June was a really good reading month, I managed to finish 12 books. They include 2 classic fiction books, 1 modern fiction book, and 9 graphic novels/comics.
Here is a short list of the books I read this month, along with excerpts from my reviews of them.
1. Foundation and Empire by Isaac Asimov – 1952
Foundation and Empire, the second installment in Isaac Asimov’s Foundation series, continues the epic narrative that explores the struggle for power, the cyclical nature of civilizations, and the impact of psychology. I enjoyed this installment more than I did the first, as it has a better structure making it easier to keep up with the massive plot.
This first volume focuses on the iconic character of Darth Vader, delving into his journey immediately after the events of “Revenge of the Sith” and exploring his transformation into the menacing figure we know from the original trilogy.
Legacy’s End continues the captivating journey of Darth Vader in the aftermath of the “Revenge of the Sith”. This volume explores the complex and ever-evolving character of Vader as he navigates the treacherous political landscape of the new Empire.
The Burning Seas takes readers on another thrilling adventure with the iconic Sith Lord, delving deeper into Darth Vader’s journey as he cements his place within the Empire. This volume offers a captivating narrative and visually stunning artwork.
Fortress Vader, the fourth volume of the series, takes readers on a dark and intense journey as Darth Vader seeks to solidify his power within the Empire and confront his past. The story begins with Darth Vader’s ambitious plan to construct his fortress on the planet Mustafar, the very place where he was born as the Sith Lord. This fortress serves as a symbol of his power and a stronghold from which he can further embrace the dark side of the Force.
And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie is a timeless masterpiece that continues to captivate readers with its ingenious plot, intriguing characters, and relentless suspense. Published in 1939, this classic murder mystery has stood the test of time, solidifying Agatha Christie’s position as the unrivaled queen of crime fiction.
The story unfolds on Soldier Island, a secluded piece of land off the Devon coast, where ten individuals with questionable pasts find themselves lured under mysterious circumstances. As they gather at the island’s luxurious mansion, they soon discover that their host is absent, leaving them in a state of unease. During their first dinner, a recording accuses each person of heinous crimes, and a haunting nursery rhyme serves as an eerie backdrop to their increasing paranoia.
Dark Heart of the Sith, the first volume in this series, takes readers on an enthralling journey into the depths of Darth Vader’s tumultuous life as a Sith Lord. This comic book series explores Vader’s struggle with his past, his allegiance to the dark side, and his relentless pursuit of power and redemption.
Into the Fire is the second volume in Greg Pak’s Darth Vader series. The events of this volume follow Darth Vader as he goes back to Mustafar for yet another trial by the Emperor, since Vader failed his master he must now start again. In this volume, Pak’s fully embraces Vader’s impressive strength and ability.
In War of the Bounty Hunters, the third volume in Greg Pak’s Darth Vader series, Vader is back to obeying his master and decides to use Luke’s friendships against him by going after Han Solo, hoping for another encounter with Skywalker Junior.
Crimson Reign is the fourth volume in Greg Pak’s Darth Vader series. In this volume we see Vader going on the offensive against Crimson Dawn with an obsession to bring order to the Empire.
The Shadow’s Shadow is the fifth volume in Greg Pak’s Darth Vader series. In this volume, Sabé, Padmé’s former handmaiden, learns about the truth of Vader’s identity. She then uses Padmé’s last words to ask for Vader’s help in bringing down a corrupt Imperial governor who’s in possession of a powerful and destructive weapon.
12. Ahsoka by E.K. Johnston – 2016
“Ahsoka” by E.K. Johnston is a captivating and thrilling addition to the Star Wars universe, offering fans of all ages a deeper understanding of one of the most beloved characters, Ahsoka Tano. Set right after the events of “Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith,” the novel follows Ahsoka’s journey as she navigates life after leaving the Jedi Order.