A Very Zahn New Year definitely helped make this project go much faster. Except for the part where I drank my way through a certain book. That’s right, folks, you get another spam of my face via reaction pictures.
(Editor’s Note: Okay look. I cheated when I did this the first time. Or maybe I didn’t so much cheat as I didn’t reeeeally include Scoundrels in the Waru because I wrote a proper review for it. Short version of the review is that I loved the hell out of Solo’s Eleven and not just because my girl Winter or because Kell Tainer was in it. It kept me turning the page once I got it on my Nook at midnight until I was too tired to read anymore and I sat on the couch and did nothing but read until I finished the next morning. If you’re wondering whether I think you should give this book a try, the answer is an emphatic yes. Also stay spoiler free. Trust me on this one.)
First things first. Apparently I had completely managed to miss a piece of information the prior two times I read this book which is that Mara Jade is two years younger than Luke Skywalker. Mind. Blown. I’d always assumed that she was older than him. If it was anyone else but Zahn writing this book, I’d question it but since it is Zahn, I’ll have to stick with my surprise face. (Editor’s Note: Still don’t think it makes sense.)
I think that this might be one of my favorite Zahn books and it grows on me more and more every time I read it. He does great work in the Original Trilogy era and I love his grasp on the characters in their early years. Naïve Luke who doesn’t know when not to share information is adorable as is eye-rolling Han who just wants him to hush already. (Editor’s Note: I think Fresh Off The Farmboy Luke is my favorite Luke.) I especially love getting to read about a young Mara during her time as Emperor’s Hand. Every conversation she has with Vader thrills me for some reason. Continue reading