Title: The Mandalorian Armor
Author: K. W. Jeter
Page Count/Review Word Count: 408
K. W. Jeter’s contribution to Star Wars’ expanded universe tells the story of how notorious bounty hunter Boba Fett came by his iconic armour, meaning that this book covers the back story of one of the series’ most-loved characters in a way that nothing else has done before or since.
Unfortunately, since Disney bought the rights to Star Wars, all of the fantastic books that have been written for the expanded universe have been declared non-Canon, which means that they didn’t officially happen. That means that Disney can do what they want in the films, but it doesn’t have to agree with all of the other stuff that’s been written.
All that aside though, it really is a pleasure to learn more about Fett’s character, and if you didn’t think he was cool before then you will do by the time you reach the end of the book. The fun doesn’t stop there, either – this is the first book in a trilogy, a trilogy that I never got round to finishing. It’s not that I don’t think it’s worth it, it was just because there are so many Star Wars books on the market that you have to prioritise.
That said, one of the good things about this series is the fact that each of the books can also be read as standalones – I’m sure it’s better to read through them in order if you want to get a real look at Fett’s personality, but each book is like a snapshot. They each focus on a different story, and it’s only really when you put all three together that you get the full picture, or so I assume.
The writing is impressive, too – you might not expect it from a relatively unknown author, or as part of a long franchise of what are essentially a sort of movie adaptation. It’s truly absorbing, and the author’s interpretation of Fett’s character ties in pefectly with what we already know about him, which means that it’s never awkward or confusing, and that Fett never seems to act out of character.
Overall, if you’re a Star Wars fan then I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend this book – however, if you’re one of those weird people who has never seen the movies, you’re probably best off avoiding it. You crazy person, you.