Chapter by Chapter features me reading one chapter of the selected book at the time and reviewing it as if I were reviewing an episode of a TV show or an issue of a comic. There will be spoilers if you haven’t read to the point I have, and if you’ve read further I ask that you don’t spoil anything further into the book. Think of it as read-along book club.

Chapter By Chapter Star Wars - Shadows Of The Empire

Last chapter focused solely on one group, our heroes, as they arrived where they think Slave-1 is about to stop. They met up with Rogue Squadron and our Han Solo replacement…if Han went into overdrive…Dash Rendar, hero of the video game. Can we keep this train going or are we back to switching between good guys and bad guys again? Let’s get into chapter 7 and find out.

There is an unnecessary scene of Vader practicing with a training droid to show us his shoulder is better after his last fight with Luke, but it’s a few paragraphs. The rest is in two scenes over three segments, but two of them are Luke and Rogue Squadron in battle. Perry does a good job of describing events and you can see the dogfight in your mind for the most part.

The other scene is with the Millennium Falcon as Lando, Leia, Chewbacca, and C-3PO follow Dash, who is rather nuts with how low he’s flying over the forest. Lando is having trouble thanks to Chewie’s passenger seat driving (it’s like a backseat driver but he’s right next to Lando) and trying to explain to Leia what Rendar’s problem is. His family was rather wealthy and Dash was doing well at the Imperial Academy. And then his brother accidentally crashed his cargo ship into the Emperor’s favorite museum and the Emperor had a fit, seizing all of the Rendar family assets (I’m assuming the brother was already dead) and kicking Dash out of the Academy. Okay, that explains why he’s a mercenary now and doesn’t want to be tied to anyone, but not why he’s a wild child.

Overall this was a good chapter. The Vader scene was unnecessary but even that kept the action going, and the exposition of Dash’s history is mixed with the action of flying low over the forest and the crew’s interactions. I hope this is the trend now as we hit chapter 8.

About ShadowWing Tronix

A would be comic writer looking to organize his living space as well as his thoughts. So I have a blog for each goal. :)

3 responses »

  1. Sean says:

    Did you get the e-mail I sent to your personal e-mail address on Saturday. It was about trying to reserve either Saturday, Dec. 26 or Sunday Dec. 27 for seeing the new Star Wars movie. Maybe the e-mail address I have for you from 2012 is no longer good? You have my e-mail. Please let me know. This Star Wars movie is honestly the most exciting film I’ve looked forward to in a very long time! That Princess Leia article looks good. I’ll have to read it after work.


  2. I got it but it’s a bit early to decide anything. I’m wondering if Tim will even go, considering his boycott of JJ Abrams.


    • Sean says:

      Even if Tim doesn’t want to go, we should still go see the movie. Well, as we get closer to Dec. 26/Dec. 27, let me know. My fear is that if we wait until January, we run the chance of snow storms ruining plans. While El Nino is giving us a mild December, I say that we should take advantage of the golden opportunity.


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