The penultimate New Jedi Order episode!! With only two more sections of the NJO left, Luke and Randy take on The Force Heretic Trilogy, written by Sean Williams and Shane Dix. They also bring discussion of Truce at Bakura and Rogue Planet into the mix as it relates to this trilogy.
As the official audiobook reviewer for Coffee With Kenobi, it is my job to stay informed and provide a thorough review of each audiobook as it is released. Battlefront II: Inferno Squad narrated by Janina Gavankar is no exception. She is the image and voice used to create the main character for Battlefront II. I just finished watching season four of the Sleepy Hollow television series and watched the extended interview of Gavankar provided by The Star Wars Show.
We as fans of The Saga, quite frequently have been asked to welcome new talent into our galaxy. As I understand it, the idea that Janina Gavankar was, not only chosen as the main character for the new Battlefront II video game but was also invited to read this audiobook was so encouraging to me. Not only is she talented, but she is a fan! She is expressing her fandom and ability with such grace. She has allowed her passion and enthusiasm for Star Wars to shine through her performance. Iden Versio is the newest edition to the Star Wars cast of thousands and she is cool!
Randy and Luke are making serious progress through the longest book series in the Legends timeline, The New Jedi Order. They have found their favorite!! Traitor penned by Matthew Stover! Stover breaks all the rules in the best kinds of ways with this book. They also discuss Destiny’s Way written by Walter Jon Williams. Traitor contains the story of Jason Solo’s Yuuhzan Vong captivity and the very intense teaching from Vergere. Meanwhile, the fight against the Vong continues across the galaxy in Destiny’s Way. By the end of this episode, we learn the true motivation of Vergere who has become one of the most intriguing characters in Star Wars Legends!
The guys at Legends Library are back! This month they discuss Dark Journey by Elaine Cunningham and the Enemy Lines Duology (Part 1: Rebel Dream: Enemy Lines & Part 2: Rebel Stand: Enemy Lines) by Aaron Allston. Randy shares his thoughts on the young Jedi Knights carrying the weight of this section of the storyline and Luke talks about the impact Wedge still has in the battle against the Yuuzhan Vong. They also take some time to make fun of the villain of the week, Lord Nyax. It’s all faster and more intense. We have turned the corner and are starting our stretch run toward the end of this colossal series.
“One fighter with a sharp stick and nothing to lose can win the day!” is an absolute statement from Saw Gerrera passed down to his cadre of followers, including Jyn Erso. In the wake of other releases in recent weeks, the audiobook Rebel Rising by Beth Revis was released this week, somewhat under the radar. To be honest, I did not even know this book was going to be released, but when I discovered it had been published, I went right to reading/listening. One thing is for sure, we know a lot more about the growing up years of Jyn due to the telling of this story.
The audiobook is shorter than your typical run time probably due to the fact that this is meant for a younger audience. The content, however, is far from safe and youthful. This book is pretty dark and covers the time between when Jyn Erso was picked up by Saw Gerrera and the moment she was rescued from the prison by the rebellion. The narrator, Rebecca Soler, was a great choice for this novel because of the fact that she is able to perform a great Jyn style voice. She has also narrated many books in this particular genre.
Well, Mr. Zahn, welcome to the new canon!!! We have been waiting for you. This week the grass is a little greener and the sky is a little bluer, as our Legends/Expanded Universe writing hero, Timothy Zahn has taken his place at the Canon table. What better way to enter the new timeline than to bring an old iconic friend with you! Mith’rawn’urruodo, otherwise known as, Thrawn. It seems that with all the new material that has been published recently and as more time has passed since the last Zahn story, my appreciation for his talent had gone a bit dormant. Well it’s alive and well once again. I can’t wait to tell you why.
The New Jedi Order book series has experienced a love-hate relationship with fandom over the years. But that is not going to keep Randy and Luke from tackling the largest series of books in the Legends timeline. This month they kick it all off with the first three books of the series, Vector Prime written by R.A. Salvatore and Dark Tide: Onslaught and Dark Tide: Ruin duology written by Michael Stackpole.
Wow! I just finished Aftermath: Empire’s End by Chuck Wendig. I feel as though I have been on a rollercoaster ride with out a seatbelt! I had so much fun listening to this audiobook. Even though this book had a beastly listening time of 16 hours, it was so worth it. I have to be completely transparent and say right up front that I was not the biggest fan of the first two books of this series. I did listen to them because I am a fan of all Star Wars books. I feel at peace knowing that those books brought us all to this one. I don’t intend to spoil anything for anyone here. My goal of this post is to encourage you to invest the time or agree with the rest of you that this book rocks!