Ahsoka by EK Johnston

Summary:

Fans have long wondered what happened to Ahsoka after she left the Jedi Order near the end of the Clone Wars, and before she re-appeared as the mysterious Rebel operative Fulcrum in Rebels. Finally, her story will begin to be told. Following her experiences with the Jedi and the devastation of Order 66, Ahsoka is unsure she can be part of a larger whole ever again. But her desire to fight the evils of the Empire and protect those who need it will lead her right to Bail Organa, and the Rebel Alliance…. 

The Review:

I have always been interested in the story of Ahsoka since I started watching the Clone Wars on Disney Plus, (I’m on season 2 right now) and very intriguied by her story. She was Anakin’s apprentince during the Clone Wars, and one of the very few Jedi that survived Order 66.

This book is set after the events of Revenge of the Sith, when the Empire took over and starting to hunt down any surviving Jedi, so of course Ahsoka is trying to lay low and not draw attention towards herself.

With Ahsoka, there is a lot of elements of her reeling from the events of the Clone Wars, and surviving Order 66, and you really feel a sense of isolation with her, realizing that she has no one. The story is very character driven and the plot is very simple as to mainly being Ahsoka in hiding, and fleeing from Inquisitors.

She meets with a few characters, and goes by the name Ashla to hid her identity, and then tries to protect them from her past. I love a lot of the meditation chapters that peak into her memories of her time during the Clone Wars including her fight with Darth Maul, giving him more glimpses of her character.

The story was very character driven, and a little light on plot, however, I did like a few of the cameos including Bail Organa and little Princess Leia. Hopefully if there is a sequel I want to see the Ahsoka, and how she ended up on Fulcrum in Star Wars Rebels.

In the end, I really enjoyed Ahsoka. It was a nice character piece about one of my favorite Star Wars characters and how she dealt with the events after Revenge of the Sith, and puts Ahsoka. I know EK Johnston wrote other Star Wars stories and I am more than happy to read them

Grade: 4/5

Lost Stars by Claudia Gray

Summary:

Eight years after the fall of the Old Republic, the Galactic Empire now reigns over the known galaxy. Resistance to the Empire has been all but silenced. Only a few courageous leaders such as Bail Organa of Alderaan still dare to openly oppose Emperor Palpatine.

After years of defiance, the many worlds at the edge of the Outer Rim have surrendered. With each planet’s conquest, the Empire’s might grows stronger.

The latest to fall under the Emperor’s control is the isolated mountain planet Jelucan, whose citizens hope for a more prosperous future even as the Imperial Starfleet gathers overhead… 

The Review:

This book was on my TBR for quite a while, I remember buying the book a couple years ago then putting it on my bookshelf and never reading it, which seemed odd because I am a massive Star Wars fan.

The story takes place a few years after Revenge of the Sith in which the Galactic Empire is taking their reach across the galaxy beginning with a planet called Jelucan, which is on the Outer Rim, also the home planet of our two main characters Ciena and Thane.

If I were give an elevator pitch I would call it an Imperial and a Rebel fall in love, or trying not to fall in love. As they both entered the Imperial Academy together, they were childhood friends, but after a series of events Thane falls in and joins the Rebel Alliance, while Ciena joins the empire.

As the book goes on it does a good job at knowing their viewpoints and why Ciena joined the empire, while Thane was with the Rebels. It also showed a lot of their conflicts seeing their friend on the other side of the war. I also really enjoyed the romance. While on the surface it would be an average friends to lovers to enemies story, the romance was a lot more well rounded.

Throughout the book, it plays through the Original Trilogy, but from there perspective. The story really picks up after the deconstruction of Alderaan. It really has a lot of discussion about war, and showing that was the destruction a way to prevent war or not. It was nice seeing it from the Empire’s perspective. Which lead with the destruction of the first Death Star, it really put in perspective of both sides arguing that their side is right.

Seeing a Star Wars story from the viewpoints of the Empire was also very refreshing. As a kid I loved playing Tie Fighter on my computer because it should the events of Stars Wars from a new perspective.

In the end, I really loved Lost Stars. If you are a Star Wars fan, this is a book that I will highly recommend, and it makes me even more excited that Claudia Gray is writing more Star Wars stories.

Grade: 5/5