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Star Wars: Pirate’s Price Book Review

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Hondo!

In the second “Star Wars” novel in the “Flight of the Falcon” series, writer Lou Anders has written a Hondo Ohnaka centric. Yes, the lovable pirate first seen in “Star Wars: The Clone Wars” has his own book at long last with “Star Wars: Pirate’s Price.”

The book is essentially comprised of four stories. There’s the wrap-around story of Bazine Netal talking to Hondo on Batuu about the Millennium Falcon and where it is located. Hondo then tells Bazine 3 stories about his encounters with the Falcon. The first is a pre Episode 4 tale in which Hondo stows away on board the Falcon where he gets caught up in a heist job along with a mysterious woman (Mahjo) and, of course, Han and Chewie. Naturally, the job is fraught with danger, double crosses, and a job that is not what it seems. The second story is set after Episode 6 and finds Hondo and Maz Kanata attempting to rescue Han and Chewie who have been kidnapped by a group of shipjackers known as the Hackjackers. Finally, the last story is set after Episode 8 and finds Hondo being lent the Falcon by Chewie in exchange for a replacement part. Hondo encounters the Porgs on board the Falcon and, worse still, becomes boarded by another pirate. This story connects both to the first story and the wrap-around story.

As a big fan of the “Clone Wars” animated series, I am thrilled to see that the personable Hondo continues to pop up in other “Star Wars” mediums. There’s even rumor that he will be a part of the forthcoming Disney Parks land “Galaxy’s Edge.” Perhaps he’ll even appear in a film or live-action series someday as well? Whatever the future holds for the untrustworthy old braggart Hondo, he does at long last have a novel devoted to him. Storywise, the content isn’t anything too special. The wrap-around is probably the most compelling element given how it plays out. The first tale feels like a generic Han and Chewie adventure with some weird almost Terry Pratchett esque moments (see the turlossus and snail sequences), the second is a quick rescue mission and the third is flat-out ridiculous (see the Porg poop bit). What Lou Anders does well with the stories, however, is structure them in a first person perspective thereby giving readers Hondo’s full POV. It’s a hoot to read his inner thoughts and jokes and there’s loads of fun banter with characters. One of my personal favorite moments is when he tells Han “It may hurt you to hear this, my friend,” I said, “but you are less huggable than a Wookiee” after Mahjo hugs Chewie instead of Han.

The first person angle also gives readers some real characterization for Hondo. We see that the character’s glory days are behind him and that he’s rather lonely (even though he doesn’t want to admit it). There’s a vulnerability present that is a bit surprising. The end of the book does provide some hope in that we may see a new journey for Hondo in the future.

Expect to see a few pieces of art by Annie Wu scattered throughout the book. These nifty illustrations highlight a few key moments and characters.

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January 25, 2019 - Posted by | Book review | , , , , , , , , ,

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