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Betrayal (Star Wars: Legacy of the Force #1)

3.77 of 5 stars 3.77  ·  rating details  ·  5,046 ratings  ·  157 reviews
This is the era of Luke Skywalker's legacy: the Jedi Master has unified the order into a cohesive group of powerful Jedi Knights. However, as this era begins, planetary interests threaten to disrupt this time of relative peace and Luke is plagued by visions of an approaching darkness.


Melding the galaxy into one cohesive political whole after the savage war with the Yuuzhan
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Paperback, 496 pages
Published April 5th 2007 by Arrow (first published May 30th 2006)
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Petter Avén
Spoiler alert! Read at your own hazard. I will take no responsibility for making you feel sadened by my review, nor possibly bored out of your mind. I do however take all due credit for being a sarcastic smartass even when I in fact like a piece of literature. Which in this case I do.

"Deep are the wounds that civil strife inflicts." The words of the Roman poet Marcus Annaeus Lucanus return to haunt me in Betrayal, just as they did in the Dark Nest trilogy. Once again characters that have been ar
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Stephanie "Jedigal"
This is a good example of the expanded universe, and a good example of author Allston's contributions, but nothing to write home about.

Best thing about this book: a fast-moving plot that never stagnates. Nice balance, as Allston usually does, of balancing emphasis between action sequences and characterization. But unfortunately in this one, both those areas are somewhat lacking. There is no sparkle here.

Another positive note: Jacen Solo once again displays his tendency to think for himself. In
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Havva
Mar 20, 2010 Havva rated it 2 of 5 stars
Shelves: scifi
I stopped reading new Star Wars books after the first few New Jedi Order, but when I saw this one for sale used I thought I'd try it, since it was a new series and I've always liked Aaron Allston. Solo Command and Starfighters of Adumar standing out among all others for their laugh-out-loud humour.

This book was slightly better then the last few Star Wars I've tried, including a number of amusing references to previous events, both in-universe and out (Tycho asked, "Is Han-" "He's fine," Leia sa
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Hailey
After I first read this book, my immediate reaction was, "I've read fan fiction better than this!" It took Traviss' and Denning's next installments to get me comfortable with the idea of the change in Jacen. Looking back, it makes sense after his capture by the Vong and 5 year journey studying different Force techniques. It took a while, but the book finally grew on me with the witty exchanges and character interactions. I particularly liked this little exchange:

[b]Han straightened, irritably,
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Alex
Plot:
Betrayal takes place forty years after A New Hope and shortly after the Yuuzhan Vong War. The galaxy is on the brink of a total civil war due to the fact that Corellia and other worlds don’t want to follow the Galactic Alliance’s rules. There is tension building between Corellia and the GA (Galactic Alliance). This causes the Alliance to prematurely attack the Corellian military, which I don’t entirely agree with. I can see why the Galactic Alliance attacked, but I think that the attack wo
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Cale
Even though it's over 400 pages, this really feels like just an Act I: reintroduce the characters, and set the pieces on the board. Two major conflicts are stirred up (the Corellian system against the Galactic Alliance, and Jacen Solo's personal philosophy), and when the book ends, we've only had the warning shots in both situations. It definitely is the start of something bigger, so judging it on its own merits almost seems unfair. That being said, there's some great dialog and character intera ...more
Tim
Oct 07, 2007 Tim rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Star Wars Fans
I realize that I am reading this book (the first in a series of 9) rather late in the game. I have only recently re-discovered my love for the Star Wars franchise, after all. However, I found the book to be interesting. My only problem, however, is that since I've joined the game so late, I am unfamiliar with many of the main characters. For example, the book does talk about main villains Thracken Sal-Solo and Lumiya as if I should know exactly who they are. Yes, there are some clues as to their ...more
Matt Mazenauer
It has all the bravado a Star Wars novel should: dramatic relationships drastically affected by the hardships of galactic war, cinematic battles so vivid you can see the glow of the lightsaber cuts, and true respect for the charactes that populate this universe, from their witty banter to their amazing skills. Amid the author's novel personal sci-fi ideas that decorate the various new cultures and technologies we meet are some truly realistic family struggles as our cast is split by a newly spar ...more
Michelle Lawhorn
This book was probably not the best starting point for someone who has stayed mostly within the Republic Era novels. Thanks to Wookiepedia and various fansites and blogs, I went into “Betrayal” knowing full well what would happen, but still wanted to try venturing outside of my comfort zone. Maybe not the best choice. It wasn't so much all the technical stuff that threw me off, it was just how, well, boring it was. Just like with Anakin Skywalker, Jacen Solo didn't resonate with me at all, and t ...more
Lane
Aaah... much better after getting through the Dark Nest trilogy...

Anyways, first off, I would say that if you haven't read the New Jedi Order series, ESPECIALLY Traitor by Matt Stover, you probably should as it adds a lot to some of the conflicts I would say. You might also want to read the only real good portion from Dark Nest II to add a bit more to Jacen's character as well, although this one isn't really required

Either way, I think Jacen is really starting to become one of my favourite chara
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Dru Williams
The authors purpose for writing “Star Wars: Legacy of the Force” was to add and extend the original “Star Wars Trilogy.” The author Aaron Allston did not want the Star Wars Series to end so he got permission from George Lucas to create more to the original Star Wars. “Star Wars: Legacy of the Force has a great impact on its audience. “Star Wars: Legacy of the Force gives a great visual of science fiction books. This book also impacts it audience because it relates to real life situations. A scie ...more
Simen Orlin
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Lina
Jun 08, 2014 Lina rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Lina by: My Husband
The things we do for our spouses.

I tried reading this book about a year ago. It didn't really do it for me. It was entirely too detailed that it was very boring and each attempt to read was a guaranteed nap. So I figured, hey, maybe I'll try it on audio book.

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It was still hard to get into until the last disc. So the entire time, my husband is looking at me to really enjoy it but....

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Eric Piotrowski
It's weird to read about Han and Leia and Luke in their 50s (still running around fighting evil like they're back on Hoth). The exploration of light/dark sides and Sith vs. Jedi is interesting, until the climax, when the whole thing really, really tanks. Just abysmal. Maybe the most stupid, illogical character decision of any Star Wars story ever (except George Lucas thinking Jar Jar Binks was a good idea).
Wes Chmielewski
I gave this book a 5 out of 5 stars because I enjoy the Star Wars universe and all it has to offer. I enjoy the different scenarios each of the characters get into and how it seems they all come together in the end. You can learn a lot about character and yourself reading these books.
Betrayal takes place forty years after A New Hope and shortly after the Yuuzhan Vong War. The galaxy is on the brink of a total civil war due to the fact that Corellia and other worlds don’t want to follow the Gala
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Adam
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Robert Potts
Awful, just awful. Established characters like Han Solo and Luke Skywalker don't behave at all like their personalities from the films dictate. Allston clearly lacks a passion for the Star Wars universe, and I can't help but think these stories would be terrible even as original works. If you're going to miss of SW book series, make it Legacy of the Force.
Kat
Many returning original trilogy and expanded universe characters make this book appealing and easy to sink into. That being said, the pace of the plot is a little slow and so many new character arcs are introduced that action seems stilted. The characters are a little flat and it seems like the author is relying heavily on the reader's prior knowledge of the Star Wars EU to fill in the blanks. It is not without promise though. At the outset, this entry sets up and builds the political drama that ...more
Jim
I have read the full novel previously but this time I listened to the audiobook. Marc Thompson is an excellent performer and I really enjoy his narration. However, I dislike abridged books, especially of star wars books and books I've read before. Unfortunately, that is the only version of this book available on audio. It is abridged to about 6 hours which is better than the older star wars titles which are cut to 3 hours. Still, that leaves a lot of book missing. The abridgement focuses on the ...more
William
Aaron Allston can usually be counted on to write good Star Wars fiction, but at times his writing is dull and not all of his books crackle with excitement. This novel, "Betrayal", is a combination of both Allston's best and worst writing. The opening scenes find our usual cast of heroes, Luke, Han & Leia at odds with each other as Han's native Corellia fights for independence from the Galactic Alliance. Under the guidance of Thracken Sal-Solo, Han's reprobate cousin who has become leader of ...more
Philip
Betrayal was one of those books I'd started into a while back, but never gotten back to. Well, this book is part of the Legacy of the Force series, and it ended recently. Based off several people's reviews of the series, I decided to pick the book up again.

First of all, I just have to say this - and it might sound a bit corny, but... there was way too much talking going on, and not enough action happening. I mean, this is Star Wars, right? Of course there has to be diplomacy somewhere, otherwise
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Kamanda007
The author of this book wrote it to illustrate that some people can go to the extreme, if even it means betraying their friend to save something special. Star Wars legacy of the force is a very breath taking book. It always keeps you coming back to read more. If you were a fan of the movies you will love this book. It's like taking a very thrilling journey with a surprise when you least expect it. The writing was very fluent and easy to understand if you have an effective dictionary.

This book
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Doug
I really wanted to like this book. I've read through the entire New Jedi Order series and even read the Swarm Wars trilogy. So I was excited to see where the characters went from there. But I just couldn't get into this book. In my opinion, here are the main flaws of the book:

1. The author's writing style and narrative
Let's face it, there are some good and some very bad Star Wars books. It usually boils down to how the author writes the story. What made this book so hard to get into for me was t
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Ryan
Sep 12, 2008 Ryan rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Star Wars Fans who have already read other Star Wars books.
This book is the first book in a nine book series. The series is written by three different authors, each taking turns writing. This makes for some interesting continuity, but I'll talk more about that in my review of the second book.

Aaron Allston is one of my favorite Star Wars authors. He is very witty, and is one of the only Star Wars authors that can make me laugh out loud. I've never read anything he's written other than Star Wars books, but I would recommend all of them.

This book is a go
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Kenneth
Jul 28, 2013 Kenneth rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Star Wars fans
***spoilers***
While it does not reek with "glorified fan fiction" vibes, Legacy of the Force: Betrayal is not the best example of Star Wars novel within the Expanded Universe. Chronicling the start of a new galactic conflict 35-or-so years after the events of Return of the Jedi, and being the first in-depth look at the rise of Darth Caedus, this book relies heavily on militaristic strategy and squadron attacks, two things I find tedious to sit through in print. The gist of the book: the Corelli
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Sarah
Feb 19, 2012 Sarah rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Star Wars EU fans
I'll admit, I'm new to reading the Star Wars EU. I've read different books all across the spectrum of timelines from Old Republic to New Jedi Order, and this is the series that most people have wanted me to pick up (after Heir to the Empire). Overall it was pretty enjoyable.

The plot was interesting and well paced in my opinion, and I was never lost or bored by any of the more politically based story lines. I like the idea of the characters we love being at odds with each other, even if it ultim
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David Canavese
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Nicholas
Alliston does a good job delivering witty banter and gets all of the characterizations right. You really get the sense that the traditional star wars holdovers really know each other like the back of their own hands and their interactions are a joy to read.

I had a couple of problems, however. This transformation that is happening to Jacen just seems so abrupt. I realize that the writers of the EU have been planning this departure for some time, laying seeds of it along the way, but when he fina
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Shara
My Review: 6 - Worth Reading, with Reservations

Reservation #1: if you haven't been keeping up with the post-Return of the Jedi Expanded Universe novels, this is, by far, one of the worst places you can jump aboard. While there is some merit in believing that every story set in a franchise should be friendly to newbies, the thing with the Star Wars Expanded Universe is that it's grown so large, with so many important characters that have nothing to do with the movies, that if you pick up this b
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Jordan Mathews
I grew up reading Star Wars novels, and am currently buzzing through Legacy of the Force so I can move on to Fate of the Jedi, and start being current again. What I can say about Betrayal is that it serves a very distinct purpose, without being a gem by itself.
Aaron Allston does a good job considering the scope of the story, which involves unrest within Corellia that, if you truly understand the Star Wars universe, is a story thats been a long time coming. As a pleasant change, the story focuse
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