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The Joiner King (Star Wars: Dark Nest #1)

3.34 of 5 stars 3.34  ·  rating details  ·  2,764 ratings  ·  35 reviews
After triumphing in Star Wars: The Unifying Force, the heroes of the New Jedi Order return in a dazzling new adventure!

Luke Skywalker is worried: A handful of Jedi Knights, including his nephew and niece, Jaina and Jacen Solo, have disappeared into the Unknown Regions in response to a strange cry for help that only they could hear. Now the alien Chiss have angrily lodged a
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Published July 26th 2005 by LucasBooks (first published January 1st 2005)
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When Jacen and Jaina Solo, and a group of other young Jedi Knights suddenly abandon their assignments and go to some mysterious part of the Unknown Regions, Luke Skywalker grows worried; these young Knights are answering a plea for help that it seems only they can sense in the Force.

Then, when the Chiss lodge formal complaints against these very Jedi becoming involved on the other side of a border dispute the Chiss are fighting, Luke finds a potential catastrophe on his hands. Accompanied by Han
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Better than average "further adventures" title, September 23, 2005

About my 3-star rating: I must admit to having read all of the Star Wars "expanded universe" adult novels, along with many of the children's and young adult books too. But just like someone who eats a lot of hamburgers, I can also recognize a good steak. Only the best of the Star Wars books would rate 4 stars from me, so this is not a cut in my book. I'd have to rate this title
Meh. Typical Star Wars novel, but far more convoluted. Denning creates a whole new species in the Unknown Regions, about the only place you can do that in the Star Wars Universe these days, that is a hive mind and in conflict with the Chiss Empire. The problem is that the Killik hive mind has been attracting young Jedi to join their cause, causing them to lose their identity in the process. Denning models the species behavior on modern psychological understandings of the conscious and unconsciou ...more
Megan Sanchez
Star Wars... with bugs. That's about what every other review says, and I will echo it here. This isn't the best Star Wars book I've ever read, nor is it the worst. But I'm not about to rush out for the rest of the trilogy.

I listened to this book as an audio book and, as usual, really enjoyed the production of the reading. Star Wars audiobooks have great sound effects, music and the readers tend to have a lot of fun with the voices. Unfortunately, the crashing sounds of some of the battles made
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Really? Ghent finds hidden files in R2-D2? And it's... really? I think I rubbed my forehead every time this came up. You'll understand.

Anyways, not really a fan of this book. I found that coming out of New Jedi Order that most of the characters here just don't seem "right"... Han is about the only person that seemed somewhat true to form. This is all just unfortunate because I really enjoyed Denning's "Star by Star" book in the NJO series (not perfect, not the best, but a strong contender and gr
I just read the last few chapters after not reading this for almost a year. I just wanted it done, so I could move on in the series. The parts I did read were ok, but I'm really hoping that the series gets better.
I wasn't overly impressed with this first installment. It lags and wanders and frankly, the entire story should've been limited to this one book.
The Killiks, a bug race in the Unknown Regions, call to the Jedi survivors of Myrkr. All but Tenel Ka answer the call.
Luke, Mara and Saba follow, with Han & Leia (and some new friends) trailing behind. They discover that Raynar Thul is alive, head Unu of the Killiks, the Taab Colony.

I remembered the trilogy as creepy, but it is a quick yet gradual change. To the individual, the change to hive mind is a slow process; to the outside (like the reader) it's quite quick, within maybe a week. It d
Crystal Starr Light
"Who else can we trust to wield our power? We must follow our own consciences."

Five years have passed since the war with the Yuuzhan Vong, and some of the younger generation of Jedi Knights, including Jaina and Jacen, have left for the Unknown Regions. They have been summoned by a strange new alien race--one that has the Chiss carefully protecting their borders. When Han, Luke, Leia, Mara, and Saba head out to find the young Jedi Knights, they learn that not everything is as it seems...and secre
The premise: ganked from After triumphing in Star Wars: The Unifying Force, the heroes of the New Jedi Order return in a dazzling new adventure!

Luke Skywalker is worried: A handful of Jedi Knights, including his nephew and niece, Jaina and Jacen Solo, have disappeared into the Unknown Regions in response to a strange cry for help that only they could hear. Now the alien Chiss have angrily lodged a formal complaint, accusing the missing Jedi of meddling in a border dispute between the Chi
Oct 08, 2013 Ripley rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Star Wars EU fans, fans wanting more out of there EU novels.
Star Wars: Dark Nest I- The Joiner King by Troy Denning. Five stars.
A surprisingly complex EU novel overshadowed by many in the fanbase.
Troy Denning earned task of writing the first post-New Jedi Order novel while preparing the groundwork for Legacy of the Force. In the large New Jedi Order-Legacy of the Force-Fate of the Jedi meta arc Dark Nest the short breather between parts one and two. The Joiner King is an accomplished first act in Del Rey’s most underrated series.
The Joiner King exami
I enjoyed this book, though it did have some problems. This book has more typo's than any Star Wars book I have read in years. It also seems like, the people in charge of the stories told the author. Hey Star Wars is grown up now, put in some swearing and the author made up his own swear words. This is a bit crazy to read because of all the weird swearing that has no precedent. They keep telling Ben they are bad words, but to us they have no meaning so they have no effect. The last one is Ethman ...more
An interesting post-Yuuzhan Vong story to start a trilogy, but is oftentimes muddled and lacks the punch needed to follow such an epic series.
This book started off a bit slow as the author worked his away through the introduction of a few new (minor) characters and of the new "bad guys", the Killiks. However, the ending (no spoilers) is fast paced and crackles with energy because you really aren't sure what is going to happen. While I did not figure one of the major characters was going to be killed (as Troy Denning has done before), there were sufficient twists and turns to make me push through the last 100 pages as fast as I have re ...more
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I cannot give this a star rating - in fairness - because the copy of this I ended up with was abridged, and I did not catch it until I was half through, so then I just let it run.
If you ever tried an abridgement, there are COUNTLESS inconsistencies that some jagoff editor decided was okay, and did/do not effect the overall story experience. In my opinion, they are WRONG.
The +/- half or so of the story that was there sounnded interesting, and if the holes were filled in I bet this would have been
Star Wars, with bugs. I'm pretty much a Star Wars nerd so I enjoyed these, but they were definitely a little outside the box. They were not my favorite. If you are a serious fan I would pick them up because the next series (Legacy of the Force) builds off of what happens here. If you are a casual fan, just find a summary on Wikipedia before moving on. Troy Denning, of course, is a wonderful author and everything here is well written, paced expertly, etc. I'm just not a fan of the story itself.
Good grief! Won’t farmboy, family and friends, ever get a chance to relax and have some fun? Troy Denning makes life miserable for Luke, Mara, Leia, Han and their kids. Bugs big and small, Dark Jedi, space dogfights, light saber duels, sexual tension, and two more books in the series to come. Included with this novel is Ylesia by Walter Jon Williams, a New Jedi Order short story previously released as an eBook.

Published in mass-market paperback by Del Rey.

Aside from the bugs grossing me out. The only reason I gave this book more than a 1 was because Ben Skywalker is hilarious--and I love the way they dealt with R2D2 and the whole "who is padme" mystery.

Other than that...I don't think i'm a fan. I've heard the second book is worse so we'll see.

After not reading a new Star Wars book in a year I'm not sure i'm sorry I stayed away....
Gary Varga
This was a return to a more familiar feel of classic Star Wars. The only problem, and a long running one it is too, is the lack of the Empire. No adversary since has provided the same Good Guys v Bad Guys clash giving an underdog to root for against a clearly malevolent enemy.

It is a return to more familiar ground but without the simple moral contest I feel it needs.

Fun, all the same.
This series took the New Jedi Order cast to an all to familiar level. I felt that the story was engaging, the characters well developed and the story line quick, but it fell into the same Starwars trap. While a New Jedi Order challenged the status quo and soared to new heights, this story failed to live up to the gigantic bar that its predecessor set.
meh. many confusing parts, dont like bugs...was hoping to read more about jag fel, because I thought he had more of a storyline in the dark nest series, but Im not sure I want to slog thru the other two books in this series.
Timothy Browning
I really like where the Star Wars series is going at this point (even though I am years behind where it is now. The moral dilemmas facing many of the characters are very relevant and often presented in really interesting ways.
I read this to be up to date on the Star Wars characters between The New Jedi Order and Legacy of the Force. Jaina and Zekk and Jacen are living with giant bugs who have telepathic links. It's sooooo weird.

I confess, this book got five stars due to my current Star Wars: The Old Republic obsession. Now the Alderaan storyline makes so much more sense. Also, hive minds, one of my favorite sf ploys.
Interesting follow-up to the too long New Jedi Order series. The Killiks are a bit frustrating sometimes, but Leia's turn to Jedi Academy makes up for that, she and Saba are such a good pair.
Tony Smith
I thought that The Joiner King was a great book to start off a trilogy with. Now I have started to read the second part.
A good continuation of the New Jedi Order series; the characters were true to their forms and seemed believable.
A decent Star Wars flick. Denning's strengths can be readily seen in his characters' strong dialogue and tense action.
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Mara: "She's an insect, Ben."
Ben: "So? Your best friend's a lizard."
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