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Star Wars: Fate of the Jedi #8
by Christie Golden
Ebook, 382 Pages
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

 

So many different threads being woven. I feel like I’m on a rollercoaster. As soon as one crisis is over, another one IMMEDIATELY pops up and then whammo, time for our heroes to jump into action again.

I like Luke, Leia and Han and the host of the original characters. Some of the newer people are ok, ie, Jaina, Jag, Tahiri, but most of the characters seem to be there as props.

The Sith. What a joke. What a phracking joke! Where are the ysalamari [excuse the spelling]? Why aren’t they blanketing Coruscant? They are a HUGE tool to use against force users and you would think that the non-force users would have realized this by now.

Abeloth-it morphs once again into the perfect boogeyman for the writers to use without having to think very much. I am resigned to it sticking around to the end.

Overall, this series is my last I’m buying in the Starwars EU. While I enjoy parts and bits, the overall isn’t as fun or as good as say, Zahn, Stackpole or Allston.

Allies

Allies
Star Wars: Fate of the Jedi #5
Christie Golden
3 Stars
SF
Epub, 314 Pages

Luke and Ben make an uneasy alliance with some of the Sith to go after Aboleth, some sort of super powerful force using bogey-woman, Skywalkers to destroy her, Sith to use her. She just keeps switching bodies, so when it seems that Luke has her dead to rights, oops, nope, now she’s somebody else. While this is happening, Daala is losing it about the Jedi defying her control. Jaina and Jag break off their engagement. And all the insane jedi are now sane, since Abeloth isn’t exerting such control over them.

Enjoyable but nothing fantastic. Nothing spectacular about this book, but I didn’t choke on it like I have some other Star Wars books.

However, Abeloth feels like some sort of deus-ex-machina of a villian. Compared to the complexity of the Vong, I feel like shrugging and going “oh, another bad guy, next?”.

Omen

Omen
Star Wars: Fate of the Jedi #2
Christie Golden
3 Stars
272

Jysella Horn [Corin and Mirax’s daughter] goes nutso. More politic’ing between the Jedi and the GA. Luke and Ben trace Jacen’s path of travels. And Ship [the sith ship] finds the Sith World and starts training them. Opening things up for another fall of the Jedi and ascendancy of Sith. Kind of sad.