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

3.79  ·  Rating Details  ·  5,691 Ratings  ·  169 Reviews
This is the ea of Luke Skwalkers legacy, planetary interest threaten to disrupt this time of peace.
Hardcover, 388 pages
Published May 30th 2006 by Del Rey
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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
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
Sep 14, 2015 Mason rated it really liked it
Shelves: star-wars
Review & Story Time!

I was hoping for a bit of a nostalgia trip here. The Legacy of the Force series was the first Star Wars series I ever remember reading the entire way through, and my first experience with the (now cleared) Expanded Universe.

However, it would seem as though 13 year old me was only interested in lightsabers, Jedi, and Sith, because that's all I can remember here. Nothing about the new Civil War brewing, nothing about the strain between the Skywalker and Solo families. Al
Mar 20, 2010 Havva rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Dec 26, 2007 Hailey rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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,
May 10, 2015 Gus rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is very good. The main characters are all from the original movies which is very cool. The setting takes place in the galaxy after the Yuuzhan Vong war. The galaxy is starting to rebuild the Galactic Alliance and each other's home planets. Corellia has been very independent as a planetary system and is starting to show signs of wanting to leave the Galactic Alliance and invade other systems with a secret fleet. They are also rebuilding the galaxy's most dangerous weapon, Centerpoint St ...more
Oct 27, 2014 Alex rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jun 30, 2014 Cale rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 20, 2013 Shara rated it really liked it
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
Oct 07, 2007 Tim rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Aug 17, 2007 Matt Mazenauer rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 03, 2016 Matthew rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Katrin von Martin
Jun 18, 2015 Katrin von Martin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Dec 30, 2014 Michelle rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Oct 15, 2014 Lane rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Dru Williams
Apr 04, 2014 Dru Williams rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 03, 2015 Simen Orlin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: legends
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Jan 22, 2016 Carolyn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm always hyper-critical of picking up a Star Wars book and seeing what path the author decides to take us down. It's been awhile since I read my last Star Wars book, so I think I was more receptive to reading this one, and hopefully this series.

First the goods: What can I say, I'm a sucker for bringing back the classic characters that I know and love. Oh I remember him, oh I remember her! The author did a good job of showing the growing struggle between key groups that we both love (view spoil
Jun 08, 2014 Lina rated it it was ok  ·  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.

My husband was elated. For the first time in a long time I'd had a


However, I realized that it might have been a

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....


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
Dec 19, 2014 Wes Chmielewski rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
May 20, 2014 Adam rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Robert Potts
Jul 13, 2012 Robert Potts rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Sep 01, 2014 Kat rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Josh Haley
An epic beginning to this arc, still sad Disney ditched this tale for the sake of money but it can't be helped...
Michael Church
Jul 15, 2015 Michael Church rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: star-wars
Well here we go again. Starting my second Star Wars extended universe series. Can't be worse than New Jedi least I know up front that it's only half as long...

Honestly, this is off to a pretty good start. One of my main issues with NJO was that it was Jedi against extragalactic enemies that had no Force presence or abilities. No way that can be as exciting as Sith Lords shooting lighting and going lightsaber to lightsaber with Jedi Masters.

I think this also manages a good working ba
Feb 20, 2015 Jim rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: pre-2011, 2015
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
Aug 27, 2013 William rated it liked it
Shelves: star-wars, hardcover
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
Aug 21, 2008 Philip rated it liked it
Shelves: star-wars
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
Oct 29, 2012 Kamanda007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.

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