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  • Galaxy's Edge: Black Spire (Star Wars)

  • Written by: Delilah S. Dawson
  • Narrated by: January LaVoy
  • Length: 12 hrs and 57 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (80 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Walk the ancient streets, meet the colorful characters, and uncover the secret history of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, the upcoming expansion to the Disney Parks experience!

After devastating losses at the hands of the First Order, General Leia Organa has dispatched her agents across the galaxy in search of allies, sanctuary, and firepower - and her top spy, Vi Moradi, may have just found all three, on a secluded world at the galaxy’s edge.

A planet of lush forests, precarious mountains, and towering, petrified trees, Batuu is on the furthest possible frontier of the galactic map, the last settled world before the mysterious expanse of Wild Space. The rogues, smugglers, and adventurers who eke out a living on the largest settlement on the planet, Black Spire Outpost, are here to avoid prying eyes and unnecessary complications. Vi, a Resistance spy on the run from the First Order, is hardly a welcome guest. And when a shuttle full of stormtroopers lands in her wake, determined to root her out, she has no idea where to find help.

To survive, Vi will have to seek out the good-hearted heroes hiding in a world that redefines scum and villainy. With the help of a traitorous trooper and her acerbic droid, she begins to gather a colorful band of outcasts and misfits, and embarks on a mission to spark the fire of resistance on Batuu - before the First Order snuffs it out entirely.

©2019 Delilah S. Dawson (P)2019 Random House Audio

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It’s okay


I’m a fan of all things Star Wars, but I have to say this one just didn’t hold my attention. I read Phasma and loved Vi and Cardinal, but didn’t find the later to be very well used here. There were a slew of new characters, none of which really resonated with me.

There were definitely some exciting parts, and I enjoyed the feeling of being in a post-Last Jedi galaxy, however it was overall just an okay experience, not a great one.

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Wonderful book!

Loved it. The plot was absolutely great and the characters were so relatable (except for Pook)! Would very much recommend.

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Love it!

I was so pleasantly surprised at how good this book was. I was at Galaxy's edge the day this was released and it is awesome to have some extra insight to this amazing planet.

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A must for anyone visiting Disney World

it's an entertaining story that provides some interesting details at the concepts in the new Star Wars land. If you are visiting that land reading this book will definitely boost your experience there.

Story wise it obviously doesn't affect much the Skywalker saga, none of the new expanded universe stoies do, but it's still a good side story. I was worried I wouldn't understand a few characters since they come from the Captain Phasma book, but it was perfectly fine with the mini summaries the narrator provides.

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  • Mario A. Escamilla
  • 2019-09-08

While you wait for December's movie!

Made as a direct sequel to the "Phasma" novel, we find ourselves in post-TLJ territory, when spy Vi Moradi receives a mission from General Leia to establish a Resistance outpost in Batuu, the same planet used for the Disney parks (Galaxy's Edge).

Not entirely recovered from the ordeal she suffered at the hands of the First Order, she must accept the mission with few resources and the company of a talkative labor droid... until she finds that her torturer himself will be his only companion, Captain Cardinal, now under his real name, Archex.

Crash landing in Batuu (Another crash of fate?), she finds deprived of all her goods and must integrate in the Black Spire Outpost community, navigate the local powers and try to recover the goods... once everything starts going well, the First Order arrives in town and they must rise up to the challenge of defeating them without messing up the locals lives.

Unlike "A Crash of Fate", you get a better sense of what's happening in the galaxy during the post-TLJ events prior to The Rise of Skywalker, with interaction from some keyplayers and references to main characters.

Plus Delilah S. Dawson shines with her writing, the development of characters and plots.

I experienced the audiobook, narrated masterfully by January Lavoy with fantastic use of voice effects, sound effects and music.

This is a very interesting book to read while we wait until December. Recommended!

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  • Edward
  • 2019-11-25

Meh

The voice acting was good and I really loved the integration of the sound effects. The problem is that the story isn't good, doesn't have memorable characters, doesn't have twists and turns and is definitely not worth reading. Not sure how any other star wars book is, but I won't be listening to this author again.

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  • Adam Humphrey
  • 2019-09-07

story is fine, but reads like middle school essay

dialogue is cringeworthy, adjectives over-used. huge disconnect between plot severity, character maturity and listed ages.

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  • Bumpy
  • 2019-09-01

At first I was skeptical, now Im in aww

i wasn't so sure about this book when i had put in for a pre-order. i was guessing it was going to be dry and all fluff for the park. The first few chapters felt that way at first. the rest had me in aww wauting for what was to come next. Now i can't wait to find out what happens next, will there be another book? what will i learn about when i visit the park. i am determined to find out. i hope to see the patk soon. feeling like i was already there.

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  • Richard Grove
  • 2019-10-03

4-1/2 stars? This is jr. high school level stuff.

My faith in the Audible rating system is severally shaken after listening to this drama. The story was lame. The odd Star Wars background noises were distracting and annoying. The dramatization was sophomoric. I only finished this because I was on a series of long flights.

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  • Johnny B
  • 2019-10-04

Okay at best

I wanted to like this book, but it really wasn't very good. It may have been handicapped a bit because it had to be a show and tell for Galaxy's Edge, but this wasn't the biggest problem. The characters were boring. The plot was average. There were a couple decent ideas tossed in, but not enough to elevate the story from the mundane. Also, if another character referred to the First Order as "bullies" one more time I might have lost my mind. The deliberate attempt to use a current buzz word a few thousand times was awful.

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  • Johnathan Kovacs
  • 2019-08-30

GREAT STORY!

This was a great in between story from ep.8 The Last Jedi and ep.9 The Rise of Skywalker. Lots of little bits of new info and inclusion of several bits from the previous movies.

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  • Ryan
  • 2019-11-12

For the casual listener not for a Starwars Fan

The story at its base is ok. The larger issue is the lack of imagination and depth put in to the none legion Starwars stories. This is set in the same location as a previous story. And the social and political lines the story tries to set are very.... transparent, there is no attempt to set the antagonist in a human light or give him a character other than BAD. It is difficult to follow at times, and the greater conflict is not given any context or serious depth other than "do nothing and bad things will happen" the scope of the story is limited and seems almost lazy focusing on a repetitive internal monologues.

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  • Dusty Deadman
  • 2019-10-17

By far the WORST Star Wars book I've tried to read

I'm extremely disappointed by this book. I'm a huge Star Wars fan of 30 years, and a big fan of the Galaxy's Edge theme park expansion, so I was quite excited and interested to have some established lore. However, this turned out to be boring, sloppy, and laughably pompous. The first few chapters read like this book is a direct sequel to another; it maybe but it is not listed as such. The main character Vi Moradi is barely described, so thank goodness for the cover and the character actor at Disney Parks. There's a character named Archex who was a former rival to Captain Phasma who went by the name Cardinal, and he's barely delved into before being thrust into a partnership with Vi; which is confusing as well.

I trudged on as each paper-thin character was introduced, until I came to a chance meeting between Savi and Vi about two hours into the book that made me roll my eyes into the back of my skull. Vi attempts to recruit Savi to help her in Resistance business, and he is notably pleased. Savi tells Vi he used to help the Rebels long ago and asks her if Princess Leia is still leading them. Vi notably "bristles" and corrects Savi saying "actually it's General Leia now". This is an utterly ridiculous reaction on behalf of the Vi character, and it's clearly an unnecessary social justice statement the author is making that makes the character look pompous. Leia WAS a princess the last time Savi saw her, NOT a general. Nothing Savi did indicated any misogyny or disrespect. This event is so annoying it has completely taken me out of the story and I have no interested in following Vi as written by this author. And just a note to the author: princesses are royalty, and generals are commanded by royalty; way to unnecessarily be regressive.

At least the narrator does a good job.

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  • Robert A. Raymond
  • 2019-08-30

Must listen if you are going to star wars land.

I have heard that the lines to get into black spire were very long on opening day. If you are planning on going to the spire, you must listen to this book. It can serve as your vertual guide.

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