Adult Novel


Delilah S. Dawson
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The Force Awakens introduced Star Wars fans to a new kind of villain -- a female stormstrooper commanding her troops behind reflective chrome armor. Through the end of the film, Captain Phasma remained mostly a mystery. Who was she? Where did she come from? And why did she look different than all the other stormtroopers?

Delilah S. Dawson managed to answer all of our burning questions about this antagonist in her adult novel, Phasma. Throughout the book, readers learn the ruthless extremes the character takes in order to survive, and how she finds herself among the high ranks of the First Order, despite never having heard of them before.

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One of the most cunning and merciless officers 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 Battlecruiser 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.

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Violent, dark, and whimsical is a hard combination to pull off in a Star Wars novel, but Dawson manages to do it in spectacular fashion.







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- Charles Hankel

Captain Phasma's design catapaulted her to the front of the excitement line before the release of Episode VII; leading fans to dub her the heir apparent to Boba Fett. However, her relative lack of screen time in both The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi left fans wanting so much more. Phasma fixes this issue by delving into the especially brutal backstory of the First Order Captain as she simply refuses to give in no matter what the universe throws at her. After all, there is only one thing worth fighting for: survival.

- Eric Eilersen

When Captain Phasma was first being marketed shortly before the release of The Force Awakens, I was excited to see what she would contribute to the film. But in both The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi, I felt like her character didn’t have enough screen time for me to determine the significance of her role. I picked up the Phasma novel to learn more about her, and I did. Her backstory is so compelling that I visibly showed shock or disgust at some scenes because this novel isn’t afraid to be violent or gruesome. Even though a couple of the characters are reused in Black Spire, I thought the storytelling format was a bit unnecessary but it wasn’t completely terrible. If you simply want more Phasma, you really can’t go wrong with this book.

- Heather Goldman

Phasma kind of reminds me of Boba Fett - a visually striking character who almost immediately piques our interest, yet plays an understated role on screen. But for anyone who wants to know more about Gwendoline Christie's character - where she comes from, what drives her, why she is the way she is - Delilah S. Dawson rides to the rescue. This book gives us Phasma's backstory and shows us her path to the First Order, satiating some of our desire to know more. She also introduces us to two new characters - Resistance spy Vi Moradi and Cardinal, a First Order stormtrooper. Dawson makes them almost as memorable as Phasma herself, making many of us hope to see them again soon in other projects!

- Karl Sander

- Meg Dowell

- Stacey White

- Corey Helton

Weird. Dark. Awesome. I have to admit, prior to reading this book, I was not a fan of Phasma as a character. That is no longer the case. This book is exactly what the EU should be about. Taking a character or event that the films just didn't spend a lot of time developing, and, well, expanding on them. This book did not only that, but also introduced some truly intriguing original characters. I have a feeling that Delilah S. Dawson is going to quickly become a fan-favorite in the ranks of Star Wars authors, and it will be well earned.

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Del Rey
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September 1, 2017
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