wan is often presented as cold an calculating. In this book however, we see more of Obi-Wan's compassion. We also learn that he was once in love with another Jedi.
We also see Anakin's Force powers do magnificent things that he never knew that he could do. His efforts to protect the villagers on Lanteeb are awesome.
We are also introduced to Greti, who is a Force sensitive little girl with Force healing powers. I want to see more of her. Her character is quite compelling.
Taria Damsin is another person I would like to see more of. She is a Shadow of the Jedi Order. Shadows have not been explored much at all and I find them fascinating. I would love to learn more about her history and adventures.
Overall, I like this book a lot. There are a lot of memorable scenes. Some brought a tear to my eye, and others gave me a chuckle. And it has my favorite Togruta in it too.
This book is great for many reasons. I love the fact that this is a Star Wars book and there are no Jedi. I also love that it is a tribute to Ocean's 11 (1960, starring Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr., and Peter Lawford). I was not expecting the ending as well. I knew something was up, and almost picked up on it, but dismissed the idea. I was wrong, and I loved it. This is will always be one of my most memorable Star Wars books.
I am also becoming a huge fan of Marc Thompson. He is terrific when it comes to conveying physical and emotional sensations. You really feel what the character is going through when you listen to Marc read.
When reviewing books I try to be fair; I appreciate that not everyone will be looking for the same things in a book.
In short, this is the most brilliant piece of writing I have read in a long time. I am a big fan of the original trilogy Star Wars movies and it’s just incredible how well they work in Shakespearean language. Doescher studied Shakespeare and is also a big sci-fi geek and his understanding of both media comes across very well. The dichotomy of the sci-fi content in old fashioned language adds a real interest to the writing. It’s also a heck of a lot of fun to play “spot the (adapted) Shakespeare quotation.” For example, we have “Alas, poor stormtrooper, I knew ye not” referencing Hamlet’s thoughts on Yorrick.
I have both the audiobook (narrated by a troupe of Shakespearean actors including the author himself) and I strongly recommend experiencing William Shakespeare’s Star Wars in audiobook format rather than the written word. The cast really brings it to life.