Clone Wars: Stories of Light and Dark is a fresh take on the animated series that has become a often-binged staple of Star Wars fans young and old. A talented stable of authors has adapted iconic episodes and story-arcs for inclusion in this anthology. Some are from a different character’s perspective from what we see in the tv show: the Senate hostage crisis is told from Anakin’s point of view rather than Padmé’s, for example. Other stories are told in a first-person-POV so as to lend a heavily-stylized slant to the familiar story. This is at the same time interesting, entertaining, and surprising—especially when we get inside the mind of a character such as Count Dooku! Plus, it includes one original story written exclusively for inclusion in this collection. Great for Clone Wars fans or for young readers looking to get started with Star Wars books.
Star Wars: The Clone Wars Anthology is a canon short story collection. Written by Lou Anders, Tom Angleberger, Preeti Chhibber, Zoraida Córdova, Jason Fry, Yoon Ha Lee, Rebecca Roanhorse, Anne Ursu and Greg Van Eekhout.each story adapts episodes or story arcs from Star Wars: The Clone Wars TV series from the point of view of one main character.
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As many anthologies go, Stories of Light and Dark is a bit of a mixed bag. While some stories simply plod along and essentially transcribe the script of the episodes on which they are based, others shine with originality and deeper character analysis.
Some particular standouts of this collection are Star Wars favorites like Zoraida Córdova and Rebecca Roanhoarse writing Ventress and Maul, respectively, while newcomers to a GFFA like Preeti Chhibber and Anne Ursu shine with their Padmé stories. If you're a fan of The Clone Wars and want some alternate takes at your favorite arcs or if you have a younger Padawan who wants to be exposed to these stories for the first time, you can definitely feel good about picking this one up.
Just don't feel bad about skipping to the next story if each one doesn't grab you.
As someone who loves The Clone Wars but has only re-watched the entire series a few times, I loved how this book allowed me to re-experience some of the shows most important episodes/episode arcs in a different medium. I think this will be a great way for kids to get to know the characters and stories in a different way. There's nothing new, but there are a few stories that bring back some sweet and heartbreaking nostalgia for older fans.
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Stories of Light and Dark is an experimental revisit of the animated series that has become a bingeable favorite of Star Wars fans young and old. A talented stable of authors has adapted iconic episodes and story-arcs for inclusion in this anthology—some more successfully than others. Rebecca Roanhorse’s Darth Maul story especially a standout for its deliciously dark grasp of the character and its gravitas. While more original stories as opposed to adaptations would have been welcome, all in all this is a very entertaining and delightful Star Wars book, giving insight into the minds of several characters who are underserved in Star Wars storytelling, such as Yoda, Asajj Ventress, and Count Dooku.
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