cover image from 501st by Karen TravissKaren Traviss’s contributions to the Star Wars universe have managed to be simultaneously fun & captivating, and morally challenging and thought-provoking. 501st carries our lads through the transition from Republic to Empire, with some stimulating new developments. Unfortunately, because of a radical change the PTB at Lucas have decided to make in the history of the galaxy (specifically with respect to Mandalore), none of Traviss’s existing Star Wars books will make sense any longer, and she will not be writing any more of them. So the loose threads dangling at the end of 501st are destined to dangle forevermore.

4 stars