Monday, September 5, 2016

Book Review: Star Wars: The Clone Wars Gambit: Seige- by Karen Miller

Stealth (Star Wars: Clone Wars Gambit, #1)Stealth by Karen Miller
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Normally when there are a small group of books in a series I review them together. However, I'm going to make an exception this time because these two books were so different. Because The Clone Wars novels covered so much real-world time there seems to be at least two distinct sets. The first are the novels that came out after the release of Episode II and this window continued until The Clone Wars animated movie came out. At this point there became a second set of novels and this one falls into this set. I might be reading too much into it, but it seems to me that there might also be a division within that second set. One is between the release of the cartoon movie and the second sub-set is after the release of the spin-off animated TV series. If this second sub-set does exist this novel falls nicely into it.
The Clone Wars novels seem to be a big mix of good or really bad. This novel is the first the I would call great. There is good action, high stakes, mystery, and intrigue. Furthermore, it focuses on Obi-Wan and Anakin, instead of a book being made to spotlight the Jedi-of-the-novel, that I have complained about in the earlier Clone Wars novels. And really, it is the first time we see the two of them together for any significant length of time in the Clone Wars novels.
The action of the novel focuses on infiltrating a Separatist controlled planet to disrupt the development of another biological weapon. In addition to having real, suspenseful action which is hard to do when you know the main characters are going to survive because sequels have already been made [Episode III], there is a descent amount of humor and a great cliffhanger at the end. If it wasn't for the book sequel being so bad this would probably be my favorite Clone Wars era novel, but the sequel kind of ruined the whole thing.

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