The "Legacy of the Force" arc in the Star Wars universe draws to a close in this hardcover finale by Troy Denning. He and authors Karen Traviss and AaThe "Legacy of the Force" arc in the Star Wars universe draws to a close in this hardcover finale by Troy Denning. He and authors Karen Traviss and Aaron Allston have been cycling through the 9 books of the series, which highlight yet another galactic civil war in which the Skywalkers and Solos come to the aid of the galaxy. However, there are a few twists this time around - Luke is joined by his wife, Mara, and son Ben, while the Solos are split - Han and Leia fighting for the seceding Confederation which includes Corellia (Han's homeworld), their daughter Jaina fighting for the Jedi and the Galactic Alliance and their son Jacen fighting all of them to become the master of them all as he transforms into the Sith, Darth Cadeus.
Definitely not a book to be read as a standalone, it is a worthy ending to a great Star Wars series. Without giving too much away, suffice it to say that where the characters have waivered until now about how to deal with the war and Jacen's turn to the dark side, there is no more wavering - they all know that in order for their to be peace, Jacen must die. The problem is that he controls the Galactic Alliance, has the resources of the Imperial Remnant and might be the most powerful Jedi-turned-Sith ever.
The story quickly jumps from the previous books, which have done their own great job at bringing in almost every EU character that Star Wars has offered. And everyone who was anyone in this series makes an appearance in the final novel, tying up loose ends. Most of them are somewhat gratuitous, but the key elements - Boba Fett and his granddaughter Mirta, Tahiri Viela, Tenel Ka - make important contributions.
But in the end, it's two people that will make the didfference - Luke Skywalker and the Sword of the Jedi, Jaina Solo, who's been tasked with bringing Jacen - no, Darth Cadeus down at all costs, even those of all of her family.
It's been great to see how Karen Traviss weaved her "Republic Commando" series into this series, and how the other authors were able to tie in older books and characters. But the elements of the new story - Jacen's fall from grace - have been the most compelling. Although a bit charicaturistic at times, overall they've done a good job. One can really see how Jacen could have fallen to prey to the wiles of the Dark Lady Lumiya and become a Sith.
One problem I DID have with the book was the fact that whenever Darth Cadeus was portrayed, everything they said brought him to the lip of anger. I'm not sure how many times he's described as 'barely controlling his anger' and 'then realizing that anger won't get to his goal', but it has to number in the dozens. Okay, we get it - he's angry. He's got anger issues. Move on.
But the rest of the book was great. I read it in a week of train rides, and could barely put it down. I'm sorry to see the series end, in a way, but know that more stories are still coming with the release of "Millenium Falcon" in the fall. AND the finale of this book reveals how the Legacy comic book series came to be (or rather, how that state of the universe came to be. But that's another story....more