I’ve finally reached the first batch of X-Wing books and there was much rejoicing! Obviously we here at Tosche Station are very pro-X-Wing books and I always enjoy getting to read them again. So sit back and enjoy me gushing about the first four books focused on the flyboys and flygirls of Rogue Squadron as they do the impossible which is absolutely what they do best.
I love these books. I really do. But WOW IS CORRAN HORN AN ARROGANT PAIN IN THE BUTT in this book. I do like him as a character especially with some of the character development he’s gotten over the years but he is infuriating to read about in this book. The arrogance and the monologuing do get a bit old after awhile. At least I know he gets better. Corran will always have some of that arrogance because that’s just who he is and I appreciate that but it’s at an all time high here. (Editor’s Note: NO ONE CARES ABOUT YOUR DEAD DAD, CORRAN.)
I do enjoy reading this book though because it’s a solid read that offers both a good story and some great characters. It simultaneously tells the story of the squadron’s reassembly and also sets up the overarching plot for the next three books. (Editor’s Note: But it’s also the weakest of Stackpole’s initial Rogue run.)
With the exception of certain arrogant Corellian and a certain Bacta Queen-who-was-clearly-a-traitor-the-whole-time-in-retrospect, the characters are rather enjoyable! (Okay, maybe I was a little harsh grouping Corran with Erisi there. That was mean, I’m sorry, Corran.) I always love getting a chance to look into Wedge Antilles’s head and Stackpole does such a good job of it. I also enjoyed getting to meet such great characters like Tycho Celchu, Mirax Terrik, and Gavin Darklighter. Poor Tycho though. Like his backstory wasn’t already tragic enough without adding in the ‘he might be a traitor’ thing. At least Mirax gets to balance it out by being sassy. Continue reading