Goody’s Publication Audit: A Review of Star Wars: PHASMA! By Delilah S. Dawson
Phasma was one of the big anticipated characters before The Force Awakens was released into theaters back in December of 2015, and as many of you who saw the film, which who didn’t, she was quickly a huge disappointment. Well, not so much anymore folks. With this latest book by Delilah S. Dawson, Phasma’s past and character was not only explored, but it was given to us in great detail.
Let me begin by saying this bold statement, and I say bold because I know some people will disagree with me on this topic. I liked Phasma far more than I liked the new Battlefront 2 book Inferno Squad. I know I haven’t written a review of Inferno Squad and I have a very good reasons why I didn’t. It sucked! Plain and simple, it wasn’t what I believe we were all lead to believe it was. The writing was phenomenal, but the plot was just crap. I felt bad for Christie Golden, I truly did, because she’s such a great writer and she was handed a horrible story line. I’d better get back on topic before I get too sidetracked, lol.
One of the most cunning and merciless officer’s 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 Battle cruiser 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.
Most of the book, about 95% of it, is told from the perspective of a captured Resistance Spy by the name of Vi Moradi. Vi does a brilliant job telling a story of Phasma’s past all the while she’s being tortured and interrogated. This new character is very intriguing and sophisticated, I enjoyed her a great deal. Cardinal was also a great new addition, a true trooper who believes in his work and when exposed to the actual deals and brutality of this new First Order his faith is shaken to the core.
All of the new characters were written expertly throughout the book. The story telling kept a great pace, it didn’t take a slow turn anywhere throughout the book. I’d say the middle of the book was probably the most action packed and more dramatic, and the ending was NOT rushed at all which I love. I hate when a good novel and story rushes to an ending and just kills the back-end of the story.
The ending of the book, as much as I’d love to say that it wasn’t obvious I just can’t, was good with a slight twist. Without giving any details I can say that I see a future for a couple of main characters in more story lines and I really do hope they are used again.
While Phasma gave us great detail about the character itself, it failed to give us much of her point of view or thoughts. I was hoping for more of her thoughts and personality, but we were given most of the details through someone else’s point of view.
This is a definite read for any fan of Star Wars. I would venture out and say it’s required reading for the true fan who wants to get to know the characters involved in this great new cannon. Go pick it up, it’s a great read.
I’d love to hear what you all thought if you’d read it, leave a comment below and let’s converse. Til then, May the Force be with you!