Star Wars: Eruption
Author: John Ostrander
Originally Published In: Star Wars Insider Magazine
Reviewed by Melissa Minners
Star Wars Insider Magazine has published some pretty interesting original short stories lately. When the most recent issue promised a new short story featuring characters from the time of the ancient Je’daii, I couldn’t wait to read it. I was intrigued by the excerpt of the Dawn of the Jedi novel set in this era and was hoping to read more about the novel’s main character, Je’daii Ranger Lanoree Brock.
Star Wars: Eruption takes place on the moon world of Zerist just before the events of Dawn of the Jedi. Orbiting around the gas giant Obri, the Zerist are about to undergo important labor negotiations. Lanoree Brock and her fellow Je’daii, a Twi’lek named Hawk Ryo, are on Zerist to ensure that the negotiations between the management of Dessain Mining and the manual laborers go well. It is decided that the laborer leader’s eldest son will wed the Dessain’s youngest daughter.
Unfortunately, there are those who would ensure that this wedding will never happen – Oma Dessain has been kidnapped! In the midst of a looming volcano eruption, Hawk Ryo must find and rescue Oma, but in a surprising twist, the Je’daii Rangers soon learn that the whole plan has been orchestrated by a traitor in their midst. And Lanoree may just be his next victim.
All of that sounds truly exciting, right? Well, to be honest, I was totally bored by this story. It revealed nothing new about the main character, except for the style of weapons the Je’daii chose to employ and the fact that they have no problem delving into the dark side, so long as they find balance afterwards. While the whole balance between light and dark side thing was interesting, it wasn’t really delved into too deeply. I know it’s a short story, but I would have liked to see more about that.
The author did nothing to make the characters or the outcome of the situations they had gotten themselves into important to the reader. In fact, I was so bored, I really didn’t care if the Je’daii were successful in their mission…just that they finally completed it. As you can tell, I was rather disappointed in this issue’s short story and hope for better in the future.
For more short stories found in Star Wars Insider Magazine, check out these links:
Star Wars: The Clone Wars: The Pengalan Tradeoff
Star Wars: The Old Republic: The Third Lesson
Star Wars: The Fate of the Jedi: First Blood
Star Wars: Buyer's Market
Star Wars: And Leebo Makes Three
Star Wars: A Fair Trade
Star Wars: The Tenebrous Way
Star Wars: Maze Run
Star Wars: The Guns of Kelrodo-Ai
Star Wars: Hunting the Gorach
Star Wars: Getaway
Star Wars: Roll of the Dice
Star Wars: Reputation
Star Wars: Heist
Star Wars: Speaking Silently