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Abyss (Star Wars: Fate of the Jedi #3)

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Peace is the way of the Jedi. But with deadly enemies on everyside, war may be the only way out.
On Coruscant, an epidemic of madness is preying on the ranks of the Jedi Order – driving the Galactic Alliance in to martial actions. As Han and Leia Solo along with their daughter, Jaina, join the fight to protect more stricken Knights from arrest, Jedi healers race to find a
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Kindle Edition, 402 pages
Published August 18th 2009 by LucasBooks (first published August 12th 2009)
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Mike
Jun 03, 2011 Mike rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Mogsy (MMOGC)
3.5 stars. Pretty much three separate stories going here: 1) Han, Leia, Jaina and the other Jedi back on Coruscant trying to figure out why some of their young knights seem to be going crazy, 2) Luke and Ben Skywalker in the Maw trying to uncover the mystery of how/why Jacen Solo fell to the dark side, and 3) the Lost Tribe of the Sith trying to fulfill their prophecy of becoming the masters of the galaxy again.

If only that third story line was as interesting as the first two, I would have given
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Erik Hansen
I will preface this by saying that Mr. Denning is a professional writer and I am not. I also had to wait six weeks to post this in order to allow the vitriol to be diluted by the unavoidable annoyances of life. And laziness. Ok, mostly laziness, but definitely some kind of sedentary rage as well. The man can move a story forward, but it amazes me that he is still a relatively major player in Star Wars novels.

I suppose I could sum up my feelings about this book like this: If you mention the Kil
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Denae Christine
Maybe I still hold a grudge against TD for killing off Anakin Solo.
Oh, and I'm not interested in Force philosophy stuff. I'd rather have the action and intrigue and small romance between Jaina and Jagg and the worry about the unknown disease and poor Ben. I don't need people communing with the dead or arguing about whether the Force is one color, two, or a rainbow.
As in, this series got way too complicated when Anakin died. Chewbacca I can understand (have to kill off some main character, okay).
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Erika
Aug 25, 2009 Erika rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Ithlilian
Jul 25, 2013 Ithlilian rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
I really enjoy this series for some reason even though there are plenty of things wrong with it. It's not just that it's Star Wars because up until now I have disliked pretty much every Star Wars book I tried to read. It's not the characters because I find them tiresome at times. I think I like it because I want to know what happens when all the loose ends come together. I want to know what's making Jedi crazy and am interested to see if the people turn against the Jedi. The random mysteries tha ...more
Wayland Smith
Part of a huge story, this is a decent Star Wars tale, but it has some elements I don't like. I like more adventure in my Star Wars books, and while this has that, there's a lot of politics as well, which happens more and more in these books. It's a really big story, going over many books, and they take their time with a lot detail for the Fate of the Jedi arc.

Luke Skywalker and his son Ben travel the galaxy to find clues as to what happened to Jacen Solo. They really want to know what led thei
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kesseljunkie
Oct 24, 2009 kesseljunkie rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I stopped reading the post-Return of the Jedi books in the Star Wars series long ago. In fact, I stopped with Star by Star, also by Mr. Denning.

In an effort to be sweet, Stacey picked this up at the local library for me unexpectedly and so I set aside Team of Rivals for a week to see what they had to offer in the "later" Star Wars universe.

It's not pretty. It's not interesting. It's just tired. It doesn't matter how well it's written, and Mr. Denning does a passable job here, but it's just the s
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Dromeda
Oct 30, 2009 Dromeda rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Better than "Omen" but not by much.

I honestly miss good ol' days of stand-alone Star Wars novels. The occasional Duology or Trilogy by a single author is fine but these multi-book, multi-author deals are getting a bit tired.

And still not even a mention of Zekk and Jagged Fel still hasn't been sucked out of an airlock. Seriously, are we *supposed* to like Jag? Are we supposed to think that he's a most excellent Head of State? I know that *I* don't like him but I'm a long-time Zekk/Jaina 'shipper
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Athena Braun
To me not really all that great..no answers about Jacen.Hopefully it picks up or I'm not sure if I want to read any more of this series...I have read better Star Wars books..
Chad Bearden
Well, I really have to give it to Troy Denning, who does an admirable job taking what has been a sputtering exercise in wheel-spinning, and getting it back onto the tracks. It's not a masterpiece by any stretch of the imagination, but it does something the previous two entries in the "Fate of the Jedi" series failed utterly to do. It moved the story forward while managing to feel connected to the Star Wars universe, and not just a badly written elementary school stage play version of it.

I was ho
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Patrick W
May 23, 2013 Patrick W rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: in, 2009, wars, the, of, star, jedi, fate
20 words or less: Fate of the Jedi plotline begins to pick up in a typically uneven Denning novel that does more right than wrong.[return][return]My Rating: 3.5/5[return][return]Pros: Interesting Luke/Ben subplot finally delivers on potential; Spot-on characterizations; Series plotlines finally start to come together[return][return]Cons: Poorly written dream sequences; Denning continues to demonstrate a weakness for describing action sequences; Techspeak crutch used to arrange scenes[return][ret ...more
Gina Guesby
Story- wise just not as entertaining. I wasn't feeling the characters and the situations so much. The reader was very good - diction and emphasis and tone. It's just the story wasn't up to par.
Adam Bourke
Finally this series has something beginning to resemble a storyline. I thought it would never happen. Unfortunately, I didn't enjoy the writing as much as I did with the previous two books, or even Denning's own books in the previous series. So I'm not sure whether to be elated that something is finally happening, or disappointed in the writing. It didn't stop from reading until I'd finished though.

While I enjoyed the previous books, they didn't really have a driving force behind them. But now w
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Shane Amazon
Oct 29, 2013 Shane Amazon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
After reading Outcast and Omen, both books I found were good but not great, I was a little afraid that Abyss would be a continuance of the rinse, lather, repeat, format that we found Omen was to Outcast. And to an extent Abyss is just that, but it is also much more. Where Outcast and Omen acted as the prelude into the larger story that Fate of the Jedi is to offer, Abyss is the first book to bridge away from the character and environment building setup and take advantage of the larger tale. We n ...more
Sonny
Aug 06, 2011 Sonny rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: star-wars
The 3rd installment of the Fate of the Jedi series Abyss, felt like a hit and miss for me. Although certain elements were intriguing, more often then not I was bored out of my mind. Mainly on the fact with Luke's astral meditation story arc and the endless philosophical debates that followed just made the whole story lag on and on. The hired initial Mandolorian threat was less satisfying than I would have liked. Though I doubt this will be the last time we'll see them, maybe hoping to see Boba m ...more
Dylan Gullberg
Aug 05, 2014 Dylan Gullberg rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A 3.5 for me. This is by no means a bad book. In fact, it is a very good one. For the first time in the series, there is a sense of direction, and a very interesting one at that. Luke and Ben's arch in this series just keeps getting better and better. The political battle between Chief of State Admiral Daala and the Jedi is finally beginning to pick up steam and it's getting uglier with each move both side makes. In the last book, Christie Golden's use of the media as a tool for the Jedi and Daa ...more
Mike Smith
At times, this third entry in the "Fate of the Jedi" series is an entertaining read, but the series is feeling less and less like Star Wars. All the familiar characters are there, and there are lightsaber battles and blaster battles and trips through hyperspace. But there is also an extended sequence that takes place on a "higher plane of existence" that is some sort of Force afterlife. A key part of this series so far has been the view that there are multiply valid understandings of the Force h ...more
Marcelo
Aug 24, 2010 Marcelo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Star Wars fans that read "Legacy of the Force"
So far, this is the best book in an already very good series (I couldn't expect less from Troy Denning). At last, all the three story threads get interesting — and compelling. The struggle of the Jedi against the misconception that borders tyranny of the Galactic Alliance government comes dangerously close to open conflict, as more and more young Jedi turn psychotic and paranoid, but our heroes finally find something that all of the "infected" share that could explain the disease. The last two " ...more
Mikel
May 07, 2013 Mikel rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was the first Troy Denning Star Wars book I enjoyed since "Star by Star." Did I love it? No, but it did seem to grab the reigns of the FotJ storyline which I appreciate.

There seems to be an ego thing going on with the author. He can't stop mentioning past events from his previous books, trying to make them seem relevant. Even the lingo in his dialogue seems to be exclusive to his novels. The other authors seem to be painting in the style of Star Wars, whereas Denning, at times, seems to wri
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Sarah
Jan 23, 2012 Sarah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I think this was another strong book in this series. I know that there are a lot of people burned out on the Star Wars EU, but since I just started reading them I like what is happening in the world.

Things are progressing in the Jedi storyline, although it does seem slightly slow at the moment. I hope that things eventually pick up. It doesn't even need to pick up that much, just a little more happening in the book would be nice.

Luke and Ben continue their galaxy world tour, this time with a st
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Will Maddox
Jan 02, 2013 Will Maddox rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This series was my first look at any of the star wars books written after the original movies since I picked up the Thrawn series by Timothy Zahn. I wasn't sure what to expect. The first two novels weren't bad. The first one could have been better written, the second improved matters a bit, but this one truly caught my attention. It may not be the best prose or the the masterpiece of Mr. Denning's career, but it convinced me to finish the series and I wasn't disappointed. The series gets progres ...more
Mark Kaye
May 05, 2013 Mark Kaye rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: star-wars
Well this is book 3 of 9 and it was remarkably better than books 1 and 2. I still can't give it 4 or 5 stars. Troy Denning has always written great Star Wars books, at least IMO, but this, based on his other work, isn't one of them. For example some of the Astral Plains (Beyond The Shadows) issues were way too long and drawn out, it was as if he had made them long and lengthy just for the sake of it, it served no purpose, other than to increase page numbers.

Having said that, however, this book
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Lane
Feb 04, 2015 Lane rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
FINALLY this series has a sense of direction and where it's going. Not sure exactly why it took this long to do it, but at least it's finally there.

Sadly, I found the first part of this book to still suffer from the lack of drive and direction as the first 2 books in the series. I found that the book really started to get going when Luke went beyond shadows, and that the series finally took off at the Lake of Apparitions. Pretty much everything after that part is a 3/5 stars (and everything befo
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Nicholas
Nov 17, 2011 Nicholas rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: star-wars
Better than the last installment, but only by a little. To be honest, I'm not really a fan of the whole Sith storyline centered on Vestara. It feels like the EU authors are just trying to one-up whatever has come previously. Kinda like, "We've seen two Sith in past storylines, but what about ONE HUNDRED?" Really, it takes the focus out of character development and I feel like this storyline lacks any single compelling and sinister threat. And what's motivating the Sith? Nothing more than the run ...more
Andrew
Jul 08, 2013 Andrew rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
There are two ways to review a Star Wars book. The first way is to review it as you would any old book; as a piece of literature that wants to tell an independent story. The second way is to review it as a Star Wars book: a novel that tells a piece of the sweeping mythos established by George Lucas and his company. This book isn't a particularly good piece of literature. I don't think it wants to be. The prose is utilitarian and flat. There are many passages that fail to engage the imagination. ...more
Lisa
I love love love Troy Denning. He does so much more to develop the same characters that other authors just write through hoops. He changes them and brings them to life. Vestara the Sith and her Master are on a mission to get Ship, a Sith training vehicle, but their party is stopped by a woman who is more demonic-Force-presence than human. Luke and Ben are deep in the black hole cluster of the Maw on a station like the superweapon Centerpoint, with a bunch of crazy Force-users who are beginning t ...more
Christopher
FINALLY!!! The storyline is moving along in this series. And, I'm happy to say, that once it does, everything starts to become a whole lot more exciting. "Now," as Mike Meyer's Goldmember character would say, "the shootzing beginz!" The Sith finally make themselves known to Luke Skywalker in an absolutely fantastic way. Not only that, but Luke and Ben Skywalker's journey to retrace Jacen Solo's earlier slide to the dark side seemed to put them into serious danger. And that's not just because of ...more
Jesse
Nov 19, 2009 Jesse rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi, starwars
If I could give this one 10 stars out of 5 I would. This part in the Fate of the Jedi series shows just how large the gap is between great authors of science fiction and the others that are tagged to fill in the blanks for outstanding authors such as Troy Denning. I can tell you this much, I was iffy on this series, some of it was a little slow, had poor wording and even some grammatical errors, but this chapter brought me back and then some. The force mythology, the connections to past novels, ...more
Joey
May 22, 2015 Joey rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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