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Book Wars Pod

Book Wars explores the Star Wars universe through its non-screen media: the canon novels, comics, and video games. Expect analysis on how all of these stories add to the movies we know and love, hosted by three big Star Wars nerds. Archived from iTunes at https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/book-wars-pod/id1244986098. Items in this collection are restricted.



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Jan 23, 2018 Chris Sedor; Kate Sedor; Kristen Sereci
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This week, we're discussing chapters 10-21 of fan-favorite LOST STARS by Claudia Gray -- starring surprise guest host @realbabybird! Join us as we talk about the strength and failure of propaganda in totalitarian governments, parallels between the characterizations of Thane Kyrell and Kanan Jarrus, and how Ciena's morals bump up against the Empire's goals. This podcast is NOT spoiler-free, and mentions plot points from: STAR WARS: BATTLEFRONT II: INFERNO SQUAD by Christie Golden (which we...
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Jan 19, 2018 Chris Sedor; Kate Sedor; Kristen Sereci
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In our second not-so-mini-episode on The Last Jedi, we provide our analysis of the latest Star Wars film. What does it mean for the Force to be in balance? What are we looking forward to as we finally read Phasma, Canto Bight, and Leia: Princess of Alderaan this year? And of course, what books do we want for 2018?! This podcast is NOT spoiler free, and includes plot points from Star Wars: Rebels and FROM A CERTAIN POINT OF VIEW, which we discussed in our episodes 28-32.
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Jan 16, 2018 Chris Sedor; Kate Sedor; Kristen Sereci
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At long last, we're starting one of our most-anticipated books, LOST STARS by Claudia Gray! This week, we're focusing on chapters 1-9 and discussing social structures on Jeleucan and in the Star Wars universe, personal relationships under a totalitarian government, and the morality of superweapons. This podcast is NOT spoiler-free, and includes references to: STAR WARS: BATTLEFRONT II: INFERNO SQUAD by Christie Golden (which we discussed in our episodes 20-23) THRAWN by Timothy Zahn (which we...
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Jan 11, 2018 Chris Sedor; Kate Sedor; Kristen Sereci
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In our third not-so-mini-episode, we finally share our reactions to The Last Jedi (and realize part of the way through recording that we'll have to save our analysis for a later episode, because we wound up having a lot of feelings!). What did we like? What didn't we like? How hard to we try to avoid wading into fandom controversies?! Find out in this special episode. We also discuss "The Last Jedi's Unexpected Star Wars Story Structure," a post from FANgirl Blog (not Rebel Grrrl, as...
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Jan 9, 2018 Chris Sedor; Kate Sedor; Kristen Sereci
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We're wrapping up our discussion of FROM A CERTAIN POINT OF VIEW, a collection of 40 stories related to A New Hope, this week! In our new episode, we discuss a lot of Rebel pilot feels, what it's like to be on the ground during a rebellion, and how the book opens new paths for storytelling in Star Wars. Also, in case you couldn't tell by the episode title, we are significantly more punchy than usual. This podcast is NOT spoiler-free, and mentions plot points from BLOODLINE by Claudia Gray...
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Jan 2, 2018 Chris Sedor; Kate Sedor; Kristen Sereci
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This week, we're discussing the last ten stories from FROM A CERTAIN POINT OF VIEW, a collection of 40 stories related to A New Hope, specifically "There Is Another" by Gary D. Schmidt through "Whills" by Tom Angleberger. What might have happened if Yoda had trained Leia instead of Luke? How have more recent Star Wars stories, including "Contingency Plan" by Alexander Freed, fleshed out Mon Mothma's character? In what ways does "Whills" play with our...
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Dec 29, 2017 Chris Sedor; Kate Sedor; Kristen Sereci
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In our second mini-episode, we're revisiting previous conversations about Saw Gerrera, a Rebel leader whose actions are polarizing both in the Star Wars universe and outside of it. Has he been given a fair shake by those who have written his character, especially in light of real-world activist movements? Have we been fair to him on the pod? Find out in this special episode! This episode was inspired by Beltway Banthas' recent interview with Annalise Ophelian, the director of Looking for...
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Dec 20, 2017 Chris Sedor; Kate Sedor; Kristen Sereci
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This week, we're continuing our read of FROM A CERTAIN POINT OF VIEW, a collection of 40 stories related to A New Hope, by looking at "Change of Heart" by Elizabeth Wein through "Time of Death" by Cavan Scott. We discuss what new information we learn about Imperials, characters we already know and love, and the weird side of the Force. Also, we recorded this the day before The Last Jedi premiered, so we're extra punchy. This podcast is NOT spoiler-free!
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Dec 12, 2017 Chris Sedor; Kate Sedor; Kristen Sereci
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We're continuing our journey through FROM A CERTAIN POINT OF VIEW, a collection of 40 stories related to A New Hope, by reading "Not for Nothing" through "An Incident Report." What do we learn about the galaxy's most infamous hive of scum and villainy? What does the book teach us about the meaning of "canon" in the Star Wars universe? Will Kristen ever get her Hondo moment?! All this and more in this week's episode! This podcast is NOT spoiler-free!
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Dec 5, 2017 Chris Sedor; Kate Sedor; Kristen Sereci
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It's Star Wars month! We're going back in time and starting FROM A CERTAIN POINT OF VIEW, a collection of 40 stories related to A New Hope. This week, we discuss the first ten stories, "Raymus" through "The Luckless Rodian," as we ponder: Why short stories? Whose tales did A New Hope leave behind? What would have happened if Qui-Gon had lived?! This podcast is NOT spoiler-free!
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Nov 28, 2017 Chris Sedor; Kate Sedor; Kristen Sereci
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We return to the world of comics with STAR WARS: SHOWDOWN ON THE SMUGGLER'S MOON (issues 8-12) by Jason Aaron and DARTH VADER: SHADOWS AND SECRETS (issues 7-12) by Kieron Gillen. We discuss how these issues dive deeply into the histories of and relationships between characters old and new, particularly Han Solo, Luke Skywalker, Doctor Aphra, and, of course, Darth Vader. This podcast is NOT spoiler-free and discusses plot points from "The Holocron Heist" arc of Star Wars: The Clone...
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Nov 21, 2017 Chris Sedor; Kate Sedor; Kristen Sereci
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This week, we're wrapping up our read of AHSOKA by E.K. Johnston by discussing all the important things: fridging in various media, how YA books are changing the game in publishing, and why the Bring Back The Clone Wars people need to chill. We also discuss the following extra-credit reading: "If Fiction Changes the World, It's Going to Be YA" "How Star Wars Authors Work with LucasFilm and Earn Creative Control" This podcast is NOT spoiler-free!
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Nov 14, 2017 Chris Sedor; Kate Sedor; Kristen Sereci
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We're reading the second half of AHSOKA by E.K. Johnston: What does it mean to be a Force user "in the middle"? How does Ahsoka become the person she is in Star Wars: Rebels? Why do all of Anakin's messes have terrible consequences for characters we love?! This podcast is NOT spoiler-free, and mentions plot points from episode 5.16 of Star Wars: The Clone Wars, "The Lawless."
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Nov 10, 2017 Chris Sedor; Kate Sedor; Kristen Sereci
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In honor of Book Wars Pod's six-month anniversary, the hosts are answering questions submitted by you! What are our most-anticipated upcoming books? What are our favorite fan theories? How much do we love Hamilton (spoiler alert: a whole lot)? Listen and find out! Thank you to the following wonderful folks who sent in questions on Twitter: @sixmoments, @AvengerAtHeart, @shannonjoy26, @tauntaun_dude, @celestialintent, and @averyktano. This podcast is NOT spoiler-free and includes fan...
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Nov 7, 2017 Chris Sedor; Kate Sedor; Kristen Sereci
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This week, we're starting AHSOKA by E.K. Johnston, the young adult novel about the fandom's favorite Togruta former Padawan. We discuss life after the Jedi Purge, Jedi concepts of family, and, of course, the galaxy far, far away that's full of farmers. This podcast is NOT spoiler free, and also mentions plot points from Star Wars: The Clone Wars and the Kanan comics (which we discussed in episode 19!).
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Oct 24, 2017 Chris Sedor; Kate Sedor; Kristen Sereci
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We're wrapping up our read of STAR WARS BATTLEFRONT II: INFERNO SQUAD by Christie Golden! How does Iden Versio's version of Imperial service compare to Eli Vanto from THRAWN by Timothy Zahn (which we discussed in episodes 10-13)? What are the challenges of writing a character who is new to the wider Star Wars audience, but had already been created for a video game? Did Kristen actually think of a favorite Easter egg for this episode? Plus, @realbabybird makes a special appearance! This podcast...
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Oct 17, 2017 Chris Sedor; Kate Sedor; Kristen Sereci
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We're discussing the last third of Christie Golden's STAR WARS BATTLEFRONT II: INFERNO SQUAD. This week, we're asking the hard questions: Between the evilness of the Empire and the ruthlessness of the Dreamers, which side is the "right" one? What does Star Wars teach us (and sometimes really not teach us) about parenting? Why is Iden important in the grand scheme of the franchise? And what's up with those guardian robots? This podcast is NOT spoiler free, and mentions details from:...
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Oct 10, 2017 Chris Sedor; Kate Sedor; Kristen Sereci
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We're continuing our journey through Christie Golden's STAR WARS BATTLEFRONT II: INFERNO SQUAD! What happens when loyalty to the Empire bumps up against family loyalty? What is it like to be something we've never seen in Star Wars--an undercover agent? And of course, we return to one of our favorite topics: What is up with Saw Gerrera? This episode also references Star Wars: The Clone Wars episodes 5.2-5.5, plot points from Star Wars: Rebels, REBEL RISING by Beth Revis (which we covered in...
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Oct 3, 2017 Chris Sedor; Kate Sedor; Kristen Sereci
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We're starting one of the most popular canon releases of 2017, STAR WARS BATTLEFRONT II: INFERNO SQUAD by Christie Golden. Meet the Empire's most elite cleanup team, find out more about life under the Emperor's totalitarian state, and delve into more recurring Star Wars themes with us. Plus, we finally have theme music! "Whiz Bang" is by Podington Bear. This episode also references Thrawn by Timothy Zahn (which we covered in episodes 10-14) and season 3 of Star Wars: Rebels, and is...
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Sep 26, 2017 Chris Sedor; Kate Sedor; Kristen Sereci
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We continue our run-up to the last season of Star Wars: Rebels by returning to the world of comics! STAR WARS: KANAN (THE LAST PADAWAN and FIRST BLOOD), written by Greg Weisman and pencilled by Pepe Larraz, recounts the Jedi past of Rebel leader Kanan Jarrus. What do the comics tell us about Kanan's journey? What do Kanan's former mentors tell us about the Jedi? How drunk did Kate get while recording this episode? All that and more this week! Plus, we touch on a bunch of extra-credit materials...
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Sep 19, 2017 Chris Sedor; Kate Sedor; Kristen Sereci
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We wrap up our read of A NEW DAWN by John Jackson Miller and discuss his short story, "BOTTLENECK," featured in the RISE OF THE EMPIRE compilation. What is the future of the Jedi Order? Where do we draw the line between the will of the Force and free will? Will Hondo ever be in a Star Wars novel? All that and more in this episode! Extra credit reading: Miller's production notes for A NEW DAWN and "BOTTLENECK." This episode mentions a ton of plot points from Star Wars:...
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Sep 12, 2017 Chris Sedor; Kate Sedor; Kristen Sereci
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This week, we're reading through the end of A NEW DAWN by John Jackson Miller: our introduction to Rae Sloane, the "New Imperial" generation, and name changes and trauma, two important Star Wars themes. Plus: Kate finally gets to do the Kanera screaming she's been threatening all along, as she argues that the novel is an essential part of the canon, and Kanan and Hera's character development. This episode mentions a ton of plot points from Star Wars: Rebels and is NOT spoiler-free!
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Sep 5, 2017 Chris Sedor; Kate Sedor; Kristen Sereci
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We continue our journey through A NEW DAWN by John Jackson Miller: inescapable Imperial corruption, shades of gray in current Star Wars heroism, and, of course, Kanan and Hera's growing partnership. This episode covers chapters 18-36, mentions a ton of plot points from Star Wars: Rebels, and is NOT spoiler-free!
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Aug 29, 2017 Chris Sedor; Kate Sedor; Kristen Sereci
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We're starting one of the new canon's most popular books, A NEW DAWN by John Jackson Miller. The novel features new villains, even more Imperial mining problems, and, most importantly, the story of how two now-beloved characters meet: Hera Syndulla and Kanan Jarrus. This episode covers chapters 1-17, mentions a ton of plot points from Star Wars: Rebels, and is NOT spoiler-free!
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Aug 22, 2017 Chris Sedor; Kate Sedor; Kristen Sereci
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We wrap up our reading of THRAWN by Timothy Zahn by taking a wide lens: the novel's unusual point of view, how the writing invites us to explore bias, the book's genre, and everyone's favorite bit: Easter eggs. This podcast covers some plot points from Star Wars: Rebels and is NOT spoiler-free!
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Aug 15, 2017 Chris Sedor; Kate Sedor; Kristen Sereci
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This week, we're finishing the last few chapters of Thrawn and taking a deep dive into the newly minted admiral's tactics, character development, and relationships with Nightswan, Eli, and Pryce. Plus, we speculate on the future of Star Wars expansion. This podcast covers chapters 23 through the end of the book, mentions plot points from season 3 of Star Wars Rebels, and is NOT spoiler-free!
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Aug 8, 2017 Chris Sedor; Kate Sedor; Kristen Sereci
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We head into the home stretch of THRAWN by Timothy Zahn: Eli's character arc and slow rise through the Imperial navy, Pryce's ascendancy to governor of Lothal, and how both serve as foils for Thrawn. Plus: What's day-to-day life like in the Evil Empire? This podcast covers chapters 15-22, mentions some plot points from season 3 of Star Wars Rebels, and is NOT spoiler-free!
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Aug 1, 2017 Chris Sedor; Kate Sedor; Kristen Sereci
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We continue our discussion of THRAWN by Timothy Zahn: Our favorite Chiss slowly comes into focus through the book's point of view, how he views others (and how others view him), and other super-fun literary meta, because Kate was feeling her English major oats during recording. This podcast covers chapters 8-14, mentions some plot points from season 3 of Star Wars Rebels, and is NOT spoiler-free!
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Jul 25, 2017 Chris Sedor; Kate Sedor; Kristen Sereci
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We dive into one of our most-anticipated Star Wars novels: Thrawn by Timothy Zahn. Tune in to find out more about the origins of this mysterious grand admiral and what his story adds to our views of the Empire and the far reaches of the galaxy, including Wild Space and the Unknown Regions. This podcast covers chapters 1-7, mentions some plot points from season 3 of Star Wars Rebels, and is NOT spoiler-free!
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Jul 18, 2017 Chris Sedor; Kate Sedor; Kristen Sereci
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It's our first foray into comics! We discuss Star Wars: SKYWALKER STRIKES by Jason Aaron and Darth Vader: VADER by Kieron Gillen. These volumes begin to fill the mysterious gap between A New Hope and Empire Strikes Back, showing us more of Luke, Leia, Han, Vader, and some new favorites, including the infamous Doctor Aphra. This episode covers issues 1-7 of the Star Wars comic and issues 1-6 of the Darth Vader comic (2015), and is NOT spoiler-free!
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Jul 11, 2017 Chris Sedor; Kate Sedor; Kristen Sereci
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We're wrapping up our discussion of BLOODLINE by Claudia Gray: how the book develops Leia's character, plus some listener questions! We're also talking about "SCORCHED," a short story about Greer by Delilah S. Dawson. This podcast is NOT spoiler-free!
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Jul 3, 2017 Chris Sedor; Kate Sedor; Kristen Sereci
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We continue our discussion of BLOODLINE by Claudia Gray: DADDY TALK, chosen versus inherited family, and the will of the Force. This episode covers chapters 24 to the end and is NOT spoiler-free!   This episode is dedicated to the late, great Boba Pett. He was a beloved hamster, our official mascot, and forever a Star Wars fan.
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Jun 27, 2017 Chris Sedor; Kate Sedor; Kristen Sereci
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We continue our discussion of BLOODLINE by Claudia Gray: Carise vs. Leia, history vs. myth, PTSD vs. everyone. This episode covers chapters 18-23 and is NOT spoiler-free!
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Jun 20, 2017 Chris Sedor; Kate Sedor; Kristen Sereci
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We continue our discussion of BLOODLINE by Claudia Gray: how Leia breaks the mold, her connection to the Force, and Ransolm Casterfo, our favorite fascist cinnamon roll. We also mention some plot details from Star Wars: Rebels episode 2.12, "A Princess on Lothal." This episode covers chapters 10-17 and is NOT spoiler-free!
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Jun 14, 2017 Chris Sedor; Kate Sedor; Kristen Sereci
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In this episode, we begin our discussion of BLOODLINE by Claudia Gray: Star Wars favorite Leia Organa in her older years, the state of the New Republic (womp womp), and of course, everyone's OTP, Han/Leia. We also drop some details about the Star Wars: Rebels episode "Ghosts of Geonosis" (3.12-13). We swear that information is somewhat related to BLOODLINE. This episode covers the first nine chapters of the book and is NOT spoiler free!
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Jun 6, 2017 Chris Sedor; Kate Sedor; Kristen Sereci
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We wrap up our read of REBEL RISING by talking about badass Star Wars women. author Beth Revis's amazing writing, and our next book: BLOODLINE by Claudia Gray. Extra reading we mention in this episode: "Mothers of the Rebellion" and "5 Behind-the-Scenes Details of Rebel Rising." We also discuss Star Wars: The Clone Wars, episodes 5.2-5.5 (the Onderon arc). This podcast contains spoilers for season 1 of Star Wars: Rebels, as well as REBEL RISING.
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Jun 1, 2017 Chris Sedor; Kate Sedor; Kristen Sereci
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In our second episode, we discuss the second half of Beth Revis's novel, REBEL RISING, a direct tie-in to Rogue One: the further development of Jyn's character arc, how it changes our viewing of Rogue One, and the unbearable sadness of Star Wars. This episode covers chapter 26 to the end and is NOT spoiler-free!
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May 31, 2017 Chris Sedor; Kate Sedor; Kristen Sereci
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In our very first episode, we discuss Beth Revis's novel, REBEL RISING, a direct tie-in to Rogue One: Jyn's character development, the arc of fan-favorite Saw Gerrera -- plus, what you can expect from future episodes of Book Wars. This episode covers chapters 1-25 and is NOT spoiler-free!