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Omen (Star Wars: Fate of the Jedi #2)

3.84  ·  Rating Details ·  5,014 Ratings  ·  160 Reviews
The Jedi Order is in crisis. The late Jacen Solo’s shocking transformation into murderous Sith Lord Darth Caedus has cast a damning pall over those who wield the Force for good: Two Jedi Knights have succumbed to an inexplicable and dangerous psychosis, criminal charges have driven Luke Skywalker into self-imposed exile, and power-hungry Chief of State Natasi Daala is expl ...more
Hardcover, 276 pages
Published June 23rd 2009 by LucasBooks (first published January 1st 2009)
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Chad Bearden
Jul 24, 2009 Chad Bearden rated it it was ok
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Bleh. I don't even know where to start with this thing. Its a twaddling mess for a variety of reasons, and a depressing continuation of a downward trend in quality for the Star Wars EU over the last few entries. Below, I'll try to put my frustrations into words. There are some spoilers below, if such a threadbare plot is capable of being spoiled...

Okay then.

1. Christie Golden apparently had it in her head that she was writing a Young Adult novel for teenage girls. There are a few moments where t
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Russ
Jun 27, 2009 Russ rated it it was ok
Wow. I think that, in general, Star Wars books have been outstanding of late. The last series with Allston, Denning, and Cunningham was incredibly well written, even if I didn't always like the story line. The first book in this series, written by Allston, was really, really good. This book seemed horrible in comparison.

It is really short, which isn't necessarily a bad thing, but it suggests to me that the author, first time Star Wars writer Christie Golden, had trouble coming up with material w
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Jerry
Jan 20, 2017 Jerry rated it liked it
Christie Golden makes her Star Wars debut!

Unfortunately, it's not the best entry in the Expanded Universe. Hopefully, her writing and the storyline gets better as the series goes on.
Mike
May 17, 2011 Mike rated it it was ok
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Nicholas
Aug 28, 2011 Nicholas rated it did not like it
Shelves: star-wars
What a terrific disappointment from the first book in the series. This book feels like a placeholder in the story. There are minor developments, but other than that, seems like a direct derivation from the previous book by Aaron Allston. Plot-wise, there are almost no new developments beyond the introduction of some shadowy new villains. In that respect, all Golden manages is an introduction too. Other than that, everything pretty much goes on it's humdrum way. More Jedi fall to the mysterious i ...more
Jesse Whitehead
May 18, 2010 Jesse Whitehead rated it did not like it
I think only Barbara Hambly is able to write worse (much worse) Star Wars than this. Luke and Ben eat a lot gooey desserts and discuss nothing in great detail then have many grand adventures in a single paragraph that simply says they had many grand adventures. Han and Leia go to a stock show. That's it.

In 233 pages this book is full of nothing. It read like a cliff notes version, only less interesting. Most of the space that is there is full of inanity.

Star Wars has been on a decline since the
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Steve
Oct 03, 2009 Steve rated it liked it
I thought that this book was good but, as of late, I feel a little cheated on the new SW series. It feels like I got a third of a book here. Right when it feels like you're going to get into the meat of the story you hit page 230 and it is over. I know that it is probably a publishing choice but I'd really rather have one decent length complete novel a year than the two or three nibbles that we've been getting.
Bryan457
Most books have a beginning, a middle, and an end. Not this one. It just had a middle.
I'm not sure this author actually read the final version of the previous book. I think there was at least one major event from the last book that got reinterpreted in a vastly different way.

That said, it was a pretty decent middle of a story.
Don
Nov 21, 2009 Don rated it it was ok
I liked this well enough, but in the end, it just kind of stops. I know that it's part 2 of whatever, but really, each part should have a beginning, middle and end. This was more like two weeks in the lives of each character.
Grave
Dec 23, 2012 Grave rated it did not like it
I am not a fan of Golden's voice in this series. I found myself skipping her books throughout this series and relying on wookieepedia to fill in the blanks.
Joey
Apr 15, 2015 Joey rated it really liked it
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mike andrews
Mar 15, 2016 mike andrews rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: star-wars
very good follow up to the opener
Erika
Jun 27, 2009 Erika rated it liked it
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Patrick W
May 23, 2013 Patrick W rated it it was ok
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20 words or less: Mediocre Star Wars novel that takes no chances while slowly progressing the overall plot of Fate of the Jedi. [return][return]My Rating: 5/10 [return][return]Pros: Avoided mistakes of Legacy of the Force, no glaring continuity errors [return][return]Cons: Mostly a set-up novel, overly cutesy at times, poor execution of Luke/Ben subplot, weak page count. [return][return]The Review: If I were judging Omen by itself, I would give it a 3 or a 4. But Fate of the Jedi appears to be t ...more
Emilee
Jan 04, 2017 Emilee rated it liked it
I like Star Wars, and this one is good. Love the characters, but I read it on a road trip and it's a little slow. I wish it had been a little faster paced.
Eric Evans
Jan 07, 2017 Eric Evans rated it liked it
not really caring much for this series.
Gregory
Jan 04, 2017 Gregory rated it liked it
Pretty good. I'm a big Star Wars fan, but this one is a little slow.
Dylan Gullberg
Jul 25, 2014 Dylan Gullberg rated it it was ok
***SPOILERS***

I knew ahead of reading this series that Christie Golden was the weak-link of the three authors but wow! The only elements in this book that make it somewhat tolerable are Luke and Ben’s chemistry and subplot and the introduction of Vestara Khai. Vestara shows great promise but her development is stifled by annoying, bloated subplots that don’t move the narrative forward following the last book, which was actually really good. Luke and Ben’s subplot acts as an extension of their ro
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Adam Bourke
Jun 13, 2011 Adam Bourke rated it liked it
The first thing that I thought when I picked up 'Omen' was "Wow, This is thin." It's visibly shorter than the other two of the first three books, and of those in Legacy of the Force. But Quality is more important than Quantity and so I started reading (after all, there is another seven books after this one...).

And I have to say. I'm disappointed that there still isn't a plot. Not really. I could summarise it in maybe two or three sentences. There is nothing that really happens. Except for one sm
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Sonny
Aug 06, 2011 Sonny rated it it was amazing
Shelves: star-wars
"I've been broken. I was broken by the Yuuzhan Vong. I broke when Anakin died. And again when I learned that I could see him again, in little moments. Every time you break, outside forces can shape you, and you can't do anything to stop them. No, I don't think it matters when Jacen became a Sith. I think it matters when he broke." -Tahiri Veila

Omen, the second installment of the Fate of the Jedi series brings with it a new voice for the EU of Star Wars. I was looking forward to see what Christie
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Henry Chase
Dec 15, 2016 Henry Chase rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016
OMEN is the second book in the STAR WARS: FATE OF THE JEDI series. While this book is not canon anymore, it is interesting to read because of the role the Sith play in the story. OMEN follows Luke as he travels across the galaxy to solve the mystery of why Jason Solo, one of Han and Leia's sons, turned to the Dark Side.

The story is page turning and you want to keep reading because there a mystery going on, and because of the way the story is set up switching between Luke and the Sith.

This book w
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Mel
Feb 15, 2016 Mel rated it really liked it
After really LOVING her Ventress book I wanted to read more of Christie Golden's Star Wars books. This definitely felt like a tie-in novel rather than a proper book. But for all that it was good fun to read. First of all it was so nice to be back in a universe where Han and Leia were married, with twins and grand-kids, and even though this universe had seen its share of tragedy, it was SO nice to see them together through it all!

The book was mostly three separate story lines and it kinda felt l
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Kevin G.
Aug 19, 2009 Kevin G. rated it really liked it
The second installment of "Star Wars Fate of the Jedi," titled "Omen," takes place 43.5 years after the Battle of the First Death Star and follows the adventures of Luke Skywalker and his sixteen-year old son Ben as they seek to discover the truth behind Jacen Solo's corruption and downfall. We also follow an intriguing storyline as more and more Jedi Knights fall victim to a mysterious psychosis, and Jedi Master and healer Cilghal becomes closer to discovering the source of the madness. Jaina S ...more
Jacen
Jul 10, 2009 Jacen rated it liked it
Yeah. That was short. It just kind of smacked into me at page 236. I hadn't factored in the Abyss preview. I don't think this book is a tough call. Golden had a handle on the characters and rhythm of a SW book. It was lacking at least one subplot to lengthen the book. An ACTION driven plot perhaps? Han, Leia and and gang go to a petting zoo? I actually liked the short sequence but that's all they're given? Not that I want them galavanting to some moon having a (seemingly) irrelevant adventure as ...more
Jean
Aug 20, 2011 Jean rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Star Wars EU novels are my own personal "chick lit", not because of the content, but because they are simple reads and pure escapism.

The story is the second of a nine book arc, the "Fate of the Jedi" series, and the first SW novel for author, Christie Golden. It basically continues the plot introductions set in motion by Aaron Allston in the first novel, "Outcast".

I'm catching up with this series, as I realize I'm a bit behind, but this way I don't have to wait months between installments.
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Nicholas
Apr 18, 2012 Nicholas rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A solid addition to this new arc of the Star Wars Expanded Universe, Omen's major contribution to the Fate of the Jedi series is to introduce the Lost Tribe of the Sith, potentially the new main villains of the series. Otherwise it follows well in the footsteps of Star Wars: Fate Of The Jedi: Outcast, advancing the established storylines apace. Goloden's work on Ben Skywalker as a character deserves a special mention because for the first time I actually cared about him rather than just caring a ...more
Sarah
Jan 07, 2012 Sarah rated it really liked it
This is the second book in the Fate of the Jedi series and I'm really liking them so far. maybe it's because I don't have a history of reading the Star Wars EU books before. I've read some series books here and there but I'm trying to read all of them from the beginning of the timeline forward starting with this book: Path of Destruction. But we're not here for that book...

So, Omen.....as I said I liked it a lot. I liked the lost Sith tribe and the ideas that were developed from that, I liked th
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Heather
Jul 30, 2011 Heather rated it it was amazing
First of all, I must get this off of my chest - and it's slightly spoilerish: YESSSS! FINALLY! ENGAGEMENT!! :)



I really enjoyed this book. The addition of the Sith on Kesh was particularly intriguing, and I'm excited to see what comes of them, particularly Vestara, of course. The affliction of certain Jedi Knights is still quite a mystery, exciting and confusing and causing so much trouble for the Jedi. I feel so sorry for the Horns! I can't believe how fast the public is to turn on the Jedi when
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Lucas C
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Tom
Aug 06, 2011 Tom rated it liked it
(Don't read if you don't want spoilers) The story wasn't bad, but it was really short. Being a fan of Christie Golden's work from Star Trek, I was hoping for more of a bang with her foray into Star Wars. The storyline is already becoming predictable, with the Jedi Council looking pretty weak in dealing with the GA, Luke and Ben retracing Jacen Solo's path, insane Jedi Knights popping up everywhere, and and new Sith.

I would've liked to gotten to know some of these younger Jedi Knights like the H
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Award-winning author Christie Golden has written over thirty novels and several short stories in the fields of science fiction, fantasy and horror. She has over a million books in print.

2009 will see no fewer than three novels published. First out in late April will be a World of Warcraft novel, Athas: Rise of the Lich King. This is the first Warcraft novel to appear in hardcover. Fans of the youn
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