Star Wars: Silver and Scarlet
Author: James S. A. Corey
With the release of the novel Star Wars: Honor Among Thieves by James S. A. Corey, the latest edition of Star Wars Insider Magazine features a short story starring one of Corey's main characters. Star Wars: Silver and Scarlet takes place sometime after A New Hope and features Rebellion operative Scarlet Hark in quite the sticky situation.
Posing as a high-level arms manufacturer, Scarlet Hark has traveled to Oolan, a luxurious barge city that just happens to be a favorite of Imperial General Cascaan, a possible Rebel sympathizer. As Seddia Chaan, Scarlet is to meet with Cascaan and exchange credits for information, something she's done a million times before. The information, in this case, contains plans for the next generation of Star Destroyers, something that would certainly benefit the Rebellion should Scarlet succeed. Unfortunately, from the way the General is talking, he is feeling guilty about betraying the Empire, and, thanks to the arrival of Imperial Interrogator Nuuian Sulannis, Scarlet has little time to waste on Cascaan's feelings.
As Scarlet Hark is a main character in the next Star Wars novel, I decided to pay special attention to her characteristics. Is this someone I have met in the Star Wars Universe? Sure - after all, strong female heroines abound in this universe. But there are some differences in this character than others past. For one thing, as far as I can tell, Hark is not a Force user. Her style is polished on the outside, but a bit rough around the edges, as if she is used to handling things her way or not at all. There's a toughness about her that begs the reader to ask how she got that way. Perhaps we'll find out in the novel.
James S. A. Corey is a newcomer to me. I've never heard of him either in the Star Wars Expanded Universe or out. Thus far, I like his writing style and enjoyed the fact that Silver and Scarlet was told in the point of view of Scarlet Hark, giving the reader insight into her thought processes. I loved the artwork supplied by Joe Corroney and Brian Miller who assisted Corey in bringing this character to life.
Seems like Scarlet Hark could be an enjoyable addition to the Star Wars Expanded Universe. I can't wait to see what kind of mess she gets herself into in Honor Among Thieves.