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Conviction (Star Wars: Fate of the Jedi #7)

3.72 of 5 stars 3.72  ·  rating details  ·  2,773 ratings  ·  105 reviews
A nine-book series where the Jedi are under suspicion from their allies and allied with their enemies, featuring Luke, Leia, Han, and the rest of the fans' favourite characters.
Hardcover, 380 pages
Published May 24th 2011 by Century (first published January 1st 2011)
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Kim
I'm tired of Abeloth. Let's move on.

The characters are what keep me coming back to these stories, and they are the only thing keeping these books enjoyable. There are too many storylines, too many side characters to keep track of, and too much time between books to remember who has died and what kind of political maneuvering has gone on. And I refuse to re-read these just on principle.

Also, I am sad about Callista. I loved her so dearly when she was first introduced, and I wish she could have
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Mike
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Sheridan
I liked it because it was Star Wars, not because it was all that super. Aaron Allston is one of my favorite Star Wars authors, and he doesn't disappoint. Unlike many others in this series, this one balanced the humor and drama very well. My main gripes are with the series itself. Abeloth is dumb, too big to have gone unnoticed for so long, and continues to make no sense after 7 books. I'm tired of the Allana secret identity stuff. I hate the lack of care the next generation is getting. Allston b ...more
Mike
The 7th and latest volume of the Fate of the Jedi saga, Conviction, is here. This time it’s Aaron Allston at the helm and this time…it’s more of the same. First off let me start by saying that whoever wrote the back copy for this book should be summarily fired. I’ve never read a description that tries its hardest to spoil everything that happens in the novel and is, in many regards, patently misleading. Seriously, absolutely terrible job on that part. Furthermore, I’m sure I’ve said it before, t ...more
Brian
this book was clearly a placeholder in the series, repeating plotlines from the previous two books. I wish that Lucasbooks would stop planning these huge story-arc, nine novel series. They have tried to turn the success of the New Jedi Order into a template for huge sales, but none of the series that followed the Yuuzhan Vong storyline have deserved that treatment. Go back to plotting trilogies and the storytelling can get tighter and the plots more compelling...
Bill
Not bad, but this is still a three book series being stretched out to nine books. We're finally moving towards a conclusion here, and this has less filler material than most of the others in this series.
Marcelo
Another fine Star Wars book by Aaron Allston. This guy knows how to write a page-turner — this actually might have been the Star Wars book I've read the quickest.

Nothing particularly stands out, another average book in the series, but «Conviction» keeps up the pace set by Troy Denning in the previous one, «Vortex».

There isn't a lot I can say that wouldn't spoil things this far in the Fate of the Jedi series, so I'll keep it brief. Many story threads are finished in «Conviction», so we have somet
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DC
The overwhelming number of ancillary characters in this book are a major distraction, and the prose is nowhere near Allston's usual standard. This, coupled with my general annoyance with the plot in this series made for the kind of book I was eager to get done with.

The tale in terms of plot improved about half-way through the book (or at least as much as it could while still involving the ever-derivative Abeloth), and I was interested to see the end. Lack of follow up with Vestara was most unsat
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logankstewart
Nov 30, 2011 logankstewart rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Star Wars fanatics, bored people
More exciting than the previous book, Conviction offers a better paced novel than we've seen in a while in the FotJ series. Still, this book suffers from the same problems the previous few books have, chiefly, it's practically the same book as the previous books, only with a new main planet of interest, a new villain/thing, and no new surprises.

Well, to be honest, maybe one surprise, but not really. See, the publisher really dropped the ball with this one in their marketing. Normally I don't rea
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Ithlilian
Another decent installment in the series, though maybe one of my least favorite. Plots are progressing, Skywalkers are visiting new weird planets, trials are ending, governments transitioning, slaves rebelling, the usual. The hunt for Abeloth is still my least favorite part yet it seems like that is supposed to be the main focus. The strange force planet in this book didn't interest me at all really, which makes this one the weakest of all the books so far. I still care about the side stories an ...more
Patrick Hayes
The third to last book in the Fate of the Jedi series has a lot of scenes milked in the middle to get to the cream at the end.

Luke, Ben, and Vestara are still on the trail of Abeloth and chase her to a planet that makes Tatoonie seem glamorous. It takes an unbelievably long time for anything to happen there and this was a major part of the book that could have been shortened. Too much time goes into travelling between distances. Not much lovey-dovey between Ben and Vestara, unlike in the previo
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Steven Shinder
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Luke
As a Star Wars fan I liked this book, but overall I'm finding this series to be a little lacking. Perhaps more of a focus on the younger newer heros of the Star Wars universe rather than the constant trotting out of Luke, han, Leia and the rest. I feel there hasn't been a good Star Wars story arc since the Yuuzhan Vong series.

Wayland Smith
Fate of the Jedi is a fairly long series that could have been a bit shorter. Many of the Jedi's allies have turned against them, and the Order is trying to find a way to survive. They are hunted by the New Republic government, and a dark creature called Abeloth, who is linked to the Sith.

There's a lot of adventure in the Star Wars tradition, but I find it a bit darker than I like. There is also a lot more political maneurvering than I care for. I like the more swashbuckling version of Star Wars
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SporadicReviews.com (Kevin Bayer)
Not as boring as the previous books in the series. Starts out blah, but picks up about half-way through and becomes an okay book. This particular Star Wars series is just not that great. Too many characters to try to fit into each book. Seems like they should make stories that focus on a smaller group of characters.
Robb
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Kirstie
Overall, I fairly enjoyed this book. My main gripe with this book (why it's not four stars) mainly stems from the Abeloth plot. I can understand how it ties in with the series, they can't really resolve this particular subplot until the last book; but at this point it's sort of hit a repetitive note.

Maybe it wouldn't have been as obvious if the entire novel were centered around this perspective, but personally I found the perspective relating to the Jedi troubles on Coruscant more intriguing. T
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Tyler
Yet another installment of this rambling Star Wars series. Honestly, the writing on this book was perfectly fine but I find myself tired of the same old plots. Luke has become a caricature of the wise and powerful old Jedi running across the galaxy to fight evil. Jaina, Ben, and Allana-- the only sane survivors of the younger solo/skywalker clan are side characters with very little screen time. I think Jaina had less than five pages in the entire book, and Ben was simply Luke's sidekick. The dev ...more
Melissa Mcginnis
Hubby checked this out as an audiobook to listen to at work, but our daughter wanted to listen to it so I got to hear it too. Being that I generally stay away from off-screen, non-canon sci-fi novels based around movies and shows, I have not read any of the preceding books and not likely to do so.

The characters were interesting, especially those that aren't established screen characters. The crazy brother and sister (Valen and Jicella--hope those are spelled right, since I'm guessing) are kind o
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Darren Vincent
Started out pretty good but ended on a mediocre note.

More than halfway through the book and I thought to myself that I was glad that the Sith hadn't shown up, only for them to make an appearance toward the end. The Sith are a great enemy for the Jedi, but I am just not really connecting with this Lost Tribe. Apart from Vestara, I find the entire band of them to be very bland and generic and they do not feel threatening. Plus, for a band of people who have been isolated for so long, they seem to
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Denae
I might have higher expectations for star wars books.

The plot seems slow in the Fate of the Jedi books. It seems like very little happens in each book; the characters have another fight with Abeloth, they face the sith, argue with Vestara, little progress on Tahiri's trial, and some bad stuff with Daala. It's like the books are trying to cover too much, but even then the pace could be faster. Even when things happen (fights, takeovers, assassination attempts), it feels slow, like there's no real
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Aaron
For some reason, I didn't care for the Legacy of the Force stuff. While there were some good elements, the whole Jacen as Darth Caedus (cool name by the way) seemed just a repeat of well...everything that Palpatine did in the original movies and prequels. It's yet another rise of the sith story. Honestly, that's pretty much all we get with Star Wars these days.

With the Fate of the Jedi story arc, while not all that different from previous arcs, I don't seem to have the same feelings. Maybe it's
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Shane Amazon
After the events in Omen it was pretty clear that the storyline that had the Jedi going insane from an unknown evil-doer was going to be a reoccurring theme, but the fact that almost every other plot point was going to be rehashed is what really drags this series down. Over the last few books we watched as Tahiri was put on trial, and now that that storyline is beginning to wrap up Allston, and the Del Rey powers that be, have decided to not only introduce another legal trial into the mix but tw ...more
Nicholas
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Matt
Took me awhile to finish this one. It was actually interesting towards the end of the book, but it just took awhile to get there. The outcome of the Luke/Ben/Vestara mission was very unsatisfactory considering how much of the book was spent setting up this major plot point. The book even points this out.

This book did contain some important character resolutions and appearances for this series and for the EU in general. Daala and Tahiri both find themselves in very different positions compared to
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Mike Smith
The seventh of nine books in the Fate of the Jedi series, this novel continues the pursuit by Luke Skywalker and his companions of the ancient, evil Force entity Abeloth. Structurally, very little that is new happens. The Jedi battle Abeloth. The Sith battle the Jedi. The Jedi on Coruscant and a conspiracy of Imperial Moffs both move against Galactic Alliance Chief of State Daala, but the repercussions of this coup seem minor. The action scenes have some originality and are well-written, but the ...more
Milan Pohl
Solidní svazek v dosti nevyvážené sérii. Díky Allstonovu humoru a vypravěčskému umu nepůsobí Conviction tak roztahaně jako některé předchozí díly, ale přesto se nemohu ubránit pocitu, že místo devítidílné série by úplně stačila trilogie. Ideálně trilogie, kterou by napsal sám Allston, případně Allston s Denningem (bez příspěvku Christie Goldenové, jejímiž knihami mám problém se prokousat, bych se klidně obešel). 7,5/10
Zxielle
The sickness that has overcome many Jedi seems to be cured, or has it? The Jedi seem to be in control of the Alliance temporarily and overturn the exile of Luke Skywalker. But the strange force of Abeloth still looms great over everything. And Luke must confront someone from his past---who should be dead!!
Bjoern
I wasn't exactly thrilled how the FotJ series ran up till now. But nonetheless this latest installment in the story arc was simply enjoyable. That it's the seventh in a row to handle the same characters, factions and ideas seems to finally pay off after some rather disappointing books where the balance and weighting between those same elements did not really work out to a fine result. What's more important: now we have reached a point where those same elements extort a feeling of "what? No! it c ...more
Russ
I don't really know what to think of this Fate of the Jedi series. It seems to be dragging on so long and kind of recycling the same storyline over and over. It was okay for the first couple books, but now I'm starting to wonder if there can possibly be a pay off. Maybe I've been reading too many "gritty" fantasy books lately--I know this isn't Star Wars style--but I feel like Lucas needs to bite the bullet and let some big characters die. Maybe it'll come in the grand finale, but I'm growing a ...more
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