A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away…
Gray, your strength in writing comes from characters that you conjured up yourself. You created:
The young and honorable Senator Ransolm Casterfo from the Centrist side of the New Republic.
Leia’s assistants, tough girl and ace pilot, Greer Sonnel and 16-year-old Korr Sella.
Joph Seastriker (awesome name by the way), an ambitious yet extremely young X-wing pilot who wants to get in on the action and has a thing for women that can fly.
I felt like these characters drove me to read the whole story and be engaged with it. Surprisingly, Leia didn’t seem to have heart, like her character wasn't alive. The other characters embodied a sole that Gray created. Leia was the protagonist but not the heart of the story.
Bloodline takes place not too long before ‘The Force Awakens’ and around 20 years since the fall of the Empire and rise of the New Republic. Leia is so fed up with the bickering of the two parties of the New Republic, the Centrists, and the Populists, that all she really wants to do is resign from the Senate and run off with Han.
It is so unfortunate that the two sides are at complete extremes from each other. If you were to put a Populist and Centrist in one room together to try and solve the simplest problem it would take hours. Imagine having a whole room full of them!
However, there's one last duty Leia wants to do before she leaves the Senate. The Emissary from Ryloth has come requesting a hearing to try and convince the Senate that the thieving cartel ran by the educated and cunning Rinnrivin Di on Bastatha has been gaining traction and too much power in the galaxy.
His cartel replaced non-other than the Hutts after Leia had slain Jabba and the New Republic took over. She is one of the only ones out of the whole Senate who wants to investigate further into this cartel’s doings until Casterfo decides that he wants to tag along to keep an eye on Leia.
While in the process of investigating, Casterfo, Leia, and her crew discovers the biggest threat to the galaxy since the Empire. But will people believe them when Leia was the only witness?
Other Positives and Negatives about Bloodline
Bloodline did have a few other good things and bad things that you should know before you decide to read it or not.
- C-3PO, as always, was a kick in the pants.
- Han saves the day!
- There's barely any mention of Luke and Ben who are off training somewhere. As we know from ‘The Force Awakens’ Ben becomes Kylo Ren. It would have made the story more epic if there were a lead-up to the end with Leia or Han discovering the truth about their son. He has become Kylo Ren.
- The antagonist and immediate danger didn’t feel that big. Don’t get me wrong, of course, there was a threat but there was little build-up to it. Wam bam thank you, mam.
There’s not too much else to say about this book and I feel bad because I want to give you more details about the story but there’s no more to the story that I can really tell without giving too much away. By this last statement, you can tell that Bloodline is not as complex as it should be. You don’t have to think much while reading it and there’s not much that comes as a surprise.
Gray, I really hope that the next book I read that’s written by you is much better.
Have you read any of Claudia Gray’s works? If so which ones have you read?
How about any of the newer Star Wars books since it’s been taken over by Disney? I look forward to reading your comments. Happy reading!