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 broken into Xizor’s palace to rescue Princess Leia. Well, except for the Droids. They’ve been forced to fly off with the Millennium Falcon. Not that Luke and the gang have had better luck. Leia broke out of the cell herself after all the commotion when the break-in…wasn’t as stealthy as planned. Now Xizor and Guri know they’re here, but will that information help them? Let’s check in and see what happens next.
Sadly no Droids this chapter. Xizor shows how smart he is by realizing from the levels losing security cameras where to wait for the Rebels to pop up. Then he shows how dumb he is by thinking that he was going to kill all the staff, including security but was planning to make the rest of the staff die painfully. Maybe it’s the fact that his anger is slowly getting the better of him, but he’s slipping into “mustache-twirling” territory and he doesn’t even have a mustache to twirl.
So this means our heroes run into an ambush, but Xizor didn’t count on Luke’s Jedi skills allowing him to block Xizor’s shots with his lightsaber. And Xizor is a crack shot, nearly shooting Luke in the eye if not for the Force and Luke’s lightsaber. Xizor really didn’t do his homework. However, our heroes have a way out. Three thermal detonators, which Leia keeps one of for herself. I hope Perry doesn’t think we need an “origin” for how Leia came up with a thermal detonator when she was in disguise in Jabba’s palace. Maybe this is how she learns about them, fine. But Perry did use this to explain how Leia got her disguise, which wasn’t needed. Leia got her hands on a set of bounty hunter armor and a thermal detonator. I don’t know about you but I never cared why.
Using one of the other detonators to keep Xizor’s men at bay, the Dark Prince keeps stalling for time. Guri sneaks away but we don’t learn for what in this chapter. Luke and Xizor started to have a little chat about things but it doesn’t last long. Instead, Lando takes one of the other detonators and drops it down the recycle chute, set to blow in five minutes, which sends the guards running for their lives instead of following Xizor’s order to find it before it blows up the foundation. I can’t say I blame them. That’s the last straw for Xizor’s temper. He runs to his ship, determined to hunt them down and make them pay for blowing up his castle. Maybe you should have sounded the alarm sooner, like Guri suggested? Xizor didn’t want to look bad, but how bad do you look now, your royal dumbness?
That leaves the next chapter for the escape. This should be a blast! Um…no pun intended?