On sale today is the latest Star Wars novel by Jason Fry. Imperial Justice is the 3rd book in Fry’s four-book Servants of the Empire series. The series focuses on the adventures and misadventures of Zare Leonis and his girlfriend Merei Spanjaf.
Imperial Justice‘s MSRP is $6.99 and weighs in at 176 pages with a recommended reader age of 9-12. The novel is eminently readable by fans of any age and is a terrific continuation of the story and characters from the first two novels in the series.
In this novel Fry takes his two lead characters and keeps them separated and unable to truly communicate throughout the majority of the novel. I love the way this structure allows our characters two go on their own separate but related adventures. The fact that they aren’t able to see each other or communicate freely over comms because of Imperial surveillance serves to heighten the tensions and increase the characters’ sense of isolation and paranoia.
As Zare excels at the Lothal Academy he is forced to deal with rivalry from Cadet Oleg, suspicion from Captain Roddance, and confusion about how much he can trust Lieutenant Chiron. All this is the immediate day-to-day concerns of Zare while he is still continuing to search for his sister Dhara and maintain his relationship with Merei.
Of course Merei has her own challenges to face, dealing with the fall out resulting from the events of the previous novel, Rebel in the Ranks. Merei is trying to figure out a way of covering her intrustion into the Imperial network, an investigation into which is being led by her own mother. As a result of this Merei becomes more and more enmeshed in the Lothal underworld brining into her orbit characters that challenge her in new and intersting ways.
I absolutely love Merei Spanjaf, she is one of the best developed characters in the new canon. It will be a crime if we never see her in the Star Wars Rebels tv series. As much as I love the internal and external battles that Zare was waging in this book, I could read an entire novel about Merei and be perfectly content.
Throughout this series Fry has interwoven Zare’s on-screen appearances in the Star Wars Rebels television show into the narrative of his novel. In this book he takes Zare’s interaction with Dev (aka Ezra) from season one, episode ten, “Vision of Hope.” To be frank the inclusion of the exchange from the show is probably the weakest part of the novel, it just feels a bit off from the rest of the book.
Imperial Justice sets the stage for what promises to be an epic conclusion to the story in the next novel, The Secret Academy. If you aren’t reading this series then you are missing out on some of the most fun Star Wars storytelling going right now. Imperial Justice is a definite must read.
The Servants of the Empire series continues! As a new student at Lothal’s Imperial Academy, Zare Leonis does everything it takes to pass as a model cadet. But, secretly he is a hidden spy among Imperial loyalists, determined to discover the truth about his missing sister and to bring down the Empire. Luckily, he has his tech-savvy girlfriend, Merei, by his side, willing to help him however she can–even if it means dealing with criminals in the shadiest parts of Capital City. In the meantime, Zare must face down a dangerous foe of his own: Captain Roddance, who seems bent on pushing Zare to his breaking point. Join these rebellious cadets as they risk everything to take on the fearsome Empire.
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Author’s Note: A an advance review copy of the novel was provided by a publisher for the purpose of this review.