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The Paradise Snare Reviews

  • Brad
    2019-02-16 17:25

    Three stars is all I could muster, but I did have fun with this book. It was a great way to rest my brain after finishing Solzhenitsyn's Cancer Ward. ★★: This was the finest episode of Corellia 90210 EVER! I had no idea until rereading this that Young Han Solo was actually played (at least in the mind of A.C. Crispin) by a Young Luke Perry. Bad boy Han hanging out with the richies from Corellia (some family, and some family of the girl he loves), and he's so handsome and dashing and such a great surfer (oops ... pilot).+★: Han himself was pretty damn groovy. You can tell that Crispin really has an affinity for his character (or else a love for Harrison Ford), and she delivers a pretty satisfying childhood full of Oliver Twist-y incidents (can you say F8-GN? Clever name for a droid, eh?), abuse at the hands of a bounty hunting bully, and believable dreams of becoming an Imperial Officer. There are some disappointments though ... -★: ...and those come with the language Han uses. Yeah, yeah, Han says "Sweetheart" plenty in the Trilogy, but does he have to say "Honey" and "Sweetheart" so bloody much? I'd say know. And if I had to read about how "scruffy looking" he was one more time I would have thrown the book across the room (then dutifully picked it up and continued).-★★: Did Han really need a giant black tiger man as his sidekick/bodyguard? Muuurgh was cool enough, but he was so blatantly a replacement for Chewbacca, and so cheesily a part of another "utopian" society being oppressed by the Empire, that I was more than a little pissed. I was a lot pissed actually, and with Han already spending time with his foster mother, Dewlanna (a fierce old Wookie woman who dies for his freedom), I thought there was more than enough Chewie related idiocy for one book.+★: But Coruscant was super fucking cool. I kept waiting for a Replicant to leap out from behind a building and break Deckerd's fingers.+★★★: And I really loved the spice processing planet of Ylesia. The fact that most of the book was set there, with its weak-ass Hutt overlord, Zavval, its Exultation inducing Rhino Priests, the T'landa Til, its Glitterstim factory, its uber-fungus and mud pits, and "High Priest" Teroenza's museum of galactic artifacts -- giving Crispin a chance to weave in some Indiana Jones -- it was a fun place to spend my fantasy hours for a couple of days. I am not entirely convinced the T'landa Til were as "evil" as Crispin wanted them to be -- even for slavers -- but they were still a good set of antagonists for Han.-★: There was no need for the Princess Leia cameo. Enough of the fangirl crap already. :PSo ... lots of fun, and I'm very glad I gave this a second read. Candy for the brain is good. ★★+★-★-★★+★+★★★-★ = 3 ★s

  • Kelly
    2019-02-12 22:07

    I remember being a really snobby dork about these books- I thought I was going to hate them 'cause they were all trying to weave into the movies rather than going off on their own story. But surprisingly, these were great! Han's motivations are explained for his first appearance in A New Hope, we get his tragic first love, and find out why he gets to wear the Corellian Bloodstripes! Super necessary information!

  • Ashley Bogner
    2019-01-23 01:12

    Han Solo is my favoriteStar Warscharacter. I love his witty comebacks and his fantastic character arc. And yet he's the character in the series we don't know anything about. His backstory never comes up, and I've always wanted to know more about him. How did he become friends with Chewbacca? How did he meet Lando? When did he become captain of theMillennium Falcon ? What's up with the "Kessel Run in twelve parsecs"? When I found out that there was a book series about Han Solo's backstory, I immediately put the first book on hold at the library.Sadly, I didn't enjoy it as much as I hoped I would.Pros:-It's about Han Solo. -I never knew that (view spoiler)[ Han joined the Imperial Navy. Now I understand why he knows so much about Imperial procedure in the movies! I always wondered about that.(hide spoiler)]-MostStar Warsbooks take place either during the Republic time period or the post - ROTJtime period. I thought it was cool that this one takes place between trilogies. Cons:-When I think ofStar Wars , the word "fun" is the first thing that comes to mind.The Paradise Snarewas not fun. It was actually pretty depressing. -Looking back on the plot, I personally think most of this book was unnecessary to the story. Other than the first two chapters explaining Han's childhood and the end when (view spoiler)[ he joins the Empire(hide spoiler)], I thought most of it felt like a subplot.-I don't fully understand his romance with Bria. Other than the fact that they both think the other is attractive, I never was clear on why they liked each other. -One of my other issues was in the area of content. A little more language and violence than in mostStar Warsnovels. Sexual content (while never graphic) was the biggest disappointment: several references to women being sold into prostitution, Han thinks about his long list of ex-girlfriends and it is implied that he never entered a romantic relationship with any intention of a long-term commitment, he sometimes thinks about how he "would like to spend the night" with a girl, etc. I was also highly disappointed that Han and Bria end up sleeping together. Everything is "off camera", but this bothered me. Overall, I had high hopes for this series. While I am curious about the rest of Han Solo's story, I don't think I'll continue. The depressing tone and lack of morals presented madeThe Paradise Snarea "just okay" read for me. It lacked the innocent, light-hearted fun of the movies.

  • Crystal Starr Light
    2019-01-17 17:32

    "From now on, it's just me. Han Solo."Han Solo. Rogue. Scoundrel. Scruffy-lookin' nerf herder. He's the smuggler that charmed our hearts in A New Hope, who came back to rescue Luke, who butted heads with Princess Leia in The Empire Strikes Back, and lead a Rebel task force against an Imperial fortress in Return of the Jedi. But where did he come from?Han Solo was a young boy, employed by Gariss Shrike to pitpocket, pilot swoop bikes in races, and con people out of money. Tired of that life, Han Solo leaves to Ylesia to work as a pilot. There he uncovers the secrets of a cult that is holding Bria Tharen, fellow Corellian and love interest, hostage.NOTE: Based on prior reading and recent audiobook.I Liked:Han Solo is so cool, so it was inevitable that he got his backstory fleshed out. And it is apparent Crispin put some thought into it. She hinted at Han's ability to understand Wookiee through his Wookiee friend, Dewlana. She mentioned his cousin, Thracken Sal-Solo. And she even dropped in a scene with Princess Leia (okay, that's stretching it, but from a certain point of view...).Crispin's writing is easy on the mind (at least, when read by David Pittu). It is descriptive, but doesn't get bogged in details like Barbara Hambly's did. It has dialogue, but nothing near the quantities of Jeter's Bounty Hunters War. It is intelligent, clever, and well-written.There is no real overarching plot (at this point--I do know from prior reading that Ylesia has a role to play in the later trilogy), but that makes sense. This is a story about Han; it really can't have a plot (other than, obviously, how did he get to be so jaded in A New Hope?). But I liked it. He lives in his own, disconnected world. You don't have tons of Jedi thrust unnecessarily into the story. He doesn't somehow bump into Vader or one of his minions. He doesn't have anything to do with Bail and Mon Mothma. He's just a guy on the outside. And that I greatly appreciate.Bria Tharen is the other character we see in this novel. What interested me in her was her wholehearted devotion to a false religion and her withdrawal from the Exultation. I felt this really built up her character and made her different from Leia. It would have been all too easy for Crispin to make Bria a Leia clone, but I felt she stayed away from that.While somewhat stereotypical and predictable, Han and Bria's tender, young romance is kinda sweet. It's simple, unaffected by the cares of age and responsibility. Han is young and wants the best for Bria, while also desiring to pursue a career in the Imperial Navy. Bria is just trying to piece herself together. They probably should never have met (Han is an orphan, Bria comes from a wealthy family), but circumstances throw them together and they cling to each other as only youth can.I Didn't Like:I can't help but finish this and feel somewhat depressed. Han's life is so miserable! He's raised an orphan in an Oliver Twist-type life. He loses the woman of his life. Can nothing go right for him?Speaking of Oliver Twist, I felt that aspect was a little heavy and almost unnecessary. Couldn't Han have parents? Everyone in this saga has issues with parents: Leia is adopted, Luke is raised by his uncle, the Jedi are taken from their parents at a young age. For once, I want to see a decent mom and dad with their child. I was hoping that could be Han, but alas...Dialogue/Sexual Situations/Violence:A few passing d*** and h***.Bria and Han are lovers. Han mentions having previous girlfriends/lovers. Bria comes close to being sold into a pleasure house.The book begins with Han fighting against Shrike. He then fights his way off Ylesia and out of a bank.Overall:This is a nice peek into Han's backstory. I really enjoyed it...but I wish it had more lighthearted moments like The Han Solo Adventures. I definitely recommend, but be wary: if you want to laugh, you might find yourself crying instead.

  • Wayne
    2019-01-19 21:04

    Reading Star Wars fiction is a guilty pleasure for me, so consider this a guilty five star! Aside from the original trilogy novelizations, I loved A Splinter of the Mind's Eye, and the old Brian Daley Han Solo trilogy. I recall reading the Thrawn Trilogy in the 1990's, which was what happened after Return of the Jedi, and being captured by what was then an unspoiled dream of what the franchise could become. Since then, I haven't read much at all in the genre, and like most of us, endured a less than thrilling prequel trilogy of movies. However, with the acquisition of the franchise by Disney (yeah, we'll save that issue for another day), I am nevertheless excited by new Star Wars, and continuations of the original story, no less! Specifically, I have heard juicy rumor of Han Solo specific movie(s) that are inspired by Ann Crispin's prequel trilogy of the coming of age of everyone's favorite smuggler. So I freakin' picked up the first book and frankly, enjoyed the hell out of it. It was like old times! While the older, stodgier, and well read me wanted to pull back on the rating because there was a fairly simple story, (well grounded and fleshed out in the SW universe), it was not the deepest and soul changing of reads. However, my younger, idealistic and unrepentant Star Wars loving self beat the crap out of my jaded old self and left him unconscious while I relived that childhood fascination and joy through this book. I can't wait till the Millennium Falcon shows up! On to book two...

  • Ivy
    2019-01-24 19:19

    5 starsNice to know more about Han Solo. Wonder if we will see Bria again. The plot was very interesting. Hope Han does well at the Imperial Academy. Can't wait to read the Hurt Gambit!!!! Also can't wait to read more Star Wars books!!!

  • Paul Darcy
    2019-01-31 00:27

    by A. C. Crispin, published in 1997.This is my first attempt at reading a Star Wars novel and, I’ll admit it, I read it because it features Han Solo. Now Han is probably the most endearing character to grace the Star Wars franchise (at least I think so) and hence I was compelled to give this novel - first of three actually - a go.I’ll get the tedious writer’s annoyances out of the way first. Liberal use of the word “wryly” and “dryly” and other ly words kept kicking me out of the story and need not have been used, ever. As well, the pacing was choppy (maybe editing?) through the book and so the story didn’t flow well. And lastly, I know the author needed to keep Han’s voice the same as the movies, but really, is every male or female character either a “pal” or a “sweetheart”?But the writing annoyances aside, I really did enjoy this novel and am already into the second. And the writing is much, much better so far.In The Paradise Snare we get the back story and early history of Han Solo. His formative years reminded me so much of Oliver Twist that it seemed to be a direct lift fo Dicken’s story. Please sir, can I have more nerf soup? Hey, whatever works.But to be fair again, I did enjoy myself and this was quick read. It is fun to re-visit the Star Wars universe with Han as your guide. This novel is an exploration of how Han gets to be who he is in the first Movie (yes, episode IV) and why he acts the way he does.A few other main characters share Han’s life in novel one. One is a love interest named Bria, one a comrade (like Chewie actually) Muuurgh, who is a giant cat-like alien. And then there is Shrike, his master (and not a nice guy at all) when he was stuck as a lackey on the pirate ship Trader’s Luck.Everything falls into the place and the story of Han Solo unfolds. Crispin does a good job of moulding young Han and we see him getting in and out of scrapes as we would expect. I found the love story a bit much, but understand it as back story as to why Han treats Leia the way he does in the movie.We also get hints about the Hutts, and Jabba name among others is also brought up. General good fun with some fast paced action sequences. A pretty good read if you are into Star Wars and Han Solo. We don’t see the Millennium Falcon or Chewbacca in this one, but all you need to do is start the second book to find them.As a straight up Science Fiction - it doesn’t quite pass the test. To poorly written, choppy pacing and the supporting characters are too obviously form-fitted into their roles.As a Star Wars novel I would give this a 3 out of 5. There was enough here to redeem it as a fun read and having started the second in the series I already know it gets a whole lot better.

  • Mary JL
    2019-01-16 19:08

    If you are a fan of the Star Wars books, particularly if you are a fan of Han Solo, this is the beginning of an enjoyable trilogy.Covering the ten years before the original Star Wars movie began--Chapter IV-A New Hope--Han escapes from the only 'home' he has ever known--the illegal ship Trader's Luck.His ultimate dream: to enter the Imperial Space Academy. So, to get piloting experience, he takes a job piloting for the planet Ylesia. He soon starts picking up pratical expereince.But he also finds that the "religious pilogrims" are in fact virtual slaves. The religious "exaltation" they feel is a trick artificially created by the overseers.Han sees nothing wrong with smuggling--but he does not deal in slaves; and when he becomes acquainted with a young woman from his own planet, Corellia, he determines to rescue her.Quick reading with lots of adventures--battles; crash landings; intrigue and lots of alien and human cultures. It is true to the "feel" of the original Star Wars. Of course, readers of general SF 'space opera' will enjoy it as well.Book I ends with Cadet Han Solo marching off into a bright future at the Imperial Space Academy......(You think so?lol)Edited 9/25/14 to fix typos

  • J.Aleksandr Wootton
    2019-01-25 22:24

    I loved Star Wars as a kid. I'm pretty sure I read every Star Wars novel published prior to the release of The-Prequels-Which-Shall-Not-Be-Named in 1999, and I still own a few of the best. I'm going to review the first book of each of 4 sets that I think are worth your time to read. [In general, if you're wondering where to start with Star Wars novels, a good rule of thumb is that if it was originally published by Bantam Spectra, it's probably worth the risk. Once Del Rey re-acquired rights to the franchise in 1999 everything went downhill.]A.C. Crispin's Han Solo Trilogy (not to be confused with the comparatively terrible Han Solo Adventures by Brian Daley) earns my recommendation. Crispin nails the feel of Han's character and voice, gives him credible backstories that fit the original cannon, and spins some great adventures with plenty of wit and emotion.If you're looking for more of the stuck-up half-witted scruffy-looking nerf herder smuggling one step ahead of the law as only a lovable scoundrel can, Crispin's books are your ticket.

  • Kami
    2019-01-23 23:09

    - I LOVED this book! The characters and story are awesome! I wish I had read this ages ago.- I really enjoyed reading about Han's younger years. I loved his relationship with Dewlanna, it explains why he has a soft spot for Wookies and can understand them.- I liked Bria a lot. It was great to see her grow and become and important character. - Muuurgh was awesome! His species makes an appearance in the comics, and I thought it was a new thing, but apparently not. I loved Muuurgh's loyalty, strength, and friendship.- The ending is very bitter sweet. I know Bria and Han can't be together, but I am still cheering for them anyway. - Han's terms of endearment for Bria get tiresome. He uses them way too often.- I loved seeing Han's home planet, and I liked getting to know the people and everything.- I'm very excited for the rest of this series!

  • Brittany
    2019-02-09 01:12

    This was the very first Star Wars novel I ever read and it introduced me to a world into which I would dive wholeheartedly for the next several years. Han Solo would become my favorite character in the universe and I would dream of nothing else.Looking back, I can't say exactly what struck my fantasy most about this book, but it was enough to send me searching desperately for the next in the series. Whatever it was, it captivated my attention so thoroughly that even now I can't help but read the books with fondness as I recall the way they made me thrill to the core way back in 6th grade.

  • Ron
    2019-02-09 19:08

    A necessary start to the life of Han Solo. Not great literature, but provides a foundational piece of SW universe history.

  • CristianMorales
    2019-02-05 17:26

    I knew it was going to be a 5-star at the first wookie growl, but this was incredible!

  • Matthew Harrand
    2019-02-09 22:11

    This book is about Han Solo’s life when he was a young kid and continues on through his entire life. What i particularly liked about this book was Han Solo because i got to know more about Han then what we learn in the movies by learning about his childhood and life before the movies. Another thing I liked about this book was the street gang Han joined in the book because i would never picture a young kid joining a street gang and i liked how Han handled it. This book is for readers who like Star Wars, science fiction, and Han Solo.

  • Renee
    2019-01-29 17:15

    The first third of Han Solo's origin story - somewhat sloggy in sections (the romance parts, which do matter so feel free to skim but don't skip!) - but overall revealing and fun.

  • Jaime Krause
    2019-01-24 23:08

    How does Han know Shyriiwook and other languages? How did he hone his flying skills? Why can he be so hard to those who care for him? And, most of all, what is his past like?Crispin does a great job answering these questions. I've read this book (and the others in the series) multiple times. She stays true to his character while showing growth from adolescent immaturity to the man we were introduced to in ANH.- Han leaves an abusive trader named Garris Shrike (who "saved" him when he was a toddler) to find a job on Ylesia as a pilot to hopefully get himself the money and skills needed to apply to the Imperial Academy. Shrike forced Han and other orphans to beg and steal for him. He also hired a Wookiee named Dewlanna to cook for him and his crew; a Wookiee who was a wonderful mother figure to Han.- The colonies on Ylesia are run by a Hutt named Zavval and a group of t'landa Til (also from Nal Hutta). Each of the three colonies has pilgrims who have heard of "paradise" on Ylesia, but are really near-slaves working in spice factories. Zavval and the t'landa Til are running multiple scams, which makes Han wary of the entire situation, especially after befriending a pilgrim named Bria and learning of what his Togorian 'bodyguard', Muuurgh has to deal with.- Han meets Jabba the Hutt's cousin, Jiliac, and has to deal with the issues between them and Zavval. Then he learns how deep the t'landa Til scam runs and works on escaping with his two friends and Muuurgg's mate Mrrov.- Crispin explains very well the struggle a victim has with addiction, and the hopelessness their loved ones feel.- Bria's family is crazy. I'm glad her father has a strong head on his shoulders. Before now, I felt that her mother was a bit ridiculous; now she sounds like my friend's mother. It makes me very sad that some parents are purposely naive and care little for what their children want. - We're briefly introduced to CorSec and Hal Horn, which made me smile.- The last 20 pages or so were sad, but perfect for the characterizations Crispin set up and the overall "Star Wars" story. It was good, even if I didn't 'like' it all that much. And, in the end, Han was able to fulfill his initial dream of becoming a cadet in the Imperial Academy.I don't like how quick Han falls for Bria and then doesn't listen to her when she says 'no.' It's very Han, since he likes to read what's in a female's eyes, but Bria all but shoved him away and he kept pursuing her. Their quick "I love you" made sense though; they're older teen who never really knew love before. I also didn't like how when he revealed his name, it was an anticlimactic moment. Murrgh and Bria were very nonchalant about it. I understand it happened in a battle, but I'd still expect there to be SOME type of issue with the lie.It irked me to see some of the Earth words/phrases that were used, such as "shower," "cat," "crossing fingers (for luck)" and "ogre." The book was written in 1997, when there was enough EU media to avoid this. One thing I really liked though was the science woven in, especially with regards to a planet's rotation/cycle, atmosphere/weather, and gravity.

  • Charles
    2019-01-19 17:30

    This is the back-story of the real, original Han Solo - the one who Shot First and began his return to interstellar good-guy only after he met Luke, Leia and the gang. The prose is functional, at times overly so but the story picked up and was compelling with its realistic capture of Han's personality. It never felt forced, contrite or arbitrary. A good, grim but not overly-so, realistic background to explain how our hero can grow up looking out for only himself, a scruffy semi-ruthless rogue with a heart of gold.From the good old days of the Star Wars Expanded Universe, (i.e. Bantam/pre-1998) back when there was still some order of sense and continuity in the Lore before Lucas gave us the very stupid (and completely out of sync) Droid War prequels. Despite some cool stuff that has come about from his massive Clone Wars media blitz, I have not forgotten the atmosphere, the setting, the tone and feel of the original series which I love. It may be silly to others but it matters to me to return to the galaxy where droids are still somewhat clumsy automatons, where the series of wars that lead to the rise of the Empire were a still a bit a taboo subject with the quadrillions of its inhabitants, where the Jedi really were a 'hokey ancient religion' few remember hearing about. A place where there is still very much a sense of proportion between the characters and the massive scale of its setting, even with all its wonder-technology.

  • Morgan
    2019-02-13 01:29

    Star Wars the Paradise Snare was written by A.C. Crispin. This book is about the adventures of the young Han Solo and his new found companion Muuurgh. Throughout the book we find out more about the Corellian youth’s past. The book explains the story of how he becomes the well-known rebel hero we all know. His journey begins on a small droid ship to the planet of Ylesia. Once on the planet Han gets a job piloting for Ylesian spice miners. On the planet he meets danger, drugs, love, and mystery. Han has his chance to fulfil his dreams of becoming an Imperial Navy pilot but when the test comes will he make it……….I really liked this book. It gives you background knowledge of Han Solo and his untold story. It tells why and how he got to the spot he was in when we first see him in A NEW HOPE. I had always wondered why Han was running from Jabba the Hutt and how he even got in league with the Hutt Clan. Also it tell the story of why he is so rude to women. In my opinion they should make these wonderfully written books should be made into movies. They tell of the hidden triumphs and glories that deserve to be recognized. People need to know the story behind a person and to me Han is one of the most misunderstood characters in the STAR WARS series. He is my favorite character in some ways he is a tragic hero of STAR WARS.

  • Prasidh Ramson
    2019-02-07 00:06

    Paradise Snare is the first in the Han Solo trilogy telling the adventures of this iconic Star Wars character. Set some 10 years before Episode IV, this book chronicles his backstory as a street urchin and developmental years with a motley crew of space pirates that take him under their wing. Escaping from the pirates, this story tells of his time as a pilot on a planet, Ylesia, famous as a sanctuary for devotees seeking enlightenment from questionable priests, with questionable agendas. Positively, I enjoyed the writing, storytelling and world-building. The locations are described in detail, while characters are fully formed and believable. The pace is fast, action-filled and gives just enough time for exposition. Less enjoyable were some of the family drama scenes and plot devices - it did border on soap opera-ish. On the whole, however, it was an enjoyable read, offering more insight into Solo's character. I look forward to reading the remaining two books in the trilogy. I'd recommend it to old and new Star Wars fans. Punch it, Chewie!

  • Dustin
    2019-02-07 01:27

    For the most part, I approve of this as a begging for Han Solo. It was entertaining and fits with the character that's already been established to us fans. My only point to of contention comes towards the end of the book, with two chapters reading like a class division romance novel. It was pointless to me, and I guess meant to show us a hardened Solo, mad at not having a woman he loved. It felt forced, because his goals, attitude and bravado are established, explained, and played up prior to this. Getting dumped seems like a cheap cop out for a character that probably wouldn't have been such a bitch about it in the mind of several fans. Leave those parts out, or at least downplay them, and I like the book more. I'll be moving on to book two, so hopefully less romance and more adventure.

  • Evangeline
    2019-02-04 22:13

    This is the first in a series of EU (Extended Universe) novels about Han Solo's life before Star Wars IV: A New Hope. It spans everything from his early teens to the weeks before he meets Obi-Wan and Luke in the Mos Eisley cantina. It tells of his freeing of Chewbacca from slavery, his meeting of Lando Calrizzian (and, consequently, his winning the Millenium Falcon) and his many girlfriends before he met Leia which solidify his reputation as a "scoundrel." The writing is pretty good, but for Star Wars literature, I found this especially enthralling (but probably just because I love Han Solo!)

  • Marissa
    2019-01-27 01:30

    I have always been extremely skeptical of the Star Wars novels - to me it felt like someone getting published for fanfiction and the world Lucas built could get mangled in everyone's idea of what it could be like.That being said, this book was AWESOME. The writing was very well done and it didn't treat the reader like either a) a child where everything had to be spelled out or b) like you should already get every reference in here so we won't explain anything. It was a very neat balance. The moments where you could start to see where the Han Solo we know and love from the movies start to peak through were excellent and I'm totally amped to read the rest of the trilogy.

  • Moontyger
    2019-01-18 19:27

    I'd considered reading the Han Solo trilogy for awhile and the Memorial Day sale at Half-Price finally gave me a chance to pick up the first one (I wanted to see what I thought before I bought the others). You never know what you'll get when you pick up a Star Wars books; sometimes excellent authors simply cannot write the characters while otherwise mediocre ones have them down pat. I'd put this one somewhere in between - this young Han occasionally felt possibly a little off to me, but not horribly so, and the plot was interesting. (And hey, Bria!) I liked it enough that I'll probably try to find the others.

  • Evan Leach
    2019-01-17 23:30

    Fun presentation of Han Solo's origin story. The story was a little uneven, but there are a few scenes that really shine (it's been many years since I first read this, but I'll never forget the thrilling descent through Coruscant). I remember being frustrated after finishing this in 1997 and realizing that the sequel wasn't out yet. If you want to read an entertaining book about Han Solo, this fits the bill. 4 stars, recommended.

  • Michael *Windrunner*
    2019-01-17 20:02

    Thanks to my friend TS Chan for bringing this book to mind. I've been reading through various Star Wars books to fuel my excitement for Episode VII (although I'm trying to manage my expectations to a reasonable level).This book detailed the early life of Han Solo until his entrance to the academy. A fun read!

  • Writingstationhub Writingstationhub
    2019-01-30 23:26

    A Good Read, this story tells of a young Han Solo an orphan with no history of his family who is brought up as a thieve and a pickpocket. We follow Solo on his quest to make it to the imperial academy he meets a love interest on the way (not Leia) and a strange planet of worship. Overall a great introduction into the legend Han Solo and deserves it's place in the Star Wars Universe.

  • S
    2019-01-26 22:08

    This novel gives Han a remarkably grounded history. There are certainly space hijinks, but the focus of the book is the character. It works best when it is focused on who Han is emotionally, and what he has walked though to become that person. The cult plot is weaker; it works, but is less compelling and more a trope.

  • A Bald Mage** Steve
    2019-02-11 00:14

    The first book and the weakest of this trilogy ... this trilogy gets better with the next two books... 4/10

  • Kayla Barton
    2019-01-25 18:28

    Not the highest quality of writing, but a fun exciting story. A fun way to get a bit of a back story for han solo. Worth a read for casual star wars fans.

  • Fernanda
    2019-02-02 00:08