Razor’s Edge

April 17, 2018 at 5:00 pm (Reads) (, , )

edgeRazor’s Edge by Martha Wells


I have a friend who has been pushing me to read Martha Wells, so I was pleased to see that she had contributed a novel to the Star Wars universe. I figured it would give me a chance to see what she can do, without having to put any of my other reading projects on hold, since this was the next book in the chronology. The good news is I’m impressed with what she can do.

This book is the second of a planned trilogy called Rebellion and Empire, each one featuring one of the three central characters from the original movies: Luke, Leia, and Han. Razor’s Edge features Leia, but where Honor Among Thieves was an all-Han novel, Razor’s Edge features all three characters. The story is still Leia’s, though, since the story focuses on Alderaanian pirates and how the destruction of the planet, and Leia’s role in the Rebellion, affect them, before and after they meet her in the story. The events become more involved as the story progresses, but that theme pervades much of the novel, and that’s the how and why this book is Leia’s story.

After finishing the book, though, I didn’t feel that way. I felt like Leia got the shaft here, that she deserved a better story than this one, and that the story was serviceable, but not memorable. It took me some time thinking about the story and its themes before I realized that Leia was the focus here, and that her actions were important. It’s more subtle than what Corey did with Honor Among Thieves, and it also make me think this will be the book I remember most out of this trilogy after months and years have passed.

If this is a sampling of what Martha Wells can do, then I look forward to reading more of her books. Thanks to that friend, I’ve already added more of her books to my to-read stack. Now I just have to work the rest of them into all of my different reading projects.

Started: January 19, 2018
Finished: January 27, 2018


  1. Shea Parkes said,

    Long time reader, first time commenter: From reading your prolific reviews I know we have at least a similar taste in books. And I just had to hop on and say that Martha Wells is likely my favorite author. I haven’t actually read Razor’s Edge because I burned out on the Star Wars written universe years ago, but the rest of her work is excellent. Her very first novel was a little rough, but from there on I’ve loved all of her work.

    I’m not an experienced enough book reviewer to quantify what I enjoy so well, but I think it’s likely the memorable characters with plausible and relatable motives. She’s also very inventive with the world-building which is always a plus. A similar author I love is Celia S. Friedman. I believe Martha Wells books are a little less “epic”, but I actually like them better for that.

    Anyway, just wanted to share my thoughts and encourage you to keep her in your “to read” pile (that has to be scary big!).

    Thanks for all the great blog posts! I always read yours all the way through with they pop up on my feeds.

    • Isaac said,

      Thanks! I’ll have to add Friedman to my (ever-growing, possibly soon-to-gain-sentience) to-be-read list. She sounds like an author I would like.

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