Honor Among Thieves – James S.A. Corey

Synopsis: When the Empire threatens the galaxy’s new hope, will Han, Luke, and Leia become its last chance?

When the mission is to extract a high-level rebel spy from the very heart of the Empire, Leia Organa knows the best man for the job is Han Solo—something the princess and the smuggler can finally agree on. After all, for a guy who broke into an Imperial cell block and helped destroy the Death Star, the assignment sounds simple enough.

But when Han locates the brash rebel agent, Scarlet Hark, she’s determined to stay behind enemy lines. A pirate plans to sell a cache of stolen secrets that the Empire would destroy entire worlds to protect—including the planet where Leia is currently meeting with rebel sympathizers. Scarlet wants to track down the thief and steal the bounty herself, and Han has no choice but to go along if he’s to keep everyone involved from getting themselves killed. From teeming city streets to a lethal jungle to a trap-filled alien temple, Han, Chewbacca, Leia, and their daring new comrade confront one ambush, double cross, and firestorm after another as they try to keep crucial intel out of Imperial hands.

But even with the crack support of Luke Skywalker’s X-Wing squadron, the Alliance heroes may be hopelessly outgunned in their final battle for the highest of stakes: the power to liberate the galaxy from tyranny or ensure the Empire’s reign of darkness forever.

“The vast, dark ocean of space glittered with light. Each star was the chance of a habitable planet or moon, an independent station or asteroid base. The brightness beckoned and consoled, promising that there was life and energy and civilization all around. That the void could be overcome. And when the violence that life and stars carried with them was too much, the emptiness also offered safety.”

As I write this review, Star Wars day is officially minutes away. I’m wearing a Star Wars shirt, drinking out of a Star Wars mug & Rogue One is on in the background. Stars Wars is a lifestyle! MAY THE FOURTH BE WITH YOU!!

Honor Among Thieves is the first book I finished in my month of Star Wars. I decided that I needed to take a step back from ARCs & other books for May & just focus on the War of the Stars! I’ll be reading a mix of Legends & Canon, because I DON’T GIVE A FUCK!! If it’s Star Wars, I will read it. Of course I’ll be focusing a wee bit more on canon, especially since I’ve fallen somewhat behind on the releases. A new Star Wars book comes out approximately every few days.. or so it seems! It’s hard to remain on top of them all! But I try.

You may recognize the author(s) on this. Yes, that’s right – that’s the pseudonym for The Expanse duo, Daniel Abraham & Ty Franck! Honor Among Thieves is their debut Star Wars novel & is actually the final Legends book. It was a fucking blast!

For those of you that message me, asking where you should start in your Star Wars book journey.. this is one that you could easily begin with. I think just about anyone would dig it!

Honor Among Thieves takes place between A New Hope & The Empire Strikes Back. This? This is most certainly a Han Solo book! We follow the roguish pilot & the always loyal Chewie as they embark on a task set by Leia. They must locate a rebel spy, Scarlet Hark, who has been on a mission in Cioran for two years. She stopped reporting seven months prior, so the worst was assumed. That is.. until a retrieval code was received.

Along the way, Han gets involved in the search for a superweapon that has been discovered by the Imperial astrocartographer, Essio Galassian. The hyperspace nullifier is incredibly important to both the Empire & the Rebellion. 

The dialogue was fucking fantastic! There was banter aplenty! Goddamn. I’m such a fan of banter. I mean.. clearly. It just felt so bloody right in this! Not only did the writers nail the voice of Han with his charm & brash sense of humor, but the supporting characters were solid as well. They were true to their characters on-screen, which is especially vital in a Star Wars novel.

“The name’s Solo. Han Solo. Might have heard of me.”

Fast-paced, exciting, funny. This was such an enjoyable adventure! I found so much to like in this story. It’s thrilling, yet comforting. Witty & sarcastic, yet there are more than a few gut-punchy moments as well. Like Chewie. Always Chewie!! I just adore him so much & want to give him a big hug! He has a little crush in this & it made my heart feel extra squeezy. Oof.

“I was afraid you were in trouble for a second, Your Highnessness,” Han said, but the barb sounded hollow and unconvincing. Leia looked up at him, and the softness in her face told him that she’d heard the relief in his voice. He might just as well have said I thought I’d lost you.

“No such luck,” she said softly. He was surprised by the power of his urge to sweep her into his arms and kiss her. For a moment, there was something else in her expression—apprehension or hope or something of both. She blinked and looked away.” 

Unfortunately, I was in the middle of reading this when the world found out that Peter Mayhew had passed away. Another huge loss. He was someone that meant so much to so many of us. This hurts. A lot. Not only did he embody Chewbacca, creating one of the greatest characters in film (& my absolute favorite Star Wars character), but he seemed like such a genuine soul with the kindest heart. He was Chewie. His performance has left a lasting impact on both the films & the fans. Such an iconic actor! He is now one with the Force. Dearly missed, but never forgotten.

-Holly

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