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Jedi Twilight

(Star Wars: Coruscant Nights #1)

3.79  ·  Rating details ·  2,885 ratings  ·  113 reviews
With the dark ascension of the Empire, and the Jedi Knights virtually wiped out, one Jedi who escaped the massacre is slated for a date with destiny-and a confrontation with Darth Vader.

Jax Pavan is one of the few Jedi Knights who miraculously survived the slaughter that followed Palpatine's ruthless Order 66. Now, deep in Coruscant's Blackpit Slums, Jax ekes out a living
Paperback, 343 pages
Published June 24th 2008 by Del Rey Books (first published July 1st 2006)
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Nov 24, 2016 rated it really liked it
An interesting blend of space opera and noir.
Crystal Starr Light
Jul 15, 2010 rated it it was amazing
"Even without the Force, you are still a Jedi"
Don't confuse this book with the other "Twilight" book! In this new edition to the Star Wars Expanded Universe, Jax Pavan, former Jedi Knight, is scumming around in the Coruscant underbelly, trying to keep out of the limelight and Darth Vader's target sites. But when his former master, Even Piell, asks him for one last mission, how can he say no?

I Liked:
I opened this book with some trepidation. The last two Michael Reaves books I read (Death Star (St
Feb 26, 2009 rated it liked it
Recommended to Nicole by: Wendy
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Scott Rhee
Somewhen between "Star Wars Episode 3: Revenge of the Sith" and "Star Wars Episode 4: A New Hope" is the setting for the Star Wars novel "Jedi Twilight" by Michael Reaves, the first in his Coruscant Nights series. It's a fun action/adventure that pits a Sam Spade-like private detective within the Star Wars universe. The result is fun sci-fi noir that reminds readers of the pulp influences that helped inspire and infuse the world(s) that George Lucas created.

Reaves clearly grew up reading lots o
Jul 01, 2008 rated it really liked it
I expected a lot more from this book. The idea, a Jedi-turned-P.I. after escaping the Purges and finding work in the slimey underbelly of Coruscant's lower levels, sounds great--a nice treat and reprieve from the same ol' same ol' Jedis always doing awesome stuff and saving an oblivious galaxy we always get.

Not only did the blurb on the back cover deceive me, the cover art did as well. It's completely noir-influenced. What else was I supposed to expect except Raymond Chandler and Star Wars all i
Daniel Kukwa
Jan 18, 2021 rated it liked it
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A mixed bag of stuff that I love (the smoldering remains of the Jedi Order, anything with Vader), stuff that I dislike (anything with Xizor and Black Sun), and stuff towards which I'm indifferent (the film noir slums of Coruscant). It feels like the unproduced "Star Wars" series "Underworld"...which means I'm happy that it was never produced. It's well-written, it's easy to read, but it's not really my personally favourite corner of the Lucasverse. ...more
Branwen Sedai *of the Brown Ajah*
"I'm a Jedi. I'm sworn to help those in need, to uphold the Jedi Code. The Empire has decimated my Order-but they havn't won, and they won't win, as long as at least one Jedi remains."

"Even the humblest of beings contains within himself a universe of infinite diversity and wonder. Therefore, when you give aid and comfort to just one being, you are, for that moment, the deity of an entire cosmos."

This book was an action packed journey into Coruscant in the days following the destruction of the Je
Dec 07, 2008 rated it really liked it
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One of the things that I've always loved about science fiction as a genre is how adaptable it is - lots of people have had a lot of success meshing sci-fi with everything from fantasy (Star Wars), to westerns (Firefly), to horror (the Alien trilogy). I kept this in mind as I read Coruscant Nights, which not only combines elements of science fiction and fantasy (as all SW stories do), but also mixes in equal parts of film noir as well. It's set shortly after the imposition of Order 66 and the fil ...more
Jordan Anderson
I’m gonna keep this review short, sweet, and to the point.

Why Michael Reaves never got bigger in the Star Wars world, I’ll never know, but for whatever reason, it’s a shame.

The fact of the matter is that Reaves knows how to tell a damn good story. There’s no fluff or attempts at making this some deep philosophical thing. Instead it’s a gritty, tech noir Star Wars tale, set in a place is fans have never gotten enough of.

Plus, Reaves gets it. He knows fans just want a fast, fun story, and Jedi Tw
Aug 02, 2009 rated it liked it
3.5 actually.

A better-than-average SW expanded universe story. Enough familiar settings and characters to connect to other stories, but good writing to draw the reader into the tale.

Cover art quibble: Jax's lightsabre is blue in the story; but yellow on the cover. The yellows works better, but isn't right. (Darth's shadow in the background is cute. Poor Vader, reduced to a boogie man.)
Sep 12, 2020 rated it it was ok
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Deflated. That’s the word that best describes how I feel coming off this book. I feel like I was promised a detective noir novel delving into the dark, seedy underbelly of Coruscant… and that’s not what I got at all.

I know: it’s Star Wars. They want this stuff to be enjoyable by almost all ages. But I can think of teen series way darker than this. Heck, Revenge of the Sith was way darker and more adult than this. It’s like they can’t keep the tone consistent. And sometimes it’s not even about ho
Star Wars Legends Project #176

Background: Jedi Twilight was written by Michael Reaves. It was published in June of 2008. Reaves has written or co-written 9 Star Wars novels.

Jedi Twilight is set a few months after Order 66 (19 years before the battle of Yavin). The main characters are Jax Pavan, Nick Rostu, I-5, and Den Dhur. Prince Xizor and Darth Vader both play significant roles. The entire novel takes place on Coruscant.

Summary: After narrowly surviving the slaughter of his fellow Jedi du
Katrin von Martin
Jun 18, 2015 rated it liked it
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My expectations going into this book were mixed. On the one hand, I had just finished the Legacy of the Force series and was looking forward to returning to the days of the Empire. I also really enjoyed Reaves's Shadow Hunter and was therefore looking forward to seeing some of the characters (and the son of Lorn Pavan) I grew to love in that story. On the other hand, however, I've found Reaves's work to be somewhat forgettable. Ultimately, Jedi Twilight fell somewhere in the middle. Spoilers fo ...more
Chad Bearden
Oct 24, 2010 rated it really liked it
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There is nothing particularly outstanding about the first novel in the "Coruscant Nights" series. Indeed, if anything, readers might be quite annoyed at the noir angle suggested by the cover design and story summary. Hints of a hard boiled Jedi P.I. may lead some to suspect a Star Wars "Maltese Falcon", but author Michael Reaves never seems interested in turning his tale into any kind of noirish mystery. I'll give Reaves the benefit of the doubt and blame this on the marketing department.

What he
Jim C
Aug 29, 2015 rated it liked it
This book is part of the Star Wars Legends universe. This takes place after Order 66 has been executed and Jax Pavan is a jedi who is in hiding. He is hiding in the lower levels of Coruscant when he receives a dying message from his master to complete a mission. There are several subplots that include characters from other novels and Darth Vader.

I liked this book but it isn't the best book set in this universe. I was impressed that I immediately got the sense of Coruscant and this universe. The
Jan 02, 2014 rated it really liked it
Jedi Twilight, the first book in the Coruscant Nights trilogy, takes place during the prequel era, or nineteen years before the events of Star Wars lV - A New Hope. Coruscant is a wonderfully dark locale to situate a story ("In the lowest levels, in the abyssal urban depths, of the ecumenopolis that was Coruscant, it was a rare thing indeed to see sunlight"). Following the story of reporter Den Dhur and his droid sidekick I-5YQ, Reaves' narrative here plays out in film noir style, quite suiting ...more
Aug 06, 2019 rated it liked it
This is what you'd call the Sunday afternoon Netflix of Star Wars. It's not overly complicated, not particularly deep, and just enough excitement to keep you from falling asleep.

The "sentience of droids" subplot could have toned down a lot. It's been told much better in other places, and more succinctly at that. As it is, it comes across in this book as superfluous as Hermione's S.P.E.W. movement.
Nov 27, 2014 rated it it was ok
This book lost me early when it mentioned a crystal to hone lightsabers. Plus, it was long and lots of needless information that made the book a slog. One of the worst examples was near the end when the events were shown from nearly every characters viewpoint. Tedious.
May 22, 2017 rated it it was ok
Okay so this is a novel that I truly and I mean truly wanted to love. I even came back to it multiple times in the hopes that I could find some sort of redeeming factor in this novel, however I sadly could not. So this novel on the surface has everything that my Star Wars loving heart could ever desire; a story set in Coruscant's seedy underworld, a Jedi moonlighting as a private investigator, the Empire on the rise, and a murder mystery rivaling Poirot. However that story is literally only on ...more
Andrew Haile
Jan 10, 2021 rated it really liked it
Good story and writing. I really like the short chapters. I was annoyed with the name "Even" and I also didn't like that apparently there's over 500 million people on Couruscant with the name Jax Pavan which really annoyed me. I know Couruscant is huge but that's just ridiculous. I didn't hate any of the new characters but it did take me quite a while to differentiate them and remember their names. I enjoyed Vader and Xizor of course. I didn't like Jax losing his connection with the force or par ...more
Gerwin Wallace
Jan 05, 2020 rated it it was ok
I usually love Star Wars novels, but this one was interminably boring. I finished it out of respect for the time I'd already invested in reading (not to mention the $7.99 for this nugget of a book). I don't know, maybe I just miss Luke, Leia, and Han, but these characters were interchangeable and not very well fleshed-out. I kept forgetting who was who, and there weren't that many characters in the novel to begin with. But they did manage to shoehorn in Darth Vader for a few cameos here and ther ...more
Jun 16, 2013 rated it really liked it
The Dark Times comics, one of the stand-out Star Wars stories of all time even in its relatively short run, has established the (relatively) newly-opened period between Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope as a rich realm for story-telling. There's a palpable sense of terror and betrayal, as the reality of the Emperor's utter and ruthless fascist regime sinks in to a war-weary galaxy. There are still Jedi around, and they have many supporters, but all are stretched to their limits and pushed into ...more
Mar 15, 2018 rated it it was ok
Very slow start and too many different plots and characters. The first 7-9 chapters are purely introductory and because of it it takes way too long before the plot(s) get anywhere. I started and stopped reading this multiple times before I finished the book.
At least it gets a bit interesting towards the very end, but that is unfortunately the best I can say about this book. Will not read again.
Christian Smith
Jan 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
Overall: 7/10

Pro: the dark mysterious Coruscant underground is a thrilling setting for this adventure. Cooler than many planets in the star wars universe

Con: It all wrapped up too well in my opinion. The whole story didn’t seem to have many repercussions. Like couldn’t one death have been permanent.
Nov 13, 2020 rated it it was ok
Meh. It wasn’t so bad that I abandoned the book, but the plot was very mediocre. The Sullustan is a useless character, Jax and Laranth are pretty bland, and I’m so tired of Star Wars plots revolving around trying to find a droid carrying vital information. On the other hand I really enjoyed the character I5. He was probably the only reason I finished the book.

Skip it, you’re not missing much.
Kat Clyde
Apr 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
Was an interesting take on Star Wars and what happened after Order 66.
I liked the style of writing and the story itself of exploring another Jedi who survived and the idea of a sentient droid. Makes me look forward to the next one.
Cat Bezubiak
Aug 28, 2020 rated it liked it
As Star Wars books go this one was mediocre. It was an okay book, but not good enough that I really care about finishing the series. I probably will just because I want to finish all the Star Wars books, but if you don't care if you skip some, skip this one. ...more
David Barney
Oct 10, 2017 rated it liked it
The story started out slowly. But stayed with it and the story got better.
Sean Watson
Nov 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The dark times is one of my favorite periods. Mr. Reaves series is a good ride of good characters and villains.
Nov 05, 2017 rated it liked it
Not bad, but not great. I was expecting something else, but the story was entertaining enough to keep me interested.
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Michael Reaves is an Emmy Award-winning television writer and screenwriter whose many credits include Star Trek: The Next Generation, Twilight Zone, Batman: The Animated Series, and Gargoyles. His novels include the New York Times bestseller STAR WARS: Darth Maul- Shadowhunter and STAR WARS: Death Star. He and Neil Gaiman cowrote Interworld. Reaves has also written short fiction, comic books, and ...more

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