There’s no doubt that last week’s release, Crucible, has been a very polarizing Star Wars book. To call the reviews ‘mixed’ would be an understatement – this seems to be very much a love-it-or-hate book. You know what side I fall on, but here’s the rest of the Star Wars blogosphere. Accordingly, we’ll start with the negative and work our way up.
Please note almost all of these reviews contain big spoilers, to the point where I’ve only labeled the ones that don’t give away the ending.
- Bryan at Big Shiny Robot calls it “nothing short of a boring, weird descent into things I just didn’t care to see in a Star Wars novel.”
- The crew at Tosche Station were equally unimpressed. Brian’s review may be the most lengthy. He says it may be “the most disappointing EU book I’ve read.” Bria says “to call [the ending] ridiculous would be kind” and compare it to The Crystal Star. (She also did a hilarious Tumblr slideshow review.)
- Kay at Fangirl Blog found the book “a painful read” and was disappointed by the book’s increasing galactic threat. Still, she felt it had some moments. Meanwhile, Tricia ponders who Crucible is for, exactly.
- Aaron Goins at the Star Wars Report felt the book had a lot of wasted potential, saying “the story wasn’t that interesting and the strange factor was just way too high.” (Minor spoilers.)
- The folks at Knights’ Archive were split. Megan thought the book “seemed to be trying too hard to check all the Star Wars boxes. Do all cantinas really remind Han of Chalmun’s?” Bryan Dean, on the other hand, was “hooked right from the first chapter” and says the book has “a lot of great moments and surprises.” (Minor spoilers.)
- Nerdvana’s Jayson Peters liked the book, but thinks “it tries too hard to be an epic capstone for the major characters’ careers while relegating them to the sidelines for too much of the action.”
- Lightsaber Rattling felt “Denning really nailed the characterization of both Han and Luke,” and says the conclusion is “both satisfying and logical,” but wishes the book had been “a little more grounded.” (Minor spoilers.)
- William at EUCantina was “was pleasantly surprised” by the book and had a hard time putting it down. (Minor spoilers.)
- NJOE’s Commander Cody liked the book, saying the characters “felt more human, as if their age had caught up to them.” (Spoiler-free.)
- Roqoo Depot has been one of the most vocal supporters of the book. In their double review, Skuldren calls it “a wild and crazy ride, and possibly my new favorite Star Wars story,” while Geralyn says “there’s nothing about this story I didn’t like.”
So there you have it. It’s been out for almost a week now, so what did you think of Crucible?
5 Replies to “Love it? Hate it? Here are the Crucible reviews”
I didn’t even think of it at all. I just got my (paperback) copy of ‘Mercy Kill’ and I’m basking in a warm glow of childhood memory…I’m not about to spoil it by reading a Star Wars author I don’t trust. :)
I am just holding my breath for the inevitable (but hopefully only post-RotJ) EU reboot.
I’m still waiting for a Waru/Mortis/Vergere timewarp that starts the alternative timeline.
uh…. I haven’t read it?
I have mixed feelings about Denning. I really enjoyed some of his Star Wars writing, like Tatooine Ghost and Dark Nest (yeah, I’m that person who liked Dark Nest).
But I really really didn’t care for LotF, and it seemed like Denning had a major role in plotting that whole arc. And then I never got around to reading FotJ, because it seemed like a LotF redux.
I think I’m going to skip ‘Crucible,’ which makes me feel sad, if it’s really the last of the old-skool EU. But I just can’t with more torture.
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