Max checks out the all-new short story exclusive to the paperback release of Delilah S. Dawson‘s Black Spire novel
Star Wars fans got a pleasant surprise when Black Spire was released in paperback. A brand new short story was released with it that ties up the loose ends of Delilah S. Dawson’s other novel; Phasma but with a crossover with the characters from Black Spire.
Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge – Black Spire/Return to a Shattered Planet | By Delilah S. Dawson
The story jumps right into the meat and potatoes with Vi Mordai (star of Black Spire) asking Chewbacca, himself, if he wants to go an adventure. Vi is a secret agent for the Resistance and they are on Batuu; secretly hidden in the base Vi started up in Black Spire, Batuu. Unlike the Rogue One spur of the moment mission, Vi actually has permission to do a rescue mission from General Leia Organa herself so there is no need to sneak out. Chewie was in the process of teaching Shriywook to Vi and beating her at Dejarik. Unfortunately, the crew does not get the use of the Millennium Falcon and must rent one from the ONE and ONLY Hondo Ohnaka! Hondo has a rental for starships and is presumably the cover for the secret base on Batuu.
The death of Archex is still very much raw in Vi’s heart and her and Krikki (the Chandra-Fan tech whiz) are beyond sad. The mission to Parnassos is very simple. Go to the Calliope Station on Parnossos and rescue two of Phasma’s former tribe members Siv and Torbi. Piece of cake, right? Not really. Vi promised she would come back for them and it really shows what a good person Vi is. She genuinely cares about others. The adventure is very short (as it is a short story) and if it weren’t for the tech smarts of Krikki; they would’ve never succeeded. Chewbacca is the senior veteran in all this and utters the classic Star Wars line “I have a bad feeling about this”. And Chewbacca is right. Things go wrong very fast but thankfully Vi can smell Bantha fodder a mile away and doesn’t believe anything the “tribe leader” Jagnar says when they arrive. Vi even goes so far as to think he is a sociopath. Jagnar is really easy to read and he is the leader of a group of leftover “savages” that have taken refuge in the radiation-proof station.
The adventure is short but very fun and a decent read. I really enjoyed reading Vi again and hope she appears in future works. She is smart (eidetic memory) and very compassionate. Also, she and Chewie get along, and anybody who that loveable Wookiee trusts is gold in my book. Solid B.
Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge – Black Spire by Delilah S. Dawson is published by Del Rey Books and is available to buy NOW!
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