Author: Karen Miller
Series: The Clone Wars Gambit #2
Genre: Young Adult/Fantasy/Science-Fiction/Adventure
Planet by planet, darkness creeps across the galaxy. Among warriors and generals, among ordinary beings living in far-flung worlds, the fear will not go away: We are losing this war. . . .
Anakin Skywalker feels it, too. The Separatist Alliance, with ruthlessness and treachery, is beating the Republic to every strategic target. But after a costly clash with General Grievous for the planet Kothlis, Anakin has a mission that will focus his anxious mind. Alongside Obi-Wan Kenobi, he is posing as a long-lost native of Lanteeb, an impoverished world on the Outer Rim. This seemingly unimportant planet has drawn the interest of the Seps—and Anakin and Obi-Wan soon discover the disturbing reason: A scientist enslaved by General Lok Durd is drawing on Lanteeb’s one natural resource for a devastating bioweapon. Now Anakin and Obi-Wan have entered the eye of a storm. Their presence has been exposed, Lok Durd’s plans unveiled, and a fight has begun for survival behind enemy lines—and a chance of winning a war that must be fought at any cost.
Positive Content: Even though it can be strained at times, the relationship between Obi-Wan and Anakin is strong and loyal. Anakin makes several headstrong decisions, but sometimes foregoes them after Obi-Wan tells him not to. Anakin also loves his padawan Ahsoka and is constantly worried for her welfare, and vise versa. He also loves all of his Clone troops and knows them individually; consequenly, he is devestated when they are killed or injured in attacks. His big heart gets him into trouble when he promises more than he can possibly give, at the expense of others.
Negative Content: The derrogatory term “Barve” is used frequenly, as is the made-up expletive “Stang.” Taria was a former lover of Obi-Wan. Anakin and Padme have an intimate moment at dinner that includes a rather heated kiss.
The book begins with a battle sequence on Kothlis that results in several characters (including Obi-Wan) being injured. Lok Durd abuses Bant’era and threatens her family and is reponsible for the deaths of many other people. Anakin is headstrong and stubborn, and lies about his relationship with Padme.
Summary: This is my favorite Star Wars book I’ve ever read. I loved it. The author did a great job of writing the characters personalities – you could practically hear them talking. (Some authors will write well-known characters, and totally change their personalities. PET PEEVE! This did NOT happen here). The banter between Obi-wan and Anakin was absolutely priceless and made me laugh several times. All-around, I really loved this book and was VERY ticked off when the library didn’t have the others in the Gambit. I’m hoping to buy them for myself sometime soon.
5 out of 5 stars