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Star by Star

(Star Wars: The New Jedi Order #9)

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The New York Times bestselling Star Wars series The New Jedi Order enthralls readers with its epic drama and thrilling adventure. Now readers will pierce the very heart of darkness...

It is a solemn time for the New Republic, as the merciless Yuuzhan Vong continue their campaign of destruction. The brutal enemy has unleashed a savage creature capable of finding—and kill
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Paperback, 605 pages
Published October 3rd 2002 by Arrow (first published October 30th 2001)
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Crystal Starr Light
Jul 26, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: star-wars
Action, Characters, and Higher Stakes - This has it all

The Yuuzhan Vong have developed a newer, more fierce weapon against the Jedi: the voxyn, made from vornskyrs and able to "sniff" out and kill Jedi. Luke Skywalker approves Anakin, Jaina, Jacen, and their friends to hunt out the Queen, from which all others are cloned, and kill her. Meanwhile, Coruscant is close to being overrun.

NOTE: Based on audiobook and novel.

Let me get this off my chest right now. If I were just rating the audiobook, I w
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Scott Rhee
Dec 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
****The following review contains spoilers, so if you haven’t read this book yet, and you want to, I highly recommend skipping this review. You’ve been forewarned.****


I just recently learned about the so-called “Star Wars” canon, and I’m not sure how I feel about it.

A part of me thinks: whatever. I appreciate director J.J. Abrams’s desire to take the Star Wars franchise in a completely new direction, and I’m confident that whatever direction Abrams chooses to take the franchise will be a fascina
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David
Nov 24, 2008 rated it it was ok
This book was very much hit and miss for me.. It is almost as if Denning could not decide whether he wanted it to be about Space combat or a commando Jedi mission. Therefore, the book begins to exhibit s split personality. In addition, the conclusion of the book is very dark, leaving the reader feeling discouraged, much like the viewers at the conclusion of The Empire Strike Back.

The book just went on and on and on.. There was a great deal of powerful action, but after awhile it begins to feel
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Jesse
Feb 14, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sci-fi, starwars
The new Jedi order completely outpaces anything in the Starwars genre. This series was Dark, exciting, fast paced, and inspired. The writing was fantastic and the level of philosophy and force history was unparalleled. If your a fan at any level of the Starwars Universe than this series is a must read. It is on my top 5 of all time for a series and I treasured every moment I spent in that time. But beware, this isn't your typical Starwars book, be ready for a level of intensity that you've never ...more
Mark
I think this is the single darkest Star Wars book that I ever read. It's strange to say, but it captured the mood of the world at the time it was released. With a late October 2001 release, this was the first post-9/11 SW book - and it's interesting in how it reflected the mood since its manuscript was turned in months before 9/11 ever happened.

One thing that happens in the course of an invasion of Coruscant (which invasion was plainly inevitable after like the third NJO book) is that Yuuzhan Vo
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Darth
Oct 09, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: star-wars
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Ivy
5 stars

Nice to see Lando, Han, Leia, Luke, Mara Jade, Jaina, Jacen, and Anakin. Also nice that Lando got married.

Can't wait to read more Star Wars books!!!!
Mark Oppenlander
The New Jedi Order series grinds on with this 600+ page slog. There are two primary plotlines that run in parallel. In the first, Anakin volunteers to lead a Jedi strike team on a covert commando mission to a Yuuzhan Vong worldship to destroy the source of the voxyn, a threat specifically aimed at the Jedi. In the other storyline, Leia, Luke, Han and Mara must ready themselves, as the invaders appear to be preparing a strike on Coruscant itself.

The book has two major and interrelated flaws. The
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Jonathan Nonnemacher
Sep 07, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: new-jedi-order
I was kind of amazed to see this book hold a 3.92 average rating.

I was very disappointed in this book. Clocking in at just over 600 pages, I thought Denning should have either split this book into two volumes, or just had an editor cut about 200 pages.

I knew where this book was heading the entire time, I just wished the plot got there faster. There are WAY too many minor characters to keep track of, so I ended up just remembering a detail about them to keep them straight. Tahiri = hot for Anaki
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Kimberly
Apr 17, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Ley
Feb 04, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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Brendan
I felt this book was too long. More than anything, the book was cluttered by battle scenes, both in space and on the ground. The descriptions of these battles soon grew tedious and I feel that the story gained little for them. While it did add a lot of drama to the Yuzhan Vong war, this was probably one of my least favorite of the New Jedi Order series so far.
M Hamed
Apr 10, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2015, star-wars
Oh, dance in the dark of night, Sing to the morning light.
The dark Lord rides in force tonight, And time will tell us all.

Sam Anderson
Jul 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
To me, the New Jedi Order series has been slow and boring, but this book has made me hooked on the series! The plot twists and turns create an adventure much like the other series throughout the Star Wars EU. At first you look at the book, see how thick it is, and say “something’s going to happen in this book for sure” and Troy Denning did not let down.

For those who struggled through the first half of this series like me, this book, I believe, is the saving grace that turns everything upside do
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Darryl Dobbs
Aug 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
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Jacqueline O.
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James Bunyan
Jan 06, 2020 rated it liked it
The writing is a bit rubbish and the characters don't work but the story is epic and it makes the galaxy a lot bigger. Imagine if they had made XII, XIII & IX follow thee novels instead?! ...more
Jordan Anderson
I've taken enough time waxing lyrical in previous books about my feelings for the The New Jedi Order series, so I'll just skip a lot of time and words and skip straight to the point:

Star By Star is a disappointment.

I know this particular novel is widely regarded as one of the best in the entirety of the 19 book spread that is the NJO, but I just don't see it. Star By Star is tremendously (and yes, even tediously) long in parts. Denning wastes so much time in overlong and overwritten scenes, eve
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Cameron Roubique
Jan 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
(4.5 stars rounded up) Now this is why I still read Star Wars books. Star By Star is one of those crucial, essential, game-changer Star Wars books that cannot be skipped over if you're trying to hit the main parts of the story. Books like this one put Disney's Star Wars movies to shame.

I won't go into spoilers but I loved how this book had some major impact on every character including smaller EU characters like Borsk Feylya. I agree with the common consensus that this is the darkest SW book. it
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Mogsy (MMOGC)
In my opinion the best-written NJO book in the series so far, and also longer and more in depth. Star by Star is an important installment in that it is a turning point of the series.

This book focuses on the tale of the Myrkr strike team, the group of young Jedi led by Apprentice Anakin Solo, who infiltrated the Yuuzhan Vong in order to destroy the voxyn queen. While scores of Jedi and New Republic characters have already died over the course of the Yuuzhan Vong war, there's something a lot dark
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Daniel
Mar 21, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Heavy
Clint Link
May 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing
One of my all time favorite Star Wars books. (Spoilers) when Anakin becomes an ultimate Jedi or whatever fighting those Vong dogs I was on the edge of my seat. It is an epic battle.
Helen Wells
Hmm, found this a bit boring...
Anders
Jul 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
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Michael Wiggins
Nov 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
**Spoilers, for anyone left who hasn't read this yet.** I am reading this series with multiple handicaps, thanks to the fact that the series is well over a decade old, and has been relegated to the 'Legends' purgatory of the Star Wars Universe. Therefore, I know that Anakin Solo is doomed, and that Jacen's path leads irrevocably to the dark side, and that all of this is somewhat beside the point with the new Disney-fied universe. Nevertheless, there is much to appreciate in this series. The Yuuz ...more
Pagan
Rating: 5/10
It's Readable Sure...But Not Memorable


Warning: This review may contain spoilers.

Whilst Star by Starsuffers the same problems as it's predecessors. A lackluster story, a story that is very short with no real depth, sense of excitement and with villains that neither excited or interest you. Thankfully there is a different Audible Narrator for this novel to the earlier books - and whilst he not in the same leagues as Marc Thompson when delivering Star Wars books, it still is a massive s
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Lady Vixen
Mar 29, 2019 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: Jacen fans and Gungans!
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Chris Munro
Apr 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I'll admit that I've struggled through the first few books of the New Jedi Order series, but this one, was a great read. It's also the longest, and packs in a good long story you can sink your teeth into, culminating in a battle that turns the tide on the entire direction of the series, making me very keen to continue to read the remaining books. There are a great deal of characters and I found that some were a little hard to keep track of. I only ask one thing of a Star wars book when I pick it ...more
Ronald Kelland
Definitely one of the better New Jedi Order novels. This one feels like a complete novel, not like so many if the previous ones that should be one book but are stretched out to make two or three. This book entertained me, it was good, escapist summer reading. My one real complaint, and this goes for many of the later EU novels, is that the space battle descriptions are getting more and more difficult to follow. They seem to be becoming overly complicated and I just cannot keep track of details o ...more
Ben Briles
Jun 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One thing I've noticed about Troy Denning's writing is that it gets a bit muddy at times, but that could totally just be me. That being said, this book was phenomenal. I know opinions on the NJO and the Yuuzhan Vong are split, but I'm loving all of it, and I'm really hoping that this book signifies the darkest point of this series. If it gets worse, I don't know if my feelings can handle it.
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