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Star by Star (Star Wars: The New Jedi Order #9)

3.92 of 5 stars 3.92  ·  rating details  ·  6,748 ratings  ·  92 reviews
The New York Times bestselling Star Wars series The New Jedi Order enthralls readers with its epic drama and thrilling adventure. Now readers will pierce the very heart of darkness...

It is a solemn time for the New Republic, as the merciless Yuuzhan Vong continue their campaign of destruction. The brutal enemy has unleashed a savage creature capable of finding—and killin
Paperback, 605 pages
Published October 3rd 2002 by Arrow (first published October 30th 2001)
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Crystal Starr Light
Action, Characters, and Higher Stakes - This has it all

The Yuuzhan Vong have developed a newer, more fierce weapon against the Jedi: the voxyn, made from vornskyrs and able to "sniff" out and kill Jedi. Luke Skywalker approves Anakin, Jaina, Jacen, and their friends to hunt out the Queen, from which all others are cloned, and kill her. Meanwhile, Coruscant is close to being overrun.

NOTE: Based on audiobook and novel.

Let me get this off my chest right now. If I were just rating the audiobook, I w
The new Jedi order completely outpaces anything in the Starwars genre. This series was Dark, exciting, fast paced, and inspired. The writing was fantastic and the level of philosophy and force history was unparalleled. If your a fan at any level of the Starwars Universe than this series is a must read. It is on my top 5 of all time for a series and I treasured every moment I spent in that time. But beware, this isn't your typical Starwars book, be ready for a level of intensity that you've never ...more
I think this is the single darkest Star Wars book that I ever read. It's strange to say, but it captured the mood of the world at the time it was released. With a late October 2001 release, this was the first post-9/11 SW book - and it's interesting in how it reflected the mood since its manuscript was turned in months before 9/11 ever happened.

One thing that happens in the course of an invasion of Coruscant (which invasion was plainly inevitable after like the third NJO book) is that Yuuzhan Vo
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This book was very much hit and miss for me.. It is almost as if Denning could not decide whether he wanted it to be about Space combat or a commando Jedi mission. Therefore, the book begins to exhibit s split personality. In addition, the conclusion of the book is very dark, leaving the reader feeling discouraged, much like the viewers at the conclusion of The Empire Strike Back.

The book just went on and on and on.. There was a great deal of powerful action, but after awhile it begins to feel
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I felt this book was too long. More than anything, the book was cluttered by battle scenes, both in space and on the ground. The descriptions of these battles soon grew tedious and I feel that the story gained little for them. While it did add a lot of drama to the Yuzhan Vong war, this was probably one of my least favorite of the New Jedi Order series so far.
M Hamed
Oh, dance in the dark of night, Sing to the morning light.
The dark Lord rides in force tonight, And time will tell us all.

Jonathan Nonnemacher
I was kind of amazed to see this book hold a 3.92 average rating.

I was very disappointed in this book. Clocking in at just over 600 pages, I thought Denning should have either split this book into two volumes, or just had an editor cut about 200 pages.

I knew where this book was heading the entire time, I just wished the plot got there faster. There are WAY too many minor characters to keep track of, so I ended up just remembering a detail about them to keep them straight. Tahiri = hot for Anaki
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Mogsy (MMOGC)
In my opinion the best-written NJO book in the series so far, and also longer and more in depth. Star by Star is an important installment in that it is a turning point of the series.

This book focuses on the tale of the Myrkr strike team, the group of young Jedi led by Apprentice Anakin Solo, who infiltrated the Yuuzhan Vong in order to destroy the voxyn queen. While scores of Jedi and New Republic characters have already died over the course of the Yuuzhan Vong war, there's something a lot dark
Denae Christine
In risking spoiling something for those who haven't read this book, I don't like it when main characters die. Young main characters, that is. More than a dozen named Jedi died in this book, but it was going so well. It was awesome, and they were doing fine (mostly, besides all the Jedi dying), until the main character died at the end around page 600. I loved the story and writing style and danger and exploits until then. TD had no right to kill HIM off. A heroic way to die, to be sure.
I'm still
Jim C
This book is part of a large series that takes place in the expanded universe. This is not a stand alone novel and one should read the previous novels to understand this book. The war with the Yuuzhan Vong wages on and they have a new weapon that can locate Jedi. To find the source of this new weapon Anakin leads a mission into Vong territory and he is accompanied by his brother and sister. Meanwhile, the Vong is pressing their position in the universe as they seek control.

This book is rather le
Clint Link
One of my all time favorite Star Wars books. (Spoilers) when Anakin becomes an ultimate Jedi or whatever fighting those Vong dogs I was on the edge of my seat. It is an epic battle.
This is the longest Star Wars book i have read.Just over 600 pages in hardback.All of the major characters in the Star Wars universe played a part even down to Lando.The ongoing battle with the Yuuzhan Vong continued with dire consequences.Jacen,Jaina,and Anakin Solo lead a mission into the hive that ends with the death of one of the Solo children.Dont want to give away who it is but needless to say Leia reaction to the news really got to me.The aftermath of this horrible tragedy really resonate ...more
Ben Prentice
This was an amazing book it was dark and showed how the war was a near lost cause and I would recommend it to people who like the Star Wars films and are looking for something just as good but darker. I also believe the book reflects the fights that brothers have sometimes and shows a strong loss of hope that the characters felt when they launch their mission. Even though the war is being lost there is a sort of moment were the main characters are just like we can't let ourselves lose hope and t ...more
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John Petrella
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May 29, 2008 Johnny rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: David Wilson
Recommended to Johnny by: Dave Gross
This book is an exquisite tapestry of all that we've come to expect from the best in Star Wars mythos. It has ruthless politics replete with irrational prejudice, self-serving motivation, and idealistic (jingoistic) rhetoric (propaganda?). It has stirring battle accounts with new Jedi tactics in ship-to-ship combat (the so-called "shadow bombs" used on the Yuuzhan Vong and the "battle meld" where fighters leapfrog over each other to confuse the enemy), as well as great battle meld scenes in the ...more
This is by far the heftiest volume yet in the New Jedi Order series, and anyone that is intimately familiar with my reading habits will know that I love giant books. Obviously only when they're written well, and this one is very much so.

Star by Star chronicles the darkest portion yet of the Yuuzhan Vong invasion, and thus plays out similarly to how The Empire Strikes Back did for the original trilogy. There's been defeat before (lots of repeated defeat, which was getting a little obnoxious, actu
I went with an audiobook for this one. It may have been abridged - there was a storyline involving the Solo children, but that was about it. If it wasn't abridged, that's a bold storytelling choice - leaving out the old, recognizable characters in favour of the 'next generation' of Jedi. Basically, the Solos and a bunch of other young Jedi go on a raid to attack the Yuhzong Vong on their own turf. Everything seems to go farly well, until they are attacked by dark Jedi and Anakin dies! Right afte ...more
I'd be lying if I said that I liked everything that happened in the book, but in all, Troy Denning did quite a good job on this volume of the New Jedi Order series.

Characterization is good. I've asked some prominent authors what they like to do in order to add some good character development, and they have said that they torture their characters. This principle holds true here. I don't want to give anything away, but it's like the Empire Strikes Back. A very dark time for the New Republic. Of co
Les Yuuzhan Vong sont maintenant au porte de la capitale de la Nouvelle République. Coruscent est menacée de tomber au main des Vong et c'est seulement là que la menace est prise au sérieux. Du côté des Jedi, les choses vont mal car les Vong ont créé les Voxins, un animal qui traque exclusivement les Jedi. Un commando composé des jeunes Jedi est envoyé pour détruire le vaisseau ennemi où sont produit les voxins. Malheureusement pour eux, tous n'en sortiront pas vivants.

C'est selon moi le plus so
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Rodrigo González
This is one of the longest Sar Wars novels so far, I was wondering why until I noticed it was packed with lots of stories that converge in one explosive ending and besides it includes a novella (Recovery) by the same author. SPOILER ALERT! I was sad when Anakin died, he is by far my favorite Solo sibling and I knew, reading other books, that he was going to get killed in the New Jedi Order at some point. I knew Jacen Solo's destiny as well but I wasn't expecting to read all of this in just one n ...more
Cian Beirdd
This was dark. An animal mercilessly tracking down the Jedi. A suicide mission in which the oldest member of the team is about 20. Deaths of heroes who have been the lead figure in several novels. This was a serious departure from your typical Star Wars book, especially those involving the characters from the original trilogy. No complaints, though. This book's darkness allowed the reader to get inside the Yuuzhan Vong thinking and their technology in a way that would not have worked with a ligh ...more
The best novel of the new Jedi Order series. It focuses on a small cast of characters amid the backdrop of the continuing war and can actually be read as a self-contained story. This allows a bit more time to get to know the characters and you care more about them. This contrasts with the usual New Jedi Order books with a large cast of characters and epic scale battles.
The ending is very different from the rest of the books in the series and without spoiling anything, comparable to The Empire St
This is pretty much my favourite Star Wars book ever! Brilliant style of writing! Brilliant storyline! I've read this one at least five times now! This book was the one that really made me want to write fiction!
Ren the Unclean
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“The New Republic? Are you blind? There is no New Republic! It died before the Yuuzhan Vong came!"
Leia Organa Solo”
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