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Jedi Twilight (Star Wars: Coruscant Nights #1)

3.7 of 5 stars 3.70  ·  rating details  ·  1,762 ratings  ·  72 reviews
With the dark ascension of the Empire, and the Jedi Knights virtually wiped out, one Jedi who escaped the massacre is slated for a date with destiny–and a confrontation with Darth Vader.

Jax Pavan is one of the few Jedi Knights who miraculously survived the slaughter that followed Palpatine’s ruthless Order 66. Now, deep in Coruscant’s Blackpit Slums, Jax ekes out a living
Paperback, 343 pages
Published June 24th 2008 by LucasBooks (first published July 1st 2006)
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Dec 19, 2013 Callista rated it 2 of 5 stars
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Scott Rhee
Somewhen between "Star Wars Episode 3: Revenge of the Sith" and "Star Wars Episode 4: A New Hope" is the setting for the Star Wars novel "Jedi Twilight" by Michael Reaves, the first in his Coruscant Nights series. It's a fun action/adventure that pits a Sam Spade-like private detective within the Star Wars universe. The result is fun sci-fi noir that reminds readers of the pulp influences that helped inspire and infuse the world(s) that George Lucas created.

Reaves clearly grew up reading lots o
I expected a lot more from this book. The idea, a Jedi-turned-P.I. after escaping the Purges and finding work in the slimey underbelly of Coruscant's lower levels, sounds great--a nice treat and reprieve from the same ol' same ol' Jedis always doing awesome stuff and saving an oblivious galaxy we always get.

Not only did the blurb on the back cover deceive me, the cover art did as well. It's completely noir-influenced. What else was I supposed to expect except Raymond Chandler and Star Wars all i
Crystal Starr Light
"Even without the Force, you are still a Jedi"
Don't confuse this book with the other "Twilight" book! In this new edition to the Star Wars Expanded Universe, Jax Pavan, former Jedi Knight, is scumming around in the Coruscant underbelly, trying to keep out of the limelight and Darth Vader's target sites. But when his former master, Even Piell, asks him for one last mission, how can he say no?

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I opened this book with some trepidation. The last two Michael Reaves books I read (Death Star (St
3.5 actually.

A better-than-average SW expanded universe story. Enough familiar settings and characters to connect to other stories, but good writing to draw the reader into the tale.

Cover art quibble: Jax's lightsabre is blue in the story; but yellow on the cover. The yellows works better, but isn't right. (Darth's shadow in the background is cute. Poor Vader, reduced to a boogie man.)
Jedi Twilight, the first book in the Coruscant Nights trilogy, takes place during the prequel era, or nineteen years before the events of Star Wars lV - A New Hope. Coruscant is a wonderfully dark locale to situate a story ("In the lowest levels, in the abyssal urban depths, of the ecumenopolis that was Coruscant, it was a rare thing indeed to see sunlight"). Following the story of reporter Den Dhur and his droid sidekick I-5YQ, Reaves' narrative here plays out in film noir style, quite suiting ...more
Feb 15, 2015 Dan rated it 1 of 5 stars
Shelves: sci-fi
I don't know whether this author is the worst writer ever or a complete genius. You read this book and you're constantly wondering whether the thickness of the narrative is deliberate in order to introduce you to the world of Coruscant ... or he's just a hopeless storyteller. I know for sure he's afraid of using dialogue to actually bring his characters to life. Most of the time, the characters just think, think, think, and they're pretty hard sections to wade through, coming close to boredom-in ...more
Chad Bearden
There is nothing particularly outstanding about the first novel in the "Coruscant Nights" series. Indeed, if anything, readers might be quite annoyed at the noir angle suggested by the cover design and story summary. Hints of a hard boiled Jedi P.I. may lead some to suspect a Star Wars "Maltese Falcon", but author Michael Reaves never seems interested in turning his tale into any kind of noirish mystery. I'll give Reaves the benefit of the doubt and blame this on the marketing department.

What he
Branwen *Blaidd Drwg*
"I'm a Jedi. I'm sworn to help those in need, to uphold the Jedi Code. The Empire has decimated my Order-but they havn't won, and they won't win, as long as at least one Jedi remains."

"Even the humblest of beings contains within himself a universe of infinite diversity and wonder. Therefore, when you give aid and comfort to just one being, you are, for that moment, the deity of an entire cosmos."

This book was an action packed journey into Coruscant in the days following the destruction of the Je
Dec 13, 2008 Ryan rated it 4 of 5 stars
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One of the things that I've always loved about science fiction as a genre is how adaptable it is - lots of people have had a lot of success meshing sci-fi with everything from fantasy (Star Wars), to westerns (Firefly), to horror (the Alien trilogy). I kept this in mind as I read Coruscant Nights, which not only combines elements of science fiction and fantasy (as all SW stories do), but also mixes in equal parts of film noir as well. It's set shortly after the imposition of Order 66 and the fil ...more
Ted Henkle
This tale takes place shortly after Palpatine's coup and the Great Jedi Purge. One of the survivors, Jax Pavan, has been eking out a living among the denizens of Coruscant's underworld. That is, until a dying wish from his former Jedi Master sends him on an urban quest to aid the budding rebellion against the new Galactic Empire.

The story involves a MacGuffin that Rebellion leaders and various crime bosses are scrambling to find. Meanwhile, apparently above it all, Darth Vader has taken an inte
Kevin Rubin
“Jedi Twilight” by Michael Reaves had its good points and its bad points, averaging out to a fairly average novel.

Centered around newly knighted Jedi, Pavan Jax, and set on the lower levels of the city-planet Coruscant shortly after the fall of the Jedi and beginning of the Empire, the plot mainly revolved around Jax trying to survive with new Sith Lord, Darth Vader, attempting to find him and capture him alive. Unfortunately we don’t get any explanation for why, unlike other Jedi that Darth Vad
David Roberts
I am reviewing the science fiction novel Star Wars Coruscant Nights 1 Jedi Twilight by Michael Reeves which is a very good book which I bought from kindle. This novel is part of a trilogy and set in the aftermath of Star Wars Revenge Of The Sith when Darth Vader had just joined the Empire and was trying to get rid of all the jedi knights. This novel is set on a planet called Coruscant hence the title and features a jedi padawan the lowest rank of jedi who isn't featured in any of the films. The ...more
Ian Reay
Jax Pavan is a Jedi still alive after the Empire's attempted extermination. Whiplash is an underground group trying to smuggle political dissidents off Coruscant-now Imperial Center. Darth Vader personally seeks to destroy Jax---but why? And how can Jax escape? Many plots and sub plots make this a fast paced exciting story!

It's always refreshing to see a Star Wars novel done right. Perfectly paced and suspenseful, the ones done right always leave you waiting for when all protagonists eventually
The Dark Times comics, one of the stand-out Star Wars stories of all time even in its relatively short run, has established the (relatively) newly-opened period between Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope as a rich realm for story-telling. There's a palpable sense of terror and betrayal, as the reality of the Emperor's utter and ruthless fascist regime sinks in to a war-weary galaxy. There are still Jedi around, and they have many supporters, but all are stretched to their limits and pushed into ...more
Brad Wheeler
Call this three and a half stars. It's a provisional grade, because I've only read the first book the trilogy. Still, I do have a desire to read the rest, so it succeed at least that far.

Michael Reaves is not my favorite Star Wars author by any stretch. He's great at slathering on the Star Wars imagery, but far less so at evoking the sense of grandeur and excitement of the films. Worse, there are a lot of viewpoint characters, and only one of them is really interesting. Worse still, that one cha
It is the Jedi Twilight, which also happens to be book 1 of the Coruscant Nights trilogy. Although Order 66 was carried out with frightening efficiency and accuracy, and the Jedi Temple was demolished, some Jedi have managed to escape. Vader's brutal Jedi-neutralizing taskforce is everywhere, though, and those Jedi are constantly in danger. Meet Jax Pavan, one such Jedi who has decided hiding on Coruscant is better than trying to escape elsewhere. After all, what other planet has a population th ...more
Mike Smith
This novel is set a few months after the events of the Episode III movie Revenge of the Sith. It features the return of several characters from previous Star Wars novels, including a few from the author's own Medstar duology. Well-written and tightly plotted, this is a flim-noir style novel, set in a seedy and dark (figuratively and literally) underworld on the galaxy's capital planet of Coruscant. One flawed, surviving Jedi surrounds himself with a group of similarly bitter yet good-hearted com ...more
Not a bad book, but it didn't rock my world. Good pacing, but thee were a few too many characters fo the length of the novel. More time was needed to develop them. (Most were brought over from the author's prevous "MedStar" novels, but I haven't read these and don't plan to.) The "mystery" that was supposed to have been solved by our Jedi-turned-Private-Eye and his companions turned out to be not much of one at all.

Some of the plotlines were unresolved, as this is clearly supposed to be the firs
As always, when picking up a new Star Wars series, I feel like I'm coming in on the middle of something. Since the Lucasarts people seem to want to create a verismilitude in the Star Wars, it seems that some of the characters in this novel have made appearances before (and after, as I seem to remember Prince Xixor from other novels).. So while I thought I was picking up a stand along trilogy in the Star Wars universe-- well.. apparently there is no such thing.

That didn't really mar my fun too mu
I really enjoyed Jedi Twilight! It was a great start to the Coruscant Nights series. Jedi Twilight is set after Revenge of the Sith but before A New Hope. This period is still a mystery to me so it was nice to read about the Empire’s control before the Rebellion was fully active.

I really liked the characters. They were all very well developed. Jax Paven, our protagonist, was a great character. I really enjoyed reading about him and his life after the Purge (Order Sixty-six). His determination t
I’ve come to the conclusion that Star Wars books are my guilty pleasure. Some people have romances, others have my mysteries, and I have books set in the Star Wars universe. Star Wars Corscant Nights I: Jedi Twilight by Michael Reaves is the newest series set in the world George Lucas created. Unlike previous Star Wars books, these series attempts to set itself in the Mystery/Science Fiction genre.

The series is set after in the time after Revenge of the Sith, when the Empire is taking on hold on
Samuel J.
When I came across the Coruscant night series I wasn't sure whether I would like it or not. Just by the blurb and reviews I had read I was a bit sceptical. In all honesty, the part of the Star Wars timeline I'm not a huge fan of, mainly because there hasn't been a bulk worth of well known novels that have characterised the era.

I was left however, pleasantly surprised. The characters are interesting and not too 'far fetched', and I particularly liked the introduction of "I-Five" as well as what h
Written by one of the authors of the Star Wars Clone Wars duology Medstar, this book shows promise for what is slatted to be a trilogy.

The Jedi temple has been destroyed and the Empire has take control of the galaxy and the Old Republic is gone, but there are still people fighting against the corruption of the emperor's new regime. Jax Pavan is one of the few Jedi to escape the massacre at the temple, and he is given a mission by his old master Even Piell to find data on a droid that is importan
Jun 30, 2013 Lisa rated it 3 of 5 stars
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Essentially, the book is the story of Jax Pavan, a human Jedi Knight, after the fall of the Republic. His Master dies and his final wish is for Jax to find a droid containing secret information. He teams up with some Paladin chick, a Sullustan, a sentient droid that knew his father, and a former Clone Wars hero. Prince Xizor gets involved, and Vader wants to find Jax because they were friends, in a galaxy far far away. As for my opinion... well, the book certainly reads like a Star Wars novel. T ...more
Rachel Swords
I'll be honest: this was the first Star Wars book since the Black Fleet Crisis series that I had a hard time getting into. Once I finally did, though, it proved to be an enjoyable read. The Big Three(of the prequel trilogy) are not here, meaning this book has to pretty much stand on its own ala the X-Wing series-not that there is anything wrong with that! I know I speak for others when I say the more Star Wars books there are that DON'T focus on the film heroes, the better as their adventures ar ...more
I admit that I bought this book because of its cover: its sepia tones and dark inks ooze noir. A fact that, when combined with glossy purple Star Wars logo, had me nerding out pretty hardcore. The first thing to note is that book takes place in the period immediately following Revenge of the Sith with most of the Jedi Order hunted and killed while those left alive are on the run. Our main character, according to the back of the book, is a Jedi turned Private Investigator named Jax Pavan who rece ...more
Jun 11, 2014 K rated it 4 of 5 stars
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Decent start to a new series that takes place between ROTS and ANH. It is a nice change to read about a jedi character other than the main movie and EU characters. Other characters such as Vader and Xizor were in the book, which I enjoyed, as well as the references to other EU novels such as Shatterpoint and Medstar. 4.25/5
Erick Garcia
This book seemed to me to be not as good as many others in the Expandes Univers of Star Wars.

There's a lot of repetitive situations and internal ramblings by the characters and some of them sometimes feels like the only reason they were put in was to fill space.

The author enjoys taking common phrases or expressions and turning them into their galactic equivalent, which is nice and many times funny, but there's really quite a lot of them and the appeal wears off rapidly.

All in all it's a nice boo
This book has everything you expect from a "Star Wars" book: Intrigue, great dialogue, and action. We are introduced to some new characters and some characters that have been featured in previous books, including one of my personal favorites, I-5YQ, the self-aware protocol droid. Only drawback I find from this author is that he likes to name and include as many species of aliens as he can. I cannot remember what they all look like, and I just don't have the time to go on-line and look them up! B ...more
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Micheal Reeves is an Emmy Award-winning television writer and screenwriter whose many credits include Star Trek: The Next Generation, Twilight Zone, Batman: The Animated Series; and Gargoyles. His novels include the New York Times bestseller STAR WARS: Darth Maul - Shadowhunter and the forthcoming STAR WARS: Death Star. He has written a book called Interworld with Neil Gaiman. He's also written sh ...more
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