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Preview — Street of Shadows by Michael Reaves. Street of Shadows Star Wars: Coruscant Nights 2 by Michael Reaves. But one dtreet Knight continues to fight the good fight—against all odds and when all else fails.

Deep in the bowels of Coruscant, Jedi Nightz Pavan ekes out a living as a private investigator, a go-to, can-do guy for the downtrodden. Now a mysterious Zeltron knockout named Deejah approaches Jax with a case that needs to be cracked: Paperbackpages.

Coruscant Nights 2Star Sshadows Legends. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Street of Shadowsplease sign up. Lists with This Book. Mar 02, Jerry rated it really liked it. Rather, it’s very much Perry Mason meets space opera.

The whole premise may scream “cash cow,” but it actually works quite well. The writing was crisp and easy to read, the story was great, and it brough back memories of watching old-school television detectives such as Jessica Fletcher and Columbo.

So, if you like sci-fi and whodunits, you most likely will enjoy this.

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Jul 23, Crystal Starr Light rated it really liked it Shelves: Ves Volette, a Caamasi artist, has been murdered! Was it his partner, the gorgeous Dejah Duare? And can they solve the crime before Aurra Sing finds and kills Jax? This time around, Michael Reaves wrote his novel as a mystery, which is sort of the marketing “You’re being hunted by the best, Jax” After reading the first one, I realized I had no choice but to read number two!

This time around, Michael Reaves wrote his novel as a mystery, which is sort of the marketing for this series of the Star Wars Expanded Universe. And he does an okay job with it more later. What really stood out to me, however, was the further depth given to Laranth’s character.

She really gets fleshed out, from being stoic action girl, to a woman who is beginning to develop feelings for Jax I love how Reaves didn’t overwrite her feelings, how he kept it subtle and delicate.

Also, gotta give Reaves a hand for writing two characters not seen much in Star Wars novels: Captain Typho and Aurra Sing! While I didn’t much like his character, Typho was interesting to see and to see what happened to him! Aurra Sing was well done, a cold-blooded killer, yet also half-crazed. Lastly, Reaves knows how to finish off his novels with a bang!

Not only do you get the mystery wrapped up, but let’s also throw in a righteous battle between our heroes and Aurra Sing! I just didn’t enjoy this book as much as the first one.


I didn’t like Dejah Duare, the perfect, sexy Zeltron female who is, of course, always wearing nice, sexy clothes that make the guys eyes pop out introduced in the book gag me already. Jax was still an annoying character whom I wanted to throw across the room.

No one says what happens to Nick Rostu. The mystery was very so-so and not very interesting at all though who did it makes a nod at the mystery genre cliches and got me laughing! The pacing I felt was rather plodding. People just seem to float for pages on end, not really doing anything that seems all that important and just saying the same things over and over Typho’s quest for vengeance, how Aurra will bring in Jax, finding the murderer of Ves, etc. Star Wars invented language if anything.

Dejah is, of course, a gorgeous, beautiful, sexually appealing woman. This is mentioned frequently. Also, some of the denizens of Coruscant’s underworld could be interpreted as sexual. Ves Volette is murdered and while it isn’t gory, he still does die.

There are a few lightsaber battles, chase scenes It’s really hard to rate this book for me. I didn’t hate it, but I felt that it lacked something, that final quality that could have made it a sure thing for me.

I certainly don’t consider this a terrible book; I adored the subtle changes to Laranth and some discussion of droids and their “sentience”. But there were other parts, such as the weak mystery, that really make me second guess my rating. So, after much contemplation, I think it’s fair to rate it 4. Jan 05, Scott Rhee rated it liked it Shelves: On the Star Wars timeline, Pavan’s adventures take place after the terrible Purge, in which the Emperor has ordered all Jedi Knights hunted down and killed.

It is a dark time in the galaxy, as planets are forced to become enslaved by the Emperor’s iron-fisted rule or face death and destruction. Meanwhile, the Emperor’s second-in-command, the Sith Lord known as Darth Vader, has taken it upon himself to hunt down and kill the remaining Jedi survivors of the Purge.

Pavan has gone into hiding, but he’s hiding out on Coruscant, the capital city of the Empire. It’s there, he figures, that he can do the most good for the Resistance, helping to secretly shuttle out Rebel spies and those with knowledge and skills that would benefit the steadily-growing Resistance movement.

He also occasionally helps out those in need in the lower slum sections of Coruscant, for a fee. He does need to eat after all.

His most recent case is to solve the murder of a well-known Caamasi artist known as Ves Volette, whose beautiful light sculptures caused controversy due to the not-so-subtle anti-Empire feelings they evoked. Needless to say, there are plenty of suspects for Pavan to investigate.

Close to a hundred billion of them actually, not excluding Darth Vader or the Emperor himself. Reaves isn’t the best of writers, but he knows how to have fun with, and deftly blend, both genres. Aug 02, Ron rated it liked it Shelves: Good story, well told. Nice “What happened to Padme and Anakin Skywalker? Thought Typho got short shrift. Why didn’t they use whatever source Ves Volette used to obtain them for his light sculptures? Oct 31, Chad Bearden rated it liked it Shelves: Probably the most legitimate complaint about the first book in the “Coruscant Nights” series was the fact that it was marketed as Star Wars Noir, and then didn’t contain any actual noir.


Author Michael Reaves more than made up for this with a dynamic plot that was driven by interesting characterizations.

The second book, “Street of Shadows”, corrects the first mistake by featuring a more noirish murder mystery plot, but at the cost of the deft plotting the drove the first work. The result is a se Probably the most legitimate complaint about the first book in the “Coruscant Nights” series was the fact that it was marketed as Star Wars Noir, and then didn’t contain any actual noir.

The result is a second chapter in the series that manages to capture a similar tone to its predecesor, but ends up spinning its wheels solving a murder that holds only passing relevance to the story arcs of the novel’s main characters.

And while the novel is mostly well written, its also filled with what seems like a lot more redundant philosophizing than “Jedi Twilight” and a frustrating series of too-similar depictions of various parts of the Coruscant underworld. There are some positive things that carry over from the first novel. The characters themselves pop and the relationships are well defined.

Also, like the first novel, Reaves weaves together with Jax’s foruscant, two other plots following periphary characters that the author gets to flesh out into interesting people. This time around its the deceased Queen Amidala’s earnest bodyguard, Captain Typhoo, and the mysterious and borderline cliched bounty hunter, Aurra Sing.

It seems that a throughline for each novel in the series will be Darth Vader’s enigmatic pursuit of Jax Pavan, and the events of Typoo’s and Sing’s lives that bring them into Vader’s machinations are by far the most intersting part of the book. Jax Pavan and his gang are great characters, coruwcant their murder investigation is so ho-hum, the entire plot feels like a waste of shaodws perfectly good dramatis personae. To begin with, the murder itself has zero stakes for the overall storyline of Jax.

Most of the investigation consists of tracking down and interviewing suspects who have little to do with the mystery’s ultimate solution.

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And the solution itself seems plucked out of thin air, bourn on the shoulders of a deus ex machina just in the nick of time. Oh, and the story ends on the same exact note as the first novel: Reaves seems like he has a great handle on writing the Star Wars EU. He does not seem to have a handle of writing an engaging murder mystery. Ultimately, two thirds of “Street of Shadows” is an interesting character driven adventure story, that is interrupted by the other one third which is a banal murder mystery.

There are some big picture storylines that are advanced, just not an entire novel’s worth. I’m wondering if maybe “Coruscant Nights” might have worked better as a two novel series as opposed to three. Jan 15, DC rated it it was ok. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers.

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