Thursday, June 23, 2016

Bloodline by Claudia Gray

by Claudia Gray

Leia Organa has been an underdeveloped character in many Star Wars novels. “Bloodlines” remedies this in a big way. The story focuses on Leia, once again a Senator. The New Republic Senate has become ineffectual. Senators are polarized into two hyper-partisan factions that both view any sort of compromise as the worst sort of weakness. The rise of a new crime cartel gives Leia the chance to bridge the gap between the bickering political factions and actually do some good for the galaxy. Along the way she will come face to face with her past. To some new breed of criminals she is revered as “Huttslayer”. To a paramilitary militia hoping to resurrect the Empire, she is a dangerous adversary to be eliminated. And a long lost message from the past forces Leia to confront her legacy as the daughter of Darth Vader. Described as “House of Cards meets Star Wars”, “Bloodlines” deftly mixes political intrigue with action. The book is a very fun read that provides all sorts of wonderful insights into the inner workings of Leia. I hesitate to say that any Star Wars book is a “must read”. However, given the background and insight “Bloodline” provides about Leia and the story that leads to “The Force Awakens”, this is one I would say is a must-read for any Star Wars fan.

[If you enjoy this, you may also wish to try Lost Stars, by Claudia Gray, or Aftermath, by Chuck Wendig] [ official Bloodline page on the official Claudia Gray web site ]

Recommended by Corey G.
Gere Branch Library

Have you read this? What did you think? Did you find this review helpful?

New reviews appear every month on the Staff Recommendations page of the BookGuide website. You can visit that page to see them all, or watch them appear here in the BookGuide blog individually over the course of the entire month. Click the tag for the reviewer's name to see more of this reviewers recommendations!

No comments: