Ahsoka by E.K. Johnston

Ahsoka_novel_coverAhsoka is a Star Wars novel set in the time period between Revenge of the Sith and Rebels.  It begins a year after the founding of the Galactic Empire, and we find Ahsoka adrift and seeking to recover.  Not physically, but emotionally.

She takes refuge on a remote farming moon in the Outer Rim, seeking to find new purpose and rebuild her life in the aftermath of Order 66.  She begins carving out a place, when a young Imperial Officer spots the opportunity to take advantage of the moon’s feeble resources.  This sets Ahsoka on a collision course with the occupiers, and introduces a nightmare creation of the Empire: an Inquisitor.

I enjoyed this novel.  It started slow, and steadily built to the conclusion.  Ahsoka appears very much adrift and lacking purpose early in the book, but slowly realizes that she can’t turn her back on the galaxy.  What she did best as a Jedi was defend those weaker than herself, and reading as she slowly realizes that was enjoyable.

The Imperial villains appeared rather nondescript until the Inquisitor showed up.  This was a being of pure malice, overconfident and efficient, seeking to sniff out force wielders and deal with them accordingly.  He very much reminded me of the Inquisitors as they appeared on the Rebels animated series, and the descriptions used are apt.

I think overall my favourite chapter was the introductory chapter, titled Mandalore Burned.  It details what Ahsoka was doing during the events of Revenge of the Sith, and shows her confrontation with Darth Maul.  It was a really enjoyable section, Maul oozes evil, and Ahsoka is purposeful again, serving beside the clones for the first time in the aftermath of her departure from the Jedi Order.

Overall this was a really solid novel.  While not a mile a minute thrill ride, it builds really well, and fleshes out the history of Ahsoka in the aftermath of her departure from the Jedi Order.  If you enjoy the character, it is well worth the read.

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