I was pleasantly surprised by this story, but more so by the character itself. I had not watched Rebels and had no idea what to expect from this book other than it was set in the Star Wars universe and featured a brand new character that doesn’t appear in any of the movies.
Ahsoka turned out to be a character that I not only understood and was deeply sympathetic to, but also a character that I could admire on different levels, and that is not something that I come across very often in fiction; that is, admirable characters.
E.K. Johnston is the writer of another two Star Wars books that I love: The Queen’s Shadow and The Queen’s Peril, about Padmé Amidala, another character that I also admire. But the tone of Ahsoka is altogether different than the books about Padmé, which are girlier in a sense, and also more political and less action-driven. Not so with this book.
This book is packed with action, the pacing is fast, and the lightsaber battle at the end was epic and features the most satisfying climax of a battle that I have read in a while. The internal conflict is just enough to get a feeling for Ahsoka’s heartbreak at the destruction of the Jedi order, which is the center of her character arc.
Ahsoka struggles to find and remake herself now that her entire world has been laid asunder. And I think that’s a theme that many people can relate to; how to reinvent oneself after a big change in one’s life. While the books about Padmé Amidala I would only recommend to fans of that character in particular, this is a book that I would recommend to all fans of the Star Wars universe.
I am sure they won’t be disappointed.