The Emperor’s Hand

I’m in the middle of reading the first book in the Heir to the Empire trilogy and I’ve just come upon the first interaction between Mara Jade and Luke Skywalker. Where Luke discovers that she hates him quite a bit, but has no idea why.

This is a little odd for me, because I have previous knowledge of Mara Jade from discussions and my own information seeking. There was also a story about her in Tales From Jabba’s Palace, which gave me a little bit of information on why she should have certain feelings about Luke.

It’s also a little odd because I find myself wanting to scream at Luke something along the lines of ‘You ruined her life, you ignorant ass’. Which is odd for two reasons. 1:It’s a little bit day time soap opera for my liking 2: I’m not the “screaming at” sort. I don’t yell at movies, or television, or anything else, so why should I want to yell at a book?

I don’t know, but I do.

What makes it worse is that (and oh yes, do I ever know what level of geek I have entered now) Mara Jade had everything she could have wanted, possibly she aspired to something a little more, but before she could even get that ball in motion, Luke destroyed everything that she cared about. Took away everything that she thought made her special. AND HE DOESN’T EVEN KNOW.

I’m anxious to see if he finds out in this book, or if I have to wait until the next one. It is a trilogy, after all, so it could go either way. But oh, I can’t wait until he finds out. I hope she rips him a new one.


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