Shadow Games

December 27, 2017 at 6:00 pm (Reads)

shadowShadow Games by Michael Reaves and Maya Kaathryn Bohnhoff

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The premise of Shadow Games is that a superstar singer has to hire a bodyguard to keep her safe from obsessive fans and other threats while she’s on tour. So, yeah, this is The Bodyguard set in the universe of Star Wars, in what is the most unlikely meshing of stories I’ve yet seen in the Expanded Universe.

Amazingly, the story isn’t that bad. It’s not the most exciting novel I’ve read so far, but it moves as well as any of the other Star Wars books, and touches on enough of the usual tropes one would expect to find in the book. The downside of those usual tropes is that it becomes obvious what’s really going on when the bodyguard is sensing the singer isn’t telling him everything he needs to know. I won’t spoil it for you, but if you can’t figure it out by the halfway point, maybe you’re new to the world of Star Wars.

I wouldn’t rank Shadow Games among the worst the EU has to offer, but neither is it the best. That’s a sentence that perfectly illustrates the saying, “damning with faint praise”, but this isn’t exactly a book to get too excited about. Fans of Reaves might like it, since it follows his usual style.

Started: September 18, 2017
Finished: September 23, 2017

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