Summary

Discover Captain Phasma's mysterious history in this "Journey to Star Wars: The Last Jedi" novel.
One of the most cunning and merciless officers of the First Order, Captain Phasma commands the favor of her superiors, the respect of her peers, and the terror of her enemies. But for all her renown, Phasma remains as virtually unknown as the impassive expression on her gleaming chrome helmet. Now, an adversary is bent on unearthing her mysterious origins - and exposing a secret she guards as zealously and ruthlessly as she serves her masters.
Deep inside the Battlecruiser Absolution, a captured Resistance spy endures brutal interrogation at the hands of a crimson-armored stormtrooper - Cardinal. But the information he desires has nothing to do with the Resistance or its covert operations against the First Order.
What the mysterious stormtrooper wants is Phasma's past - and with it whatever long-buried scandal, treachery, or private demons he can wield against the hated rival who threatens his own power and privilege in the ranks of the First Order. His prisoner has what Cardinal so desperately seeks, but she won't surrender it easily. As she wages a painstaking war of wills with her captor, bargaining for her life in exchange for every precious revelation, the spellbinding chronicle of the inscrutable Phasma unfolds. But this knowledge may prove more than just dangerous once Cardinal possesses it - and once his adversary unleashes the full measure of her fury.
©2017 Delilah S. Dawson (P)2017 Random House Audio
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1 out of 5 stars
By MR B J WHITE on 05-10-17

My first great disappointment

I found this book thoroughly boring. The entire book is essentially a justification for why Phasma, who seems to be a powerful figure, capitulates so easily in The Force Awakens. We find out pretty early on. And then the book continues, telling us about a quest across a dull planet. And then it continues, telling us about a dull fight against a different gang. And then the book continues, going back to the quest across a dull planet. And then it continues, telling us about another dull fight. This is the general pattern of the book. At the end, you know the justification for that one scene, and you know almost nothing else. Not worth your time. I read it as I'm a completionist, and I still regret it.

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2 out of 5 stars
By Don on 11-09-17

Just Awful

I am a big Star Wars fan and have listened to as much as I can going all the way back to the Thrawn trilogy. This book is just not good. Like a lot of the new series it is hamstrung by not wanting to give spoilers for the movies to come and is just setting things up.

The back story of Phasma is nothing new or interesting and adds very little vlue to the understanding of the character from just a few scenes in TFA. I wish that the legends series was allowed to continue on in written form as its own universe and stop putting out rubbish books that are just poor filler in between films.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Michael Hicks on 03-10-17

Character Development For Phasma!

After writing the Star Wars short story, The Perfect Weapon, Delilah S. Dawson returns to a galaxy far, far away with the full-length novel, Phasma. I’m a fan of Dawson’s work, and it’s great fun seeing her playing around in one of my favorite cinematic universes and helping to build and expand upon the new canon of expanded universe tie-ins centering around the trilogy of Star Wars films.

After being captured and taken aboard an Imperial ship, Resistance fighter Vi Moradi engages in a battle of wits with a crimson-clad Stormtrooper named Cardinal. He wants information on Captain Phasma, which Moradi possesses, and as the interrogation unfolds she shares with him the true story of Phasma – who she is, where she’s from, and the lengths she will go to in order to survive.

Dawson does a superb job painting a vivid portrait of Phasma, giving this character an engaging history and motivation. While the filmic depiction of Phasma in The Force Awakens was fairly forgettable, her novelized origin story is far from it. Dawson takes us around the apocalyptic world of Parnassos and the Scyre clan Phasma has sworn allegiance to. What emerges from this, in the wake of a crashed Imperial ship and the rescue of its crew by Phasma and her fighters, is a story of survival in a harsh desert world where life is short and brutal, and survival and murder often go hand in hand. Dawson puts a decidedly Mad Max-style spin on her Star Wars story here, and it’s a welcome change of pace.

My only wish/hope is that we get to see more of Vi Moradi in the future. Although Moradi is our gateway into Phasma’s history, there’s not a lot of room for her to shine elsewhere with so much of the narrative space occupying a time ten years in the past. Phasma becomes wonderfully fleshed out and whole, and is certainly a more engaging character here than in her (thus far) single movie appearance, but I really wanted to learn more about Moradi as the book wore on. She’s an engaging Resistance fighter and Dawson does such a good job writing Moradi and her repartee with Cardinal that it’s impossible not to want more of her, or for her to be the singular narrative focus.

On the narration front, January LaVoy does a terrific job bringing Phasma, both the book and the character, to life. This was my first time listening to LaVoy’s work and I was suitably impressed. She keeps the pace moving nicely and adopts an array of inflections to separate character’s dialogue. As is typical of other Star Wars audiobook productions, the narration is accompanied by a host of sound effects and music, helping to amplify the urgency of the narration or underscore the more emotionally resonant beats. The various audio elements work together to create a highly polished and well-produced audiobook, and one that fits firmly within the stylistic realm of the Star Wars universe.

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4 of 4 people found this review helpful

3 out of 5 stars
By Brennen Michael Talley on 06-09-17

Not the best but not terrible

What would have made Phasma: Star Wars better?

If the focus had actually been phasma the story may have improved. Characters were in no way fleshed out and the story left more questions than it supplied answers.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

disappointment mostly. not a great one

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