I confess that I haven’t actually played the game that this novel adapted from, yet. Being really interested in the character Starkiller (whose name is actually Luke Skywalker’s original name before it became what it is now), I went to the library and picked this book up. I started reading and was drawn in completely. Sean Williams did an excellent job with this book. Because I haven’t played the game yet, I don’t know if this was faithful to the game or not, but I didn’t care. This was too good.
What better to begin a book about Darth Vader’s secret apprentice then to begin with a scene where Starkiller and Vader are doing a test duel (little do they know they will be doing a literal duel at the end)? I mean, this book tied up the loose ends about the Rebel Alliance down to how they adopted their symbol! It turns out that in the classic trilogy (IV-VI), Darth Vader and the Emperor were actually fighting something that Vader’s apprentice had started BY THE COMMAND OF VADER HIMSELF! It was Vader’s fault that there was a team of rebels running about stealing battle station plans and whatnot. Very, VERY interesting.
The set of characters was very interesting too. I liked Master Kota and PROXY a lot, and the change in Starkiller was extremely evident over the course of the novel. His back-story really made sense. By the way, for anyone who has read Dark Lord: Rise of Darth Vader by James Luceno, is it possible that Vader had actually found Starkiller (excuse me, Galen) on Kashyyk near the end of the novel during the ending battle? It would make a great connection.
Yeah, there wasn’t much meaningful dialogue here. Just a lot of dialogue that had to do with the action, a lot of “we have to do this and we have to do that” type of stuff. Plus, Sean sure likes to use the word telekinetic a lot for some reason. The character development is mostly through the action instead of the dialogue for the most part which is fine, but I like dialogue a lot (which is the reason why I liked The Clone Wars: Wild Space by Karen Miller a lot, because it used more talking and less action to show some character development).
Overall, this was a very, very good novel and is probably my second favorite Star Wars novel now. Very, very intriguing read.
Rating: 4.8/5 stars