2019 Jul 26
The era of the Old Republic is a dark and dangerous time, as Jedi Knights valiantly battle the Sith Lords and their ruthless armies. But the Sith have disturbing plans—and none more so than the fulfilment of Darth Scabrous’s fanatical dream, which is about to become a nightmarish reality.
Unlike those other Jedi sidelined to the Agricultural Corps—young Jedi whose abilities have not proved up to snuff—Hestizo Trace possesses one extraordinary Force talent: a gift with plants. Suddenly her quiet existence among greenhouse and garden specimens is violently destroyed by the arrival of an emissary from Darth Scabrous. For the rare black orchid that she has nurtured and bonded with is the final ingredient in an ancient Sith formula that promises to grant Darth Scabrous his greatest desire.
But at the heart of the formula is a never-before-seen virus that’s worse than fatal—it doesn’t just kill, it transforms. Now the rotting, ravenous dead are rising, driven by a bloodthirsty hunger for all things living—and commanded by a Sith Master with an insatiable lust for power and the ultimate prize: immortality . . . no matter the cost.
With Zombie novels and films becoming somewhat of a clichéd sight in the industry, ‘Red Harvest’ is for all those Star Wars fans out there itching for a solid read in this extensive universe. Joe Schreiber’s first venture into this galaxy far, far away began with his novel ‘Deathtroopers’. Red Harvest is the prequel to that novel, which takes us back thousands of years to an ancient Sith academy combatting a zombie outbreak. It can be read as a standalone, however.
The interesting aspects of this book? Given that the Sith are capable of using the most dubious methods of advancing and getting what they want, these zombie victims definitely stray from your usual. Next up, is the gore. Schreiber is capable of harnessing the darkest parts of his imagination to pen the most horrific, grisly scenarios.
While readers will be on the edge of their seats with the fast pacing after the outbreak, the storyline doesn’t get too carried away with its zombie aspect- you’ll still be very much invested in Hestizo and her quest. Joe Schreiber’s Red Harvest is the perfect balance of survival horror and Star Wars and is definitely a must-read for fans out there.