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

3.40  ·  Rating Details  ·  3,437 Ratings  ·  46 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
Paperback, 434 pages
Published July 26th 2005 by Del Rey (first published January 1st 2005)
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Scott Rhee
The war with the Yuuzhan Vong is over. The galaxy is in ruins. Planets once teeming with life are radioactive wastelands. Survivors all across the galaxy are gradually picking up the pieces of a shattered life. The Galactic Alliance, with the help of the New Jedi Order, is trying to stabilize the galaxy and keep the peace. Pockets of lawlessness are inevitable.

When several young Jedi Knights disappear to answer a message of distress in the Force, Master Luke Skywalker, his wife, Mara Jade, and H
Stephanie "Jedigal"
Dec 04, 2007 Stephanie "Jedigal" rated it liked it
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful:
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
Jun 06, 2011 Michael rated it liked it
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
Megan Sanchez
Feb 22, 2012 Megan Sanchez rated it it was ok
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
Jun 28, 2010 Marcus rated it it was ok
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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.
Oct 20, 2008 Nicholas rated it it was ok
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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
Katrin von Martin
Jun 18, 2015 Katrin von Martin rated it it was amazing
As I started reading this, I couldn't help but wonder what else could possibly happen to the galaxy after the Yuuzhan Vong War. So far, the previous series contained one of the weirdest and most impacting invasions the Star Wars galaxy has ever could the writers possibly top that? While maybe not topping the Yuuzhan Vong invasion, The Joiner King definitely introduces and interesting new conflict with a new brand of villain while still successfully tying the story in to the St ...more
Matthew Ashby
May 06, 2015 Matthew Ashby rated it it was ok
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We go from a 19-book series about a weird new alien race that can take on the Jedi to...a new series about a weird new alien race that can take on the Jedi. Well, to be fair, these aliens do feel truly alien and they do show the dangers of the Unknown Regions well.

However, nothing in the novel really makes me care. The book aggressively uses everyone from Star by Star (Denning's other SW book) and references it constantly as if there were no other New Jedi Order books. We finally get to meet Luk
Feb 07, 2014 Brendan rated it it was ok
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Oct 03, 2014 Lane rated it it was ok
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
B. Reese
Jun 25, 2015 B. Reese rated it liked it
Always wanted to hear more about the killiks which had been mentioned before. Now i kinda wish I hadn't.

Even though there were some "huh?" moments with everything going on, there are some decent moments in this trilogy. Mainly the Jacen Solo parts. The rest I kind of was scratching my head.

I found myself hating Jag Fel at almost every appearance. Never liked him in previous appearances, and this series didn't win him any points in my book. I didn't care for Jaina's fawning over him ever. Alema
Aug 12, 2013 Rachel rated it it was ok
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.
Apr 11, 2016 Andrew rated it it was ok
I guess sometimes with a Star Wars tie in novel you have to ask....if not for the characterisation and links to that brand would this book stand as a good sci fi novel..for me this time the answer is no.
It deserves some acknowledgement as it does at least break from ongoing fractious skirmishes with remaining factions within the empire and presents another threat...however a bug breed who work from a hive mind?...I feel I've read this kind of thing before and enjoyed it more.
It's a shame really
Apr 24, 2014 Jaime rated it liked it
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
Feb 13, 2012 Crystal Starr Light rated it liked it
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"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
Nov 26, 2012 Shara rated it liked it
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 it was amazing
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
Mar 31, 2016 RumBelle rated it liked it
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The first novel in a new trilogy set five years after The New Jedi Order. This trilogy deals with a species of bugs called the Killiks. They are engaged in something of a civil war and a lost Jedi from The New Jedi Order series is at the heart of the conflict. This series is very intriguing as far as the plot, mind controlling bugs, and how that affects the characters. Also, the element of a part of Luke and Leia's past being explored makes it a great mystery.
Stefan Rodriguez
Jun 05, 2016 Stefan Rodriguez rated it liked it
I thought it was decent, there definitely is a good content in here. I'd give this 3.5/5 of the stars left me. Denning improved a lot since Star by Star. This is not for new EU fans. Please read the New Jedi Order series at the very least.
Jan 02, 2016 Nicolas rated it liked it
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This was interesting to read in light of the new movie. They are set at roughly the same time. Overall I enjoyed this, but it could have been edited down quite a bit. The story was good, but tended to drag in spots. I particularly enjoyed all of the Leia Jedi stuff. I'm looking forward to book two.
Apr 18, 2014 Adam rated it liked it
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.
Jul 27, 2015 Jerry rated it really liked it
Look for a review of the entire trilogy...coming soon!
Marsha E.
Mar 18, 2015 Marsha E. rated it liked it
Hard to get started. Finish strong.
Aug 21, 2012 William rated it really liked it
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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
Feb 04, 2016 Matthew rated it liked it
Nov 17, 2011 Brian rated it liked it
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.
May 26, 2012 Mark rated it it was ok
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.
Nov 18, 2007 Priya rated it liked it

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....
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“Ben: "Gorog's no assassin! She's my best friend."
Mara: "She's an insect, Ben."
Ben: "So? Your best friend's a lizard."
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