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Razor's Edge: Star Wars Legends (Star Wars: Empire and Rebellion) by [Wells, Martha]
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When rebels clash with renegades, it’s the Empire that may claim the final victory.

Times are desperate for the Rebel Alliance. Harassment by the Empire and a shortage of vital supplies are hindering completion of a new secret base on the ice planet Hoth. So when Mid Rim merchants offer much-needed materials for sale, Princess Leia Organa and Han Solo lead an Alliance delegation to negotiate a deal.

But when treachery forces the rebel ship to flee into territory controlled by pirates, Leia makes a shocking discovery: the fierce marauders come from Leia’s homeworld of Alderaan, recently destroyed by the Death Star. These refugees have turned to pillaging and plundering to survive—and they are in debt to a pirate armada, which will gladly ransom the princess to the vengeful Empire . . . if they find out her true identity.

Struggling with intense feelings of guilt, loyalty, and betrayal, Leia is determined to help her wayward kinspeople, even as Imperial forces are closing in on her own crippled ship. Trapped between lethal cutthroats and brutal oppressors, Leia and Han, along with Luke, Chewbacca, and a battle-ready crew, must defy death—or embrace it—to keep the rebellion alive.

“[A] rollicking Star Wars adventure . . . a book that keeps you eagerly turning pages.”—Roqoo Depot


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  • Print Length: 386 pages
  • Publisher: Del Rey (24 September 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00CGI3J4S
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By Samrosie TOP 500 REVIEWER on 14 April 2015
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A story with Leia and Han Solo set before TESB
Written by one of my favourite authors (WHERE is The Fall of Ile-Rien series on Amazon.com.au?)
Enjoyable tale
Much better than the too- many books set in the future of the Galaxy far far away (and now voided by the new Disney ownership anyway)
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2.0 out of 5 stars May the Force Be With Us 1 November 2013
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I have never been more disappointed in a Star Wars novel. If it were any other novel, I would have put it down after the first few pages. Instead, I plowed through it, making mental arguments through every sentence on every page. There was so much wrong, I don't even know where to start.

Leia is a wonderful character. What an idea to explore her story after the destruction of Alderaan. Beware, this Leia is not the Leia we all know and love. There is so much emphasis on her royal status, and she's so full of herself, I couldn't stand it. Risk the lives of her crew to convince a bunch of pirates (poor lost souls) to change sides? Then, risk everyone's lives to save a bunch of hostages with no better plan than to lie? And of course, everyone is shocked that she planned to lie, because of course rebel spies never do, especially royal rebel spies. This would work, because a villain like Viest would never suspect a lie. What a wonderful plan!

The author makes Han say things like "Your Worship" and "Your Holiness" all over the book, as if to prove she saw the movies. His character is entirely two-dimensional and doesn't feel like him anymore than Leia feels like Leia.

They of course have sexual tension, but in this case, it's laughable. I've never seen anything so bluntly written, as if it was part of a comedy. Come to think of it, everything is bluntly written. I'm almost expecting the villainous laugh coming from the Degoren. Maybe not, as the author explains how evil Vader is (as if we don't already know).

The narrative is in torturous detail, as we find out about things we don't ever need to know. Readers will never feel the characters' emotions. We are told exactly how they feel. It's especially annoying when what we're told clashes severely with the mood of the setting.

The ending was just as bad as the beginning. The climax ends with a not even a pop. It was awful. This has to be the worst Star Wars book I've ever read, even worse than reading about Callista.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Emergance Of Princess Leia 10 October 2013
By Jeffrey T. Munson - Published on Amazon.com
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The Death Star has been destroyed. Now, Princess Leia and her band of Rebel comrades have begun construction of a new secret outpost known as Echo Base on the remote ice world of Hoth. But the base needs supplies for construction, so Leia and Han Solo have set up a rendezvous to acquire them. But her ship comes out of hyperspace right into the arms of a waiting Imperial corvette. Was she betrayed? If so, by whom? Leia's damaged ship managed to escape from the Imperial corvette, but what she comes across after exiting hyperspace is even more disturbing; a gunship is attacking a merchant freighter.

Disturbed by the actions of the gunship, Leia learns that it is in fact crewed by survivors from Alderaan. Being Alderaanean herself, Leia is determined to find out why this gunship would be attacking a merchant vessel. What she finds is a ship crewed by pirates. Now, Leia's job has become one of not only acquiring supplies for Echo Base, but finding a way to help the crew members of the gunship. The Alderaaneans are in debt to a mysterious pirate leader, and Leia has set her mind to helping them while possibly recruiting them to the Rebel alliance. Will she succeed?

I'm a big fan of "Star Wars" novels, and I found "Razor's Edge" to be a good book. I enjoyed watching the development of Princess Leia from a diplomat to a very capable fighter. Of course, having Han Solo and Chewbacca around means that there will always be plenty of action. I felt the story was well-conceived, and I enjoyed the actions of Han and Leia vs. the pirates and Imperials. I hope the next book in the series is as good as this one.
3.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining but rather slight bridge story 5 April 2014
By Andrew Pruette - Published on Amazon.com
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Empire and Rebellion: Razor’s Edge is the first book in an intended set of three featuring the primary heroes of the Original Trilogy. It is also Martha Wells’ first contribution to the Star Wars Expanded Universe. It’s a slim volume, weighing in at an extremely brisk 249 pages of story. That’s not a whole lot of space for deep character development and Ms. Wells primarily spends her time focusing on Princess Leia Organa along with Han Solo in a supporting role. The other characters are not given much characterization and mostly serve to facilitate the plot about Leia and Han on an adventure after the Battle of Yavin in A New Hope.

Leia is leading a mission to procure materials for Echo Base, the new secret home of the Alliance as depicted in The Empire Strikes Back. Before they are able to decode coordinates and complete their mission, the Rebel ship is ambushed by Imperials, which appears to indicate the presence of a traitor onboard. Jumping to rendezvous coordinates as planned despite the air of suspicion onboard the Rebel vessel, Leia and the crew encounter what appears to be an Alderaanian gunship engaged in piracy: the mystery around this vessel fuels the plot of Razor’s Edge.

Leia is given the spotlight throughout the book and introducing fellow Alderaanian refugees presents a great jumping-off point to explore the impact the destruction of her home planet has had on Leia. There are some touching moments as Leia struggles with her survivor’s guilt and her explicit role in the events leading up to the catastrophe. Unfortunately we don’t really get much perspective from the Alderaanian survivors-turned pirates aboard the gunship: Captain Caline Metara and her crew are mostly ciphers. They have turned down a bad path but they seem curiously passive about their participation in piracy and slaving. I attributed this to the incredible capacity people have to ignore wrongs they are perpetuating when it is convenient to do so but I would have liked more time spent on them and the Alderaan diaspora.

Han and Leia’s relationship is as contentious as we would expect between Episodes IV and V. Ms. Wells does spend some time in Han’s head as he reflects on his ongoing transformation from smuggler to Rebel hero. Adding to this is a few chapters featuring Luke and Chewbacca as they chase down their friends. Luke muses over an especially apt comparison where he thinks of Han as a wild pet his friend Biggs once brought into the household (although he is wise enough to not disclose this to Han!).

The antagonists in Razor’s Edge are some rather forgettable Imperials chasing the Rebels, the Imperial spy who provides a lively if annoying presence throughout the story, and Captain Aral tukor Viest, a Lorrdian pirate lord Leia must outwit to prevail. Lorrdians have a refined ability to read the smallest tics in body language and her early verbal sparring with Leia is entertaining, as is a mid-book arena battle sequence with an “insane” mining droid (the Star Wars galaxy sure has a lot of arenas). The intrigue as Leia attempt to solicit allies from Viest’s crew is well-written and Leia showcases her burgeoning diplomatic skills as well as the expected action ones.

Razor’s Edge is an entertaining but rather slight tale. I enjoy returning to the Original Trilogy heroes but thanks to the story’s placement between movies, it is afforded little chance to provide meaningful suspense. This is exacerbated by its brevity, which leaves no room to get to know the new supporting characters well. There’s just not much dramatic space for the Empire and Rebellion series to play in without giving more serious support to some non-movie characters.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Finally, someone wrote the Leia I imagined in my head 12 February 2014
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Martha Wells has been one of my favorite authors since the nineties, and I was very excited when she first blogged about writing a Leia book. Her female characters are strong, independent, and in charge of their own destinies, and that is how I have always pictured Leia.

Most of the expanded universe titles I've read have glossed over Leia or allowed her to become a pawn of the plot rather than moving the plot herself. Razor's Edge does neither of these things. Leia is the star, and she is amazing. Her co-star is definitely Han, and I loved every second of their interactions. Wells managed to work in lots of foreshadowing and hints of their relationship to come that satisfied me while staying true to pre-Empire canon.

I did have a few minor issues with some of the pacing, but the characterizations, action, and humor more than made up for any lack there.

To sum up: I devoured this book, and I hope to see Wells return to the Star Wars universe soon.
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Star Wars Is Back! 27 October 2013
By R. McAdams - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is the first book in a new series set in the early days of the Rebellion. The series will be called Empire and Rebellion. I am ecstatic that they are doing this. Star Wars has been in a downward spiral toward dark and depressing story lines for years now. I am glad to see they are making some effort to turn that battleship around.

Anyway, with that little rant done with, let's talk Razor's Edge. We are back in the heyday of the rebellion, Leia JUST saw Alderaan get destroyed, and the Death Star blown up. Han is still hanging around -- and doesn't know why (but does know he likes Leia), and Luke is still a junior Jedi-in-training. In other words, we are in the classic Star Wars universe, everything is just like we remember it from the movies, and nobody has died yet! YAY!

The book tells the story of Leia on a mission with a General Willard (a new general we've never heard of) aboard a converted freighter (NOT the Falcon) to get supplies for the Rebellion to help build their new, as-yet-to-be-built base, code named Echo Base. On their way to the meeting, their ship falls under Imperial attack and they have to flee to a nearby system for repairs and safety. That's where the book really takes off.

When they arrive in the system, they see a ship from Alderaan's limited military/defense force acting as a pirate. Leia is, understandably, upset and demands to speak with them. The pirates are indeed from Alderaan and want to see her, as they recognize her as someone important from Alderaan. I won't spoil the book for you by giving away major plot points, but suffice it to say, the pirates are from Alderaan, their ship is an ex-Defense Force ship from Alderaan, turned pirate, and through a series of events, Leia, Han and a few members from her crew end up having to go along with the pirates to the pirate lair in the sector.

Luke and Chewie are in the book, but they mostly serve as background characters in this story. The majority of the story follows Han & Leia and their dealings with the pirates and the crew from the ship from Alderaan turned pirate. Leia brings Han with her to deal with the pirates, and 3 of her crew members: Davit, Kifar, and Sian (nobody we have heard about before now). Among the Alderaanians, we meet: Captain Metara, their leader; Kelvan, their Second in Command; and Terae an important crew-member on their ship (more or less 3rd in Command). The Alderaanians are struggling with their decision to turn pirate, and Leia is doing everything she can to show them how wrong that decision is.

However, that isn't the worst of their problems, the leader of the pirate lair they find themselves in, is a vicious cutthroat named Viest. She is out to keep the new Alderaanian crew for herself, and takes an instant dislike to Leia. There are other characters we meet in the book, but those are the major ones. The book revolves mostly around their struggles to deal with the pirate lair, Leia's struggles to set everything right, and Han's struggles to keep them all alive. The danger feels real in this book, but not too real. However, there is a death scene in the book where Viest kills someone most unpleasantly, but it isn't too graphic, and I would say falls inside the bounds of R-rated movie violence like you might find in a James Bond movie.

I am VERY excited that they are launching a new series of books set in this timeline. I already have the next book, Empire and Rebellion: Honor Among Thieves pre-ordered. I really hope you all read it too, so the series is successful, and the powers that be keep making more of them! :D

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Sex & Nudity: [0/5] I don't remember any scenes with sex or nudity in them.

Violence & Gore: [3/5] Standard PG-13 brawling and action movie deaths of unnamed background characters happen. However, there is an execution scene near the end of the book that is brief, but is written to be intense/horrifying, and could easily scare/unsettle some readers. The scene happens on page 156 of chapter 11 (my page numbers may be different than your page numbers, depending on the version of Kindle you are reading with, you should be able to figure out the scene is about to happen when it is, though, it is clearly a build-up to an execution). I didn't care for the scene, and saw no reason for it to be described like it was.

Profanity: [1/5] Standard Star Wars rules apply, the occasional "hell" or "damn" slip through, but any other swearing is done in made-up words that on only have meaning in the Star Wars universe.

Alcohol/Drugs/Smoking: [1/5] I don't remember there being much of this in the book. There is a scene that takes place in a bar, and some characters get drinks, and there is a scene on their ship where they break out a bottle of wine, but nothing overt is done.

Frightening/Intense Scenes: [2/5] Slavery is described in some detail, and the threat of it is applied to some characters. One of the main characters from the book is mortally wounded near the end, which is sad. And the execution scene I mentioned in the Violence & Gore category is particularly disturbing, but it IS a small half-page scene out of the entire book.

5 stars, I loved the book, and I hope they make LOTS more set in the classic Star Wars universe.