Star Wars: Clone Wars: Gambit #2
ugh. What can I say? The 2 Gambit books should have been 1 and heavily edited. I just got so bored with Siege that I gave up. More Anakin whining, more stolid Kenobi, lots of nothing happening. Nothing important, exciting, or in any way interesting to the audience, happens. Anakin continues whining, complaining, etc, etc, Kenobi keeps on being stolid and refusing to see Anakain’s weakness’s, Sidious gloats and Yoda scratches his head in confusion. Yeah.
This, along with Stealth, should have been 1 book, at about half of the length of 1 of these boring doorstops.
I got over halfway through and then just couldn’t stomach anymore. If you liked Stealth, you’ll like Siege. If you didn’t like Stealth, don’t waste your time, cause you won’t care about the ending after wading through such drek.
Fisherman’s Children #1
the sequel to the Kingmaker, Kingbreaker duology. 10 years later. I couldn’t stand this. While Asher was a joy to read about before, now he and Dathne are just nagging people who are completely, willfully, blind to their children’s emerging talent. I realize that is a large thrust of the story, but when I just want to throttle every adult character, well, that ruins the reading experience.
Star Wars: Clone Wars: Gambit #1
Epub, 293 Pages
a nasty bioweapon plan is uncovered and Anakin and Obi-Wan must go under cover, in Separatist territory, to figure out a way to destroy it without further extending Republic Forces. Once again, as seems to be on par with these Clone Wars novels, there is nothing really exciting to read about. You see Anakin continue down the path towards Darth Vader, but other than that, I really find the adventures boring.
Keeping with all the other Clone War novels by Traviss and Miller, this one is as boring and uninteresting as its predecessors.
The only thing that can be said for these books is that they detail, boringly and with excruciating painfulness, the descent of Anakin to Darth Vader. However, Revenge of the Sith, by Matthew Stover, does that excellently, with emotion and heartbreak, really making this line of novels unnecessary and showing them for just what they are- capitalizations upon the success of the Clone Wars cartoons while being miserable failures on their own.
Star Wars: Clone Wars
a direct sequel to Traviss’ Clone Wars. Really has nothing to do with the Clone troopers though. Basically Anakin whines about Padme and his new apprentice while Obi-Wan and Bail Organa go off on a goosechase to a Sith Planet. Which turns out to be an ambush. And Obi-wan and Bail bond while surviving.
Does do a good job of showing the desolate and empty condition of a sith world, and by extension, what a sith galaxy would be like. Nothing special overall though, certainly not worth buying.
I still haven’t bought these. Good for me!
The Awakened Mage
Kingmaker, Kingbreaker #2
712 pages, paperbook
the finish to this duology.
Morg takes over the next in line to be king and becomes king. Has Asher executed and the Prince exiled. Asher is spirited away and comes back to finish off Morg.
While this book was longer, it seemed shorter, a lot shorter. While Innocent seemed to be about Asher’s journey from fisherman to Olken noble, Awakened seemed a rush to finish the story.
The Innocent Mage
Kingmaker, Kingbreaker #1
642 pages, paperbook
there are 2 races in a land cutoff from the rest off the world, for its own protection. A fisherman from the lower caste race becomes the trusted advisor to the Prince, a higher caste race. Their adventures that draw them together and tear them apart. The King keeps the wall of protection up, but its cost is in his blood. This book ends with the king dying and the evil ruler from the outside world taking over the royal magician and turning the prince against his advisor.
I really enjoyed this. The writing just drew me in. The dialogue was clever without being shallow, the problems were big without being pretentious and the characters were very real. I look forward to reading more by Miller.