Book Review: Black Spire

I’m conflicted about this book. I can see how it can seem like it’s nothing more than a marketing ploy to promote the new Star Wars’ expansion to the Disney theme park. Truth be told, it is. But this book is not only a marketing ploy. Delilah S. Dawson’s Black Spire (2019) is a fantastic story set in the Star Wars universe. Leia Organa sends Vi Moriadi to Batuu, a planet at the edge of the galaxy. Her mission is to set up a base of operations where the resistance can operate without the First Order knowing about it. Vi goes to the planet and finds more than she bargains for. She will risk everything in her power to complete her mission.

The New World

I liked this story, I really did. Dawson weaved a great story. The pacing is right, the characters feel real, the settings are immersive and the bad guys are hateful. In short, it’s a great page-turner. The only negative thing I have to say about the book is that all the elements I liked about Star Wars are not here. There are no Jedis, no Skywalker family member present in a significant way, the force is not mentioned enough for it to feel like the story took place in the Star Wars universe. It’s as if the story could have taken place in any other universe and it would still be end result.

Final Thoughts

Please don’t let my rantings on the direction of the Star Wars franchise dissuade you from reading this book. The story is built right—I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough. Please do yourself a favor and read this book. I’m more than sure you’ll enjoy it.

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