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.
Our heroes have a plan to rescue Princess Leia from Prince Xizor. It’s kind of gross, since it means going into the sewers, but Xizor isn’t the only one with contacts or are who owed favors. It just means finding one who doesn’t have both. Can our heroes succeed? We won’t find out this chapter.
I’ve remarked about how redundant Xizor’s character scenes are at this point in the story but this one seems especially so. Perry decides to have Guri spell out what the audience should have figured out already; that Xizor is continuing to pursue Leia because she fought off his pheromones and continues to reject him, that he wants what he can’t have. She even brings up the Moonglow fruit from the previous chapter. I think we already gathered that was what was going on. Sometimes it’s getting the audience to click with the subtle hints of a character’s persona that works more, but at the same time maybe Perry was trying to make sure there was no debate about it. Although it seemed pretty clear to me. The closest thing to a revelation is when Xizor finally “admits” to believing himself the superior being in the universe. And it’s not a revelation that holds any surprise.
Back with our heroes, they make contact with their…contact…and we see the full extent of how they’re getting in. Getting out may be another story but that’s all we get this round. They’re smart enough to move now and not let the guy contact Black Sun or the Imperials looking to get more money, but that’s it. Not much to say but it does keep the story moving.
Darth Vader’s scene is like a combination of the two chapters. Vader’s informant finds information that Xizor’s family was killed during one of Vader’s experiments, which we the readers already knew. and Vader puts it together that Xizor isn’t just trying to make Vader look bad for the sake of the Emperor’s favor, but to get revenge on Vader. I admit what I didn’t pick up on, and should have, was that Xizor isn’t just targeting Luke to make Vader fail to add to the Sith ranks but specifically because Luke is the son of Anakin Skywalker, alias Darth Vader. Family for family and I’m surprised I didn’t realize that part. Maybe Perry has a point spelling out Xizor’s hunt of Leia’s naughty bits after all.
A good chapter for at least two of our three focuses. Xizor’s character moments are still redundant since they’re all repeats of what we already know about him. However, Vader puts things together and the heroes set things up. What will happen? We’ll find out more next chapter next week.