By the title you can see that the Galaxy’s Edge franchise has branched out. This book is the first installment of a spin off series that follow the adventures of quasi-immortal bounty hunter, Tyrus Rechs. Tyrus was a component in Book 2 -Galactic Outlaws of the main sequence of the Galaxy’s Edge series. This series is a prequel to that time line and gives us the back story for Rechs and several other important components of the ancient history of the Galaxy’s Edge universe.
Requiem for Medusa is a standalone story. It’s a revenge story that involves Tyrus tracking down the murderers of the only woman that still had any connection to his weary soul. The story reads like a noir but ends up as a military assault against desperate odds to take down the criminal gangs and the corrupt security apparatus that flourishes in the lawless depths of the Reach, the section of the Edge that had been abandoned for centuries to outlaw operations that even the Republic’s Legion left alone.
For the faithful readers of the Galaxy’s Edge series, this is not required reading. This is a personal story of Tyrus Rechs and although it will answer some questions about Rechs, it won’t matter if you skip it from the point of view of the main narrative. And this story differs from the other stories in that it contains a love interest component. Whether this would distract the reader from the story is of course a personal preference. But it should be mentioned in my opinion.
Now my opinion. This is a separate story from the Galaxy’s Edge narrative but the characters are interesting and the character development for Tyrus Rechs doesn’t hurt him at all. He performs his murderous rampage without any loss of skill due to the emotional component of his motivation. There is a very clever plot device called the nano-plague that is probably linked to some of the other important ancient history for the Galaxy’s Edge universe but in this story, it is used to advance a plot element in the revenge story.
All in all, I liked this story and recommend it. As with all the Galaxy’s Edge books it is well written, holds your interest and contains exciting combat action. However, if you do not want to explore the periphery of the Galaxy’s Edge fictional universe it can easily be omitted without sacrificing your knowledge of the series. Highly recommended.