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Vortex (Star Wars: Fate of the Jedi #6)

3.85  ·  Rating Details  ·  3,801 Ratings  ·  122 Reviews
In a stunning turn of events, Luke Skywalker and his son, Ben, joined forces with members of the Sith armada sent to kill them—and turned their combined might against the monstrous being Abeloth. But with Abeloth gone, the Sith reverted to form, making a treacherous attempt on Luke’s life.

Luke and Ben have no time for retaliation. A new and even more insidious threat is ri
Kindle Edition, 401 pages
Published (first published January 1st 2010)
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Chad Bearden
It seems that throughout the "Fate of the Jedi" series, Troy Denning will have the enviable task of following Christie Golden's mediocre entries. In comparison to her off-base characterizations, wheel-spinningly irrelevant plots, and adolescent writing style, Denning can't help come off looking pretty decent. But even on his own merits, he manages to bring a few things to the table that have helped his two "Fate" novels stand out as the best of the bunch.

His action scenes in "Vortex", for instan
Wayland Smith
I'm a huge Star Wars fan, so I happily read all the Expanded Universe stuff. Sometimes, I do think their story arcs go on a few too many books. This one might be going on a bit too long and veering too much into politics. Personally, I prefer more action in my Star Wars.

This story has the Jedi and the New Republic at odds. The Jedi are also being hunted by a tribe of Sith, and a Force powerful monster called Abeloth. Here, things get so bad that exiled Master Luke and his son Ben ally with the
John Harper
Jun 18, 2014 John Harper rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really enjoyed it and raced through it. It was really hard to put down because I cared so much for these characters and I needed to see them through. I've read of 30 years of adventures of these people and part of me realised while reading that perhaps that was the only reason I enjoyed it so much. I think I needed to make sure these friends of mine survived. The story itself dragged quite a bit, but there is a lot going on and its part of a nine (Or so) book series and its hard to take it in is ...more
Apr 05, 2012 Mike rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Scott Johnson
Perhaps the best so far in the FotJ series, Denning proves once again why he is the true master of the SW:EU. Far from the black and white, good vs evil structure of many story lines of the past, I continue to be impressed by the maturity this series is displaying. The political complexity and primary focus on something other than action and fighting make me once again outspokenly proud to be a fan of the EU.

With enough of that action kept intact because, of course, this IS Star Wars, but suffi
mike andrews
Mar 15, 2016 mike andrews rated it really liked it
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Best so far of the series

The story has really started to unfold and develop. A few key characters won't make it to the 7th installment while curing the Jedi sickness was just the beginning of what Luke and Ben still have to accomplish
Krystal Hickam
May 14, 2015 Krystal Hickam rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
After finishing Allies I had to pick up this book to see what happens with Ben, Luke, and Vestara. There adventure just starts to pick up in this book and by the time you are done, you almost have to breathe because the story flows so fast that its over before you know it. That is a great compliment to the author, When I want to continue the series even if the books are done by different authors tells you how great the baseline story is. I found the villains on all sides to be compelling and wel ...more
Sep 03, 2014 Cody rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The book was awesome! Troy Denning has done it again. The book started off slowly but when it picked up it really picked up. There were some pretty big developments in the book as well. It was 363 pages.

The Skywalker/Sith Storyline: They find out pretty quickly that Abeloth is still alive. The Skywalkers and Sith go to the pool of knowledge and see the vision of Allana on the throne only this time Ben sees himself and Vestara there as well. High Lord Taalon falls into the Pool of Knowledge whic
Patrick Hayes
Jun 28, 2014 Patrick Hayes rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Having taken over a year in reading the previous book in this saga, I found myself fairly easily falling back into the story. If you haven't read the previous books before this, I don't see how you could really understand what's going on.

This installment in the Fate of the Jedi saga is really light on Han, Leia, and daughter Jaina. The action falls squarely on Luke, son Ben, and the Jedi, still confined to the Jedi Temple.

Luke and Ben are still working with the Sith, including Vestara (the teen
Mike Smith
Feb 18, 2014 Mike Smith rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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In my review for the preceding book in the nine-book Fate of the Jedi series (see my review for Allies), I wrote that the climax was underwhelming. Now we know why. In Allies, Jedi Master Luke Skywalker and his Sith companions rather easily dispatched Abeloth, an ancient, evil Force-using entity. It turns out they were tricked and Abeloth survived, albeit in a wounded state. In this, the sixth book of the series, Luke, his son Ben, the young Sith Vestara, and the other Sith track the wounded Abe ...more
Steven Shinder
Apr 17, 2014 Steven Shinder rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Dylan Gullberg
I enjoy Troy Denning's writing. Going into this book was a breath of fresh air after reading Christie Golden's last book. It is unfortunate that Denning had to follow her place in this three-author series. I feel as though Denning has to make up for Golden's absurd subplots and poor characterization. There was a subplot in Golden's last book that I found annoying and completely out of place. Surprisingly, Denning does an admirable job of wrapping it up, paving the way for a stronger second half. ...more
Mar 26, 2012 Bill rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is one of the better books in the Fate of the Jedi series. The need for cooperation between the Jedi & Sith, the choice Saba had to make and the fall of Daala towards the dark side all make it rather more thought-provoking then prior books.
Jan 10, 2015 Laura rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another good page turner by Denning. Although, not as compelling as Abyss, it was still a good page turner and once I got into it, I couldn't put it down for long. There are some annoying things in this series while Denning and Alston are pretty consistent I decided to read the plot summery on Wookiepedia for Omen, Allies, and Ascension. Out of all the books Omen, Allies and Ascension had the WORST mistakes in the whole Star Wars EU. Golden must not write a lot of EU books because only someone w ...more
Mar 05, 2011 Tim rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent book! After the past two that were kind of so-so, this one really got things going and did an excellent job in building tension for the final few installments!
I was really torn between giving this book a solid 3 stars or a low 4 stars rating. Troy Denning writes books for the Star Wars Expanded Universe that are a ton of fun, even if it isn't anything I haven't seen before. Compared to his brilliant work in the previous series, Legacy of the Force, this is only an average read, but I can't really single out any flaws in «Vortex».

As of the story itself, the many threads finally converge into a big, sweeping arc, the narratives in different parts of the
Darren Vincent
Apr 22, 2012 Darren Vincent rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Good, not great.

I love the concept of this series, with Luke and Ben are in exile and Daala out against the Jedi. That being said, there is still room for improvement in my opinion.

First off, I realize that Luke is an extremely powerful individual at this point and if you have someone that powerful, it is hard to come up with worthwhile opponents. But can we do something else other than targeting Luke's knees in book after book as a means of leveling the playing field? Maybe temporary paralysis
Adam Bourke
Sep 24, 2011 Adam Bourke rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I had no idea where this book was going to start. The last book, Allies, pretty much finished off every storyline except for the Trial of Tahiri Veila. With four more books to go, I began this one a little apprehensively. But that problem is quickly resolved. We found out pretty much straight away that Abeloth has a little trick up her sleeve that means that she could indeed be the main antagonist for the rest of the series, and we also see that the conflict between the Jedi and Admiral Daala is ...more
Denae Christine
Aug 18, 2012 Denae Christine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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If only Troy Denning weren't so good at writing. I'm still mad at him for killing off Anakin Solo way back when.
Anyway, sometimes I forget Star Wars books can be hilarious. Sometimes I forget Star Wars books can be full of suspense and mystery as well as with action. Then I read a SW book like Vortex and remember. It had a fair amount of character development, too, in the midst of everything else it accomplished. New worlds and setting, new enemies, more deluded people who think they're doing ri
Aug 06, 2011 Sonny rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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"""The Jedi have heard the cries of the oppressed... And they have answered.""

Star Wars: Fate of the Jedi: Vortex, long overdo, having to wait about 6 months since the last installment. All the action packed suspense and conflict prior to Vortex seems to have peaked and resolved off book.

Way too much is going on in Vortex. A slave revolt, the Jedi/Galactic conflict, the assassination attempt of Bwautu, the Trial of Tahiri Veila, the Sith/Skywalker alliance, the romance between Vestara and Ben, a
Aug 03, 2012 Tom rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Shane Amazon
Jul 29, 2013 Shane Amazon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
After the deviation of Backlash, Allies put the series back on track and reintroduced the reader to the larger picture that is to be the Fate of the Jedi series. Now Vortex takes the reins from Christie Golden and sets out to bring the reader even deeper into the series' story arc. However, for me at least, the book fails to really offer anything that we haven't seen before. This is especially disappointing for me since I liked Abyss and was looking forward to seeing Denning offer another great ...more
Instead of re-hashing everything that's led up to Vortex, Book #6 of the Fate of the Jedi series, I'll assume you know everything between Books #1 and #5. And assuming that you know what happens in these books, then you'll likely be able to guess what happens in Vortex. Yep.

Barvy Jedi. Ultimate evils loosed in the galaxy. A planet full of Sith. Exiled Luke Skywalker still on some kind of walkabout. Vestara & Ben still flirting?

Vortex is a standard, run-of-the-mill Star Wars EU book, and it
Dec 09, 2011 Nicholas rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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If it's one thing that Denning has down, it's the narration of battle scenes. It certainly makes for page-turning reading, even if it's a rather superficial thing. The confrontations in this book are all top-notch with some rather interesting twists on Force abilities that draw on the best traditions of the EU and add some new clever variations on top. But that alone doesn't really deserve three stars. I think what impressed me most was Denning's ability to make sense of an smooth over a lot of ...more
Jul 04, 2011 Barb rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Vortex, part of the continuing saga in the Fate of the Jedi series, does not disappoint. Author Troy Denning gives readers a fast-paced story that successfully mixes action, drama and even humor. Vortex if filled with familiar Star Wars extended universe characters and follows the ongoing saga of Luke and Ben Skywalker versus the powerful and mysterious creature known as Abeloth. Their shaky alliance with the Sith Lost Tribe explodes in Vortex, the relationship between Ben and the Sith apprentic ...more
Jun 29, 2011 Roberta rated it liked it
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Feb 11, 2011 Erika rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Read this review at JRT:

or Club Jade:

After teaming up in Allies, relations between the Lost Tribe and the Skywalkers have turned a bit sour. Abeloth has been defeated, but the two sides are determined to keep secrets and double cross one another (both are good stalling tactics, after all). Luke and Ben tread dangerous ground, but it isn’t long before the pair is forced to flee the planet when they discover Abeloth did not die
Chris Conrady
Jan 21, 2016 Chris Conrady rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
For a Star Wars fan, this series has been enjoyable. The production value has been great with authentic sound effects, music and voices - for a more enjoyable AUDIO BOOK experience than most others. I liked this story line for continued in depth exploration of the Sith and watching the development of the relationship between Ben Skywalker and Vestara Kai. The entity Abaloth, carried over from the last book, continues to evolve as an interesting foe. On to the next book...
The final part of the middle third of the series, and it did its job, setting us up for the endgame. Some good action, but overall the whole series is getting derailed by the slave revolution plot lines...I sure hope it all ties together in the end someway. Not sure I've mentioned in reviews of earlier books in the series that Marc Thompson's narration is excellent, with great voices and pacing, particularly during action scenes. Aside from a few inconsistencies from book to book (it's got to be ...more
This book picks up in the turmoil that the last book left us. The Mandolorians are seiging the Jedi temple, Luke and Ben are aligned and betrayed by the Sith while they try to defeat Abeloth, and everything is on the verge of chaos.

It is through this chaos though, that the Jedi are finally able to make some steps forward to regaining control of the deadly situations they find themselves in. However, this has unexpected side effects, and may bring them to all out war with the Galactic Alliance,
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