Wolf's Curse (Otherworld: Kate & Logan #2)
#1 - The Desperate Mission
I remember thinking, when I first read this book many years ago, that it must be some kind of sacrilege to have Obi-Wan leave his exile on Tatooine for any reason. Hah. And just this year I watched - and enjoyed - a TV show in which that very thing happened.
The setup for this series is a bit odd. Ferus will be the main character, but that's not evident here. It reads more like a vehicle for Obi-Wan. That weirdness aside, I like the darker edge that Jude Watson wields here - and the pacing is astonishingly good for a book aimed at younger readers. The cliffhanger ending has me reaching for the next instalment already.
#3 - Underworld
An exciting instalment that sees Ferus exploring the Jedi Temple post-Order 66. That was very interesting, but not as interesting as Ferus and co's journey through Coruscant's underworld. I'm not sure if what was described even fits the Legends canon, frankly. I just know that when I was younger, I loved stories that dealt with the planet's lower levels. I still enjoy them.
#4 - Death on Naboo
I'm frankly amazed at how much Watson managed to cram into this book and how much impact it had on me as an adult reader, given that it's intended for much younger eyes. There's some really good stuff here. A prison where people are forced to work in factory, for some mysterious project... well, it's such a great concept that it's also shown up in one of my favourite Disney canon shows. Ha! The chapters set on Naboo are the strongest and most intriguing.
#6 - Return of the Dark Side
Witnessing Ferus' slide further along the dark path is oddly entertaining. I'm not usually a fan of endings where not everything is tied up, but Watson has done it so expertly so many times already that I found I couldn't be mad about this one. I am also appreciative that Vader sounds like Vader. Not all authors in the EU/Legends canon have managed this.
#7 - Secret Weapon
At the start of this book, I was SO prepared to write a review in which I complained about all the pages that were dedicated to characters who aren't Ferus. But Watson made it work. Brilliantly. The ending was all kinds of amazing, too. I'm now trying to decide between getting some sleep and finishing the series tonight lol
#8 - Against the Empire
Whoa. I loved these books when I was younger, but I'm still finding myself heavily invested in them. More than I used to be, if I'm honest - and you can find more details about that at the bottom of this review in a rambling draft that I wrote on 4 hours of sleep lol
Watson is juggling a lot of characters and plotlines here - and in such a short run of pages. She makes it look effortless. As for Ferus, damn. He is hurting so much and the fact that I can feel his pain in a kids' book, populated by writing that is deliberately less mature, indicates an incredible amount of skill on Watson's part.
#9 - Master of Deception
Watson is still delivering the goods in book 9, which is impressive. This time it's a trip to Alderaan and that means an appearance by Bail, a character I have always been fond of. Placing Leia in jeopardy in this time period is a great idea (narratively speaking!). Hmm. Interesting that some of the best bits of this series are also the best bits of certain recent TV shows...
#10 - Reckoning
Gosh. That was devastating. For me, it has always been the most inevitable and most logical way for Ferus' story to reach its conclusion (I'll choose to ignore his future appearances for the moment). But I have an utter disdain for memory wipes, since they're a lazy plot device that shouldn't be needed in the first place (i.e. you shouldn't write yourself into that particular corner). That character's fate aside, it's a solid ending to the series.
Alyce Caswell, when she isn't drinking her way through a giant pot of tea, can be found dabbling in multiple genres and writing forms. She has self-published several titles in her space opera family saga, which is divided into two series: The Galactic Pantheon and The Pantheon War. Her most recent book is The Shadow of the Gods.
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