Crispin, A. C.

About the Author:

 

Ann C. Crispin began writing full-time in 1983 and lived in Maryland, USA.  She died in 2013.

 

AVERAGE REVIEW SCORE:

4.3 out of 5

(3 books)

Star Wars: Rebel Dawn

The final book of the Han Solo Trilogy, set between 3 and 0 BBY.  'Rebel Dream' sets out to reveal how the Han of the previous book, ie on top of the world, becomes the desperate fugitive from debt that we meet in 'A New Hope'. 

This is an excellent book, with Crispin once again excelling in her weaving together of all Han's previously established lore, from his winning the Falcon from Lando and his ensuing Corporate Sector adventures, to how he ends up owing money to Jabba in the first place. 

This book also wraps up Bria's storyline, albeit a little too neatly to be believable.  There are numerous notable bits in this book, but a few worth special mentioning are Chewie's wedding, the early Rebel Alliance meetings and plenty of great Boba Fett moments. 

Ultimately, however, despite how good this book is, it will always pale in comparison to the awesome 'The Hutt Gambit'.

4 out of 5

 

Star Wars: The Hutt Gambit

5 BBY.  The best book of the Han Solo trilogy and one of the best Star Wars books in general.  The story begins with a destitute Han, whose just been chucked out of the Imperial Navy, with nothing to his name but a large companion who he amusingly refers to at one point as 'Chew-something'.  The book then follows him and Chewie as they become the galaxy's best smugglers. 

This book introduces us to all of Han's friends who turn up in later Star Wars books and also show features several pivotal moments in the Corellian's life; meeting Lando for the first time, becoming Jabba the Hutt's employee and his first encounter with 'the fastest hunk of junk in the galaxy'. 

The book culminates in one of the best-written Star Wars battles ever, in which a rag-tag group of smugglers band together to fight off a mighty Imperial fleet. 

I loved this book when I got it in 1997 and it sparked off the fascination for Star Wars literature which has led to the abnormal number of Star Wars books reviewed on this site!

Followed by Sean Williams' 'The Force Unleashed'.

5 out of 5

 

Star Wars: The Paradise Snare

The Han Solo trilogy book one, set 10 BBY.  This book gathers together all the information about Han's early years and adds it to a brand new story about the slave colony of Ylesia.  Among the flashbacks we get scenes such as his meeting with his cruel cousin Thracken Sal-Solo, an encounter with Senator Garm Bel-Iblis and a the Free For All in which he first sees Boba Fett. 

After sorting out the continuity problems posed by these numerous events suggested by other authors, Crispin goes on to show how Han escapes his indentured servitute to the criminal Garris Shrike.  There are clear Oliver Twist parallels in the story and I was dismayed when the author introduced a droid named F8GN.  However, when he travels to Ylesia Han's adventures start in earnest as he tries to walk the fine line between honourable thief and simple criminal. 

There is also a slightly disturbing scene in which a very adult-seeming Han visits Alderaan and sees a picture of a cute nine year old Princess Leia.

Followed by 'The Hutt Gambit'.

4 out of 5

Collaborations & Anthologies:

Star Wars: Tales From Jabba's Palace (here)

Star Wars: Tales From The Mos Eisley Cantina (here)

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