Honor Among Thieves is the second book in the “Empire and Rebellion” series that started with Leia’s book, Razor’s Edge. I liked this one, the Han-centered book of the series, much better. These books take place between Star Wars and The Empire Strikes Back.
THE PLOT: Han and Chewie are sent to pick up a rebel agent. Sounds simple, but of course it devolves into a complete life-risking debacle. Han is being pursued by an old-smuggler-friend-turned-bounty-hunter who was stupid enough to already spend some of Jabba’s money. No matter what else happens, he HAS to bring Han to Jabba or end up being hunted as well.
So of course, picking up the agent, Scarlet, isn’t the easy job it was supposed to be. And obviously, there’s going to be more to it than just bringing her to the Rebellion’s rendezvous point. Turns out the Empire is on the verge of controlling Hyperspace; obviously, that can’t happen.
As in Leia’s book, Luke plays an extremely minor role. (But Han and Leia are always thrown together to help show their blossoming relationship. I’m okay with that.)
MY TWO CENTS: I was surprised at how short this book was; about 250 printed pages. (I know it lists as 288 pages, but some of that is sample chapters of other books.) Despite that, I didn’t feel like it was too short. Some Star Wars books are just bloated with filler, so this one is pretty much all pertinent to the adventure. I loved how Han questions what the Rebellion’s intentions are…obviously, there will be some sort of government no matter who wins. Does Leia intend for her government to be a better alternative to the Empire, and how, exactly?
Again, if you’ve read any of the Expanded Universe books…well, heck, if you’ve seen the rest of the original trilogy…you know our main characters are never in any real danger here, but the authors make it seem suspenseful anyway. That helps make for a good read. I enjoyed the main two “new” characters, Scarlet Hark and Baasen Ray, add good entertainment without messing up continuity.
BOTTOM LINE: I’m not sure if we’ll see Luke’s book in this series…apparently it and the “Sword of the Jedi” series are on hold because of the new movies. If this is the last Star Wars book with the original characters we see for a while, at least it’s a pretty good one. (Note of interest: the original cover for this book was much closer to the Razor’s Edge cover. Did they replace it because there may not be a third book, or at least not for a while?)
TEACUP RATING: Five out of five cups of tea. I applaud the authors for writing the story and not padding it unnecessarily.
Note: Review is based on an ARC provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.