The two books for today’s post probably could not have been more different if they’d tried. On the one hand, we have the Luke/Mara go on an adventure in Chiss space book and on the other hand, we have a book about a Jedi trying to take down a Hutt spice ring. The good news is that they were both fun reads. The bad news is that I don’t get to be snarky in this post. Alas.
I must admit that I wasn’t expecting much from Scourge mostly because I hadn’t heard any buzz about it. All I knew is that it involved Hutts. I was, however, very pleasantly surprised and that is always a good thing.
Overall, Scourge was a solid book. Personally, I always enjoy getting to see other aspects of the Star Wars universe besides the galaxy shaking problem of the week and the Solo/Skywalker clan regardless of how much I love them. It’s nice to see a new member of Luke’s Jedi Order especially one who doesn’t fall into the stereotypical Jedi mold. Mander Zuma is an archivist who is only a warrior when he absolutely has to be. He can also be a very surprising person who doesn’t fit neatly into the a box. Plus, he gets to go through a nice arc of character growth as the story progresses. Reen Irana and Eddey Be’ray are the other two people helping investigate the death of Toro Irana, a Jedi Knight, and they both prove to be interesting characters in their own rights as is Angela Krin. Heck, even the Hutts are all very distinctive characters who don’t all fall into the Jabba category. In all honesty, I wouldn’t mind reading more about these characters. I don’t love them yet but they are certainly intriguing. Continue reading