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Dark Force Rising: Star Wars Legends (The Thrawn Trilogy) (Star Wars: the Hand of Thrawn, 2)

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Es cierto que es muy Sherlock Holmes, pero aquí todo lo hace aprendiendo el arte de su enemigo, y eso creo que es algo flojo. The life-form analyzer ran through its complicated algorithms and concluded that the outer buildings were devoid of life. The number-one New York Times bestselling Heir to the Empire was the publishing event of the year, the first novel to continue the adventures of Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia, and Han Solo, beyond the events of the most popular trilogy in movie history.

Here though, we already know these characters and this new setting so the slow pace just makes the first ~100-150 pages boring.

Pero claro, como fan que soy, me gustaría leerme todo lo esencial antes de llegar allí, saber más o menos quien es cada personaje y ver cómo crecen y evolucionan antes de verlos sufrir más adelante y la era de los 90 es lo que tiene. There are also some fun scenes with Thrawn and his bodyguard Rukh, where the latter’s undying loyalty is soon at odds with what the rest of his Noghri race do. Timothy Zahn is the author of more than forty novels, nearly ninety short stories and novellas, and four short-fiction collections. After not being a big fan of how little Force and Jedi there were in the previous book I was happy with what we got here. The series continue to benefit from all the groundwork set in the movie version and makes for an easy summer read.

People complain that Thrawn has been a disappointment on Star Wars Rebels and that because he is underused and hasn't done major damage yet, it's a betrayal to the character. While getting more interesting by the end and very entertaining when paired with luke skywalker, the scenes with her and Karrde were snorefests. To his character repertoire, Zahn adds Garm Bel Iblis, a former Senator from Corellia--and rival to Mon Mothma. I find it unlikely that a man of Talon Karrde’s cunning would set up a base in the middle of a forest without also setting up security contacts with others outside the immediate area.I also really liked how Leia had to use her dark heritage like it was something positive, and she didn't take it lightly at all.

The plot revolves around everyone in the novel trying to find a bunch of lost spaceships that are such an amazing prize because . After all, the book is over 25 years old now, so I had the suspicion that maybe the reason people loved the Thrawn books so much was because of blind nostalgia. Now he schemes to use his awesome mastery of the Force to summon young Skywalker, allay his misgivings, cunningly enthrall him, and ultimately corrupt him to the Dark Side. Mike Baron is the author of Helmet Head, Whack Job, Biker and Skorpio, four mind blowing novels that will change the way you feel about horror fiction. The first and biggest problem with the Thrawn Trilogy is the portrayal of the central characters from the original Star Wars films.But now that I have been introduced to Thrawn and know how awesome he is, so the novelty of this has worn off. Evil Jedi C'Boath who is so badass that he gets Luke to come and visit him and then MAKES HIM be judge to a bunch of farmers. Force itself: a whooper of a McGuffin in the form of a huge fleet of battleships who can tilt the balance of forces decisively between Empire and Alliance, depending on who gets to them first.

It could well be that in the rush to evacuate his base he left some crucial bit of information behind. Lastly, I love how Zahn, in between his characters and plot, manages to tweak on our views of the Jedi. I enjoyed Heir to he Empire well enough as setup, even if its characterisation was crooked and its plotting a little unadventurous.

The Thrawn Trilogy, of which this is the second book, set the standard for "non-canon" star wars books and is still among the best in that group. Subjectively, maybe because I am in general closer to the dark side, I prefer well developed, understandable, motivated villains to generic and somewhat unrealistic and irresponsible heroes, but each one is free to choose her/his side and live with the consequences. Again, it's another case of it's not that Thrawn is any worse here, it's just because it's the same Thrawn we got in Heir and I wanted Zahn to up the ante. It was first published in hardcover by Bantam Spectra in May 1992, and it was later adapted into a comic book miniseries.

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