Goodreads Book Review - Honor Among Thieves

Honor Among Thieves (Star Wars: Empire and Rebellion, #2)Honor Among Thieves by James S.A. Corey

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

I've said it before and I'll say it again: it's almost impossible for stories set in the Classic Era starring any of the main characters to have have any stakes at all. It's the biggest reason I lament the death of the Expanded Universe (aside from all the money I've spent on EU novels!). We know nothing can happen to them of any importance that isn't mentioned in the movies, and it's the same here; the book is about the chase for a powerful weapon that we've never heard of before, so we know what has to happen to it eventually. There is, however, an upside to Classic Era stories, and that is that the characters are still young and inexperienced and not the almost perfect adventurers they eventually become. It's fun to see them mess up and not have all the answers. Unfortunately, the author works around that upside by giving us the impossibly perfect new character Scarlet Hark, who is prepared for everything and is just the best spy ever. I was praying for her death, but instead she lives while the other new characters who gave this otherwise boring story any life had to die. The action is generic, as is the dialogue and plot, but the characters could have brought it to life more. Instead, what we got is a just okay story that completionists will obviously read but that everyone else is better off skipping.

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