For the readers who are unfamiliar with the Galaxy’s Edge series let me say up front that I am a big fan of the story and if you want to hear about the beginning of the series then go back to my review of Book 1 – Legionnaire. For the rest of you who have been following my reviews then let me start off by saying that “Prisoners of Darkness” is good stuff. Several of the story threads are advanced and the plots and characters are interesting and fun. Several new reveals occur that show additional complexity to one of the newer threads. And the newer aspects of the plot seem to be leading in a totally unexpected direction. All really good stuff. But here we are at Book Six and I’m getting the idea that maybe there will never be an end (at least not within my lifetime). Of course, I’m being slightly facetious but what I’m getting at is I think authors are building up a fictional universe that they can continue to spin into different story arcs. And that’s alright. Jason Anspach and Nick Cole have built a very entertaining universe. I would say if we were comparing the Star Wars universe to Galaxy’s Edge that the latter is orders of magnitude better in every way. The characters, plots and atmosphere are far superior.
But back to the story. Prisoners of Darkness has as one of its threads, the rescue operation of one of the Legion’s officers from a prison planet. The action is a result of the aftermath of the Battle of Tarrago where the Legion ignored the orders of the House of Reason and destroyed the critical assets of the Tarrago shipyards to deny them to the Empire. The imprisoned officer learns some important aspects of the Republic’s relation to some criminal enterprises. These will seemingly have a bearing on how the Legion will interact with the civilian government of the Republic, namely the House of Reason. And that’s to the good. For some time, it has seemed unreasonable that the Legion would defer to the corrupt and incompetent leadership of the Republic. But come to think of it, that seems to be the case in our own conflicted and afflicted republic.
Another aspect of the story is the conflicted allegiance of Captain Ford. His time as an independent agent has loosened his loyalty to the Legion and the danger to his kidnapped crew members tears him away from the Legion responsibilities that command Chun and his team to risk a desperate rescue mission for the sake of a Legion brother. This ambivalence will probably rear its head again when the Legion and the Empire come to terms with the common threat they will both face farther down the road.
Okay, so the story is great and I’m loving the series and I can’t wait to see where this goes. Just be aware this isn’t even close to finished. So, make sure you’re in it for the long haul. You have been warned.