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Ascension (Star Wars: Fate of the Jedi #8)

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The toppling of ruthless Natasi Daala has left a political vacuum on Coruscant and ignited a power struggle between opposing factions racing to claim control of the Galactic Alliance. Surrounded by hidden agendas, treacherous conspiracies, and covert Sith agents, th
Hardcover, 410 pages
Published August 9th 2011 by Random House Publishing Group (first published January 1st 2011)
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James Swenson
Oct 21, 2011 James Swenson rated it did not like it

It's sad to give this only one star.

I was born in 1977, just like Star Wars. I grew up with the Jedi, and I'm certainly not new to the universe of Star Wars novels. I loved the Thrawn stories, from Heir to the Empire through Vision of the Future, The Truce at Bakura, and Shadows of the Empire.
I liked the Rogue Squadron books, the Black Fleet Crisis trilogy by Michael P. Kube-McDowell; I even liked some things about Splinter of the Mind's Eye.

But Ascension is the eighth book in the Fate of the Je
Oct 17, 2011 Mike rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Jan 23, 2012 logankstewart rated it liked it
Ascension, the penultimate novel in the nine-volume Fate of the Jedi series, is one of the best in the series so far. After the events of the previous books, it feels like groundwork has finally been lain for major plot development. Daala is a fugitive. Luke and Ben are finally returning from their exile. Abeloth is MIA and extremely dangerous. Ben and Vestara are teenagers in love, even if they're on the opposite sides of the Force.

There's no way I can recommend this book as an introduction to
Aug 17, 2011 Mike rated it liked it
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Scott Johnson
I think Golden may be my least favorite author in this series. Her books have seemed forced and not organic. In particular, the ending seemed rushed, to say the least.

In the course of maybe 10 pages we had a surprise coup, a jailbreak necessary to avoid writing Leia into a corner she couldn't escape from, and a Sith-turned-Jedi turning back to the Sith. All were necessary to set up the continuation of conflict into the next book...but they just exploded onto the page with no subtlety. No tensio
Christopher Stilson
Aug 13, 2011 Christopher Stilson rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy, sci-fi, pulp
This series as a whole suffers from being in the unenviable position of having to cover events that are simultaneously new ground and ancient history. Thanks to the Legacy comics, we know that Jagged Fel and Jaina Solo will become Emperor and Empress and will command the services of a Jedi splinter order; we know that Ben Skywalker will have two sons, and that these children do not show any signs of being from a broken home in their adult life; we know that the Galactic Alliance is not consumed ...more
Oct 21, 2011 Don rated it it was ok
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mike andrews
Apr 05, 2016 mike andrews rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: star-wars
Possibly the best installment of the series so far. Luke makes a shocking decision for the Jedi Order and Vestara makes a life or death decision which may draw her away from the path to the Light. Leia also finds herself in a bind. Looking forward to the conclusion of this series.
Mar 02, 2016 Anchorpete rated it really liked it
Space Bureaucrats.
Space Politics.
Those words, strung together, can make many a star wars fan cringe. I have spent many enjoyable hours, listening to amateur critics rip into the prequels. The number one complaint they have about The Prequels is the focus on Politics. They usually use the words Trade Routes and Taxation, a lot when they are ripping into them. This bothers Star Wars fans even more than the Flat, standing in front of a green screen look the prequels have.
Unfortunately, Politics and
C.T. Phipps
Feb 20, 2016 C.T. Phipps rated it really liked it
Shelves: star-wars
Star Wars: Ascension is the penultimate novel in the Fate of the Jedi series. It follows the adventures of Luke Skywalker as he battles the Lovecraftian monster Abeloth, the Lost Tribe of the Sith, and rogue Supreme Chancellor Daala. The series has been a remarkable improvement over its predecessor, Legacy of the Force, but that's not saying much.

I think Ascension is worthwhile for fans invested in the Star Wars EU but it's likely to be incomprehensible to those not immersed in the setting. Th
Steven Shinder
May 13, 2014 Steven Shinder rated it it was amazing
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Mike Smith
Mar 20, 2014 Mike Smith rated it really liked it
Shelves: star-wars
If I think about it too much, I can find a lot of plot holes in this 8th of nine books in the Fate of the Jedi series. But despite this, I still enjoyed the characters and their changing relationships. The teenage Sith apprentice Vestara Khai has an interesting story arc. I also like the Wynn Dorvan character, who continues to just do what's right, instead of what is best for him personally. Luke Skywalker and crew spend a lot of time on wild goose chases; who knew there were so many dark-side p ...more
Dylan Gullberg
I can’t bring myself to describe how awesome the final act of this book is, leading up to what should be a fantastic conclusion to this, somewhat, misguided series. That being said, a score of 3 stars is warranted. The slow build up pays off but, like many of the volumes in this series, it’s filled with unnecessary fluff that tends to detract from the core plot. There were moments of brilliance throughout this volume, only to be overshadowed by moments of nauseating dialogue, witty banter and po ...more
Chad Bearden
Nov 02, 2014 Chad Bearden rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: star-wars-novels
Oh wow, Christie Golden is the worst.

To be clear, the “Fate of the Jedi” series has a lot of inherent flaws, so not everything can be laid at her feet, but Golden’s entire approach to writing exacerbates the problems to the point of making her three entries BY FAR the worst Star Wars EU novels ever published. The best thing you can say about Ascension is that when you finish it, you’ll probably never have to read another Christie Golden book ever again.

A lot of my issues with her writing can be
Nov 17, 2011 Jonathan rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sci-fi
Star Wars:Fate of the Jedi:Ascension
This book is part of the EU or Expanded Universe part of the Star Wars storyline. It was written by Christie Golden. This series of books in the Fate of the Jedi series takes place 40 years after A New Hope aka Star Wars aka Star Wars Episode IV. The books are written by different authors over the years since the Original Trilogy came out. Depending on who you ask will depend on if the books are considered canon or not. Meaning if it follows the timeline/stor
Michael Gill-Branion
Aug 28, 2013 Michael Gill-Branion rated it it was amazing

The rumor is the new Star Wars movie will be based on the "Fate of the Jedi" series of books. It makes sense when you consider the original cast is coming back older in their advanced roles as leaders of the Jedi Order, Galactic Alliance, and Seedy Underworld (Han Solo), but it will be a very hard task to pull off because so much has happened.

My guess is the new movie will have to pass off the mantle of Star Wars to a new generation of Jedi, Sith, and Scoundrels. Enter gentle Ben (Luke Skywa
May 19, 2012 Tyler rated it liked it
Shelves: star-wars
I liked this book a lot better than the previous one in the series. My only complain with Ascension was with the space battle. I was really excited to see a legitimate space battle because they have been seriously lacking in this series and when we finally get around to one I felt the battle scene was done poorly. The sense of time passage in the space battle was very awkward and the description was utterly detached from any emotion or conflict. The very essence of "telling" instead of "showing. ...more
As I foresaw reading «Conviction» (the previous book in the series), «Fate of the Jedi» really picked up! All stories coalesce into one sweeping arc, grand as an Odyssey — in fact, one of the grandest and more epic sagas I've read in the behemoth that is the Star Wars Expanded Universe.

Christie Golden brings (excuse my cheap pun) gold to the series, having written a complex, deep and rich story which lifts the bar a little higher in regard of what to expect from a Star Wars EU novel. As in my re
Dec 12, 2012 Lucinda rated it really liked it
A fantastic addition for any STAR WARS enthusiast and which complements the ‘Legacy of the Force’ series, by including popular characters!!

Having followed the journey from the very beginning when one looked at the world through the eyes of Anakin Skywalker and his master Obi Wan Kenobi, and learning the ways of the Jedi, this is now a turning point within the STAR WARS history. This is an additional nine-book story ARC for fans of the original series, the Dark Lords of the Sith, and which inclu
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Oct 25, 2011 Boaz rated it it was amazing
Star wars ascension By Christie Golden is the 8th book in the series. It picks up after conviction ended. A quick recap In the first book Luke Skywalker is banished from the galactic alliance because of the actions of his nephew, Jacen Solo who had turned to the dark side. His reign of terrorwas ended when his own sister killed him in a duel to the death. Three years later Luke Skywalker and his son Ben have been looking for cluess to Jacen's actions. Many lightyears away Tahiri Veila is undergo ...more
Aug 16, 2011 Sonny rated it it was amazing
Shelves: star-wars
Ascension, I felt revitalized the Fate of the Jedi series after the upsetting let down Conviction was. After an intense battle with Abeloth, Luke and Ben return to Coruscant and reunite with the Jedi Order. The reunion is short-lived as a hidden wars wages between various factions throughout the galaxy. Sith, Imperial, Abeloth, Jedi... with an unstable Galactic Government up for grabs, its anyones call on who will take the top. All the while, a young woman takes her first steps away from darknes ...more
Steve Melton
Oct 18, 2011 Steve Melton rated it liked it
A decent enough book, probably one of the better of the series. It mostly styas away from the constant pull of Star Wars novels to fall into cliche, as though people are still using the same catch phrases 30-40 years later...this novel has allowed growth while remaining true to the original characterizations.

The story was good, although it seemed to be mostly another transition novel. This series seems to be the worst at that, although more and more this is where the Star Wars novels have headed
Nia Dragin
Jun 05, 2013 Nia Dragin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Christie Golden does not disappoint yet again. Picking up from where the last book left off, Golden does exactly that, picks up the pace of a lagging storyline that seems to have spun out of the original intention of the novel. At least, that’s how it seems.

The interweaving of the plot lines taken by the various point of views of the Abeloth, the Sith, the Jedi ad the younglings coincide with one another to present a very layered novel. Vestara Khai, Sith
Jan 06, 2012 Nicholas rated it liked it
Shelves: star-wars
Okay, okay, Golden bashing aside, I think this marks a small, but noticeable step up for her. While I'm still cringing at her naming-sense and the awkward colloquial dialogue she crafts between beings living in a galaxy far, far away, I have to admit that the plot of Ascension certainly flows a lot more smoothly than her previous two entries in this series. How much of that is due to just better planning on the part of the team of writers and how much on her own initiative is still a bit of a my ...more
Nov 14, 2013 Matt rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good news, this series finally takes off and sets up nicely for the series finale. While much more interesting than most of the books in the series so far the main plot points are hard to buy into. Without trying to spoil to much; the transition of government that takes place, and the position Abeloth and the Lost Tribe end up in are not very believable. If you take into account the Star Wars Saga and how it took the Sith 1,000 years to take control of the galaxy, it makes this series look like ...more
Aug 17, 2011 Rex rated it liked it
Shelves: series, sf, ebook-epub
The Fate of the Jedi series has been pretty hit or miss in my opinion. This has resulted in me feeling that several of the books were only worthy of "it was ok" rating. "Ascension" is definitely the best book in the series. It left me wanting more! There were some very predictable twists and then some total surprises. My biggest disappointment in the book came in the actual size of the story which dropped my rating from "it was amazing" to "liked it." My ebook page counter displayed a total of 5 ...more
Oct 30, 2011 Russ rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed
This was by far Golden's strongest contribution to the series, and in general it was a move in the right direction for this series. I felt for the past couple books that the same plot kept repeating itself. Crazy Jedi, chasing Aboleth but not quite getting her, underexplained plot brewing involving Imperials, etc. It was like the stories were spinning their wheels and not going anywhere. Without getting into too much detail here, this book actually felt like it went somewhere new. This is the so ...more
Aug 21, 2011 James rated it liked it
overall, not bad, felt a little slow with all the set up in the early portions, but did pick up a nice pace and a few twists, though some were not as well hidden as attempted, yet clarity was never quite fully exposed until the end to know for sure what was hinted at.

The ending was likely to be expected in the long run of the series, and does leave an interesting story line for the series to eventually deal with, or perhaps to hang on into a new later series.

Time is the one thing that seemed od
Aug 27, 2013 Roy rated it liked it
This is the first book in the series that didn't seem to correspond correctly with previous books. For instance, the members of the triumvirate. If the author had said that the members had changed for whatever reaon, but it was made out like her version was the way it always was. Also, Luke seemed overly aggressive toward Vestara again during the first half of the book, not very Jedi like in my opinion. I was also dissappointed in Vestara's decision at the last. Yes, the way she defended Ben was ...more
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Award-winning author Christie Golden has written over thirty novels and several short stories in the fields of science fiction, fantasy and horror. She has over a million books in print.

2009 will see no fewer than three novels published. First out in late April will be a World of Warcraft novel, Athas: Rise of the Lich King. This is the first Warcraft novel to appear in hardcover. Fans of the youn
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