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  • Series: Star Wars - Legends
  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Random House Audio; Unabridged edition (September 24, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0804148252
  • ISBN-13: 978-0804148252
  • Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 5.1 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (62 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #274,697 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“[A] rollicking Star Wars adventure . . . a book that keeps you eagerly turning pages.”—Roqoo Depot

About the Author

Martha Wells was born in 1964 in Fort Worth, Texas, and graduated from Texas A&M University with a B.A. in anthropology. She is the author of fourteen science fiction and fantasy novels, including the Nebula-nominated The Death of the Necromancer, as well as a number of short stories and nonfiction articles. Her books have been published in seven languages.

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Martha Wells is the author of over a dozen fantasy novels, including Wheel of the Infinite, City of Bones, The Element of Fire, and the Nebula-nominated The Death of the Necromancer. Her most recent fantasy novels are The Cloud Roads (Night Shade Books, March 2011), The Serpent Sea (Night Shade Books, January 2012), and The Siren Depths, (Night Shade Books, December 2012). Her YA fantasies, Emilie and the Hollow World and Emilie and the Sky World, were published by Strange Chemistry Books in April 2013 and April 2014, and her Star Wars novel, Razor's Edge, was published in October 2013.

She has also written a fantasy trilogy: The Wizard Hunters, The Ships of Air, and The Gate of Gods, all currently out in paperback from HarperCollins Eos. She has had short stories in the magazines Black Gate, Realms of Fantasy, Lone Star Stories, Lightspeed Magazine, and Stargate Magazine, and in the anthologies Elemental, The Other Side of the Sky, and Tales of the Emerald Serpent. She has essays in the nonfiction anthologies Farscape Forever, Mapping the World of Harry Potter, and Chicks Unravel Time. She has also written two media-tie-in novels, Stargate Atlantis: Reliquary and Stargate Atlantis: Entanglement. Her books have been published in eight languages, including French, Spanish, German, Russian, and Dutch, and her web site is www.marthawells.com.

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If you enjoy more stories set in the "Star Wars" universe, this is without question a book well worth reading.
Jeremy Brett
Martha Wells has always had a talent for good characterization, because she writes fluently about her characters and their actions.
"Seregil of Rhiminee"
This is a fun Star Wars novel with good action and adventure and of course, Han and Leia and Luke and Chewie and R2 and Threepio!
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Enjolras TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on September 24, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
Razor's Edge has been billed as a book about Princess Leia Organa during the Original Trilogy era. As such, I think the most important question I asked myself after finishing this book is whether or not I learned something new about Leia as a character. After all, I think one of the justifications for the Empire & Rebellion series is that we get books focused on the Big Three during the Original Trilogy era. I'm not sure I have a great answer to that question. I enjoyed the book overall, but thought it definitely would have benefitted from more character moments.

First, it's worth mentioning the setup, although I will not reveal spoilers beyond the first few chapters. Leia, Han, and other members of the Rebel Alliance are on a secret mission to procure resources for Echo Base when an Imperial corvette intercepts their ship based on a tip from a spy. They manage to escape to a nearby space station when they receive a distress call from a ship attacked by pirates. Leia is initially reluctant to get involved until she realizes that the pirate ship is Alderaanian. Feeling an obligation to investigate the actions of her fellow Alderaanians, Leia goes aboard the Alderaanian pirate ship. However, the Alderaanian pirate ship is forced back to the pirate base. Trouble and action ensue.

Broadly speaking, there were two things I liked about Leia's character development in Razor's Edge. First, I really appreciate that Martha Wells shows us the toll that Leia's leadership role in the Rebel Alliance takes on her personally. Leia is a strong character and always quick to take charge of a situation. But it's also clear that it's stressful. We see Leia become irritated and tire.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Shane - AFR on September 24, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
When Razor's Edge was first announced I thought "Oh great another big three novel, like we don't have enough of those already.", but when I saw who was writing it, I found that my lack of enthusiasm was immediately upended. I have read Martha Wells' books before and was a huge fan of her work in the Stargate Atlantis franchise. I know her to be a very good writer with a great understanding of the characters she writes. She is also a writer capable of writing big, meaningful stories. And here, with Razor's Edge, she doesn't disappoint.

In Razor's Edge, Leia carries the bulk of the book's story, and even though Martha Wells is painted into a corner story wise(limited by events before and after the book's story), she finds a way to make Leia's story compelling and entertaining. After the destruction of Alderaan, Leia is burdened with the memory of the Empire's crime against her home-world, but when a group of Alderaanian military refugees attacks a merchant vessel, she must leap into action to fix the injustices committed by her fellow Alderaanians. Pinned against a powerful pirate with an extraordinary ability to read her opponents, Leia is forced to jump through hoops to free those indentured into a life of servitude. But even as the lives hang in the balance, she must also complete her original mission to acquire much needed supplies for the rebellion.

Han, too, plays a large part in making these criminal acts right, but where Leia focuses her talents on finding a peaceful, diplomatic way to correcting these wrongs, Han chooses a more direct approach. In the book Martha Wells takes Han on a much more gritty adventure, full of death-defying action and suspenseful interactions with cutthroat machinery and vial villainy.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Pop Bop TOP 500 REVIEWER on January 31, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
The good news is that this particular book is set immediately after the events portrayed in "Star Wars IV: A New Hope" and before the action of "Star Wars V: The Empire Strikes Back". It is easily one of the most recognizable and comfortably satisfying of the "inbetween" Star Wars novels.

By rough count there are at least 380 adult novels, young adult books, and eBooks that are set in the Star Wars universe. (This doesn't count short stories or comics.) About 200 of these cover events that predate the movie "Star Wars IV: A New Hope". That is the movie in which the Death Star is destroyed, and this battle, called the Battle of Yavin, is used in the Star Wars timelines to mark prior eras (BBY -Before the Battle of Yavin, and ABY - After the Battle of Yavin).

This matters because there are sort of three different sets of Star Wars books - 200 books that are set BBY, about 60 set between movies IV and VI, and about 120 set after the current end of the movie series. As you might imagine, the characters, settings and plots placed far before or after the Battle of Yavin are very different from what you might remember from the movies, and readers can be disappointed when a Star Wars book they pick has no recognizable, to them, characters or plots.

Not to worry here. Everyone is back, but this is Leia's book. She and Han Solo feel so right that the book reads almost like the script for deleted scenes from the two movies, or a treatment for a fill-in movie that was never made. I grew up just as these movies were being released and I have crystal clear memories of each character and each scene. I can pop the gang into my head as though they just appeared yesterday. Reading this book I get the same effect.

And that is a great testament to the skill of the author.
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