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Backlash (Star Wars: Fate of the Jedi #4)

3.75 of 5 stars 3.75  ·  rating details  ·  3,379 ratings  ·  98 reviews
Locked in a war of wills and weapons, the Jedi Order and the Galactic Alliance must come to terms—before the Sith’s army of darkness enacts revenge.

Repercussions from the dark side’s fatal seduction of Jacen Solo and the mysterious plague of madness afflicting young Jedi continue to wreak galaxywide havoc. Luke and Ben Skywalker are in pursuit of the now Masterless Sith
Paperback, 384 pages
Published February 22nd 2011 by LucasBooks (first published January 1st 2010)
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Surprisingly, to me, I liked this book. I usually find Aaron Allston's writing about as interesting as watching paint dry (insert your favorite alternate cliche' here). I understand the author had some severe health issues around the time book #1 of this series came out. His writing has improved since then.

Backlash, book #4 of the "Fate of the Jedi" series, starts to slowly...very slowly...unify the disparate threads of the first three books. And that's WAY overdue.

If you've been reading this se
Luke and Ben seemed to have abandoned their mission to uncover the murky truth of Jacen’s turn to the Dark Side during the third FOTJ book, Abyss, when a weird new tribe of Sith caught their attention. In Backlash, the adventure continues. Luke’s on the prowl, metaphorically sniffing out Vestara Kai like some crazy bad ass Jedi hunting dog; with his blood splattered on her person after a lightsaber battle that ended with the death of her Master, Vestara’s unaware she’s even being tracked, but yo ...more
A.N. Vidrine
Another good book by Aaron Allston. I pretty much think he's the best when it comes to Star Wars books.

Anyway, it's always interesting to get yet another step towards uniting the Fate of the Jedi and the Legacy (comic) series, and eventually we'll know everything. Of course, I've fallen behind in my comic reading, but I keep up with the books pretty well.

This book involved a revisit to Dathomir, the planet that Han Solo won (in a card game, of course) much earlier on in the series. The planet is
I was disappointed in this one. Maybe I'm spoiled by the Legacy series (ZOMG BEST SERIES EVER), but this book felt like a placeholder/throw-away. Very little that pertained to the main plot points of the series actually happened. I liked the parts on Coruscant, but they were few and far between. I'm kind of disappointed that I paid $16 bucks for this book and didn't wait for it to come to paperback. I was actually more intrigued by the preview for the next book than I was reading any of this one ...more
Dylan Gullberg
After the last book, my interest in this series had finally peaked. Aallston's first book was good but left much to be desired. And after Golden's absurd book, Denning paved the way for a remarkable continuation of this series. Backlash directly follows the events of the last book, but goes in a completely different direction. One of the biggest criticisms I had for Golden's book was nothing truly significant happened. She failed to move the plot forward. Not only were we stuck in limbo, we had ...more
Mar 22, 2012 Kernos rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Star Wars fans
Shelves: star-wars-books
My escapist reading is not suitable for review, IMO. Like a dream they take me from my imposed reality.
Steven Shinder
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I feel like I've been reading this book far too long to even be able to give it a proper review since I barely remember what happened it its beginning. But I'll try to give you something.

I originally started reading this in September or October (it's now February. Yikes), after powering through the first three installments of this series. For whatever reason it kept getting pushed aside for other books. It just didn't hold me quite as much as the other books in this series, though I do plan on r
Chad Bearden
Almost enough happens in "Backlash" to make up for the fact that it is just as clunkily written as the three previous entries in the "Fate of the Jedi" series. And I suppose that, at the very least, its a little promising that Allston is finally playing around with the Machiavellian plotting that characterized the far superior "Legacy of the Force" novels. But the lurking problem still remains: Del Rey have purposefully asked their authors to write for a younger audience.

There is no other explan
It seems that the «Fate of the Jedi» series is picking up after all. Two of the previous three story-lines converge into one, and the book takes place almost completely in the planet Dathomir, among the very interesting culture of the Witches of Dathomir. Even the Solo family gets briefly involved in it.

By the way, I can't tell which story is more compelling, the Skywalkers or the Solos. Even the little adventure/trouble that the 8-year old Allana, R2D2, and C-3PO find for themselves is very goo
This book improved as I continued reading it.

I was not impressed with Allston's prose in the first part of the book, which was a disappointment, as I've really enjoyed his other Star Wars books (especially the X-wing series). The worst bits are when we, as Star Wars fans, get "treated" to bit of writing that beat us over the head with reminders that Luke has a prosthetic hand, or that Jaina is Leia's daughter (!). Would anyone reading this book really need to be reminded of those facts? Now... I
Mogsy (MMOGC)
I can't really think of much to say about this one. It's a Star Wars book, certainly not the best I've ever read but nor is it anywhere near the worst. I didn't love it, I didn't hate it, it was just so very conventional and uninspired. Mediocre.

I think one of the problems with this series is that while I'm sure there's an elaborate overarching plot line all planned out, the need to drag it out over a certain number of books ends up wreaking havoc with the characters and the pacing of these nov
Adam Bourke
Finally! Something happens! The first three books of this series were really quite slow, but in this we finally see it going somewhere. This time, while still plenty of political manouvering, we get too see some action.

This book follows quite nicely from the previous one - where the Sith Apprentice Vestara escapes from Luke and Ben Skywalker on Sinkhole Station. It actually starts with a Vestara viewpoint scene of her leaving. It's one of the few of these in the book - I was a little disappointe
David Bevins
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"Aaron Alliston has done it again! After a few hit and miss novels in the current Fate of the Jedi series, Backlash is hands down my favorite so far. The story arc was tightly woven each event building off the previous and delivering a satisfying thrill ride.

One of the many things Alliston brought to us in Backlash, was a chink in the hard armor in Chief of State Daala. Yea, I know a lot of people hate her, and think she's just an imperial slut who came to power, but I really do think she has t
Shane Amazon
For the most part, the three first Books in the Fate of the Jedi series have been a pretty cookie-cutter presentation as each have had the same rinse-lather-repeat feel that preceded it. Backlash, however, breaks the mold and takes the reader in a near completely different direction. For some this may be a bad thing and for some this may be a needed break from the norm. For me, well, I'm pretty well torn with this book. I liked Abyss. I thought it was a great read, and with its introspective loo ...more
Robert Carlberg
4th book of the Fate of the Jedi. Luke and Ben are now chasing the Sith girl they battled in the Maw. They end up on Dathomir in this book. According to the descendants of the witches Luke met when he first visited here they have now been training their men in the ways of the force. They still only have select powers that certain people can use, and they treat it like magic. They do get into the middle of a battle between two clans (one of men and one of weomen) that are trying to join together, ...more
Backlash is the fourth volume of the Fate of the Jedi series. As such, some of this will be spoilerish for the first three books, so use that how you will.

Luke Skywalker and Ben, his teenage son, are still in exile. Luke, banned by the Galactic Alliance from entering established Jedi places, such as the Temple, is chasing a young Sith girl across the galaxy. He and Ben have tracked her to forests of Dathomir, home to rancors and Nightsisters. There they land and intensify their search for the Si
Not great, but not bad either. I think I preferred the last novel because it broke new ground in the whole Force mythos and philosophy department as well as provided some heart-warming scenes with older characters. This novel reads like survival fiction. Luke and the crew are trapped on Dathomir with a loose Sith threatening to uncover the secrets to an ancient dark power and the Witches of Dathomir themselves threatening Luke and his progeny because of his history with the planet of Force sensi ...more
Patrick W
Originally posted on my review blog, Stomping on Yeti, at the following link [ words or less: Despite some illogical character decisions, Backlash appeals to fans of both the original and prequel trilogies while continuing to build on the groundwork of the series and fix the expanded universe.[return][return]My Rating: 3.5/5[return][return]Pros: Luke and Ben feature in a worthwhile plot with memorable scenes; Crazed Jedi plotline continues to build slowly ...more
This was probably my least favorite entry so far. I think I enjoyed the multiple plot lines of the previous books much more than I realized. When the Skywalkers band together to deal with the Sith threat on Dathormir I am forced to focus almost all my attention on that storyline and it's my least favorite. There is no mystery here, just politely chasing after a Sith girl with some dealings with the locals added in. I didn't care about the cultures combining and Luke and Ben just sitting on the p ...more
Patrick Hayes
This was one of the better books in the series when we finally get some Jedi action, both with Luke and Ben and at the Jedi Temple, and the politicing, which I haven't been a fan of in a Star Wars book, got interesting. Vestara is turning into a good villain. It was also fun to read of a pack of rancors attacking our heroes, driven into a frenzy by the nightsisters. On the down side was the first third, or so, of the book that had Allana on her own adventure. If you were bothered by Anakin in Ep ...more
Nick Scott
I get the feeling that the more interesting stuff in this book was supposed to be Ben and Luke's adventures on Dathomir, but what actually turned out to be the most interesting stuff was Han and Leia and the stuff with the Jedi on Coruscant. Ben and Luke's adventures were entertaining, but upon completion of the book I couldn't figure out why it was necessary. It didn't really advance the Sith/investigation plotlines and most of it (particularly the tribes and games stuff) felt like fluff. I'm h ...more
Luke and Ben pursue an escaped Sith to the world of Dathomir. There they attempt to unite the feuding clans and capture the elusive Vestara Khai. In the meantime Chief of State Daala orders the Jedi Temple blockaded. Can anyone help Luke on his quest? And who is behind the attacks on the Solos?
Matt Galyon
Nice Story Progression

The Star Wars expanded universe novels have been good fun, and Backlash did not disappoint. It progressed all of the major storylines along nicely and served a nice lead in into the next installment in the series.
Matt Hartzell
I'd give this 3.5 stars if I could. While many of the most important plot lines moved along, it was a fairly slow crawl. Another great climax here, as well as a genuine cliffhanger. It's been fun to rip through the series.
Fate of the Jedi continues to be my favourite expanded SW universe in which the Big Three's children are past the age of puberty. By which I mean, I generally have no interest whatsoever in reading about Han and Leia's grown-ass children, but this series is solid enough to get over that.

I enjoyed Outcast better, but this one still kept me interested enough to read others in the series (so long as I don't have to go out of my way to pick them up)

I did groan at the part where Luke's son protests a
Better than Abyss but not living up to Outcast, this entry into the FoTJ series is a solid read. Allston really captures the Big Three, as far as characterization goes, as good or better than anyone. The return to Dathomir is very welcome and the scenes there are cool.

I would have liked more scenes dealing with the Jedi and the situation on Coruscant, and I could have done without the Allana scenes. Zekk and Taryn seem wasted. Maybe Id care more/they'd make more sense if Bloodoath hadn't been ca
Brian Geers
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