Star Wars: Fate of the Jedi: Omen
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Star Wars: Fate of the Jedi: Omen (Star Wars: Fate of the Jedi #2)

3.75 of 5 stars 3.75  ·  rating details  ·  3,470 ratings  ·  126 reviews
The Jedi Order is in crisis. The late Jacen Solo’s shocking transformation into murderous Sith Lord Darth Caedus has cast a damning pall over those who wield the Force for good: Two Jedi Knights have succumbed to an inexplicable and dangerous psychosis, criminal charges have driven Luke Skywalker into self-imposed exile, and power-hungry Chief of State Natasi Daala is expl...more
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Published June 23rd 2009 by Random House Audio (first published January 1st 2009)
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Chad Bearden
Bleh. I don't even know where to start with this thing. Its a twaddling mess for a variety of reasons, and a depressing continuation of a downward trend in quality for the Star Wars EU over the last few entries. Below, I'll try to put my frustrations into words. There are some spoilers below, if such a threadbare plot is capable of being spoiled...

Okay then.

1. Christie Golden apparently had it in her head that she was writing a Young Adult novel for teenage girls. There are a few moments where t...more
Russ
Wow. I think that, in general, Star Wars books have been outstanding of late. The last series with Allston, Denning, and Cunningham was incredibly well written, even if I didn't always like the story line. The first book in this series, written by Allston, was really, really good. This book seemed horrible in comparison.

It is really short, which isn't necessarily a bad thing, but it suggests to me that the author, first time Star Wars writer Christie Golden, had trouble coming up with material w...more
Mike
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Nicholas
What a terrific disappointment from the first book in the series. This book feels like a placeholder in the story. There are minor developments, but other than that, seems like a direct derivation from the previous book by Aaron Allston. Plot-wise, there are almost no new developments beyond the introduction of some shadowy new villains. In that respect, all Golden manages is an introduction too. Other than that, everything pretty much goes on it's humdrum way. More Jedi fall to the mysterious i...more
Jesse Whitehead
I think only Barbara Hambly is able to write worse (much worse) Star Wars than this. Luke and Ben eat a lot gooey desserts and discuss nothing in great detail then have many grand adventures in a single paragraph that simply says they had many grand adventures. Han and Leia go to a stock show. That's it.

In 233 pages this book is full of nothing. It read like a cliff notes version, only less interesting. Most of the space that is there is full of inanity.

Star Wars has been on a decline since the...more
Steve
I thought that this book was good but, as of late, I feel a little cheated on the new SW series. It feels like I got a third of a book here. Right when it feels like you're going to get into the meat of the story you hit page 230 and it is over. I know that it is probably a publishing choice but I'd really rather have one decent length complete novel a year than the two or three nibbles that we've been getting.
Don
I liked this well enough, but in the end, it just kind of stops. I know that it's part 2 of whatever, but really, each part should have a beginning, middle and end. This was more like two weeks in the lives of each character.
Grave
I am not a fan of Golden's voice in this series. I found myself skipping her books throughout this series and relying on wookieepedia to fill in the blanks.
Lucas C
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Mike Smith
In this second book of the 9-book Star Wars: Fate of the Jedi series, the plot thickens, as they say. Luke Skywalker and his teenage son Ben continue their travels around the galaxy trying to retrace the route taken by Jacen Solo, a Jedi who turned to the Dark side of the Force in the Legacy of the Force series. Meanwhile, young Jedi continue to go psychotic, intensifying the tension between the Jedi Order and the Galactic Alliance government. Meanwhile, a self-aware Sith meditation sphere finds...more
Kevin G.
The second installment of "Star Wars Fate of the Jedi," titled "Omen," takes place 43.5 years after the Battle of the First Death Star and follows the adventures of Luke Skywalker and his sixteen-year old son Ben as they seek to discover the truth behind Jacen Solo's corruption and downfall. We also follow an intriguing storyline as more and more Jedi Knights fall victim to a mysterious psychosis, and Jedi Master and healer Cilghal becomes closer to discovering the source of the madness. Jaina S...more
Ali
The good: This book didn't make me angry at all, which definitely isn't always the case when it comes to Del Rey era Star Wars books. In fact, this book was cause for much squeeing over developments between certain favorite characters. And the Sith characters were very interesting as well--one could imagine their culture without them being painted as completely evil, heartless beings. The point of view character for the Sith sections was actually very sympathetic.

The bad(?): It's a very quick r...more
Erik Hansen
I'm being a little generous in giving this book four stars (as I tend to be). Not bad for Golden's freshman effort in the Star Wars universe, but it falls a little short of what I know she's capable of. It did feel a little tentative in places, as if she might have been hesitant to step on the stories Allston and Denning wanted to tell, but, given the tangled mess of plots that was the Legacy of the Force series, it is somewhat of a welcome reprieve.

One thing I feel she did do well was make Jain...more
Jean
The Star Wars EU novels are my own personal "chick lit", not because of the content, but because they are simple reads and pure escapism.

The story is the second of a nine book arc, the "Fate of the Jedi" series, and the first SW novel for author, Christie Golden. It basically continues the plot introductions set in motion by Aaron Allston in the first novel, "Outcast".

I'm catching up with this series, as I realize I'm a bit behind, but this way I don't have to wait months between installments....more
Marcelo
This book is slightly better than the previous one, «Outcast», enough to get me immediately interested in the following novels. This is my first Christie Golden, and I think she's fairly good.

In this chapter of the «Fate of the Jedi» series, there are three story arcs. The first being events of two years in the past (roughly by the end of the «Legacy of the Force» series), the second follows what I'd say it's the main story thread, the schisms between the Jedi Order and the Galactic Alliance and...more
Christopher
This is a solid entry in this new series of Star Wars, but it doesn't add too much to the story. It seems a little bit like a redux of the last one, Outcast, but with the introduction of the "Lost Tribe of the Sith," who are going to be the main villains in this series. This could have been a great novel if Golden had taken some time to flesh out some more about the culture and history of this Lost Tribe and developed the character of Vestara Khai, the main Sith the reader is introduced to. Sure...more
Mogsy (MMOGC)
Probably one of the better Star Wars books I've ever read, and no surprise, it's written by Christie Golden. Even though I find her writing can be a bit hokey sometimes, I'm generally a fan of hers.

And since this is a Star Wars novel, so I'm not going to come down hard. I have to say this was a good book for what it is, and for the most part I really enjoyed it. We're finally picking up some steam in this series, whereas the first book felt more like an intro.

I'm not going to lie; there were p...more
Adam Bourke
The first thing that I thought when I picked up 'Omen' was "Wow, This is thin." It's visibly shorter than the other two of the first three books, and of those in Legacy of the Force. But Quality is more important than Quantity and so I started reading (after all, there is another seven books after this one...).

And I have to say. I'm disappointed that there still isn't a plot. Not really. I could summarise it in maybe two or three sentences. There is nothing that really happens. Except for one sm...more
Jacen
Yeah. That was short. It just kind of smacked into me at page 236. I hadn't factored in the Abyss preview. I don't think this book is a tough call. Golden had a handle on the characters and rhythm of a SW book. It was lacking at least one subplot to lengthen the book. An ACTION driven plot perhaps? Han, Leia and and gang go to a petting zoo? I actually liked the short sequence but that's all they're given? Not that I want them galavanting to some moon having a (seemingly) irrelevant adventure as...more
Sonny
"I've been broken. I was broken by the Yuuzhan Vong. I broke when Anakin died. And again when I learned that I could see him again, in little moments. Every time you break, outside forces can shape you, and you can't do anything to stop them. No, I don't think it matters when Jacen became a Sith. I think it matters when he broke." -Tahiri Veila

Omen, the second installment of the Fate of the Jedi series brings with it a new voice for the EU of Star Wars. I was looking forward to see what Christie...more
Katherine
I'm still fairly new to the Expanded Universe, and I feel as though there's an awful lot of history that I'm missing out on by not having read any of the previous stories aside from Outcast and Dawn of the Jedi. That said, I think Golden does a good job with explaining the bits of history that are important so that anyone could easily pick up with Fate of the Jedi and not feel completely lost.

I liked Outcast well enough, but I liked Omen much more. I think I just preferred Golden's style of wri...more
Nicholas
A solid addition to this new arc of the Star Wars Expanded Universe, Omen's major contribution to the Fate of the Jedi series is to introduce the Lost Tribe of the Sith, potentially the new main villains of the series. Otherwise it follows well in the footsteps of Star Wars: Fate Of The Jedi: Outcast, advancing the established storylines apace. Goloden's work on Ben Skywalker as a character deserves a special mention because for the first time I actually cared about him rather than just caring a...more
Sarah
This is the second book in the Fate of the Jedi series and I'm really liking them so far. maybe it's because I don't have a history of reading the Star Wars EU books before. I've read some series books here and there but I'm trying to read all of them from the beginning of the timeline forward starting with this book: Path of Destruction. But we're not here for that book...

So, Omen.....as I said I liked it a lot. I liked the lost Sith tribe and the ideas that were developed from that, I liked th...more
Tom
(Don't read if you don't want spoilers) The story wasn't bad, but it was really short. Being a fan of Christie Golden's work from Star Trek, I was hoping for more of a bang with her foray into Star Wars. The storyline is already becoming predictable, with the Jedi Council looking pretty weak in dealing with the GA, Luke and Ben retracing Jacen Solo's path, insane Jedi Knights popping up everywhere, and and new Sith.

I would've liked to gotten to know some of these younger Jedi Knights like the H...more
logankstewart
Omen continues right where Outcast left off. Luke Skywalker and his son Ben are exiled from Coruscant, looking for clues at why Jacen subverted to the Dark Side and became Caedus. Meanwhile, back on Coruscant, something malevolent is happening in the Jedi Order. Something is striking seemingly random Jedi, causing them to see "fakes" of everyone--friends and family alike--and in their madness they are causing damage. Often, this damage is in a public situation, and this is not a good image for t...more
Patrick W
20 words or less: Mediocre Star Wars novel that takes no chances while slowly progressing the overall plot of Fate of the Jedi. [return][return]My Rating: 5/10 [return][return]Pros: Avoided mistakes of Legacy of the Force, no glaring continuity errors [return][return]Cons: Mostly a set-up novel, overly cutesy at times, poor execution of Luke/Ben subplot, weak page count. [return][return]The Review: If I were judging Omen by itself, I would give it a 3 or a 4. But Fate of the Jedi appears to be t...more
Heather
First of all, I must get this off of my chest - and it's slightly spoilerish: YESSSS! FINALLY! ENGAGEMENT!! :)



I really enjoyed this book. The addition of the Sith on Kesh was particularly intriguing, and I'm excited to see what comes of them, particularly Vestara, of course. The affliction of certain Jedi Knights is still quite a mystery, exciting and confusing and causing so much trouble for the Jedi. I feel so sorry for the Horns! I can't believe how fast the public is to turn on the Jedi when...more
Erika
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Lindsey
A satisfying second installment for the Fate of the Jedi series. Those who are apprehensive of a new author, have no fear; Golden handles the Star Wars universe well with deftly scripted dialog and good characterization. The book itself does come up somewhat short, as was evidenced by its less than 250 page length. It would have been improved by more elaborate internal conflicts. For instance, an explanation of how Ben Skywalker learns to flow walk and why this ability causes such strife between...more
uh8myzen
This is one of the first Star Wars EU books that I have ever read, and I have to say that I was pleasantly surprised.

Even though I am a huge fan of the movies and a few of the video games, I have avoided reading the books for years and only picked this one up while house sitting a friend's house and having only their kids books to read (came down to this or some young adult romance). As I read on, I actually found myself interested in the characters (especially the Sith) and genuinely curious ab...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...more
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