I think the book actually merits a 1.5 star rating because of the intensity of some of the fight scenes, but there were so many other issues that I coI think the book actually merits a 1.5 star rating because of the intensity of some of the fight scenes, but there were so many other issues that I couldn't in good conscience do so. Maul is one of my favorite Star Wars characters, and the main reason I chose to read this book. The premise involves him infiltrating a prison where the corrupt officials there make money on the side by broadcasting the fights and allowing people from all over the universe to gamble on the outcome; an outcome that only occurs when one of the combatants die. Maul is there to find an arms dealer who hides himself amongst the motley crew of prisoners. All good, so far. But the problems, they are a plenty. First, the sheer number of double crosses is confusing at best. I get that they are mostly prisoners, but almost every guard and even the warden are crooked. There is a litany of prisoners that send Maul in the direction he thinks he wants to go, only to run into another guy who he must throttle to extract information he wants. The plot is one big line of rats and snitches. In fact, there are so many red herrings, that there is very little plot once you get through them all. Secondly, the side stories are irrelevant to the main story, and distracting to Maul's purpose. Boring. Especially the story about the Wolf Worm which is this gigantic creature living in the bowels of the prison, and nobody does anything about it until it crosses Maul. You know, just because you need some big monstrous creature to add...something...to the story. Thirdly, the timeline of actions isn't always right. For instance, at one point, Maul is being verbally harassed by the warden and in the next chapter the same warden is in another part of the prison involved in a firefight with some prisoners. So when did she have time to taunt Maul. Poorly planned. Finally, and this might be a nit-picky thing, but every conversation between almost any two characters is interrupted by a phrase similar to this: "then a voice behind them said". The writer used this surprise so much that it wasn't much of a surprise by the end. Not as bad as Star Wars: Crystal Star, but not the best novel in the Expanded Universe either....more
A great intro to the NJO series that allows us to see that the great bounty hunter, Boba Fett is still alive and kicking. This is more of a novella thA great intro to the NJO series that allows us to see that the great bounty hunter, Boba Fett is still alive and kicking. This is more of a novella than a true novel....more
I expected the story of Darth Plagueis to be filled with a little more action, but if we are going to be true to canon, the Sith, during this time, arI expected the story of Darth Plagueis to be filled with a little more action, but if we are going to be true to canon, the Sith, during this time, are still secretly plotting their return and the end of the Jedi Order. As such, the novel lacked a lot of pizzazz. In addition to that, some of the intricately detailed plans of Plagueis and his apprentice Sidious are so complex that they become silly and completely unbelievable. The best part of the novel is seeing how much of Plagueis' machinations became part of some of the better known events of the time. It seems, according to the book, the Plagueis was primarily responsible for orchestrating Palpatine's ascendency to Senator then Supreme Chancellor, for creating the Trade Federation, and for sparking the Yinchorri Uprising. It was also neat to see how he experimented with midi-chlorians in an effort to live forever only to have his focus on this endeavour lead to his death...no more about that, don't want to spoil it too much. This is a good novel provided you aren't expecting a lot of action and can get through the labyrinthian Sith plots of taking control of the Galaxy....more
This novella first appeared in Star Wars Insider as a six-part serial about the adventures of Uldir Lochett and his crew of "rescue pilots". TogetherThis novella first appeared in Star Wars Insider as a six-part serial about the adventures of Uldir Lochett and his crew of "rescue pilots". Together with a troubled Jedi, Klin-Fa Gi, they try to thwart a devastating Yuuzhan Vong plan to destroy the Republic. The short piece was touted as being the third part Greg Keyes' "Edge of Victory" series, and nicely fills in some of the gap between it and the next full length novel, " Star by Star". I really enjoyed these new characters, in particular the Dug, Leaft, and hope they appear again in further Star Wars novels...more
The more I read this series, the more I wonder why people dismissed it as being boring and uneventful. The storyline of this novel does divide into 3The more I read this series, the more I wonder why people dismissed it as being boring and uneventful. The storyline of this novel does divide into 3 arcs, with the Anakin arc being the most interesting as it concerns his love interest with Tahiri Veila. The fight scenes, both in space and hand to hand, are well written and intense. The birth of Ben Skywalker is also intriguing as I know that my new favorite character (young Solo) doesn't make it to the end of the series. I'm almost certain that Ben will become what Anakin has become since the start of this series: a hero. ...more
This entry in the New Jedi Order series focuses on Anakin Solo. Like his namesake, young Anakin is strong in the force, but is sometimes a bit headstrThis entry in the New Jedi Order series focuses on Anakin Solo. Like his namesake, young Anakin is strong in the force, but is sometimes a bit headstrong. Against his uncle's wishes, Anakin goes to Yavin 4 to save the members of the Jedi Praxeum from imminent invasion by the Yuuzhan Vong. He partially succeeds, but refuses to leave behind the few who are unable to escape, including his best friend, Tahiri Veila. Veila is captured by the Vong, and Anakin, joined by an unlikely ally, makes his way deep into Vong territory to save his friend. Lots of action, intensity, and insight into the ways of the Yuuzhan Vong keep this lively novel moving at a brisk pace. Hopefully, part 2 (Edge of Victory: Rebirth) will be just as good. ...more
"The Final Prophesy" is the second to last novel in the long Star Wars story arc the New Jedi Order. In it, our usual cast of heroes, Luke, Han &"The Final Prophesy" is the second to last novel in the long Star Wars story arc the New Jedi Order. In it, our usual cast of heroes, Luke, Han & Leia, take a back seat to two other Jedi protagonists, Tahiri Veila & Corran Horn. They form an uneasy alliance with three Yuuzhan Vong who, like the Jedi, are looking for the living planet, Zonama Sekot. Nen Yim, a Vong shaper wants to discover its secrets. Harrar, a priest, is there for more or less the same reason. Nom Anor, disguised as the prophet Yuu'shaa, is there to destroy the planet. The book follows the group through their initial meetings and subterfuge to keep things as secret as possible, and climaxes when they discover each other's secret agendas. As a side story (which really has no connection to what is happening on Zonama Sekot) Wedge Antilles is left marooned in Vong territory and must fight his way out with a bit of help from his friends who arrive just in time to save him. Sorry if I spoiled it there. A good lead to the (hopefully) exciting climax to the arc in The Unifying Force....more
A great introspection of Jaina Solo's character so shortly after the death of her brother Anakin, and the disappearance of her brother Jacen. EssentiaA great introspection of Jaina Solo's character so shortly after the death of her brother Anakin, and the disappearance of her brother Jacen. Essentially, this novel finds Jaina dealing with three major issues in conjonction with what has happened to her family: a) apprenticeship to Kyp Durron, b) the Hapan throne c) a possible, but dark side, weapon against the Yuuzhan Vong who are hunting her. She figures everything out by the end, and the author reveals many things about Jaina in the process. You even get a sense of the confusion the 18 year old Jedi must be feeling as she swings back and forth from decision to indecision. I cannot count how many times she changed her mind about being Kyp Durron's apprentice. While the confusion fits the circumstances, some of the other story lines didn't make as much sense, Jagged Fel's presence did little more than add some sexual tension between he and Durron who seem to both have feelings for Jaina. He also seemed to pop up at every moment when the author needed a distraction; and he really was little more than that. A good book nonetheless as we delve deeper into the Jedi state of mind as the war against the Vong continues.