Apocalypse (Star Wars: Fate of the Jedi #9)

6100859Apocalypse
Star Wars: Fate of the Jedi #9
Troy Denning
Ebook, 496 Pages
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

 

For such a drawn out series, with a whole planet of Sith and a being of almost immeasurable power, this just sizzled fizzled.

Abeloth never struck me as a good antagonist. It was over the top, silly and then completely beatable.

And then to find out it was all about wanting a family, a made up family? It was like someone took the worst Freudian example they could and stuck it in the Star Wars universe.

This series SHOULD have been about the Sith. And it wasn’t. and it was disappointing.

I think that sums up my feelings for this whole Fate of the Jedi: Disappointing. I had strong hopes from the first book, but then it all just went downhill.

12359474Ascension
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.

Conviction


Conviction
Star Wars: Fate of the Jedi #7
by Aaron Allston
Ebook, 367 Pages
My rating: 3 of 5 stars


I was tempted to give this book 4 stars, but then I realized it was because the previous books [by Denning and Golden] were so mediocre.However, Allston does a good job of writing an action novel here. I enjoyed almost every chapter.

My only gripe was when Boba Fett rescues Daala. It just didn’t seem to make sense. Mando’s rescuing her, I could see. She had sent them a lot of work recently. But Fett personally rescuing her just smacked of Name Dropping

The idea of Abeloth hasn’t gotten any more palatable. It is still a big made up boojum that is a dumb literary device employed by Lucas Books. I still think a WHOLE FRAKKING PLANET FULL of Sith is more than enough for a series of this length [but I’ve said that in earlier reviews, so I’ll try to not say it anymore]

Vortex

Vortex
Star Wars: Fate of the Jedi #6
Troy Denning
3 Stars
SF
Epub, 360 Pages

more chasing and fighting from the Skywalker/Sith/Aboleth group. And the jedi decide to take their future into their own hands instead of allowing Daala to do that for them. Sets things up for a huge confrontation, or even a total withdrawal of the jedi from the Galactic Alliance.

For a Denning Star Wars book, I actually really enjoyed this. So far, everything he has touched has rotted, but this was ok.

And it is about time the Jedi get pro-active, instead of serene [and dead]

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?”.

Crosscurrent

Crosscurrent
Paul Kemp
Star Wars
3 Stars
Epub, 214 Pages

the novel that is the immediate prequel to the Lost Tribe of the Sith short stories. A ship of sith blunders 5000 years from the past into the BY[Battle of Yavin] era and sets things up for later in the Fate of the Jedi series and probably some later series as well. Well written and I actually enjoyed reading about non-Skywalker characters. That doesn’t happen very often.

I thought this was a well done book for a non-Skywalker book. Nothing was spectacular, but I rather enjoyed reading the 5000BBY stuff and seeing how it tied into the Lost Tribe of the Sith short stories.
Didn’t care for the jedi guy though, came across as pathetic instead of sympathy inducing…

Backlash

Backlash
Star Wars: Fate of the Jedi #4
Aaron Allston
4 Stars
epub, 304 pages

I really enjoyed this book. It was a short adventure, with everyone going to Dathomir, and a confrontation with the Dark Sisters, but it was light and humorous. Several one liners just caused me to burst out laughing.

Allston can write good Star Wars stuff. Hoping the next book advances the plot a little more though.