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Michael Reaves , Maya Kaathryn Bohnhoff
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29. November 2011 Star Wars - Legends
SOME GAMES ARE PLAYED FOR LIFE OR DEATH.
 
Javul Charn is the most famous pop star in the galaxy—and the runaway bride of a violent lieutenant in Black Sun, the crime syndicate commanded by Prince Xizor. Or so Javul says. Soon after Dash Rendar, broke and desperate, agrees to be Javul’s bodyguard, he realizes that openness is not her strong suit—and that murder is stalking her tour. Between the discovery of dead bodies in a cargo hold and an attack by an unidentified warship, Dash and co-pilot Eaden Vrill desperately try to understand who is terrorizing Javul’s tour and why. When Han Solo suddenly joins Javul’s road show, the stakes are raised even higher. Now Dash, who has a history with Han and an even worse history with Prince Xizor, follows his instincts, his discoveries, and Javul herself—straight into a world that may be too dangerous to survive.

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  • Taschenbuch: 368 Seiten
  • Verlag: LucasBooks (29. November 2011)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 0345511204
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345511201
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 2,6 x 10,8 x 17,6 cm
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A standalone Star Wars adventure thriller set in the time just before Star Wars: A New Hope--with a special guest appearance by Han Solo! -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine andere Ausgabe: Taschenbuch .

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Michael Reaves received an Emmy Award for his work on the Batman television animated series. He has worked for Spielberg’s DreamWorks, among other studios, and has written fantasy novels and supernatural thrillers. Reaves is the New York Times bestselling author of three Star Wars: Coruscant Nights novels—Jedi Twilight, Street of Shadows, and Patterns of Force—and Star Wars: Darth Maul: Shadow Hunter, as well as the co-writer (with Steve Perry) of Star Wars: Death Star and two Star Wars: MedStar novels: Battle Surgeons and Jedi Healer. He lives in the Los Angeles area.
 
Maya Kaathryn Bohnhoff is the author of the novels The Meri, Taminy, The Crystal Rose, and The Spirit Gate, and the co-author of Magic Time: Angelfire, and she has contributed a plenitude of short speculative fiction to such magazines as Analog, Amazing Stories, Realms of Fantasy, Paradox, and Interzone. Her short fiction has been nominated for the Nebula and British Science Fiction awards. She lives in San Jose, California.

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4.0 von 5 Sternen Star Wars Unterhaltung mit Thrillerflair 20. Februar 2012
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Sein jüngster Versuch Han Solos Rekord beim Kesselflug zu brechen kostet Dash Rendar beinahe die Outrider, doch als ob das nicht genug wäre überfordern die Reparaturkosten sein ohnehin knappes Budget und so sind er, Co-Pilot Eaden Vrill und Mechanikerdroide Leebo fürs erste auf Tatooine gestrandet. Nur wie soll sich der zweitbeste Schmuggler der Galaxis eines Tages auf Platz 1 vorarbeiten können, wenn er nun sogar schon Han Solo darum bitten muss seine Fracht abzuliefern?

Eine Chance tut sich auf, als Dash und seine Crew einen potentiell ertragreichen Job als Sicherheitsberater für die Tournee des Holosternchens Javul Charn ergattern. Doch eine unbekannte Macht sabotiert Javuls Tournee auf Schritt und Tritt, sogar an Bord ihrer hochgerüsteten Raumyacht scheinen sie nicht mehr sicher zu sein. Könnte die Black Sun ihre Finger dabei im Spiel haben?

Thriller im Star Wars Universum wären eigentlich nichts ungewöhnliches, schon Episode II spielte ein wenig mit Elementen eines Detektivromans, Rückkehr der Jedi-Ritter ging sogar zur Befreiung eines charmanten Schurken aus den Klauen eines skrupellosen Paten über und die Rettung von "Prinzessinnen" steht seit Eine neue Hoffnung ohnehin immer hoch im Kurs. Doch wie schon bei Joe Schreibers Star Wars Horrorromanen (die die Existenz der Galaxy of Fear-Reihe als erste Star Wars Horror Romane völlig unberücksichtigt ließen) hat man sich erst jetzt dazu durchgerungen wirklich einen Star Wars Roman mit dem entsprechenden Genretitel zu vermarkten. Aber SHADOW GAMES geht noch etwas weiter und so haben sich Michael Reaves und Maya Kaathryn Bohnhoff daran versucht einen wirklich "typischen" Thrillerplot ins Star Wars Universum zu verpflanzen.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Dash Rendar, Private Eye 31. Januar 2012
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(Okay, so Dash really isn't a Private Investigator, but "Dash Rendar, Private Eye" sounds way cooler than "Dash Rendar, Bodyguard")

Dash Rendar, with Nautolan copilot, Eaden Vrill and droid, Leebo, is in a bit of a sticky situation: a recent Kessel Run and a run-in with Imperials have left his ship, the Outrider, a bit of a mess. Now he needs to scrape up some money to pay for the repairs, but where is a pilot without a ship going to find work? Javul Charn solves that problem--she says she has an obsessive fan on her tail and needs bodyguard work. Only, once Dash, Eaden, and Leebo join Javul's crew, they quickly find out that nothing is as it seems.

I've been pumped about this book for quite some time. You see, Michael Reaves is one of my favorite Star Wars authors. He might have his hiccups (Death Star), but overall, he is a competent writer and an interesting storyteller. I had thought (based on REALLY early summaries) that this would be a follow-up to his Coruscant Nights trilogy, and I won't deny that I was a bit disappointed when I found out that it was about Dash Rendar instead. Dash hasn't been my favorite character; if you read my review of Shadows of the Empire, you'll see I wrote that I felt he was too much like Han Solo. However, even that couldn't dampen my excitement too much for this book, and on the most part, I was pleasantly surprised.

Michael Reaves and coauthor Maya Bohnhoff (newbie to Star Wars Expanded Universe) do a great job with characters. Dash Rendar is the most sympathetic I've ever read him. No longer was he a Han Solo carbon copy. I felt he was his own character, with his own motivations, with his own reckless behavior (such as during the beginning, when he is making the Kessel Run), with his own doubts and misgivings. Eaden Vrill was my personal favorite; he was the deadpan straight man to Dash Rendar, the Mr. Spock, if you will (which is odd, as Mr. Spock from Star Trek isn't my favorite character). I liked bringing in the teras kasi master to the novels (something I haven't seen yet), and even his being related to Kit Fist, a fairly major canon character, isn't unfathomable. Leebo was a riot. Sure, Reaves is not unaccustomed to smart-talking droids (I-Five, anyone?), but Leebo is not I-Five. I-Five was sentient, self-aware, capable of being snarky on his own, and Leebo most certainly is not (he is snarky because of a program from a previous master). Han Solo is in top form. I love how Dash finds him irritating and obnoxious, and yet, Han Solo is never out of character (though it is sacrilege to send Chewie away when this would be a perfect opportunity to showcase him!).

I wish I could say the other characters were as delightful and charming, but for me, they weren't. Javul Charn was one shade of irritating after another. Here was this woman who consistently lies, runs away, putting herself in danger at the expense of others, and yet we are supposed to be charmed to death because she is "so sweet and innocent and beautiful". BLECH! I'm sorry, but if I were Dash, there would have been several times I would have throttled the woman. Tell the frakkin' truth already, hussy! And as a sidenote...where are the drugs, the booze, the boys, the dancers that should be dripping all over her? I'm not asking for raunchy, wild sex or opium dens, but having a popstar this squeaky clean feels really fake. Javul is the most sanitized popstar since Hannah Montana, a fictional popstar meant for TWEENS.

As for the rest of the cast, largely unmemorable. Dara, Javul's stage manager, starts out like she would be interesting, but then disappears into the background. Her only character is that Dash calls her "Spike". A ton of Javul's crew (the captain, the first mate, the engineer, the cargo master, the costumer, all whose names I have forgotten) are introduced only to make the mystery more interesting in the beginning. They are introduced and abruptly sent away, making me wonder why bother introducing them in the first place (and no, "to be a red herring" is not a good excuse). Hitch Kris really bordered on stereotypical Black Sun baddie; all the comments about how he missed Javul only because her road show gave him an excuse to distribute contraband destroys any nuance his character could have. And why can't "bad guys" have decent relationships? Just because they are "bad guys" does NOT mean they are evil in love as well. Edge introduces an interesting element--an assassin out for Javul--but other than his one note performance (that stretches VERY thin by the end), there is nothing really to him.

For the first half of the book, I really enjoyed the story. Sure, it was your standard mystery, but I liked it. Star Wars doesn't typically do standard mysteries, and it was pretty well done. But once the story became yet another Rebel-Empire plot, I checked out. For once, I would like to read a story where the events didn't have some grand impact into the epic battle between the Empire and the Rebel Alliance. Death Star and even the Coruscant Nights Trilogy were both decent novels, and neither relied on some silly Rebel plot to make the story work. Not to mention, when we finally find out "whodunnit", it was a conclusion that was confusing, badly explained (not a complaint you will see me give very often--I usually like authors to let me figure out how the culprit did the dirty), and basically ended up being exactly the person(s) you predicted halfway through (or earlier).

Also, the story felt like it went on too long. I won't go into too much detail, but the ending was drug out and a "surprise" was added that felt unnecessary and awkward, only inserted to make sure to squeeze in one more action scene. Granted, action scenes are well done in this book, but squeezing one more in to make an action scene quota is unnecessary.

The writing is pretty solid, but that is what I've come to expect from Reaves. I get the impression that Bohnhoff might have done quite a bit of the writing itself, as I didn't see many of Reaves' favorite words (frisson, for example). Sometimes, Dash becomes too emotional, too talky about his feelings (like a woman), and I am guessing that Bhonhoff wrote those sections. However, still kudos to her for doing such a good job.

And now, we return for another...Nerd Nitpicks!

WARNING: Nerd Nitpicks may have what some consider to be light spoilers. Proceed with warning.

1. TATOOINE?!?! REALLY!?!?! Our famous holostar was raised on Tatooine, the supposed buttcrack of the galaxy, the point farthest from the bright center. NOTE TO AUTHORS: STOP USING TATOOINE AS THE HUB OF YOUR ENTIRE STORY!
2. ALDERAAN!?!? ARE YOU SERIOUS?! Are the only two planets in this galaxy Tatooine and Alderaan?
3. Javul is Leia's cousin?!?! Are you kidding me??? Is it not big enough that she is a holostar, but she also has to be connected to EVERY SINGLE MAJOR CHARACTER in the original trilogy (and if you don't think so...related to Leia...flew on the Millennium Falcon with Han...lived on Tatooine like Luke...).
4. Can we PLEASE have an Imperial who takes his job seriously? D'Vox is just a joke. I know he's supposed to be from some comic I haven't read, so that's why his characters is painted as it is, but still. All these slobby, power-hungry, money-grubbing Imperials makes me want to pull my hair out. I've said it once, I'll say it a million times: I don't doubt that the Empire has plenty of these kinds of guys, but you can't tell me that the Empire would still be in existence if not for the average bail who legitimately believes in the cause.
5. Tatooine is 36 hrs away from Kessel at SUBLIGHT? Does not compute...does not compute...
6. Empire Murders Family Sob Story #376,567. Javul's mommy and daddy were harmless traveling musicians when the Empire goes, "They used to be in the Republic military...let's kill 'em!" Yeah, that's my first thought too. Let's murder the people who were in the military because they might rise up against you. How did the Empire last 20 years again??

Thank you for joining us for another Nerd Nitpicks!

I feel the first half of this book is more solid than the latter half, though fans of the more traditional Star Wars novel might think the opposite. I liked the mystery, I liked the investigation. Once the novel turned into a standard "Rebels vs. Imperials", I just didn't think it worked. I still enjoyed myself and was stunned to find myself liking Dash Rendar. A decent time waster and a perfect place for a Star Wars newbie to jump in. I hope both Reaves and Bohnhoff get to write a lot more Star Wars novels in the future.

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5.0 von 5 Sternen Dash is back! 3. Dezember 2011
Von Enjolras - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Dash Rendar is definitely the most underused major character in the Star Wars EU. He was a pivotal character in the Shadows of the Empire story, but hasn't really been seen since. For those of us who grew up with Star Wars in the 90s we've always kind of wondered about him (especially since the secret ending of the video game shows that he survived the events of the book).

Now, Shadow Games brings Dash back. And I think the authors take the chance to provide Dash with a unique story that really lets us get to know him better. Shadow Games is a mix between a "noire" mystery novel and Brian Daley-stlye Han Solo adventures.

The story begins when holostar Javul Charn - who appears to be a glorified Katy Perry at first - hires Dash Rendar, his partner the Nautolan Eaden Vrill, and their droid LEEBO to act as security for her. She claims to have received threats from a stalker, but as the threats become more serious it's clear that this "stalker" isn't just a fanboy.

The biggest highlight of the book is getting to explore the Star Wars universe in the period before A New Hope with new characters. Dash Rendar in many ways is the perfect main character for such a journey. In Shadows of the Empire he comes across as simply an unreformed fill-in for Han Solo while Han was frozen in carbonate. By the end, the authors of Shadow Games present a pretty different Dash from the one we got in Shadows of the Empire. While I usually prefer continuity, in this case I'd say the authors did readers a service.

In Shadow Games we get a much more interesting man. Dash isn't a superhero like most Star Wars good guys. As the point of view character, the narrator lets us see his thoughts and he's often confused or conflicted. He isn't always the brightest star and the galaxy and needs to think things through. Yet, it's clear that he has enough skill and determination - probably his most reliable character trait - to see the job through.

It turns out to be really important for Shadow Games that the authors differentiated Dash from Han because Han Solo actually has a pretty large role in this book. Where Han is cool and in control, Dash wears his emotions on his sleeve and acts impulsively. While both men can be cocky, Dash seems less able to keep his guard up. On the one hand, you can tell pretty easily that they're not carbon copies of each other (as it sometimes seemed in Shadows of the Empire). On the other hand, you also get the sense that Dash and Han would love each other's company if they weren't so busy trying to one-up each other.

The other characters also really help build the story. Dash's partner, Eaden Vrill, gives Nautolans a good reputation after the embarrassment that was Kit Fisto's smile. Eaden is a practitioner of texas kasi and has a very straightforward, deadpan attitude. In so many ways he comes across as the anti-Dash. LEEBO, Dash's droid - who also appears in Shadows of the Empire - is even more cantankerous than I remember him. LEEBO provides some comic relief but more importantly is often the brains of the team. It's an interesting role reversal, with the droid being the emotional one and the humanoid being so calm. Their partnership works well though and both are characters you'll grow to love. I would love to get a book or short story telling us how Dash and Eaden met.

We don't really get to know Javul Charn's crew much, but Javul Charn herself is full of surprises. At first, she seems flighty and you just want to hit her. However, this is all part of the authors' plan. They had actually warned readers through interviews that their perceptions of Javul will change throughout the course of the book. And boy are they right. Without spoiling too much, I have to say Javul Charn led readers on a pretty wild ride.

I had two disappointments with the book, one small and one large. The small one is that Dash Rendar's ship, Outrider, barely makes an appearance. Ever since seeing it in the Shadows of the Empire video game, I fell in love with it. However, it's in repair dock after chapter 1. Oh well, I guess somebody will have to write more Dash Rendar stories so we can get to fly around in the ship a bit longer.

The larger disappointment is with the resolution to the mystery. I don't want to spoil anything here. However, it all seemed a bit too quick. Once the big secret was spilled, it seemed like the book moved very quickly into a space chase but without any personal resolution or confrontation. There are also a few plot threads and characters left hanging (I particularly would have liked to have seen what happened to a certain Black Sun Vigo). Don't get me wrong - the book definitely has and ending and there are a few pleasant surprises. It's just that I thought there would be a bigger payoff.

Overall, it's been far too long since we've seen Dash Rendar. Shadow Games was a great way to bring him back. Having Han as a foil was brilliant, especially as we never got to see the two smugglers interact in Shadows of the Empire. The plot is fun but seeing Dash in action is the real reward. I expect fans will be calling out for even more of Dash Rendar pretty soon.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Dark-Times Dash 17. November 2013
Von A. White - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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This book surprised me in some ways and fell short in others. Although I've noted this before with a few of Reaves's works, Shadow Games may just be my new favorite of his books. The mystery in this story, while it remains a mystery anyway, was genuinely intriguing and set up the plot well enough to maintain that interest throughout. When I looked at the dramatis personae I became worried that the secondary characters would be throwaways that I wouldn't be able to tell apart, but even though most of them were fairly one-dimensional their roles were quite distinct. Dash Rendar was especially great here, and he was able to break the 'clone of Han Solo' mold he had during his debut in Shadows of the Empire with some decent characterization. Dash and the amazing details provided carried even the slow parts of the book nicely. Finally, something that has become a bit rare in Star Wars stories these days, you don't need much prior knowledge of SW or the expanded universe to get into this book, aside from perhaps the original trilogy.

My criticisms of the book may be relatively minor, or dare I say nitpicky, but the little things tend to add up when there's enough of them. First we have this apparently popular entertainer named Javul Charn, who is not at all believable on almost every level. Here we have a young, wealthy, and supposedly beautiful woman who has no authority figures to tell her what to do and the only questionable behavior she exhibits are occasional disappearances. The reason behind these excursions are beside the point because everybody she travels with works for her; she needs no explanation for anything she does. When she hires Dash and his crew as body guards we're given the full picture in slow increments, and that doesn't make much sense either. Sure, she may have some other tricks up her sleeve, but if she were actually afraid for her life there should've been full disclosure when 'incidents' started to occur. The only reason to give out small details in this manner is to pad the plot, and that's just plain poor writing.

Next is something that has become the norm for novels that don't directly tie into the main movie plots, which is throwing in familiar people, places, and things for no good reason beyond attempting to create a bridge to the movies. Not only were the movie characters and hackneyed locations gratuitously shoehorned in, but they also weren't portrayed very well either; not to mention the sacrilege of including Han in a story without Chewie. I didn't mind the connection to the Empire and Rebellion, but I simply couldn't envision any of the events of this book taking place in the larger universe. Another point that has become commonplace in SW lately is that, to me, the stories don't feel much like SW anymore. Simply change the names of a few characters and locations and you get general science fiction.

Having said all that, and overlooking the lame SW-ized phrases (e.g. "that ship has spaced"), it still did its job in the entertainment factor. Shadow Games can be enjoyed by die-hard and casual fans alike, as well as mystery/thriller enthusiasts. I may have been overly harsh in my review but as a long-time fan I would still recommend getting it for the fun departure from reality that it offers.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Pure Fun with no Strings Attached 31. Juli 2012
Von Skuldren - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Shadow Games is the first Star Wars novel to have Maya Kaathryn Bohnhoff's name on the cover (even though she was a co-author for Coruscant Nights III: Patterns of the Force). Together she and Michael Reaves have knocked out a very fun Star Wars book. And for Shadow Games there really is no better word to describe it; it's just plain fun. You've got Dash Rendar hooking up with a holostar because he's out of work and in desperate need of credits. What should be a simple job turns into something much more complex, and leaves the reader with a bit of a mystery novel as Dash tries to figure out who's behind what and why. Toss in Han Solo and the constantly amusing droid Leebo, and you have a highly enjoyable book that takes the stress out of reading Star Wars.

Looking back on it, all of the characters had a layered feel to them. As the book progressed, you got to know them better, and through reveals, they became something different, each of them going through a small transformation. With the mystery of the plot, it added to the character progression because you didn't know where anyone was going to end up. Is this person the real villain? Is there more than one villain? Will this character live or die? Is this character a traitor? Maya and Michael wrote the book in a way that keeps you guessing, adding to joy of the novel.

Another thing Shadow Games has going for it is a lack of Jedi. Ordinarily, that statement wouldn't make much sense: what's Star Wars without Jedi? As an Expanded Universe reader, you get burnt out on reading about Jedi all the time and it's nice to get a break from them. (It's also nice to get a break from the Sith too.) And unlike Deathtroopers, Shadow Games is not a story with a tacked on Big 3 character to make it marketable to new readers. This is a book new readers can enjoy without having read any other Star Wars books. It's a book veteran readers can enjoy without having to hear about the next big threat to the galaxy. It's also the sort of book that can wait on the back burner until you're ready to read it. Since it's not part of a series, there's no pressure.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Star Wars Neo-Noir Thriller 11. Februar 2012
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I'll admit, its been awhile since Star Wars deviated from the Jedi Order and their Force powered, lightsaber driven storylines. And yes, they're interesting, but sometimes the fact that there are billions of other beings in the galaxy is forgotten. This is one of the stories that leave the Jedi and Sith completely out of it and instead focus on smugglers, divas, and droids.

Dash Rendar will be remembered from the Shadows of the Empire (Star Wars) media extravaganza that hammered us with comics, toys, a book, and a game with all featuring the new character to fill in for the rogue while Han was frozen in carbonite. Unfortunately, true to this statement he was basically a carbon(ite) copy of our favorite scoundrel and was left forgotten for the most part until now. He and his ship, the Outrider, and his droid companion Leebo vanished and deserved another shot. This is it.

Star Wars: Shadow Games opens with a down on his luck Dash who is offered a job protecting spoiled starlet Javul Charn after introducing his partner Eaden Vrill and showing him having a brief confrontation with Han Solo, his foil and contrast for the story. Dash is impulsive (though not stupid) and wears his emotions like a brightly colored jacket for everyone to see, allowing us to see him as a unique character for the first time. Accepting the job brings him into contact with Charn and her crew, and honestly most of her crew is ignored but it is Charn who steals the show among the secondary characters as a character who is nothing like what she seems. The story sports a 'whodunit' style plot and delves into a crime noir story bordering on a thriller. Han is even reintroduced to the plot as a more calm, collected version of Dash that hides his true emotions better, only allowing them to truly be seen once in a reference to the character Bria Tharen of The Paradise Snare (Star Wars, The Han Solo Trilogy #1) (Book 1) and Rebel Dawn (Star Wars: The Han Solo Trilogy, Book 3) fame. Dash, along with his co-pilot and his droid partners, delve into the mystery and strip away layer by layer discovering that among the characters they are the only ones no hiding things, and even that is called into question. The book seemingly ends with a baffling 40 pages to go only to reveal more and more.

My one complaint with this book can be seen as both a good thing or a bad thing depending on who you are and how you like your self-referencing. This book contains, in my opinion, a few too many jokes that are meant to foreshadow Han's involvement in the Original Trilogy. Things like "Han would be frozen in carbonite before joining with the Rebel Alliance" or statements about how he would never get involved in something over a woman are all too frequent (though maybe some might enjoy them). These are not too excessive though, and take away absolutely nothing from the enjoyment of the story.

Eaden Vrill is a wonderful new character of the same species as Kit Fisto, who was featured in Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones (Widescreen Edition) during the battle of Geonosis and again in Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith (Widescreen Edition) where he perished in Palpatine's office (sorry for the spoiler but you should have seen it by now). This is an excellent new look at this species as Kit Fisto is so far one of our only representations and he is presented as a joker, a Jedi who takes nothing as seriously as it perhaps should be. While this is fine I get bored when a species acts the same and lives with entirely the same personality in each individual member (Star Wars: Darth Plagueis clears this up for the Muun species) and this new character really gives Nautolans a deeper representation.

Overall this is a fun book that will keep you guessing right up until the last 20 pages or so and is enjoyable for anyone looking to take a break from Jedi-heavy stories. I have the feeling that a sequel will appear for Dash Rendar soon due to the popularity this book has already seen and most likely will continue to see. I recommend picking it up.
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