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Omen (Star Wars: Fate of the Jedi #2)

3.84  ·  Rating details ·  5,254 Ratings  ·  174 Reviews
The Jedi Order is in crisis. The late Jacen Solo’s shocking transformation into murderous Sith Lord Darth Caedus has cast a damning pall over those who wield the Force for good: Two Jedi Knights have succumbed to an inexplicable and dangerous psychosis, criminal charges have driven Luke Skywalker into self-imposed exile, and power-hungry Chief of State Natasi Daala is ex ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 291 pages
Published May 25th 2010 by Del Rey (first published January 1st 2009)
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Chad Bearden
Bleh. I don't even know where to start with this thing. Its a twaddling mess for a variety of reasons, and a depressing continuation of a downward trend in quality for the Star Wars EU over the last few entries. Below, I'll try to put my frustrations into words. There are some spoilers below, if such a threadbare plot is capable of being spoiled...

Okay then.

1. Christie Golden apparently had it in her head that she was writing a Young Adult novel for teenage girls. There are a few moments where t
Jun 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a short but important book in the Fate of the Jedi series. The One Sith are mentioned but have not yet announced themselves to the Jedi or the galaxy. The Lost tribe of the Sith are finally ending their seclusion after 5000 year.

The story. More Jedi are falling victim to the strange illness that causes them to have paranoid delusions that everyone they know has been replaced by imposters. The only similar trait they seem to have is that they are exhibiting powers and abilities in the fo
Jun 27, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Wow. I think that, in general, Star Wars books have been outstanding of late. The last series with Allston, Denning, and Cunningham was incredibly well written, even if I didn't always like the story line. The first book in this series, written by Allston, was really, really good. This book seemed horrible in comparison.

It is really short, which isn't necessarily a bad thing, but it suggests to me that the author, first time Star Wars writer Christie Golden, had trouble coming up with material w
Jan 20, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Christie Golden makes her Star Wars debut!

Unfortunately, it's not the best entry in the Expanded Universe. Hopefully, her writing and the storyline gets better as the series goes on.
May 13, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Mar 13, 2009 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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What a terrific disappointment from the first book in the series. This book feels like a placeholder in the story. There are minor developments, but other than that, seems like a direct derivation from the previous book by Aaron Allston. Plot-wise, there are almost no new developments beyond the introduction of some shadowy new villains. In that respect, all Golden manages is an introduction too. Other than that, everything pretty much goes on it's humdrum way. More Jedi fall to the mysterious i ...more
Jesse Whitehead
May 11, 2010 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I think only Barbara Hambly is able to write worse (much worse) Star Wars than this. Luke and Ben eat a lot gooey desserts and discuss nothing in great detail then have many grand adventures in a single paragraph that simply says they had many grand adventures. Han and Leia go to a stock show. That's it.

In 233 pages this book is full of nothing. It read like a cliff notes version, only less interesting. Most of the space that is there is full of inanity.

Star Wars has been on a decline since the
Sep 08, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I thought that this book was good but, as of late, I feel a little cheated on the new SW series. It feels like I got a third of a book here. Right when it feels like you're going to get into the meat of the story you hit page 230 and it is over. I know that it is probably a publishing choice but I'd really rather have one decent length complete novel a year than the two or three nibbles that we've been getting.
Most books have a beginning, a middle, and an end. Not this one. It just had a middle.
I'm not sure this author actually read the final version of the previous book. I think there was at least one major event from the last book that got reinterpreted in a vastly different way.

That said, it was a pretty decent middle of a story.
Nov 21, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I liked this well enough, but in the end, it just kind of stops. I know that it's part 2 of whatever, but really, each part should have a beginning, middle and end. This was more like two weeks in the lives of each character.
mike andrews
Dec 17, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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very good follow up to the opener
Dec 23, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I am not a fan of Golden's voice in this series. I found myself skipping her books throughout this series and relying on wookieepedia to fill in the blanks.
Mar 20, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Jun 23, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Patrick W
Jun 24, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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20 words or less: Mediocre Star Wars novel that takes no chances while slowly progressing the overall plot of Fate of the Jedi. [return][return]My Rating: 5/10 [return][return]Pros: Avoided mistakes of Legacy of the Force, no glaring continuity errors [return][return]Cons: Mostly a set-up novel, overly cutesy at times, poor execution of Luke/Ben subplot, weak page count. [return][return]The Review: If I were judging Omen by itself, I would give it a 3 or a 4. But Fate of the Jedi appears to be t ...more
May 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The intrigue continues, with new, mysterious layers. In this installment we learn more about why Jacen's actions are responsible for the breakdowns the Jedi are having. We also learn of a group of Sith that have managed to remain hidden for millennia, on a low tech world because they were unable to leave it. What happens once they can sends the action into overdrive. Luke and Ben's journey takes them into the path of newer, and stranger, Force users. More and more strings are added, and it just ...more
May 04, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi, space-opera
This just did not grab me. I am a fan of the Star Wars universe, but this story just did not seem to do it for me. Sure, it had familiar characters with the mix of new ones, but I just could not get into the struggle and the plot of this.

Maybe at a later date, I will return and try again, but for now, this is a pass for my taste.
Tait Sougstad
Adventury Star Wars stuff. Not really good, but entertaining and adds a bit of lore. If you are interested in reading it, you already know who you are.
David Barney
Jun 15, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Book 2 of the series. Good stuff.
Dylan Gullberg

I knew ahead of reading this series that Christie Golden was the weak-link of the three authors but wow! The only elements in this book that make it somewhat tolerable are Luke and Ben’s chemistry and subplot and the introduction of Vestara Khai. Vestara shows great promise but her development is stifled by annoying, bloated subplots that don’t move the narrative forward following the last book, which was actually really good. Luke and Ben’s subplot acts as an extension of their ro
Adam Bourke
The first thing that I thought when I picked up 'Omen' was "Wow, This is thin." It's visibly shorter than the other two of the first three books, and of those in Legacy of the Force. But Quality is more important than Quantity and so I started reading (after all, there is another seven books after this one...).

And I have to say. I'm disappointed that there still isn't a plot. Not really. I could summarise it in maybe two or three sentences. There is nothing that really happens. Except for one sm
Apr 25, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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"I've been broken. I was broken by the Yuuzhan Vong. I broke when Anakin died. And again when I learned that I could see him again, in little moments. Every time you break, outside forces can shape you, and you can't do anything to stop them. No, I don't think it matters when Jacen became a Sith. I think it matters when he broke." -Tahiri Veila

Omen, the second installment of the Fate of the Jedi series brings with it a new voice for the EU of Star Wars. I was looking forward to see what Christie
After really LOVING her Ventress book I wanted to read more of Christie Golden's Star Wars books. This definitely felt like a tie-in novel rather than a proper book. But for all that it was good fun to read. First of all it was so nice to be back in a universe where Han and Leia were married, with twins and grand-kids, and even though this universe had seen its share of tragedy, it was SO nice to see them together through it all!

The book was mostly three separate story lines and it kinda felt l
Kevin G.
Jul 10, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The second installment of "Star Wars Fate of the Jedi," titled "Omen," takes place 43.5 years after the Battle of the First Death Star and follows the adventures of Luke Skywalker and his sixteen-year old son Ben as they seek to discover the truth behind Jacen Solo's corruption and downfall. We also follow an intriguing storyline as more and more Jedi Knights fall victim to a mysterious psychosis, and Jedi Master and healer Cilghal becomes closer to discovering the source of the madness. Jaina S ...more
Nom Chompsky
Feb 11, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Aside from some awkward twinges of weird Western superiority that arise from Luke's weird little colonial spiritual exile pilgrimage, the book navigates a lot of the territory I'm interested in, and hasn't even come fully to the reductive "media is bad" stance on journalism that I'm sure it's just aching to. Lots of little sad moment, too. I do wonder why the perspective rotation is necessary at all for these books, because the one time I can remember them keeping the perspectives/plot threads s ...more
Yeah. That was short. It just kind of smacked into me at page 236. I hadn't factored in the Abyss preview. I don't think this book is a tough call. Golden had a handle on the characters and rhythm of a SW book. It was lacking at least one subplot to lengthen the book. An ACTION driven plot perhaps? Han, Leia and and gang go to a petting zoo? I actually liked the short sequence but that's all they're given? Not that I want them galavanting to some moon having a (seemingly) irrelevant adventure as ...more
Aug 20, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Star Wars EU novels are my own personal "chick lit", not because of the content, but because they are simple reads and pure escapism.

The story is the second of a nine book arc, the "Fate of the Jedi" series, and the first SW novel for author, Christie Golden. It basically continues the plot introductions set in motion by Aaron Allston in the first novel, "Outcast".

I'm catching up with this series, as I realize I'm a bit behind, but this way I don't have to wait months between installments.
Apr 17, 2012 rated it really liked it
A solid addition to this new arc of the Star Wars Expanded Universe, Omen's major contribution to the Fate of the Jedi series is to introduce the Lost Tribe of the Sith, potentially the new main villains of the series. Otherwise it follows well in the footsteps of Star Wars: Fate Of The Jedi: Outcast, advancing the established storylines apace. Goloden's work on Ben Skywalker as a character deserves a special mention because for the first time I actually cared about him rather than just caring a ...more
Nov 05, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the second book in the Fate of the Jedi series and I'm really liking them so far. maybe it's because I don't have a history of reading the Star Wars EU books before. I've read some series books here and there but I'm trying to read all of them from the beginning of the timeline forward starting with this book: Path of Destruction. But we're not here for that book...

So, I said I liked it a lot. I liked the lost Sith tribe and the ideas that were developed from that, I liked th
Jul 30, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
First of all, I must get this off of my chest - and it's slightly spoilerish: YESSSS! FINALLY! ENGAGEMENT!! :)

I really enjoyed this book. The addition of the Sith on Kesh was particularly intriguing, and I'm excited to see what comes of them, particularly Vestara, of course. The affliction of certain Jedi Knights is still quite a mystery, exciting and confusing and causing so much trouble for the Jedi. I feel so sorry for the Horns! I can't believe how fast the public is to turn on the Jedi when
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Award-winning author Christie Golden has written over thirty novels and several short stories in the fields of science fiction, fantasy and horror. She has over a million books in print.

2009 will see no fewer than three novels published. First out in late April will be a World of Warcraft novel, Athas: Rise of the Lich King. This is the first Warcraft novel to appear in hardcover. Fans of the youn
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