Coruscant Nights 2: Streets of Shadows

Coruscant Nights II: Streets of Shadows by Michael Reaves

Coruscant Nights II: Street of Shadows by Michael Reaves

Action, Adventure, plot twists.. I would love to say this book has all that… so I will. (Ha ha got you)

Okay for real now, the second in the Coruscant Nights trilogy does a good job of following up with the story without the need to do a long recap. These books are meant to be read together, and I do love a book that leaves out three chapters of review of what you already know.

As noted for Jedi Twilight, Street of Shadows continues with the detective style of writing. (A+ for continuity) This style is growing on me and is not so bad for this kind of thread. However, I would not like to see it for every single Star Wars book out there. It just doesn’t work for everything.

The story continues concerning ex-Jedi Pavan as he follows the ‘dame’ of the book, the seductive Zeltron Deejah as they set out to discover the killer of Deejah’s former partner. (The being will surprise you, don’t worry about that) That’s right… a Zeltron. A very nicely described Zeltron at that. However, Vader has now recruited Bounty Hunter Aurra Sing in the hunt for Pavan and well we can all guess how that goes.

My problem character in this book is Typho, the former head of Padme’s guard. Due to an obsessive crush, in a display of loyalty to the one he loved, goes after Vader to seek revenge for Padme’s death. I refuse to say anything else and you have to read it to believe it.

Street of Shadows did much better than Jedi Twilight on the muddled story line. True, there is a point when you might go ‘oh yeah, forgot about that’ but I will put that as a mark to the writer’s skill in making you forget about it. There are a few different story lines going on in this book, but you will find them styled in a way that is blended so that it adds fine elements to the over all story. Although, a sad point for me was being able to predict where a lot of the turns in the story were going.

On the other hand, I admit I was caught in the vivid and very detailed descriptions of the species used generously in this book. So I’ll also give this one an okay read, good for continuing the story but lacking in the interest department. A bit sappy, but still enjoyable.


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