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A nine-book series where the Jedi are under suspicion from their allies and allied with their enemies, featuring Luke, Leia, Han, and the rest of the fans' favourite characters....

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Conviction Reviews

  • Donna
    2019-03-25 02:21

    This is the 7th book in the Fate of the Jedi series. I've completely enjoyed this series as a whole. I like the original characters and the detail given them. I liked the way they have grown up and have children of their own, who are also in this series. I find these books fun, including this one, but this one is the first one that is making this series feel long. There didn't seem to be any progression with this one. Everyone is still in the same boat and are no closer to resolution. I've already read the 8th one in this series, but I have the 9th one still to read, which is the last book in the series I look forward to that but for now, I'll table that one. I have some huge books to get through this month. Maybe in December I'll get to it.

  • Khurram
    2019-04-22 01:05

    Great book, excellent progress moving the series forward. Like all the books in the series I take this book as the sum of its parts. This book is very fast paced with plenty of action, mystery and intrigue to keep the book interesting. I like the idea of Luke playing things close to the vest to even Ban and Vestra do not know what he is up to.Since the last book when the Saba became acting Grand Master of the Jedi she has decided to take the fight to their enemies rather than waiting for them to react. How does this affect the plans of the other political conspirators? Injured but determined Luke follows Aboloth to another planet from his past, here he intends to make a final confrontation between them both. Leia, Han and Allena are dispatched to deal with the slave situation. The Sith also get a message of what happens when you mess with a member of the Solo family. There are also a couple of old favourites making guest appearances.A really enjoyable book, a lot faster paced than the other books. With many important ramifications. This book has something for every type of star wars fan. Can't wait to read the next book

  • Kimberly
    2019-03-24 01:11

    I'm tired of Abeloth. Let's move on. The characters are what keep me coming back to these stories, and they are the only thing keeping these books enjoyable. There are too many storylines, too many side characters to keep track of, and too much time between books to remember who has died and what kind of political maneuvering has gone on. And I refuse to re-read these just on principle. Also, I am sad about Callista. I loved her so dearly when she was first introduced, and I wish she could have had a better send off. *sigh*.

  • Mike
    2019-03-31 23:21

    "Conviction," the seventh book in the "Fate of the Jedi" series is another book by Aaron Allston I didn't loathe. It's not wonderful, but it's better than the last two books of his I read in this series. And that's quite a compliment coming from me.There weren't the jaw-droppingly shocking (shocking because it's just bad writing) reversals of plotlines in this the ones in Troy Denning's "Vortex." And Boba Fett shows up in "Conviction", even if he doesn't have a large role in the story. As is the usual in these books, the subplots clog up the book a lot of the time. Every book in this series could have been half (maybe two-thirds?) as long as it ended up to be. Filling up nine books requires a lot of padding when the stories are sometimes a bit slim. But what I will say is that the Jedi coup against Daala...which I expected to take up an entire novel...was handled well and did NOT take up an entire novel. The fact that the Jedi coup dovetailed with the evil conspiracy coup was a nice touch as well. Now both the good and the evil conspirators are working side by side to run the GA...except the Jedi don't know for sure that there were other conspirators.And the trial of Tahiri Veila is finally over, though her trials may just be beginning. I also liked the way her escape was predicated by Daala's escape. Because noble self-sacrifice is very noble, but it doesn't always make for interesting fiction. Tahiri Veila is more interesting on the run that she would be as a Jedi imprisoned or a symbol for people to rally around or destroy.The anti-slavery subplot is still going strong. Though it seems much more relevant because characters like Leia and Han Solo are becoming involved in it. The Sith keep popping up in this plotline, but they seem to have no actual interest in what's going on with the slaves or their rebellion. So it sometimes feels a bit artificial when Sith activity merges with the anti-slavery plots. Like when the Sith attacked the Fountain of the Hutt Ancients a few books back.Allana/Amelia and her pet nexu are still around to be cute and get in trouble for a good cause. The Sith seem to be getting the right idea about her destiny and want to stop it from happening.Luke and Ben (and now Vestara) seem to have renewed their journey of weird Force planets. This time, the planet is called something like Nummy Cheerios, home to sentient Force crystals and deadly Force parasite bugs that burrow beneath humanoid skin. Now they're not looking for why Jacen Solo went all Sith Lord, they're hunting Abeloth. Though Abeloth may have been why Jacen turned. Or maybe not. Either way, Luke's reinstatement as Grand Master after Daala is deposed becomes something of an afterthought. It's handled in a very matter of fact way. I never suspected that Luke would be prevented from returning to the position of Grand Master. I just thought there would be a bit more drama and gravitas to the development. I do appreciate that the tour of weird Force planets is less about learning lessons and appreciating diversity (though there is some of that with the sentient Force crystals) and more about not getting killed, eaten or infested. Much is written about Luke's previous journey to this depressing planet of killer bugs and thinking rocks. From what is said, I'm just as glad I never read about Luke's original journey to Nummy Cheerios. The Sith show up in the Abeloth hunting plotline for much better effect. They seem inextricably linked with the struggle to defeat/capture/destroy Abeloth. Though the Sith keep falling prey to Abeloth's lure and her promises of dark side power. You'd think they'd learn. But they are the bad guys. I guess not learning (and dying by the dozens) is their job.I would definitely wait for the paperback or the library book before reading this. It's not a bad book, but it's also not worth paying hardcover prices for. Don't ask me about eBooks. I'm not interested in those.Unlike the Yuuzhan Vong Star Wars books, I do want to see how this series turns out. The next two books will be coming soon.

  • Mike
    2019-03-23 06:13

    The 7th and latest volume of the Fate of the Jedi saga, Conviction, is here. This time it’s Aaron Allston at the helm and this time…it’s more of the same. First off let me start by saying that whoever wrote the back copy for this book should be summarily fired. I’ve never read a description that tries its hardest to spoil everything that happens in the novel and is, in many regards, patently misleading. Seriously, absolutely terrible job on that part. Furthermore, I’m sure I’ve said it before, that the publishing schedule is all sorts of bizarre for this series. When the final volume is published in April of 2012 this series will have been running for just under three years. For comparison sake Jim Butcher has been known to release a new book every 6 months, by himself. Apparently three authors writing a single series eight books long requires 3 years of writing. If I’m not mistaken I do believe that Allston has had some health issues over this time but I still found that the stop and start publishing schedule is a serious detriment to the series (books 1 to 3 were released every other month followed by a six-month break then two more books every other month then another 6 month break, from there things are a bit more irregular). While I’ve certainly enjoyed aspects of the series so far what is even more distressing is lack of much progress made in resolving any of these storylines. The broad focus on the different aspects of the series has stalled developments to a point where I suspect that this was initially multiple series that have been condensed into a single narrative. If you’ve read any of the other volumes in this series the structure and themes of this book might feel familiar.The Jedi and Daala circle each other with their teeth bared. Luke, Ben, and Vistara are hot on the trail of Aboleth who, surprise surprise, is busy preparing another ambush(es). Amelia Solo is as precious and adorable as ever. Yes, that’s a bit pithy but it is the same combination of things we’ve seen for the last couple of novels at least. There is no further exploration as to what Aboleth is, nor is her relationship to the scattered bits of ancient technology still even mentioned. Daala is still increasingly irrational and paranoid. The quest to determine what drove Jacen Solo to the Dark Side is abandoned and Force Teleportation is still resoundingly ignored. Despite being “cured” in the previous volume there are still the rather annoying deus ex machina of the mad Jedi running around. The more I’ve listened to this series the more I find the motivations, or at leas the actions, of either side in the Jedi/Daala conflict to be a bit bizarre. If both popular and senate approval of Daala’s actions was so low there has to have been some sort of official action that could have been taken rather than a coup. The Jedi show of force seems to me to play right into Daala’s fears.Griefing asside I did enjoy Conviction. I though Allston did a wonderful job in playing up Vistara’s growing doubts about her own beliefs and the comparison of her own upbringing to that of Ben was a nice touch. I was particularly fond of Vistara’s letters to her “fantasy dad” and it seemed to me a very teenage response to her emotional state. I also rather liked seeing the a bit of the tactical/calculating side of Luke and his minor confrontation with Abeloth this time out did offer a fair amount of the emotional closure for his character. Han, also gets a nice moment in the sun in the novel even managing to surprise his wife a bit. In the end Conviction was certainly an entertaining entry into the Fate of the Jedi series that actually offers some progress in many of the main plot points, even if it is less progress than I’d like. Marc Thompson is, as usual, top notch and the sound effects and music straight from LucasFilm once again create a wonderful immersive experience. Conviction is not an improvement over the previous volume in The Fate of Jedi Saga but it hopefully marks a turning point for some actual developments in terms of plot; especially given the fact there are only two more volumes left in the series.

  • Sheridan
    2019-04-09 03:15

    I liked it because it was Star Wars, not because it was all that super. Aaron Allston is one of my favorite Star Wars authors, and he doesn't disappoint. Unlike many others in this series, this one balanced the humor and drama very well. My main gripes are with the series itself. Abeloth is dumb, too big to have gone unnoticed for so long, and continues to make no sense after 7 books. I'm tired of the Allana secret identity stuff. I hate the lack of care the next generation is getting. Allston brings back many characters to use in battles that we rarely see, but no one else uses them. Taryn Zel, Zekk, Tyria Trainer, etc. are all fantastic but missing 99% of the time. Zekk's book even got cancelled!What I'd love: short stories, an anthology, a comic series, a one-shot, or anything featuring anyone OTHER than Luke, Leia, or Han. They're getting old, literally and figuratively, and repetitive. I do not look forward to the next book. Christine Golden has so much promise, and her last book in this series was terribly edited. I DO look forward to June 28, when the entire Del Rey and Bantam SW backlist is released digitally and I can have my X-Wing books any time I want. :D

  • Brian
    2019-04-09 23:22

    this book was clearly a placeholder in the series, repeating plotlines from the previous two books. I wish that Lucasbooks would stop planning these huge story-arc, nine novel series. They have tried to turn the success of the New Jedi Order into a template for huge sales, but none of the series that followed the Yuuzhan Vong storyline have deserved that treatment. Go back to plotting trilogies and the storytelling can get tighter and the plots more compelling...

  • Bill
    2019-04-18 02:30

    Not bad, but this is still a three book series being stretched out to nine books. We're finally moving towards a conclusion here, and this has less filler material than most of the others in this series.

  • logankstewart
    2019-03-22 01:21

    More exciting than the previous book, Conviction offers a better paced novel than we've seen in a while in the FotJ series. Still, this book suffers from the same problems the previous few books have, chiefly, it's practically the same book as the previous books, only with a new main planet of interest, a new villain/thing, and no new surprises.Well, to be honest, maybe one surprise, but not really. See, the publisher really dropped the ball with this one in their marketing. Normally I don't read the backs of books (or the inside dust jackets) unless I have no idea what to expect. But for some reason, I read this one, and lo, two FAT SPOILERS were there. Each of these things didn't happen until 2/3 of the way through the novel, and had I not read the dust jacket, they might have been more of a surprise. So fie on you, Mr. Publisher.As for the actual plot itself? Luke & Ben & Vestara are still chasing Abeloth across the galaxy, still hounded by Sith, and still invincible. The GA is still in turmoil between Chief of State and the Jedi Order. Slave rebellions are still cropping up. Blah blah, rinse, repeat. I'm not pleased with the droll repetition and I sincerely hope the next EU books do not go longer than a trilogy/duology. Nine is just ridiculous if there's nothing happening in them.I'll finish the series, but only cause I love the EU. Here's to hoping it returns to something better than this stuff.

  • DC
    2019-03-28 00:30

    The overwhelming number of ancillary characters in this book are a major distraction, and the prose is nowhere near Allston's usual standard. This, coupled with my general annoyance with the plot in this series made for the kind of book I was eager to get done with.The tale in terms of plot improved about half-way through the book (or at least as much as it could while still involving the ever-derivative Abeloth), and I was interested to see the end. Lack of follow up with Vestara was most unsatisfying. Substituting a scene with her and Ben rather than Gavar Khai would, I think, have been a better choice. Also the final action sequences were ramping up to be something special, and then... were quite anti-climatic.Still, towards the end, I felt a little thrill of "I'm looking forward to the next volume!" Until I remembered it's written by Christie Golden. Well. At least there will be no shortage of Vestara and Ben in the upcoming book. Sigh.When's that next Tim Zahn book released again?

  • Marcelo
    2019-04-16 06:18

    Another fine Star Wars book by Aaron Allston. This guy knows how to write a page-turner — this actually might have been the Star Wars book I've read the quickest.Nothing particularly stands out, another average book in the series, but «Conviction» keeps up the pace set by Troy Denning in the previous one, «Vortex».There isn't a lot I can say that wouldn't spoil things this far in the Fate of the Jedi series, so I'll keep it brief. Many story threads are finished in «Conviction», so we have something like a turn in the collective narrative of the GA versus Jedi Temple, Luke and Ben's Planet-hopping, the Lost Tribe advent in the galaxy, the mad jedi, and Tahiri's trial. I feel this series final two books are going to be very different than the previous six.Two little side notes: I'm not one for nitpicking, but I'm pretty sure Anji (Allana's pet nexu) had a restraint that impeded it from unsheathing its claws and even bitting with force enough to hurt (something it does in this book). Also, didn't Allana have her hair dyed black so her Hapen ascendancy wouldn't be so obvious?

  • Ithlilian
    2019-04-17 23:21

    Another decent installment in the series, though maybe one of my least favorite. Plots are progressing, Skywalkers are visiting new weird planets, trials are ending, governments transitioning, slaves rebelling, the usual. The hunt for Abeloth is still my least favorite part yet it seems like that is supposed to be the main focus. The strange force planet in this book didn't interest me at all really, which makes this one the weakest of all the books so far. I still care about the side stories and all the characters, but the central storyline needs to be kicked into high gear soon. Hopefully...

  • Luke
    2019-04-09 01:07

    As a Star Wars fan I liked this book, but overall I'm finding this series to be a little lacking. Perhaps more of a focus on the younger newer heros of the Star Wars universe rather than the constant trotting out of Luke, han, Leia and the rest. I feel there hasn't been a good Star Wars story arc since the Yuuzhan Vong series.

  • (Kevin Bayer)
    2019-04-01 04:08

    Not as boring as the previous books in the series. Starts out blah, but picks up about half-way through and becomes an okay book. This particular Star Wars series is just not that great. Too many characters to try to fit into each book. Seems like they should make stories that focus on a smaller group of characters.

  • Balkron
    2019-03-24 02:23

    1 Star - Horrible book, It was so bad I stopped reading it. I have not read the whole book and wont2 Star - Bad book, I forced myself to finish it and do NOT recommend. I can't believe I read it once3 Star - Average book, Was entertaining but nothing special. No plans to ever re-read4 Star - Good Book, Was a really good book and I would recommend. I am Likely to re-read this book5 Star - GREAT book, A great story and well written. I can't wait for the next book. I Will Re-Read this one or more times.Number of times read: 1The story of the new Jedi Order. This is around 40 years after the battle of the Death Star. I am reading this before I have read most of the books between the battle of the Death Star and when this book starts. This has caused me to not understand all of the references. I feel I should have waited on this.Characters - The characters classic Star Wars (Luke, Leia, Han, etc) and some new Jedi. The character development was not as detailed as I would have liked but it was adequate.Story - This is a continuation of Star Wars, if you like Star Wars then this story helps expand the story with a focus on the new Jedi Order. Overall - This is an average book. Nothing real special, but it is a Star Wars story and I am a Star Wars fan. So this is a have to read along with the other 100+ books.

  • Gina Guesby Mays
    2019-04-04 03:18

    It wasn't bad, but it was slow to get started. I know I should have read the other 6 books beforehand but this one was available to rent. I like the little granddaughter and I like that Leia and Han are still very active and fight, but so many different stories are going on and they don't sound like they are the main characters anymore. I will have to go back and read the first book in this series.

  • Tait Sougstad
    2019-04-11 22:12

    One of the better in this series. Still not a good book, if not graded on a curve, but the plot threads intermingled, characters developed a little, and nobody said anything like "noob" in the dialog.

  • Ken Weeks
    2019-03-22 04:13

    Enjoyed it. The series has been great. Can't wait to finish the other two books.

  • David Barney
    2019-03-26 04:06

    I liked how this book played out. It was good.

  • Matt Mckenzie
    2019-04-06 06:08

    Started to tie up some loose ends and made me want to go back and read some of the older books. Just wasn't the best book out of the series so far.

  • Nicholas
    2019-03-27 06:04

    I feel like the books in this series are following a cycle. Golden develops the Sith, showing where they came from, their homeworld, their history and develops the love interest between Ben and Vestara, Denning deals with the epic showdowns with Abeloth and between the Sith and Jedi, and Allston mainly develops the political changes that are happening inside the Galactic Alliance. I guess this sort of thing is inescapable, each author has their own interests and strengths, but it's becoming altogether thoroughly predictable. What surprises there are in this series feel the result of bungled attempts to develop a sense of shock by bringing things from way out of left field that feel like they have no place in the story or the legitimate development of plot at all. Some authors are better than others at weaving the fabric of events together across the entire galaxy, but it feels more and more as this series winds down that the better author is doing clean-up from the mess created by the others. It's hard to say what each individual author is attempting to achieve within each individual story. Rather, new plot elements are introduced and layers are added with no real satisfying resolution of what came before. Conviction succeeds, in part, because it does start to resolve some of the things that have been brewing in the story for the past six books, and does so in ways that are intriguing and, like all good narrative, leaves potential for further conflict and new direction. A good example of this is Allston's resolution of the split between the GA government under Daala and the Jedi Order. The slave rebellion backdrop finally pays off and provides a believable and legitimate excuse for a Jedi coup, and the political intrigue on the part of all factions involved is intricate and sufficiently elaborate to draw this novel above the soap-opera-esque nature of the series so far. The moral and ethical questions raised by a peacekeeping order seizing government power by force with the intention of righting things is a timeless historical one and doesn't come off as cliche (although perhaps that's my own nerdy political bias). I do have to say however, that Daala's descent into dictatorship seems rather abrupt and unbelievable, and there's been no consistent characterization of her throughout the series. In some novels, she appears an embattled politician genuinely trying to manage an impossible political situation and restore some semblance of order and balance to a diverse and war-torn galaxy. In others, she appears callous; devoted to order at the expense of liberty and as concerned with obedience as a totalitarian dictator. While her spat with the Jedi leads to some believable extremes in her attempts to rein them in, her other political divergences seem much less believable. Anyway, the radically different characterizations confuse the reader. You don't know whether to feel sorry for her or despise her. I'm all for gray areas, but there seems no believable regression of character - just boom, Daala's an evil dictator the likes of Palpatine. Attempts to humanize her fall flat and feel disingenuous and it does no justice to the character's potential. These political developments hold the most interest for me as the story progresses. The more "thrilling" and "exciting" developments with Abeloth seem more and more contrived. I just don't see why it's important to keep that part of the story going any more. The mysterious Jedi illness is no longer a mystery and Abeloth's intentions remain unclear and the Sith seem like petty and incompetent wanna-be tyrants - and I think that's the point. Not one of the adversaries introduced in this series, whether it be Daala, Abeloth or the Sith, have a plausible or well-developed motivation for any of their actions. Galactic domination? Sure; why not? There's no personal motivation for the reader to identify with or even understand and so their actions seem incredible, a series of motions that typical bad guys go through. The problem is, even casual, non-analytic readers can't help but think, "Why?" and it's just distracting. Since the announcement of the ending of this series, I can't help but think that the novels leading up to it are nothing but filler - that the resolution the authors intended is already there and they're just milking it to get to that point. It's the drawback of these long, extended story arcs and I wish they'd get back to standalone novels or trilogies by single authors.

  • David Collier
    2019-04-14 22:27

    The series is still going strong with this one. These are written very well if you love the Star Wars Universe.

  • Darren Vincent
    2019-03-26 02:17

    Started out pretty good but ended on a mediocre note.More than halfway through the book and I thought to myself that I was glad that the Sith hadn't shown up, only for them to make an appearance toward the end. The Sith are a great enemy for the Jedi, but I am just not really connecting with this Lost Tribe. Apart from Vestara, I find the entire band of them to be very bland and generic and they do not feel threatening. Plus, for a band of people who have been isolated for so long, they seem to have really taken to astro-navigation and familiarness with a host of technology that they have not had any experience with. This has been throughout the entire series, so I don't really fault this author. But I can fault Allston for trying to make me believe that despite being isolated for so long that they have already managed to secure two very rare and inexpensive spy-crafts. I know it moves the story along, but there just doesn't seem to be a broad enough learning curve for the amount that they have mastered.And we once again have to deal with Luke's bum knee. See an earlier review of the series for more on my take on the cop-out that is Luke's knee. And while I am on this rant, let me tell you how much I don't care for 'Grand' Master. It just doesn't feel very Jedi, Old Republic or New. They have explained it well enough, but it just seems a bit to arrogant a title for what is supposed to be the greatest of Jedi, which one would think would have the greatest control over ego.The plots that I did gravitate to the most were the ones that were relegated to the back burner. I really enjoyed Tahiri's plight of doing the right thing while being convicted of wrong while she thought she was in the right. I liked the ousting of Dalaa and her seeming descent back into imperialism and her relationship with Boba Fett and the Mandalorians. I think that keeping them relevant will pay off huge dividends in future books.Okay. Other than the items listed above, it was still a good book. There just wasn't anything outstanding to raise it to the next level or warrant another star. I am anticipating reading the next in the series because I am a Star Wars fan more than I was a fan of this particular book.

  • Jaime Krause
    2019-04-19 05:11

    This is a 3.5-star book rounded up to 4. It's a bit boring and highly annoying with Callista, but that's not the fault of Allston. And a lot DOES go on here that is important and interesting. Tahiri's treatment in the correctional facility and then the results of her trial make me sick. I hate that such things happen, even in real life. I don't understand loathing someone to the point where you actively work towards their death.She and Eramuth make a fantastic team.The eventual take-down of Daala was wonderful.Boba Fett had no business being there though.I forgot pretty much everything about Nam Chorus. And, of course, everything is linked to Callista. Stupid body-snatcher. And now she's been snatched by another and it's all a convoluted piece of stupid. I said this in a previous review, but this constant harping on Luke's previous girlfriends is tiring.It's also exhausting that Abeloth escapes yet again. It's to the point of ridiculousness.The Klatooine subplot was quite dull, save for the fact that someone recognized the link between Tenel Ka and Amelia/Allana. It's not that difficult! So it's about time it's happened.I friggin love seeing more focus on the Jedi Knights. Seha, Valin, Jysella, and others. Seha goes on a date. Jaina and Jag come to a compromise. Allana learns her own strengths and how to justify her actions, while weighing her choice. There is a lot of movement for the future of the Jedi, and it's phenomenal.The Yuuzhan Vong were represented in SOME way, which is more than what DNT and LOTF gave us.Ben and Vestara work well as a team.The actions of love and forgiveness speak louder than words. <3The bad:- Topato soup- The statement that tsils aren't human. Um...neither are most of the galaxy's sentient species. There is a large difference between human and sentient, one that Allston should have known.- 3PO saying that he couldn't sit

  • Matt
    2019-04-02 01:20

    Took me awhile to finish this one. It was actually interesting towards the end of the book, but it just took awhile to get there. The outcome of the Luke/Ben/Vestara mission was very unsatisfactory considering how much of the book was spent setting up this major plot point. The book even points this out.This book did contain some important character resolutions and appearances for this series and for the EU in general. Daala and Tahiri both find themselves in very different positions compared to where they were at the beginning of this series. We get an appearance from Boba Fett, or do we? Oh yeah we do, but Boba is playing politics now and has to wear fake costumes and such. After the Legacy series he really did not need to come back. Callista makes an important appearance in this novel as well.Of the three authors of this series, Aaron Allston always does the best. Allston does well writing characters like C-3PO and Allana in this book, something other authors seem to have trouble doing. He avoids writing Allana into another kidnapping scenario and shows her following her destiny that was foreshadowed in the last series. While she played an important role that showed her potential as a powerful force user it would have been good to see her stand on her own a little more, and not have to have others lend a helping hand.I must have missed what happened to Vestara after the final confrontation, but I suppose you find out in the next book. I would rather find out what happened to her at the end of this book than Tahiri.

  • Patrick Hayes
    2019-04-16 06:22

    The third to last book in the Fate of the Jedi series has a lot of scenes milked in the middle to get to the cream at the end. Luke, Ben, and Vestara are still on the trail of Abeloth and chase her to a planet that makes Tatoonie seem glamorous. It takes an unbelievably long time for anything to happen there and this was a major part of the book that could have been shortened. Too much time goes into travelling between distances. Not much lovey-dovey between Ben and Vestara, unlike in the previous book, though could Vestara be turning?The Jedi finally decided to take out Chief of State Natasi Daala which, naturally has some fallout for everyone. This was long overdue and I enjoyed everything that related to this plot point. And just when you think her storyline is over, a cult favorite character enters the picture and really screws things up for the good guys.The verdict finally rolls in on Jedi on trial Tahiri. I can't say I was too surprised at the results, but I was surprised at how her fate tied in (so neatly!) to Daala's fate.Leia, Han, and Allana, plus the droids, go to Klatooine, which has become a major issue for the Republic, and the youngest member of the group gets some nice intrigue. In fact, Leia and Han come off the best in this book, as they're finally doing something and acting like married couple. It was really nice to see them have somethings to laugh about. I was bummed Luke and Ben were the weakest portion of this novel, but hopefully the next book, Ascension, will have Luke living up to his Grand Master status.

  • Aaron
    2019-04-11 06:22

    For some reason, I didn't care for the Legacy of the Force stuff. While there were some good elements, the whole Jacen as Darth Caedus (cool name by the way) seemed just a repeat of well...everything that Palpatine did in the original movies and prequels. It's yet another rise of the sith story. Honestly, that's pretty much all we get with Star Wars these days.With the Fate of the Jedi story arc, while not all that different from previous arcs, I don't seem to have the same feelings. Maybe it's the writing, maybe it's the subplots built into the arc, I'm not sure. But for some reason I'm finding this series pretty enjoyable. There is of course a rising tide of Sith working into a hostile take over of the galaxy. But the subplot about Chief Daala going paranoid and overbearing is intriguing. So is the trial and sentencing of Tahiri.Jaina and Jag are basically Ross and Rachel from "Friends" but somehow their problems seem more real than the petty mistakes from that sitcom. There are plenty of new(ish)characters to keep it fresh while at the same time allowing us to walk along with the characters we love.However, if they can't catch this silly Abeloth person in the next book, I'll have lost all faith in the effectiveness of the Jedi. Abeloth is probably the weakest (and most central) part of the whole series. She seems like a last minute idea meant to keep the books going. But then again, I'm not really sure I could have come up with one novel much less a series, so mine is the opinion of the consumer.Still, I enjoy this series over all.

  • Robb
    2019-04-01 22:05

    Spoilers. Spoilers. As the 7th book of a series I will need to remember what is going on for the next book. Luke, Ben and Vestara follow Abeloth to Nam Chorios where she takes over a force sensitive planet. Luke is able to further weaken the ancient being by removing the essence of his former girlfriend Callista from Abeloth. The planet of Sith also follow Luke and company to the planet in hopes of capturing the Jedi Grand Master, but are surprised by the Jedi. Fleeing in defeat Abeloth contacts Vestara's father to try and join forces to eliminate Luke and other Jedi. On Corsucant, Chief Daala has been overthrown by the Jedi moments before a group led by Moff Lecersen and Senator Treen sought her disposition as well. Now a triumvirate lead the alliance made up of Saba, Senator Treen, & General Jaxton. (the Jedi and the military). As part of the overthrow of Daala Luke is allowed to return to Corsucant as Grand Master of the Jedi. Daala was then sent to maximum security prison only to escape with the help of Boba Fett; in the process convicted murderer Jedi Tahiri also escapes the prison. Han and Leia fly to Klatooine to negotiate a slave revolt to become legitimately recognized as free. While there, the Sith make an attempt on Tenel Ka, Queen of Hapes, life (who is there as part of the negotiating team for the Alliance) only to be thwarted by Amelia /Allana her daughter........

  • Steven Shinder
    2019-04-21 02:06

    The plot thread of the political changes on Klatooine that began in Allston's previous entry, Backlash, is picked up again in this novel. Allana also gets to see her mother, Tenel Ka Djo, who has not appeared in the novels since Invincible, the final entry in the Legacy of the Force novel series. It was great seeing them interact with one another, especially when Allana's mother told her daughter how complicated love was, alluding to the love between her and the late Jacen Solo. Allana has dreams about a "fiery man" killing her mother. When she finds out that the man is actually C-3PO, this invokes fear in readers who know that C-3PO has not appeared alongside R2-D2 in the Legacy comics. I for one was not sure whether he would live or die. Thankfully, the bomb within him is deactivated.There is another return in the form of Boba Fett, whose previous appearance was also in Invincible. As he aids Daala in a clever way, Tahiri Veila, who has been found guilty of the murder of Pellaeon, escapes and becomes a homeless fugitive.Meanwhile, Luke, Ben, and Vestara continue their quest to destroy Abeloth. Luke learns a technique that allows him to separate Callista's soul from Abeloth, finally giving her an overdue peaceful death. The Sith and the Jedi arrive to attempt to stop Abeloth, but Abeloth gets away and proposes an alliance with the Sith against Luke Skywalker.Overall, same plot threads, but progress is made.

  • Shane Amazon
    2019-03-31 06:32

    After the events in Omen it was pretty clear that the storyline that had the Jedi going insane from an unknown evil-doer was going to be a reoccurring theme, but the fact that almost every other plot point was going to be rehashed is what really drags this series down. Over the last few books we watched as Tahiri was put on trial, and now that that storyline is beginning to wrap up Allston, and the Del Rey powers that be, have decided to not only introduce another legal trial into the mix but two. Even though these trails are short and don't fully progress to the extent of Tahiri's the repetitiveness is mind-numbing. But it doesn't stop there, there is also the fact that crazy Jedi theme returns and after the last holo-reporter was slain in the course of her duties we're introduced to another. In this book too, Abeloth once again takes over a group of Force users to fight Luke only to once again slip through his clutches.....yawn.In nearly three-hundred and fifty pages there was only two storylines that caught my interest, one being Tahiri's trial and one being Daala's fight to hold power in the GA; both stories that were too short and treat with little regard to the readers that became invested in the tales.For the most part the book is completely forgettable as a lot happens but the plot goes nowhere and the events have a dendency to drown each other out.