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.
As one child of Anakin Skywalker leaves a prison, another is walking right into the lion’s den, although this “lion” is more of a chameleon in more ways than one (we’ll get to that in a later chapter I think). Luke is back with his friends but Leia is in the heart of her enemies, with only Chewbacca to protect her. Then again, Luke has a few enemies to dodge himself…daddy’s here to pick his son up.
Vader’s one scene is short, as he interrogates one of the bounty hunters. This scene is only to make sure he learns that Black Sun is trying to kill Luke. What he can do with this information we have yet to see, but Vader is rather cunning in these stories. And for the plot he had to find out eventually. The way he does makes good sense, as Black Sun’s goal (and thus Xizor’s) is only a rumor.
Luke and Lando’s scenes with the droids are a bit longer. As our heroes try to get out of Dodge, the hyperdrive malfunctions. What else is new for the Millennium Falcon? They work to repair it, and the droids have a funny little reunion. It’s a good part of the story.
The big part, however, is Leia and Chewie meeting with Xizor. Or rather Leia and Chewie getting to Xizor. Surprising nobody the path to Black Sun HQ is not easy to get to. Guards aside, you take a car to another car and then take an elevator and whole lot of twists and turns, part of which is in the dark but their guide (whom the narrator calls “Baldy” because he’s bald…maybe that’s what Leia was calling him in her head?) can find his way in the dark, and then finally they meet with Xizor. That must be hard for new guys to get to work on time. Although I’m betting Guri took a shortcut, which was probably just next door. I wouldn’t be surprised if all the travel and twists just looped back around.
At the end of the chapter, Leia sees Xizor and immediately thinks he’s gorgeous. I remind you Xizor looks like this:
Maybe Leia has a more open view of men or something but that ain’t too attractive to me. And in case you’re thinking “that’s because you’re straight, Tronix”, here’s the female of the species.
Overall, this was a good chapter. Switching between scenes helps denote time changes between the two. This actually feels like events are happening at the same time, with spaces to see what the other group is doing. Even Vader’s one scene at the beginning of the chapter feels better chronologically than the previous Vader scenes that just established “Vader doesn’t trust Xizor, and he’s after Luke”. There’s plot in there and he’s interrogating the bounty hunter while our heroes try to escape, and establishes they’re at least too far away for Vader to sense Luke with the Force. This was a great chapter, with better pacing than most of this book has had…and it only took 20+ chapters since if I recall correctly it started out okay, then lost the pacing before in this chapter finally finding it again. Hopefully this becomes a trend with our next chapter.