Star Wars: Legends – The Last Command Review

It’s time to complete the much loved (and now non-canon, or at least “in the Legends timeline”) Thrawn Trilogy with “The Last Command”. Now I’ve enjoyed the books so far but felt they haven’t quite lived up to the hype I’d heard of them, no doubt brought about by being the first official continuation of the films released in the early 90s. Still, how does the final third of the trilogy compare? Does it go out on a high note? Let’s find out!

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Star Wars: The High Republic – The Fallen Star Review

The third and final book of “Phase 1” of the High Republic series arrived and certainly put their best “Empire Strikes Back” foot forward in giving the villains a big win and leaving things a little grim for our heroes. I can say that without spoilers due to the title of the book and all the cover art / posters that have been going around showing Starlight Beacon burning and crashing kind of giving that impression before reading it… Let’s take a look at “Star Wars does a disaster movie” shall we?

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Star Wars Legends: Dark Force Rising Review

Carrying on from the look at “Heir to the Empire” a few months ago I continued onwards to Dark Force Rising (and finished it just in time for the new High Republic book to come out!) The middle story in the Thrawn Trilogy does what all good middle chapters do and moves the story on enough to keep things interesting but any kind of resolution to any of the introduced characters is left for the finale. Want to know more? Read on!

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Star Wars Legends: Heir to the Empire Review

I remember when I was still in school and one of my friends had the “Thrawn Trilogy” of Star Wars books and him telling me “what happened after the films”, at that point referring to just the three, possibly with Episode 1 on the horizon. I was interested, they sounded good, but at that age I’m afraid to say reading a book just wasn’t something that interested me. Fast forward a few decades and I thought to myself “I’m enjoying these High Republic books, maybe I should go back and experience the original sequel trilogy now we have an actual one” … So here we are! My first dip into the “Legends Timeline” on this blog, and my first time reading Heir to the Empire. What was it like? Very good, funnily enough…

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Star Wars: The High Republic – The Rising Storm Review

The High Republic era continues (or continued at this point given how late this review is, but whatever…) as the next major novel arrives in “The Rising Storm”. It shifts focus away from the Beacon and some of the characters featured in “Light of the Jedi” and instead shows us a whole new crisis and focuses on some of the side characters from the previous novel alongside entirely new ones, overall expanding and fleshing out the cast as the story moves forward. Plus plenty more Nihil, which is always fun! So let’s take a closer look…

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Bleach: Can’t Fear Your Own World – Volume 3 Anime UK News Review

As if there isn’t enough Bleach content on this blog at the moment I look at the third and final part of the epic-length light novel series for Anime UK News, the review can be found HERE. It fills in some continuity gaps and reveals some interesting backstory and lore, but it might not have been worth the two previous books to get there…

Resident Evil: The Umbrella Conspiracy and Caliban Cove Review

In my unofficial and frankly accidental quest to cover everything Resident Evil on this blog I decided to finally read the two novel-only stories written by SD Perry, and to be fair I thought I’d read the novelisation of RE1 and 2 that take place before each of them as well. While I enjoyed “The Umbrella Conspiracy”, the novel original story “Caliban Cove” was less enjoyable, to put it politely. Want to know more? Read on!

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Star Wars: The High Republic – Light of the Jedi Review

I’ve been looking forward to this book for a long time now, the idea of the “High Republic Era” was fascinating to me. No Sith or Empire thanks to this being set 200 years before Phantom Menace, and therefore 800 years into the “it’s been 1,000 years since a Jedi has seen a Sith” line in the aforementioned film. Due to the complete lack of the Dark Side of the Force clouding any judgment the Jedi here are on a whole other level, but the villains of the piece shine as well, being quite unlike anything seen the long-running series before. Want to know more? Read on!

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Bleach: Can’t Fear Your Own World – Volume 1 Anime UK News Review

Bleach Cant Fear Your Own World Vol 1

It’s funny that I put up my first book review on this blog a month or two back, then suddenly I had my first book review for Anime UK News! “Can’t Fear Your Own World” is a light novel set after the end of the manga series and sees to the job of tying up a bunch of loose ends. Does the first third of this story do the job? Click HERE to find out!