Science Fiction

Star Wars: Judge's Call

Author: Timothy Zahn

Originally Published By: Del Rey

Reviewed by Melissa Minners


            For years fans of the union between Luke Skywalker and Mara Jade have been clamoring for more stories featuring the couple after their marriage and before the event of The New Jedi Order.  Recently, I came across a tale originally made available by Del Rey on Valentine’s Day in 2004 that offers us just that.

            Star Wars: Judge’s Call takes place a short time after the marriage of Luke Skywalker and Mara Jade.  The couple are engaged in assisting a remote planet’s locals in resolving their disputes, some of which are generations old.  Despite the fact that Mara knows her husband’s presence is needed y these people, she can’t help but feel annoyed.  What she would really like is some alone time with her husband and, though she knew what she was getting into when she married Luke, she is beginning to resent the fact that others get more time with him than his own wife.  However, Luke Skywalker has a plan or two up his sleeve that will allow them the much needed alone time Mara seeks.

            Short and sweet, that is what this story is and who better to have written it than the man who created the character of Mara Jade in the first place - Timothy Zahn.  Mara is perfectly in character here, divided by the knowledge of her husband’s duties, but wanting more free time with him in spite of it all.  Zahn is the man who made us fall in love with the possibility that Mara and Luke might one day get together, the one who actually made that union a fact and now he brings us a short story that solidifies their relationship with a second honeymoon for the couple.

            I wish the tale could have been a tad longer, but beggars can be choosers and Star Wars: Judge’s Call is just what the doctor ordered for a Star Wars Valentine’s Day treat.  I would like to offer the folks at my sincere thanks for reposting this tale seven years later.  I would also like to thank artists Chris Trevas for one of the most romantic Luke and Mara artwork I've seen in quite some time created to go along with the tale.


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