Just finished this bad boy! This is the first must read of the new cannon! A New dawn was good, but this was SW the done very right. Kemp took the classic "3 part arc rise and fall" method of delivering stories and threw it right out the window! There was a large enough action scene at about 15% in to the book in that could have been the entire plot of a lesser book. There was no telling when this book would peak or twist just action in your face the whole time. Honestly at least 6-7 action scenes that could have been considered the big one. To answer your questions sky walker
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1) not at all! It was one sentence, heck one word in one sentence that made you say "wait what!?" Played off excellently as just a passing note of her back story.
2)It is very balanced about 50/50 good guy and bad guy's side of the same event, you could pick a side to root for, or just sit back and watch.....well read but you know.....
3) Yes, not maaaajor but you can tell they are doing a damn good job keeping new cannon in line, with this along with A New Dawn and Rebels really doing the dirty work of explaining how the rebellion came to be, starting with what seems to be their theme of "a spark of rebellion"
4) Couldn't read into it thaaaaaat far, it's so Pre the OT it would have to be a while before we see it trickled down.
Mara: "Not many people Dare to hug me"
Lando: "That leaves more of you for me then!"
"Sure I can't move a rock with my mind, but, boy can I make that rock think its been moved."