Weekend Rec: Star Wars: Phasma by Delilah S. Dawson


Cover detail from Star Wars: Phasma by Delilah S. Dawson

The weekend is here!

Like many of you, I try to use the weekend to catch up on reading. Therefore, every week, I will feature a paperback or ebook that is newly available — released during the week — for your reading enjoyment. A book I feel everyone should read.

For this Friday, I am choosing a hardcover though. Gasp, I know! But it is a rare Friday hardcover release — Star Wars: Phasma by Delilah S. Dawson.

Why should you read this book? In my view, it is an important Star Wars title, one that has far-reaching implications. Captain Phasma had limited screen time in The Force Awakens and that created a mystery that movie goers yearn to learn more about. And since she will undoubtedly play an important role in The Last Jedi, it might great to know more about her before seeing her on the silver screen again at year’s end.

But for me, recommending Star Wars: Phasma is even easier still. Delilah S. Dawson has been one of the best upcoming new authors in recent years. I have enjoyed her work so much that I even asked her to contribute to one of my anthologies — and loved every word of it. She brings Phasma’s story to life as few could and Lucasfilm and Del Rey Books couldn’t have chosen a better author for the job.

Don’t trust me though. Read the summary for Star Wars: Phasma by Delilah S. Dawson below:


Discover Captain Phasma’s mysterious history in this “Journey to Star Wars: The Last Jedi” novel.

One of the most cunning and merciless officers of the First Order, Captain Phasma commands the favor of her superiors, the respect of her peers, and the terror of her enemies. But for all her renown, Phasma remains as virtually unknown as the impassive expression on her gleaming chrome helmet. Now, an adversary is bent on unearthing her mysterious origins — and exposing a secret she guards as zealously and ruthlessly as she serves her masters.

Deep inside the Battlecruiser Absolution, a captured Resistance spy endures brutal interrogation at the hands of a crimson-armored stormtrooper — Cardinal. But the information he desires has nothing to do with the Resistance or its covert operations against the First Order.

What the mysterious stormtrooper wants is Phasma’s past — and with it whatever long-buried scandal, treachery, or private demons he can wield against the hated rival who threatens his own power and privilege in the ranks of the First Order. His prisoner has what Cardinal so desperately seeks, but she won’t surrender it easily. As she wages a painstaking war of wills with her captor, bargaining for her life in exchange for every precious revelation, the spellbinding chronicle of the inscrutable Phasma unfolds. But this knowledge may prove more than just dangerous once Cardinal possesses it — and once his adversary unleashes the full measure of her fury.

Star Wars: Phasma by Delilah S. Dawson gives insight into one of the most mysterious characters from The Force Awakens while leading up to December’s The Last Jedi. It published today, Friday, in fine bookstores!

And let’s face it. Reading Star Wars is fun. Read some fun this weekend!

A new recommendation next Friday!