Goodreads Book Review - Star Wars: The Last Jedi

The Last Jedi (Star Wars)The Last Jedi by Michael Reaves

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This is the fourth book in this series (the first three comprise the Coruscant Nights trilogy) and a bit of wear is starting to show. The story has a strong start and a good, if anti-climactic conclusion, but the middle sort of dragged. The characters bounce around over-thinking and over-discussing the same things over and over again, and it gets boring. Once it ratchets up to the finale it becomes a page-turner, but again, an anti-climactic one. I say that because it suffers from the same drawback as any book that is part of the prequel/classic era: we know certain things can't be changed, and so to an extant we know what will happen in any confrontation that involves Darth Vader... or, at least, we know what can't happen. However, the authors turn some of that weakness into a strength in the way Vader is utilized: he's a specter that hangs over much of the plot, the very mention of his name or his power terrorizing our protagonists and reminding us why he's one of the greatest villains of all time. In short, this is a decent enough read for Star Wars fans, but not a must-read.

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