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

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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...more
Paperback, 406 pages
Published April 26th 2011 by Del Rey/Ballantine Books (first published January 1st 2010)
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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...more
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...more
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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...more
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...more
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...more
Mike Smith
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...more
Steven Shinder
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Andrew Wise
continues the story, but lots of editing mistakes and poor quality of writing
Eh -- I can't resist Star Wars books. Not the best volume in this series.
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...more
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...more
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Adam Bourke
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...more
Joe Hempel
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...more
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...more
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
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...more
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...more
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
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
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...more
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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
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...more
A very solid book. I'm enjoying the relationship between Vestara and Ben--Ben is really coming along as an interesting, fun character. Also, considering that the identity of Abeloth was never really a secret (after the first time she appeared it was pretty clear that we had met her before, albeit long ago) I was still touched by Luke's shock and horror, and his realization that he still carries a profound love for this character. I highly doubt we've seen the last of her--or at least I hope we h...more
This book progressed the various plot lines quite nicely, but Christie Goldie's style was laborious. I found it hard to read this book. I finally just sat down and read it. At least this book didn't end on a cliffhanger. I'm stopping reading these books for a while. Still it is fun summer reading!
This book was head for 1 to 2 star rating until the last 70 pages or so. I didn't enjoy most of the book. I realize that the slavery issue is supposed to be important for Dalaa's character, but it isn't implemented in any way that makes you care about it at all and the entire sidetrip to Klantooine was absolutely unnecssary. I don't care for Golden's writing in this book, and I'm starting to decide I don't like it over all. In "Omen" it was offset by a good story arc, which isn't present through...more
Darren Vincent
Mildly entertaining. It felt like a filler book that only barely served the overall story arc of the series.

I wanted to like this book more because I like the idea of Abeloth and her connection with the Maw Cluster, but the conclusion to the mystery of the Jedi sickness was too quick and not fulfilling. The portrayal of the Sith did not seem in line with what we can expect from Sith in certain situations. They missed too many 'opportunities' to really feel like they were as treacherous as Sith u...more
Bob Stuhlsatz
This series continues to fit 20 pounds of material into a five pound book. Everything just gets glossed over quickly. Too many things are going on at once and nothing is covered extremely well.
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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...more
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