5/5 Rancors - James S. A. Corey is a pseudonym for Nebula and Hugo Award nominees Daniel Abraham and Ty Franck. I don’t really know if having one pseudonym for co-authors is a normal practice in the literary business or not, but I found it to be interesting. It would seem to me that two people writing together could be tricky, but then I am not an author.
Star Wars has never lacked for attention and fans through the years, but now things will be picking up even more. Disney owns the franchise. Star Wars VII comes out next year, and a new animated series for TV is in the works. Things are looking good. Undoubtedly we will also see an increase in the world of published Star Wars fiction. Three new books of classic Star Wars adventures have already been announced, each one starring either Leia, Han, or Luke. The first one, a Leia story, is Razor’s Edge. It was written by Martha Wells and was released in 2013. Honor among Thieves, starring Han, is the second book and should be released in March. My review is based on an advance copy through Amazon Vine. The third book, starring Luke, will be by Kevin Hearne and should be available next year.
Empire and Rebellion: Honor among Thieves is the Star Wars debut for these two authors. They have done a good job with it. We are back with some of our favorite Star Wars characters and we get to see how things used to be. The book is set just after the destruction of the Death Star in A New Hope. Luke is pretty much still the hot-shot kid pilot who may be getting in over his head. Leia is a princess and very much one of the leaders of the Rebel Alliance. Han is a rogue smuggler basically looking out for himself and his partner Chewbacca, but he is also gradually turning out to be an indispensable member of the Alliance. Han is the focal point of this book. It was great to read a story with Han and Chewie back together again. The book is described as being old school and action-packed, and I cannot disagree with that. It is fun to read.
The plot begins with Han’s and Chewie’s mission to extract Scarlet Hark, an important Rebel spy, from the planet Cioran in the Saavin system deep in Imperial space. Scarlet is close to acquiring important information that is badly needed by the Alliance. As the story progresses, one thing leads to another as it normally does, and the information becomes so important that it could decide the success or failure of the entire rebellion.
The book contains important elements of a good Star Wars tale. Lots of action. Heroes we know and love. Wonderful banter among Han, Chewie, and Leia. Narrow escapes. Wedge Antilles with X-wing fighters. Luke Skywalker. Stormtroopers. If such things appeal to you, you will like the book.