||I'm certain that it is very difficult
to write a story with only Wookies as the main characters. Nevertheless,
I didn't feel that these Wookies were any different from various human
characters would have been. They thought like humans, and except for
their idioms and certain phrases, which were specific to their
homeworld, they spoke like humans would, too.
Still, the story was yet another
connection to past and future stories, which made it fun. Like
Ghost, this story takes place at a time between events that we already
know well, so we can appreciate the sprinkles of continuity that we
encounter. We know, for example, that Ysanne Isard did not die in
Bacta War, in a piece of misplotting that brought about
If we didn't know that, would we suspect that she was still alive? Or
would we have to conclude, like Chewie seems to, that this was one more
of her subversions, but that it only came to fruition at this time, when
she couldn't appreciate it? We never get a sense of what we are supposed
The Wookie side of things centers
around Chewbacca's relationship with his son, Lumpy. Lumpy (aside from
his name) feels neglected by his father, and so tries to idolize him in
everything he does, from video games to wrestling and bragging. It
drives his mother, Malla, and everybody else in his treetop city, crazy.
So when Lumpy hears somebody breaking
into Han and Leia's apartment, he jumps at the chance to be a hero.
Instead, he is easily overpowered and taken hostage. Fortunately, Chewie
and Malla free their son, but the thief escapes. Not having learned his
lesson the first time, Lumpy takes off through the hole blown in the
wall, after the stolen datapad.
Chewie realizes that he has not taught
his son about responsibility, nor how to take care of himself in a
fight, and he pledges to rectify that as soon as he can. First, however,
they keep losing Lumpy to the thieves/spies! There is a scene
reminiscent of the Coruscant chase scene from
Attack of the Clones,
which was nicely choreographed, for a story!
When they enter the former Imperial military complex
after stealing the hovercar from one set of spies, walking into a trap,
of course, they behave like all the other Star Wars characters in any
other book. There was nothing special about them being Wookies. They
took the offensive, walked into another trap, and turned the tables on
their adversary, destroying a reprogrammed interrogation droid who was
planning to kill the Provisional Government at a ceremony that night.
Given that they defeated the security in Han and Leia's apartment,
Chewie thinks it likely that they could accomplish their goal. Using
Lumpy as bait, the Wookies get the upper hand, and save the New Republic
A marginally fun tale, it was still
very well written. I thought the banter, which was similar to that in
Tatooine Ghost, was very snappy and realistic, but only for human
characters. I don't know how Wookies would banter, honestly, but I think
it must be different from how we do it.
I like Denning's work a lot, from
By Star to Tatooine Ghost, but this one could not live up to what he has
written previously. Enjoyable, but nothing more.