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Betrayal

(Star Wars: Legacy of the Force #1)

3.86  ·  Rating details ·  7,363 ratings  ·  213 reviews
This is the era of Luke Skywalker's legacy: the Jedi Master has unified the order into a cohesive group of powerful Jedi Knights. However, as this era begins, planetary interests threaten to disrupt this time of relative peace and Luke is plagued by visions of an approaching darkness.
Melding the galaxy into one cohesive political whole after the savage war with the
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Paperback, 496 pages
Published April 5th 2007 by Arrow (first published May 30th 2006)
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Petter Avén
Feb 10, 2012 rated it liked it
Spoiler alert! Read at your own hazard. I will take no responsibility for making you feel sadened by my review, nor possibly bored out of your mind. I do however take all due credit for being a sarcastic smartass even when I in fact like a piece of literature. Which in this case I do.

"Deep are the wounds that civil strife inflicts." The words of the Roman poet Marcus Annaeus Lucanus return to haunt me in Betrayal, just as they did in the Dark Nest trilogy. Once again characters that have been
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Havva
Mar 20, 2010 rated it it was ok
Shelves: scifi
I stopped reading new Star Wars books after the first few New Jedi Order, but when I saw this one for sale used I thought I'd try it, since it was a new series and I've always liked Aaron Allston. Solo Command and Starfighters of Adumar standing out among all others for their laugh-out-loud humour.

This book was slightly better then the last few Star Wars I've tried, including a number of amusing references to previous events, both in-universe and out (Tycho asked, "Is Han-" "He's fine," Leia
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Stephanie "Jedigal"
Dec 04, 2007 rated it liked it
Shelves: star-wars
This is a good example of the expanded universe, and a good example of author Allston's contributions, but nothing to write home about.

Best thing about this book: a fast-moving plot that never stagnates. Nice balance, as Allston usually does, of balancing emphasis between action sequences and characterization. But unfortunately in this one, both those areas are somewhat lacking. There is no sparkle here.

Another positive note: Jacen Solo once again displays his tendency to think for himself. In
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Q.
Jun 01, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Hailey
Sep 21, 2007 rated it liked it
After I first read this book, my immediate reaction was, "I've read fan fiction better than this!" It took Traviss' and Denning's next installments to get me comfortable with the idea of the change in Jacen. Looking back, it makes sense after his capture by the Vong and 5 year journey studying different Force techniques. It took a while, but the book finally grew on me with the witty exchanges and character interactions. I particularly liked this little exchange:

[b]Han straightened, irritably,
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Jerry
Jul 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
This series is off to a crackling start!
Shara
Dec 21, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My Review: 6 - Worth Reading, with Reservations

Reservation #1: if you haven't been keeping up with the post-Return of the Jedi Expanded Universe novels, this is, by far, one of the worst places you can jump aboard. While there is some merit in believing that every story set in a franchise should be friendly to newbies, the thing with the Star Wars Expanded Universe is that it's grown so large, with so many important characters that have nothing to do with the movies, that if you pick up this
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Alex
Oct 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Plot:
Betrayal takes place forty years after A New Hope and shortly after the Yuuzhan Vong War. The galaxy is on the brink of a total civil war due to the fact that Corellia and other worlds don’t want to follow the Galactic Alliance’s rules. There is tension building between Corellia and the GA (Galactic Alliance). This causes the Alliance to prematurely attack the Corellian military, which I don’t entirely agree with. I can see why the Galactic Alliance attacked, but I think that the attack
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TheBookHunter
Jun 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Betrayal!

I am happy to begin this series and the first book was very exciting.

Summary:
Legacy of the Force: Betrayal is the story of Jacen Solo, the son of Han Solo and Princess Leia, and the beginning of his journey towards the Dark Side of the Force.

Years following the devastating Yuuzahn-Vong War, the galaxy once again is in a state of turmoil. The Galactic Alliance is dealing with a planetary uprising that could come to full-scale conflict and everyone, including the Skywalker and Solo
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Gus
May 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This book is very good. The main characters are all from the original movies which is very cool. The setting takes place in the galaxy after the Yuuzhan Vong war. The galaxy is starting to rebuild the Galactic Alliance and each other's home planets. Corellia has been very independent as a planetary system and is starting to show signs of wanting to leave the Galactic Alliance and invade other systems with a secret fleet. They are also rebuilding the galaxy's most dangerous weapon, Centerpoint ...more
andrew looker
Nov 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Personal Response
I think that this was a very good book there were a lot of unexpected twists and turns in the book which is good for action books. The author put a lot of very very tense moments where the character has to make a tough decision that may change his or her life. I also liked this because the author included cliffhangers that really stumped the reader for a good amount of time

Plot
What happens first is that Corellia plans to reactivate Centerpoint Station which is a station that can
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Cale
Jun 25, 2014 rated it liked it
Even though it's over 400 pages, this really feels like just an Act I: reintroduce the characters, and set the pieces on the board. Two major conflicts are stirred up (the Corellian system against the Galactic Alliance, and Jacen Solo's personal philosophy), and when the book ends, we've only had the warning shots in both situations. It definitely is the start of something bigger, so judging it on its own merits almost seems unfair. That being said, there's some great dialog and character ...more
Tim
Aug 08, 2007 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Star Wars Fans
I realize that I am reading this book (the first in a series of 9) rather late in the game. I have only recently re-discovered my love for the Star Wars franchise, after all. However, I found the book to be interesting. My only problem, however, is that since I've joined the game so late, I am unfamiliar with many of the main characters. For example, the book does talk about main villains Thracken Sal-Solo and Lumiya as if I should know exactly who they are. Yes, there are some clues as to their ...more
Matt Mazenauer
Aug 17, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It has all the bravado a Star Wars novel should: dramatic relationships drastically affected by the hardships of galactic war, cinematic battles so vivid you can see the glow of the lightsaber cuts, and true respect for the charactes that populate this universe, from their witty banter to their amazing skills. Amid the author's novel personal sci-fi ideas that decorate the various new cultures and technologies we meet are some truly realistic family struggles as our cast is split by a newly ...more
Michelle Benson
Jun 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars!

And so marks the summer I will almost exclusively read Star Wars EU books.

And what an awesome start. It took a while to get going, but get going it did. While I could stand to see less of the old movie folks and more of the next generation I get I'm probably in the minority wanting that. Also totally called who was going to go dark side and I'm so ready for it. Jacen and Ben are my favs for sure. I wish Jaina would have been in it more!

Will the fact that this series is written by
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Matt Kent
Dec 24, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Pleasantly surprised upon reading reviews of this book I was skeptical of what to expect I was enthralled from start to finish.

A good book to start this series I wasn't sure what to expect at first. Once I began reading I was hooked. I gave this book a solid four stars it had good pace kept the reader entertained. It never lacking dull moments and made for a good read. I would recommend to anyone wanting to get their feet wet in the star wars universe this is a good starting point.
Eric Piotrowski
Jul 29, 2007 rated it it was ok
Shelves: science-fiction
It's weird to read about Han and Leia and Luke in their 50s (still running around fighting evil like they're back on Hoth). The exploration of light/dark sides and Sith vs. Jedi is interesting, until the climax, when the whole thing really, really tanks. Just abysmal. Maybe the most stupid, illogical character decision of any Star Wars story ever (except George Lucas thinking Jar Jar Binks was a good idea).
Robert Potts
Jul 13, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Awful, just awful. Established characters like Han Solo and Luke Skywalker don't behave at all like their personalities from the films dictate. Allston clearly lacks a passion for the Star Wars universe, and I can't help but think these stories would be terrible even as original works. If you're going to miss of SW book series, make it Legacy of the Force.
Joshua
This series is the reason I quit reading Star Wars EU books. The author has no understanding of Lucas' characters and wants to continue the Star Wars universe as a vicious circle of events that never changes.
Josh Haley
Dec 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction
An epic beginning to this arc, still sad Disney ditched this tale for the sake of money but it can't be helped...
Matthew
Feb 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
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David Canavese
Dec 16, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: star-wars-novels
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Craig
Mar 23, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Kenneth
Jun 30, 2013 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Star Wars fans
***spoilers***
While it does not reek with "glorified fan fiction" vibes, Legacy of the Force: Betrayal is not the best example of Star Wars novel within the Expanded Universe. Chronicling the start of a new galactic conflict 35-or-so years after the events of Return of the Jedi, and being the first in-depth look at the rise of Darth Caedus, this book relies heavily on militaristic strategy and squadron attacks, two things I find tedious to sit through in print. The gist of the book: the
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Jonathan Koan
Jul 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
After the New Jedi Order and the Dark Nest Trilogy, I was beginning to feel EU/Legends fatigue. The NJO had some great storylines woven in, but so much of it was difficult to get through, that I wasn't entirely sure whether to keep going.

I'm happy I did, because Legacy of the Force: Betrayal is great!

First off, this book is jam packed with story. The main plotline(In my opinion) follows Jacen and Ben in their quest to learn about an assasin. But there are other plotlines that follow the Solos,
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NickM
Sep 10, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: couldn-t-finish
I don't normally go into the Star War EU, and it's even less tempting with regards to what counts or doesn't count as canon these days.

In any case, The Legacy of the Force series was on my radar so it felt like the right time to give it a try.

The writing is... meh. Writing sci-fi jargon can be tricky at the best of times and done incorrectly can bog down a narrative like no one's business. Unfortunately, that's what happened here.

Even more unfortunate is the characters themselves. The ones who
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Joseph
Mar 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book kick butt!!!

This kicks off the Legacy of the Force series and it is basically some odd years after the New Jedi Order and the Vong wars (there is a little bit still going on). The series seems to be the beginning of Jacen Solo's journey towards the Dark Side of the Force.

Basically the new government is the Galactic Alliance and the planet Corresaunt wanting to leave them. The Skywalker and Solo families are caught in the middle.

Jacen and apprentice, Ben Skywalker are on a mission that
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Katrin von Martin
Jun 18, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: star-wars
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Darryl Dobbs
Jan 15, 2018 rated it liked it
Still with the same star characters, though the book hints that humans in this universe live to be 120 so 70 is considered aging but not old (I found that interesting). So Han is pushing 67 or 68, while Luke, Mara and Leia are around 56. That being said, the spotlight is shifting towards the next generation now and it's pretty clear that Jacen is the focus. It's also clear that he is turning to the dark side, even if some of the rationale doesn't fit.
Nothing against this book or this series,
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Owen Rataj
Oct 01, 2017 rated it it was ok
Not sure what I expected to be honest. A real slow-burner, this is about as fan-fictiony as fan-fiction can get; which often severely got in the way of things. Cringey moments such as: "Of course he survived, that's because Han shot first.", and other face-palm references to the films/trivia were almost unacceptable at times.

The story itself I found rather weak, only becoming interesting during the final third of the book. This wasn't helped by the fact that the writing technique often styled
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