With the new Star Wars movie on the way a question quickly arose. Since the movie is taking place after the original trilogy, what happens to all of the books and such that were written about that time period? Well to the great anger of many, and my personal joy the answer was simple. None of those books count any more. Not even a little bit. Unceremoniously booted out of the canon. This makes me happy. There are a ton of those books, and given that a lot of them came out when I was in elementary school or before, it simplifies my life to have a whole new canon that also reflect the newer movies. Here is your canon now as I understand it. All the movies, the clone wars, the Star Wars comics currently being published by Marvel (awesome if you wanted to know), Rebels, and when I started this there were four novels. It is about one of those novels that I am here to review now.
Tarken is a story set before the events of Episode IV: A new hope. It centers around a time when the Death Star (not yet named) is being constructed under the supervision of Moff Tarken. James Luceno has done a splendid job of fleshing out the life of Wilhuff Tarken. Taken bought the big chicken dinner at the end of Episode IV, so he has always been one of those great characters that there was just not enough of. Taken crops back up in Clone Wars here and there, but with this novel we finally get the full dose of Moff We were hoping for. If you account for the fact that he spends the book running around with Darth Vader, well to an Imperial fan thats just plain awesome. As with all of the Star Wars novels (new ones) I’ve gotten through so far the story is really just filler. The entire book is an excuse to tell Tarken’s life story and allow you to see it applied to a filler story. I am more than a little ok with this. Whoever Tarken applies the Imperial justice too is fine by me really, it is the history I am after.
Final words: in no way does this book disappoint, Easy A+ for me.
Hrolf The Ganger
**Note** with school and such keeping tabs on my time, I listened to this on audio book from audible. The Narrator Euan Morton was great.