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Allies (Star Wars: Fate of the Jedi #5)

3.86  ·  Rating Details  ·  3,903 Ratings  ·  104 Reviews
Only one thing could unite the forces of Jedi and Sith: an enemy far deadlier than both.

What began as a quest for truth has become a struggle for survival for Luke Skywalker and his son, Ben. They have used the secrets of the Mind Walkers to speak with the spirits of the fallen, risking their lives in the process. They have faced a team of Sith assassins and beaten the o
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Paperback, 406 pages
Published April 26th 2011 by Del Rey/Ballantine Books
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Chad Bearden
"Allies" is another disappointing entry in the "Fate fo the Jedi" series for mostly the same reasons the rest of the books have been subpar, with the added disadvantage of being written by Christie Golden, whose knack for writing the young-adult tone is as uncanny as it is annoying.

To get the gist of things, you really have to examine "Allies" from both the macro- and the micro-level.

Looking at the big picture, this entire series frustrates because of its elementary complexity and scope. For ins
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Holly
Oct 27, 2010 Holly rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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This was arguably one of the worst Star Wars books I've ever read. And I have read 304 of them to date, so that's saying a lot. I'll admit that some of this comes from the fact that I despise Golden's writing style, but the story itself has a lot to answer for.
First of all, the characters. Luke is portrayed as a weak old man; Ben as the stereotypical teenager that nobody is like really; Leia and Han as dim echoes of what they were in the movies; Vestara and the rest of the Sith: Hello, you have
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Andrew Wise
continues the story, but lots of editing mistakes and poor quality of writing
Mike
Jun 20, 2011 Mike rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Ithlilian
Aug 26, 2013 Ithlilian rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
There are aspects of this series that I enjoy less than others, plot lines that interest me more than others, and direction changes that remind me of hallows versus horcruxes, but all in all this is still an enjoyable series. The characters are entertaining and the banter is not shoved down our throats too much, so that's definitely a plus, but like the other novels this is broken up into separate stories that all somewhat relate and will eventually affect each other.

If you didn't know it alrea
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Marcelo
This book was actually better than the previous one by Christie Golden's quill. She's not very good with fight scenes, but that's hardly the point in «Allies».

In this book, we see the unease alliance between Luke Skywalker and the Lost Tribe of the Sith, the only way both parties found to fight the grand-villain of this entire series, the dark-side monster Abeloth. We finally discover why is that creature so interested in Luke and how is it maddening the jedi that spent time in Shelter during th
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Adam Bourke
Jul 14, 2011 Adam Bourke rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The first thing I can say about this fifth book is that it's a reassuring size. The last one by Golden was a bit thinner than the rest of the series, but this one isn't. As for the story, it's much better than the first three in the series.

As I often do, I'll start by discussing the characters, and in particular with my favourite character - Vestara. Vestara is a Sith apprentice, a bad guy by definition, but I find that I can't help but like her, can't help but want her plans to succeed. As in t
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Leo
Sep 22, 2011 Leo rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: star-wars, legacy
It's hard not to knock most of the books in this series for the whole Admiral Daala as Chief of State thing. That whole storyline doesn't work for me. The rebuilding of the Mando's make sense given Boba Fett's popularity. Unfortunately the Mando's don't really help the story either. Everything around her to this point has been way too predictable and frustratingly unconvincing.
I actually had less of a problem with Luke's interactions with the Sith. I haven't been a fan of the Abeloth stuff thoug
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Krystal Hickam
May 14, 2015 Krystal Hickam rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this next chapter of the Star Wars Universe. The compelling characters both good and evil keep you enthralled to the very end. I appreciated the amount of story that was given to the Sith as well as the Jedi and the deeply detailed world they inhabit. It showed great balance on letting you like the Sith just enough to not want them to get completely destroyed. Watching young Ben start to fall in love with his Sith counterpart is a great life lesson that you can take with you in ...more
Bill
May 31, 2010 Bill rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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I liked the plot developments and of course the characters, but found Golden's writing style lacking. I had to read too many sentences over to crystallize their meaning.

I have read every Star Wars novel I know about up to this point, and this is the 1st time I have felt taken advantage of— like I am mainly helping to keep Skywalker Ranch well manicured.

It would be better for all readers, I think, if the 9 books of The Fate of the Jedi where distilled into 1 big novel or a trilogy, all written
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Lane
Mar 04, 2015 Lane rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Pretty decent, and the series as a whole is looking brighter. Golden seems to struggle with action scenes and fights, but that' alright here.

There were a lot of well-done moments in here though.

(view spoiler)

So yes, all those were great.... especially #2.

I really felt t
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Mike Smith
Feb 06, 2014 Mike Smith rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Allies is the fifth instalment of the nine-book Fate of the Jedi series. The main focus is a temporary alliance between Jedi Master Luke Skywalker and the Lost Tribe of the Sith, who had been stranded on an uncharted planet for millennia. They must work together to find and, they hope, defeat an ancient Force-using entity that has been telepathically controlling young Jedi Knights across the galaxy.

There are several sub-plots, including the tense relationship between Luke's son Ben and a young L
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Steven Shinder
Apr 16, 2014 Steven Shinder rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Wayland Smith
Continuing the "Fate of the Jedi" series (and the general darkening of the Star Wars universe), this shows the further adventures of Luke and his son Ben as they try and get clues on how to beat the dreaded Abeloth, as well as having a confrontation with the Sith, although not in a way they expected to.

Back on Coruscant, the Jedi Order is increasingly at odds with Chief of State Daala and her government. Tensions run high as special forces are brought in to fight the Jedi. Han and Leia, with the
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MartinAndTheirBooks
All in the mood for Star Wars, I decided to reread this little book I got from Helsinki airport years ago. It probably won't be canon anymore in a few days, though I'm not sure how that's going to work.

First of all, I know this is Expanded Universe, and that I'm missing so much because I have read hardly any books and no comics at all. I've only watched the six films, Clone Wars, and a number of episodes from the Clone Wars series, so my knowledge may be a bit lacking. At least I have spent hour
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Megan
Apr 17, 2012 Megan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
So, I have a confession: series books {a.k.a. a book like Allies} are my guilty pleasure. I don't read as many as I used to and I don't read as many series as I used to, but my love of "Star Wars" knows no bounds and so therefore, I gobble up any and everything related to that long ago and far away galaxy.

It's been a while since a "Star Wars" EU series has captured my attention like Fate of the Jedi. I'll admit that I missed some of the Yuzhan Vong hoopla (I have always believed that aliens belo
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DC
Jul 09, 2010 DC rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Joe Hempel
Mar 01, 2011 Joe Hempel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A great entry into this series, having Sith and Jedi team up was an interesting idea that worked quite well. They both were investing into this monster that was controlling Jedi born in the Maw called Abolith. Even managed to tie it into some New Republic era novels, which was quite a pleasant surprise.

The dynamic between the two lifestyles interacting, gave you a good feel for just how alike they are, and how the Jedi do walk a fine line between light and dark sides of the force.

Also the trial
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Lindsey
Aug 30, 2013 Lindsey rated it it was ok
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I'm very conflicted about the Star Wars (SW) Expanded Universe (EU) these days. The books are being published faster than I can keep up, especially if I want to read any non-SW material. And what I'm reading I haven't been terribly impressed with. SW used to be escapist fantasy and it's felt like Lucasfilm's publishing branch can't get a hold on what type of story to tell in the last decade or so. (Yikes, did I just say decade?!?)

So a couple years ago, I quit reading the SW EU. And then I missed
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Sonny
Aug 06, 2011 Sonny rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Christie Golden does not disappoint with her next installment in the Fate of the Jedi series. I'm so happy that the series has formed a habit of continuing straight after the events of the previous novel. Continuing with the grave situation, Luke and Ben find themselves, after they leave Dathomir, surrounding by 11 frigates of Sith Ships! With much thought... the Jedi and the Sith form a fragile alliance to confront the shadowy threat in the Maw. Back on Coruscant, the Jedi have their hands full ...more
Shane Amazon
Jul 29, 2013 Shane Amazon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Prelude: Star Wars Backlash

(Skip down to Allies if you want to avoid Backlash spoilers)

In Backlash we watched as Luke in Ben chase after their newly discovered Sith as she escapes to a planet called Dathomir. With the hope of capturing this young Sith girl, Luke and Ben set out to find her but instead stumble upon two warring tribes of ancient Force users. One tribe, the Nightsisters, is glued to their old ways and takes offense to the ways of the other tribe, Raining Leaves, who have freed thei
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logankstewart
Luke, Ben, along with their hostage Vestara, are forced to ally with the Lost Tribe of the Sith in an effort to take down the mysterious Dark Side being from the Maw known as Abeloth. This alliance between Jedi and Sith is shaky and devoid of trust, and ripe with potential.

Meanwhile, Chief of State Daala is fed up with the Jedi's insubordination, and she begins looking for other means to bring them under GA control.

And Jedi are still going crazy, though we finally learn exactly what's causing
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Nicholas
Dec 02, 2011 Nicholas rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Christie Golden is officially my least favorite Star Wars Expanded Universe author. I can't quite place my finger on it. Maybe it's the flippant narrative that turns me off, or the inescapable feeling that the EU is devolving into a young adult romance with Team Sith on one side and Team Jedi on the other, but it was just about all I could do to get through this one. It saddens me that the EU has come to this. The enemies the SW protagonists face keep getting more and more epic - invading armies ...more
Marleen
When I began this book after reading a few reviews, I must admit that I was nervous. To be fair, some of the arguments made about how Luke and Ben, in particular, are portrayed are valid. Luke does come off as stodgy, cynical, and uncharacteristically uncharitable. For a man with a lifetime of turning Sith to the Light, he sure seems awfully reticent to give the benefit of the doubt. Ben, in turn, goes from a mature, naturally cynical and distrusting but always sardonically humorous young man to ...more
Erika
Jun 02, 2010 Erika rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Luke and Ben are forced to confront a group of Sith ships floating above Dathomir when all they really want to do is get back to business. Luke not only wants to exonerate himself, but thinks following Jacen’s path to darkness may give him the insight he needs to prevent another Jedi from falling to the Dark Side. But these Sith have some information that Luke might be interested in—information regarding Sith who may be succumbing to the same dementia plaguing young Jedi across worlds.

Could the
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Jonathan
May 15, 2012 Jonathan rated it it was ok
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Will Maddox
This one turned out pretty good despite the writer's best efforts to make sure it didn't. Her attempts to portray Luke as the wise (and apparently weak) old Jedi Master at times just don't mesh with the over all picture of Luke readers have come to expect. Even she forgets he isn't portrayed as a complete bad ass a few times in her action scenes, which amused me a bit. After the prior novel with Luke and his son Ben utterly destroying a full unit of Sith Lord assassins sent to kill them like the ...more
Adam
Oct 22, 2011 Adam rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am enjoying the Fate of The Jedi series so far. It's not as good as the previous two series, nor some of the standalone titles though. A few plotlines are seemingly resolved in this one, while opening up to whatever shape the series end will be.
I did have issue with some of the characterisation, mostly because it seems like no one has any real power that they used to. You would have thought the Jedi being as powerful as they are, there would have been a much quicker resolve to the Daala situa
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Brandan Soboski
Aug 17, 2015 Brandan Soboski rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
One of my least favorite Star Wars books. I personally don't care for Christie Goldens writing style. She took a mediocre plot line, added far to much personal opinion on animal rights and slavery, and made practically everyones interactions romantic. I love Star Wars and don't mind some of Goldens writing for the expanded universe, but this one left a stale flavor when finished.
RumBelle
Jan 19, 2016 RumBelle rated it liked it
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I really like how this series is developing. Lots of layers, and action and mystery. The idea of the Sith and the Jedi as allies and all the drama of attacking the Jedi Order this book kept you on your seat. My only complaint would be one or two of the plot-lines seemed unnecessary and made the story a little bulky.
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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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