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Star Wars - Crimson Empire III: Empire Lost. Mike Richardson Empire Lost Paperback – January 1, 2012
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- Publisher : Titan Books Ltd (January 1, 2012)
- Language : English
- ISBN-10 : 0857684531
- ISBN-13 : 978-0857684530
- Item Weight : 14.1 ounces
- Dimensions : 6.57 x 0.35 x 10.28 inches
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The potential complexities of Kanos, touched on in Crimson Empire 1, was righteously wasted on the subsequent follow-up volumes (CE2 and CE3). In many ways, Crimson Empires would have done better as a stand-alone one-shot, and it would have been much more memorable as a story, rather than the inauspicious start of a creative abortion.
The art in this is fairly awful. The people are drawn all sorts of odd and very angular. The Solo children look like something from a MAD magazine.
The script is mediocre. The worst part about it is how out of character people are. Luke gets all uppity about Mirith and calls her out for near-treason before he even senses her. Ackbar calls someone a young guppy for being enthusiastic--and Han echoes the sentiment. Leia cries over Luke's death but she didn't feel him die and even she must know she'd feel that.
Nom Anor is mentioned and makes an appearance but for no real reason I can see.
At least two characters call Leia "ma'am," which is odd for me personally.
Mirith seeks out Kir Kanos. Kanos retracts on his earlier statement about going after the Skywalkers.
Boba Fett brings Kanos to Pellaeon who wants a truce with the New Republic, but maybe not.
Luke is visited by Vima-da-Boda which is interesting. She warns them about a man named Devian, who is double-crossing both the Empire and the NR.
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I loved the other two books in this series. The writing was strong, the emotional turmoil of the characters could be felt and Kanos's struggle with his feelings for the Rebel Commander Mirith Sinn against his oath of loyalty, and his perceived need to revenge, Palpatine, was evident and a main part of the friction and attraction between them. His fighting against other Imperials in the other two books made sense, you got it, which led to the angst Kanos was going through.
However this book comes over as simply an excuse for the publishers to make money off the back of a great character. The story is weak and the characters are written against type. For example, Mirith Sinn spends the entire book moaning about her job and wanting to get out of it. Luke Sywalker, supposedly a Jedi Master, comes over as a cynical and untrusting politician. Kir Kanos, the hero, who spent the last two books putting his life on the line to revenge Palpatine suddenly decides that all that doesn't matter anymore and throws it out the window to help people who should be his greatest enemies going on what has been written previously. You feel good that he has eventually done the right thing, but the main attraction to Kanos was that he is an anti-hero, you like him, but know you shouldn't. Here he has fallen into the place held for other 'heroic' star wars characters like Solo, Chewbacca, Wedge, etc, etc and because of that he has lost his edge, the thing that made him watchable and interesting.
The main enemy in this novel I have never heard of before and to state he is an idiot really doesn't cover it. How he got people to follow him is beyond me. His plan has so many loop holes in it you could pilot a super star destroyer through it and yet this is supposed to be the building tension through the book. I got half way through it and found myself coming up with so many ways he could and should fail that I gave up on logic and just hoped he would pull something majorly legendary from the bag at the end ... which he didn't. His plan is as subtle as a sledgehammer and you've seen it so many times before, and done better, that the end just fizzles out like a damp squib.
If this is the last book that features Kir Kanos as a main character then the writer should be ashamed. He has taken a man who has blazed his way into the top twenty, at least, of memorable Star Wars characters and betrayed all that he is and was. Kanos deserved so much more, even if it was to go out in a blaze of glory, he wasn't even allowed that.