Published: January 8, 2019
Author: Lou Anders
Cover artist & illustrator: Annie Wu
Publisher: Disney-Lucasfilm Press
Formats: Hardback (240 pages), eBook (240 pages), Audiobook (311 minutes)
All-new adventures starring Han Solo, Chewbacca, and Hondo Ohnaka aboard the Millennium Falcon!
Hello, my friends! It is I, Hondo Ohnaka, greatest pirate in the galaxy, hero of the Rebellion, and if you believe that Obi-Wan Kenobi guy, a villain, too. But what did he know? I am here to tell you stories of that most amazing ship, the Millennium Falcon, including my very first time on board and a few occasions when I actually flew the Falcon myself! And I did a great job of it, too. Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise!
Oh, there might be a familiar Wookiee in the stories. And that Han Solo guy. He had a way of popping up. And some other people you may know. And some you may not.
So hang on tight, because this adventure is traveling at lightspeed and it’s going to be a wild ride!
So, this is meant to be a book for junior readers and yes, you already know I am an adult, but there’s no age limit on these things, is there? I must admit I am really enjoying these books aimed at the so called ‘younger’ or ‘new’ generation of Star Wars readers that we have been treated to recently.
I am also growing fonder of audiobooks and when I saw that this was narrated by Jim Cummings, I must admit my curiosity got the better of me and I went paperless to consume this book. At over 5 hours long, it is relatively short compared to some releases, but there are 3 stories with interludes and with chapters averaging around 20 minutes, it can be listened to very easily.
We are given 3 stories: Story 1 is a the story of how Hondo tried to steal the Falcon and the escapade turns into a classic heist that goes wrong set after Solo: A Star Wars Story. Story 2 is set before The Force Awakens and Hondo rescues Han and Chewie, and finally story 3, brings all the stories back together and is a tale of a classic Hondo setup and con which is set after The Last Jedi. I’m not going to give out any spoilers, but the circumstances and actions around the third story are quite intriguing.
I am lucky enough to have met Cummings last year during his induction as an honorary member to the Rebel Legion UK. He is a very jovial person and this comes over in his portrayal of our main character Hondo Ohnaka. But I must say recording this must not have been easy. To record in character for that length of time, must have been quite difficult, but he delivers it so well.
I really did enjoy the idea of Hondo narrating his escapades with the Millennium Falcon and ingraining himself into the history and mythology surrounding the fastest hunk of junk in the galaxy. The action sequences are well paced and there is a humour there that is natural to the script, but also the characters.
Lou Anders has written a book that really captures the characters we all love, it introduces us to some new ones and brings in some lesser known characters to the forefront a bit more. I really don’t know why, but Bazine Netal is a character I really want to see more of. Hondo as we all know, seems to be a constant pain and it is no surprise that he crosses paths with Han Solo and Chewbacca. He is already known to Lando Calrissian, so he operates in the similar circles to our favourite smugglers turned heroes of the rebellion. Exacerbating is a word I’d use for Hondo. A Weequay with a plaster for every sore, quick thinking and brilliant mind, who actually seems to have a heart. He is becoming a very lovable rogue.
For me, there are two things that make this quite an important instalment in Star Wars literature;
Firstly; the tie in with Mike Moreci’s Flight of the Falcon series published by IDW. It tells some more of the back story of the Falcon, but this book enhances that story by including Netal during her search for the Falcon. She catches up with her prize, eventually in this book, but only after hearing Hondo’s recital of his own story.
Secondly; if you are planning a trip to Galaxy’s Edge in the coming months, this is worth reading or listening to as it gives some background information about Hondo obviously, but also Black Spire on Baatu and its place in the galaxy. Hondo has been seen in the recent reveals as an animatronic host in the new attraction that opens very soon which will no doubt enhance this further.
As I have said, these ‘junior’ reads are becoming one of my guilty pleasures in recent months. This is a genre that I didn’t pay any attention to during the ‘Legends’ period of Star Wars literature, but if Lou Anders, Cavan Scott, Tom Huddelston and Mike Moreci keep producing stories of such quality, I am going to continue to read them all the more.
Pirate’s Price by Lou Anders is published by Disney-Lucasfilm press. It was released on the 8th January 2019 and retails at an RRP of £10.99. It is available in hardback, eBook and audiobook formats.