Peace Is a Lie. There Is Only Passion.

Path of Destruction Book Cover Path of Destruction
Star Wars: Darth Bane
Drew Karpyshyn
Fiction
Del Rey Books
2006
paperback
324

Millennia before the rise of Darth Vader and Darth Sidious, in an Old Republic marked by an ongoing struggle between the Sidi and Jedi, Darth Bane plots to bring down the Brotherhood of the Sith and to replace it with a more powerful order.

  • Brilliant story
  • Great writing by Drew Karpyshyn
  • I was really curious about this part of the old republic, and was really happy that I could start reading this book.
  • The story takes you on a journey, with a lot of unexpected twists.
  • Sometimes when you think that you now what’s going to happen, something else takes place.
  • Especially the last 10 pages! (not gonna add a spoiler here)
  • The movies provide you with more information about the Jedi than about the Sith.
  • ‘Path of Destruction’ compensates this.
  • The rule of two now has a whole different meaning. This will also be the case for all Star Wars-fans who read this book.
  • Finished the book in three days. That says enough.
  • Immediately started with the second book of the series: Rule of Two. There are three in total.
  • Darth Bane never belonged to the Sith before he reformed them.
  • I had some espectations about the story. Thinking about it, the book turned out completely different.
  • Buy, borrow or burn? Buy!

I Don’t Need to Win, I Just Need to Fight

Shatterpoint: Star Wars Book Cover Shatterpoint: Star Wars
Matthew Stover
Fiction
LucasBooks
Tue Dec 06 2005 00:00:00 GMT+0100 (CET)
419

Mace Windu is a living legend: Jedi Master, senior member of the Jedi Council, skilled diplomat, devastating fighter. Some say he is the deadliest man alive. But he is a man of peace—and for the first time in a thousand years, the galaxy is at war. Now, following the momentous events climaxing in the Battle of Geonosis, Master Mace Windu must undertake a perilous homecoming to his native world—to defuse a potentially catastrophic crisis for the Republic . . . and to confront a terrifying mystery with dire personal consequences. (more at GoodReads)

  • The story started slowly. That is, the first 100-150 pages.
  • The middle and end had a real cinematic atmosphere to it. A high contrast with the beginning of the story.
  • The struggles of Mace (and every Jedi) with the dark side show the burden that they have to carry (during the war).
  • When two groups are at war, is there really one group that wins at the end?
  • Are Jedi really keepers of the peace? Do they need to change their thinking if they want to win the war against the separatists?
  • Mace Windu finds more questions than answers in the jungle, however, he relies on his Jedi training to get through it. The author makes it really clear that the Jedi training can only teach you that much.
  • There is a reason that Mace Windu is one of the most powerful Jedi that the galaxy has known. The book does justice to that in every aspect.
  • “I don’t need to win, I just need to fight.” ~ Mace Windu
  • The book represents a small side story to the movies, however, it adds so much to our understanding of the Jedi in general.
  • Prepare yourself for pages of fighting. Two powers going head to head.
  • For non-Star Wars fans? Maybe (sorry).
  • I had to get used to the writing of the author at first.
  • Buy, borrow or burn? Borrow

We Have a New Republic, Everything Is a Piece of Cake Now

The New Rebellion Book Cover The New Rebellion
Kristine Kathryn Rusch
Fiction
Spectra
1997
532

Somewhere in the galaxy, millions suddenly perish--a disruption of the Force so shocking it is felt by Luke at his Jedi academy and by Leia on Coruscant. While Leia must deal with an assassination attempt, a rumored plot against the New Republic, and allegations that Han Solo is involved, Luke seeks out a former Jedi student who may hold the key to the mass destruction. But Brakiss is only the bait in a deadly trap set by a master of the dark side who is determined to rule as emperor. He's targeted Luke, Leia, and Leia's Jedi children to die. Then billions will follow, in a holocaust unequaled in galactic history. (via Goodreads)

  • This review contains spoilers! May the Force be with you.
  • At the end of episode VI, I would have expected that creating a new republic would be a piece of cake. The first 20 pages of this novel prove me wrong …
  • This is the first Star Wars book I read that takes place after ‘Return of the Jedi’.
  • There are several books between ‘Return of the Jedi’ and this book, so those might have given me a better insight on the situation the New Republic is in. However, these books are not canon, as far as I know. These book were listed at the end of the book, hence, the list probably not up to date.
  • Han Solo is clearly struggling with his past (as a smuggler). For me it was already a surprise that Han settled on Corusant, and tries to be a real father for his children, yes, Han Solo and kids. Who would have thought.
  • Leila is the sister of Luke, however, I’ve never thought of her being a Jedi. Yes, that’s my mistake.
  • As a result of this, Leila started the Jedi training, however, she hasn’t finished it yet. What do you expect if your husband is Han Solo, you have three children, and you are the leader of the New Republic?
  • Next to having a connection with the Force, she also caries a lightsaber with her. This is, to me, a strange combination, especially because during the original trilogy we only saw her with a blaster in her hand.
  • The overall development of the story was good, but some people might find the beginning a little bit slow-paced. However, this was not the case for me.
  • The different story lines of the (groups of) characters really didn’t seem connected in the beginning/middle, but in/near the end they all came together. This really gave me an ‘Aaahh’ feeling.
  • I had a weird feeling during the first part of the book, a certain tension created by the mood of the story (maybe related to the previous bullet), however, near the end it faded and it was replaced by a heroic Star Wars feeling which lasted till the last page of the book.
  • It almost felt like a real Star Wars movie.
  • One of the main characters is killed by a blaster, really? I mean, we have Jedi’s!
  • Buy, borrow or burn? Borrow

Questions Answered

Darth Plagueis (Star Wars) Book Cover Darth Plagueis (Star Wars)
James Luceno
Paperback

Darth Plagueis: one of the most brilliant Sith Lords who ever lived. Possessing power is all he desires. Losing it is the only thing he fears. As an apprentice, he embraces the ruthless ways of the Sith. And when the time is right, he destroys his Master--but vows never to suffer the same fate. For like no other disciple of the dark side, Darth Plagueis learns to command the ultimate power . . . over life and death. (more via Goodreads)

  • A MUST-READ for all Star Wars fans!
  • Episode III raises, at least for me, a lot of questions (about Palpatine). Questions such as the following two bullets.
  • A Sith among a complete Jedi Order?
  • Is the ability to control death real or was Anakin just believing all the gibberish Palpatine fed him?
  • It adds a new character to the universe, and also adds to your personal knowledge of the Sith and their rites.
  • This could actually be a TV series or movie set before Episode I. I prefer a TV series of max. 2 seasons though.
  • The author provides us with a lot of details which I really enjoyed.
  • It does not only help the story, but it ‘enhances’ your view of the whole galaxy.
  • The above is maybe only applicable to the Star Wars fans.
  • Some (murderous) scenes are described as they are THAT common, such as the killing of a whole family. However, for the Sith it (probably) is.
  • This gives you sometimes a weird feeling, but a feeling that makes the book that much better, and an intense experience.
  • More than once I tripped over a word, due to the fact that English is not my first language.
  • Buy, borrow or burn? Buy!

Never Saw the Movies – part 2

Catching Fire Book Cover Catching Fire
The Hunger Games
Suzanne Collins
Paperback

Against all odds, Katniss has won the Hunger Games. She and fellow District 12 tribute Peeta Mellark are miraculously still alive. Katniss should be relieved, happy even. After all, she has returned to her family and her longtime friend, Gale. Yet nothing is the way Katniss wishes it to be. Gale holds her at an icy distance. Peeta has turned his back on her completely. And there are whispers of a rebellion against the Capitol - a rebellion that Katniss and Peeta may have helped create. (more via Goodreads)

  • After reading ‘The Hunger Games’, I could not wait to get my hands on ‘Catching Fire’.
  • Luckily for me I bought the trilogy.
  • In the beginning I was hyped because of the first book.
  • Near the middle I was a little bit losing my interest. ‘Losing my interest’ is a big word, but the flow and rhythm was a little bit out of the story.
  • Near the end it got all my attention back, and I was eager to read ‘Mockingjay’.
  • The above is the reason why I gave it four starts instead of three.
  • About the story, it continues where it left of at the end of the first book.
  • More drama than the first book, however, adventure is still a big part of the story.
  • I’m not going to disclose too much of the story, due to possible spoilers.
  • However, if you liked the first book, go grab the second one!
  • Buy, borrow or burn? Buy

He Pulled His Hood over His Head

Assassin's Creed: Renaissance Book Cover Assassin's Creed: Renaissance
Assassin's Creed
Oliver Bowden
Paperback
472

Betrayed by the ruling families of Italy, a young man embarks upon an epic quest for vengeance. To eradicate corruption and restore his family's honour, he will learn the art of the assassins. To his allies, Ezio will become a force for change, fighting for freedom and justice. To his enemies, he will become a threat. (via Goodreads)

  • I’ve heard a lot over the video games, never played them though, and I was intrigued about the vibe that was created around the character.
  • The story talks about the more than 20 years of the life of Ezio Auditore, but sometimes I was not aware of the fact that multiple years had pasted until it was actually mentioned in the text.
  • Because of the above bullet a love things happen in the book, a consequence is that there is not a lot of room for detailed descriptions.
  • This is not a bad thing, however, details where only given where they really added value to story.
  • The last 25 pages give you a whole different feeling compared to the other pages.
  • First, I was of the opinion that I might not read the second book of the series, but the bullet above changed that. This is definitely a series to follow up on.
  • Check my tweet about that last statement here.
  • Buy, borrow or burn? Buy

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More than 10 Years after ‘The Dark is Rising’

Greenwitch Book Cover Greenwitch
The Dark is Rising
Susan Cooper
Paperback

Simon, Jane, and Barney, enlisted by their mysterious great-uncle, arrive in a small coastal town to recover a priceless golden grail stolen by the forces of evil -- Dark. They are not at first aware of the strange powers of another boy brought to help, Will Stanton -- nor of the sinister significance of the Greenwitch, an image of leaves and branches that for centuries has been cast into the sea for good luck in fishing and harvest. Their search for the grail sets into motion a series of distubing, sometimes dangerous events that, at their climax, bring forth a gift that, for a time at least, will keep the Dark from rising. (via Goodreads)

  • I’ve read the first two books when I was in middle school. I liked them back then.
  • This one disappointed me little, but probably because now I’m older, and to the older me the story is too simple.
  • Also the writing style is too young for me.
  • I’ve read this book in Dutch, and not in English, because I had the Dutch version laying around the house.
  • The cover of the English version is much nicer than the Dutch version, though.
  • Honestly, I’ve mixed feeling about this book.
  • Buy, borrow or burn? Borrow for you child, nephew, niece, little brother or little sister.

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Oh no, another Harry Potter, or not?

Magyk Book Cover Magyk
Septimus Heap
Angie Sage
Paperback

The seventh son of the seventh son, aptly named Septimus Heap, is stolen the night he is born by a midwife who pronounces him dead. That same night, the baby's father, Silas Heap, comes across a bundle in the snow containing a new born girl with violet eyes. The Heaps take this helpless newborn into their home, name her Jenna, and raise her as their own. But who is this mysterious baby girl, and what really happened to their beloved son Septimus? (via  Goodreads)

  • It is not the same as Harry Potter.
  • This is a good thing, just in case you’re wondering.
  • ‘The seventh son of the seventh son’ is not that original, so I had my doubts in the beginning of the story.
  • It is a light read.
  • Might read the other books in the series, if I have nothing else to read.
  • Sometimes a little bit more detail would be nice, however, not necessary, so it didn’t bother me that much.
  • At some point I thought I figured the story out, but then it caught my by surprise (a little).
  • Like the way the title is written. The same goes for the other titles in the series.
  • Buy, borrow or burn? Borrow.

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Never Saw the Movies – part 1

The Hunger Games Book Cover The Hunger Games
The Hunger Games
Suzanne Collins
Paperback

The nation of Panem, formed from a post-apocalyptic North America, is a country that consists of a wealthy Capitol region surrounded by 12 poorer districts. Early in its history, a rebellion led by a 13th district against the Capitol resulted in its destruction and the creation of an annual televised event known as the Hunger Games. In punishment, and as a reminder of the power and grace of the Capitol, each district must yield one boy and one girl between the ages of 12 and 18 through a lottery system to participate in the games. The 'tributes' are chosen during the annual Reaping and are forced to fight to the death, leaving only one survivor to claim victory. (more via Goodreads)

  • I never watched any of the movies.
  • I bought the trilogy, so I was ‘forced’ to read all the three books.
  • See my other reviews to read how that turned out.
  • Great story.
  • Weird sentences sometimes, but maybe this is because it is the first time I read a book that is narrated in the present, through the eyes of the main character.
  • A lot of adventure, completed with some drama.
  • The drama aspect is probably the reason why some people consider this teen’s or even girl’s books.
  • Drama that is supported by the story is not a problem for me, hence, people who say the above are ignorant.
  • The book was never boring. I was not able to let the story line or the character(s) go.
  • When I finished it, I immediately wanted to start the second book.
  • I was lucky I bought the complete trilogy at once.
  • Buy, borrow or burn? Buy

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