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

Unlike my last hiatus I don’t think this one took so long that I have to reintroduce you to this article series or this book, so let’s just continue from where we left off. As we left our heroes Leia was getting her meeting with Xizor (who just wants to have a royal sleepover…minus the sleep) and Luke was surrounded by bounty hunters who decided to team up and that their like of Jedi was superseded by their love of money. Let’s see what happens next.

In “recent” (considering the hiatuses) installments I’ve gone segment to segment. This was mostly because of the chapters that so poorly transitioned between scenes. Perry’s getting better at it so let’s go back to following each character separately rather than bouncing back and forth. Let’s start with the quick one. Leia and Chewie finally meet up with Guri, and the replica droid (we’d call them androids) doesn’t seem to care for Leia’s style of humor. Of course, Xizor is still planning to get intimate with the princess…and that’s pretty much it for Leia, just another “hey, remember that this is going on?” sequence.

More importantly is Luke trying to escape the bounty hunters. Parts of the escape would be downright comical if filmed. Luke makes a joke about looking for the refresher (their word for “bathroom” I believe) and when the hunter (a “Nikto”…sister race of the Klaatu and Barada races I believe–scroll down, my joke turns out to be almost accurate) shoots at Luke the Jedi uses his lightsaber to bounce the bolt into the Nikto’s foot. He also confuses a group of attackers during his escape before being rescued by Lando. Now if Luke can only find a few minutes to find out where Leia and Chewie are. With Vader arriving he’s going to have to wait a while longer.

Overall a good chapter. The Leia and Xizor scene are, again, just to remind you they’re in the story since all we learned was that Guri doesn’t like Leia, which could have waited until Leia would be the focus of the chapter. This whole chapter should have just been Luke’s escape, with the next one about Leia’s meeting with Black Sun. Perry doesn’t seem to want to focus one chapter on a single character or group, so you get unnecessary breaks in the action to have Vader fume, Xizor be a pampered pretty boy who is leader of the top mob in the galaxy, or brief moments with a character that tells us little to nothing. It’s still something the author needs to work on as it’s a bit distracting at times, and takes you out of the story in other places. Still, I’m looking forward to see where the story is going…what parts I don’t remember.

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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. :)

2 responses »

  1. Nick Wayner says:

    This was my favorite chapter by a mile. We get to see the results of Luke’s training, because he sprints down a hallway filled with blaster fire while he deflects every bolt. To me, that image is just awesome.

    While we see Luke in RoTJ do cool stuff, this scene in the book is by far the coolest.

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