Tarkin by James Luceno

This week I’ve been dipping into canon Star Wars fiction to learn more about Moff Tarkin and his rise to power within the Empire.

Tarkin by James Luceno tells us how Wilhuff Tarken was taught to be a ruthless individual, which helped him rise through the Imperial ranks to eventually play a pivotal role in the development of the Death Star.

Moff Tarkin, of course, was first introduced to the world in the original 1977 Star Wars movie only to be (spoilers!) killed off when the Rebels successfully destroyed the Death Star.

He made another appearance in the brilliant Rogue One, although this time as a computer generated character.

Luceno’s novel fills in the gaps by telling us about Tarkin’s childhood and homeworld and how he became a trusted ally of the Emperor. Specifically, he and Darth Vader are sent on a mission together, which takes place shortly before the events of Rogue One during the construction of the Death Star. This mission reveals much about their relationship and forms the meatiest part of the book.

For me, this novel got off to a slow start; I wasn’t so interested in Tarkin’s childhood. However, the pace picks up when he and Darth Vader are paired up for a special mission and we get to see just how ruthless he can be.

It’s a real pleasure to get to spend more time with this character, who in my mind, is one of the strongest and most memorable of all Star Wars villains.

For the full story of Tarkin, watch this excellent video below on YouTube.

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