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(Star Wars: Fate of the Jedi #4)

3.87  ·  Rating details ·  5,042 ratings  ·  133 reviews
Locked in a war of wills and weapons, the Jedi Order and the Galactic Alliance must come to terms—before the Sith’s army of darkness enacts revenge.

Repercussions from the dark side’s fatal seduction of Jacen Solo and the mysterious plague of madness afflicting young Jedi continue to wreak galaxywide havoc. Luke and Ben Skywalker are in pursuit of the now Masterless Sith
Paperback, 384 pages
Published February 22nd 2011 by Del Rey (first published January 1st 2010)
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Sep 30, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
This book made me smile, even though I was in an awful mood today. It didn't change my mood, but it helped me forget my problems for a little while. I love Star Wars. These books are fun and entertaining. Luke and his son, Ben, are two characters that I've come to love in this series. Han and Leia were also in this one. Their adopted granddaughter was a little annoying in this one. I think it was possibly the narrator's inflection on some the dialogue that I didn't care for. I found myself pausi ...more
Jun 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love the Fate of the Jedi series. This is another great book. The series is a little slow moving, this book does move things forward a bit, but not as much as I would have liked. The reason I don't mind the slow simmer boil of the series is because there are many issues and what the series lacks in speed it makes up for in character development.

The book lets Ben Skywalker have more print time. I have to say this has worked well as from the last series I found Ben as whiny little brat, he seems
Mar 09, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Luke and Ben seemed to have abandoned their mission to uncover the murky truth of Jacen’s turn to the Dark Side during the third FOTJ book, Abyss, when a weird new tribe of Sith caught their attention. In Backlash, the adventure continues. Luke’s on the prowl, metaphorically sniffing out Vestara Kai like some crazy bad ass Jedi hunting dog; with his blood splattered on her person after a lightsaber battle that ended with the death of her Master, Vestara’s unaware she’s even being tracked, but yo ...more
Jun 03, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Surprisingly, to me, I liked this book. I usually find Aaron Allston's writing about as interesting as watching paint dry (insert your favorite alternate cliche' here). I understand the author had some severe health issues around the time book #1 of this series came out. His writing has improved since then.

Backlash, book #4 of the "Fate of the Jedi" series, starts to slowly...very slowly...unify the disparate threads of the first three books. And that's WAY overdue.

If you've been reading this se
Apr 25, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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The series continues with Fate of the Jedi: Backlash, and Aaron Allston back on writing duty.

This time the action is split between Coruscant and Dathomir, with the lion’s share taking place on the planet of the Force witches. To be honest, this is one of those settings that I feel works so much better in canon than in Legends—the spooky ash-white witches led by Mother Talzin and tatooed Zabrak men are far better realised than the leather and lightning misandrists created by Dave Wolverton for Th
Daniel Kukwa
Jul 10, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: star-wars
I would probably rate this 3.5 stars if I could; so many competing plot strands threaten to topple this novel like an unstable game of Jenga. Yet somehow it all holds together, thanks to one of the quickest paces set so far in the "Fate of the Jedi" series, as well as a great deal of inventive, first-rate character work. Definitely more than the sum of its parts, but only just.
Shane Amazon
For the most part, the three first Books in the Fate of the Jedi series have been a pretty cookie-cutter presentation as each have had the same rinse-lather-repeat feel that preceded it. Backlash, however, breaks the mold and takes the reader in a near completely different direction. For some this may be a bad thing and for some this may be a needed break from the norm. For me, well, I'm pretty well torn with this book. I liked Abyss. I thought it was a great read, and with its introspective loo ...more
Mogsy (MMOGC)
I can't really think of much to say about this one. It's a Star Wars book, certainly not the best I've ever read but nor is it anywhere near the worst. I didn't love it, I didn't hate it, it was just so very conventional and uninspired. Mediocre.

I think one of the problems with this series is that while I'm sure there's an elaborate overarching plot line all planned out, the need to drag it out over a certain number of books ends up wreaking havoc with the characters and the pacing of these nov
Gabriel Vidrine
Mar 23, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another good book by Aaron Allston. I pretty much think he's the best when it comes to Star Wars books.

Anyway, it's always interesting to get yet another step towards uniting the Fate of the Jedi and the Legacy (comic) series, and eventually we'll know everything. Of course, I've fallen behind in my comic reading, but I keep up with the books pretty well.

This book involved a revisit to Dathomir, the planet that Han Solo won (in a card game, of course) much earlier on in the series. The planet is
Aug 15, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Star Wars fans
Shelves: star-wars-books
My escapist reading is not suitable for review, IMO. Like a dream they take me from my imposed reality.
mike andrews
Dec 28, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: star-wars
Series is really good. The Imperial Reminant is in turmoil along with the New Repulic while Luke and Ben are marooned on Dathomir.
Patrick W
Feb 28, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: the, wars, fate, jedi, star, in, of, 2010
Originally posted on my review blog, Stomping on Yeti, at the following link [ words or less: Despite some illogical character decisions, Backlash appeals to fans of both the original and prequel trilogies while continuing to build on the groundwork of the series and fix the expanded universe.[return][return]My Rating: 3.5/5[return][return]Pros: Luke and Ben feature in a worthwhile plot with memorable scenes; Crazed Jedi plotline continues to build slowly ...more
Chad Bearden
Almost enough happens in "Backlash" to make up for the fact that it is just as clunkily written as the three previous entries in the "Fate of the Jedi" series. And I suppose that, at the very least, its a little promising that Allston is finally playing around with the Machiavellian plotting that characterized the far superior "Legacy of the Force" novels. But the lurking problem still remains: Del Rey have purposefully asked their authors to write for a younger audience.

There is no other explan
1 Star - Horrible book, It was so bad I stopped reading it. I have not read the whole book and wont
2 Star - Bad book, I forced myself to finish it and do NOT recommend. I can't believe I read it once
3 Star - Average book, Was entertaining but nothing special. No plans to ever re-read
4 Star - Good Book, Was a really good book and I would recommend. I am Likely to re-read this book
5 Star - GREAT book, A great story and well written. I can't wait for the next book. I Will Re-Read this one or more t
Darryl Dobbs
Jan 11, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Luke's tracking of the Sith girl Vestara leads he and Ben to Dathomir where he is led to a tribe of Force-using women. This particular tribe is advanced enough to accept men as equals. Vestara has infiltrated the tribe and become one of them, which garners their protection.
Meanwhile, Han and Leia go to Dathomir to join up with Luke, leaving their grandchild Allana behind in the Falcon with the droids and, secretly, a couple of Jedi watching over her from afar. Allana gets herself into trouble, o
Mar 26, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kids-books
Well, I can say that I would have liked it if it didn't suck so much...

Luke and Ben (who at times seems like an immature brat again) are still at Dathomir. Leia and Han meet them (don't get me started on Alana and her story that I had to just skip because it wasn't needed) there to basically say hi and do this incredibly painful to read long part of these tribes who live in the forest. It was completely unnecessary. I get it that they are trying to track the Sith Apprentice Vastera, but come on.
Kelly Lynn Thomas
This volume of Fate of the Jedi picks up right where ABYSS left off. Most of the action takes place on Dathomir, and we actually get the whole gang (Leia, Luke, Han) together again. Despite that (I love me a good Dathomir story), this installment wasn't as page-turney as the first three, and it didn't have enough Jaina for my tastes (but then, there's never enough Jaina for my tastes, so...). That's not a comment on Aaron Allston's writing in any way, the plot just wasn't as gripping, at least n ...more
Jan 22, 2018 rated it liked it
I'm starting to think that all the novels in the Fate Of The Jedi series really comprise one big novel in 9 parts, as this one just picks up where Abyss left off and continues the plot points along similar paths without really going anywhere. Still an enjoyable read, and slightly better written as Allston has proved himself to be one of the better EU writers, but the reader won't learn much more than revealed in the previous 3 in this series, save for a few actions scenes if you're into that sor ...more
Bob Cutler
Pretty well written. I skipped a few books in he timeline and struggled to follow the character changes between the last book I read on this one. I highly recommend NOT skipping any.

One quibble: why do the Sith's light sabers work better against attacking rancors than the Jedi light sabers. That wasn't explained and it gave me a deus ex machina vibe.
Mar 04, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I have always been a Star Wars fan but the background hum (of space travel, I presume) of the audio book was so obnoxious I gave up . . . it adds nothing to the story and is only annoying . . . I will NOT attempt another. If I were a kid and my mother was reading the book to me there would be no extra NOISE!
Galion Public Library Teens
Review by C.W. : "Star Wars novel, 40 yrs after Episode IV and after Legacy of the Force. 4th i series; like Abyss but mostly on Dathomir. Also great."
May 20, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
My favorite parts are still with Han/Leia/Elana and of course with Jag/Jaina...
David Barney
Jun 21, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The story continues to keep my interest.
Jan 26, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Interesting developments in this fourth volume.
Nom Chompsky
Mar 02, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: star-wars
A lot of fun SW-style hijinks (and all right-enough writing that we get more unique kinds of SW idioms then just rehashed ones, but with funny nods like Han demanding to be referred to as a wildly popular scoundrel in a press release, instead of merely a scoundrel), and always happy to return to Dathomir (so many rancor). Where this book falls flat is in its very boring rehashing of 'wise westerner comes and teaches the savages' bullshit that this whole FOTJ stretch has been dabbling with. One o ...more
Adam Bourke
Jul 08, 2011 rated it really liked it
Finally! Something happens! The first three books of this series were really quite slow, but in this we finally see it going somewhere. This time, while still plenty of political manouvering, we get too see some action.

This book follows quite nicely from the previous one - where the Sith Apprentice Vestara escapes from Luke and Ben Skywalker on Sinkhole Station. It actually starts with a Vestara viewpoint scene of her leaving. It's one of the few of these in the book - I was a little disappointe
Backlash is the fourth volume of the Fate of the Jedi series. As such, some of this will be spoilerish for the first three books, so use that how you will.

Luke Skywalker and Ben, his teenage son, are still in exile. Luke, banned by the Galactic Alliance from entering established Jedi places, such as the Temple, is chasing a young Sith girl across the galaxy. He and Ben have tracked her to forests of Dathomir, home to rancors and Nightsisters. There they land and intensify their search for the Si
Oct 14, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book improved as I continued reading it.

I was not impressed with Allston's prose in the first part of the book, which was a disappointment, as I've really enjoyed his other Star Wars books (especially the X-wing series). The worst bits are when we, as Star Wars fans, get "treated" to bit of writing that beat us over the head with reminders that Luke has a prosthetic hand, or that Jaina is Leia's daughter (!). Would anyone reading this book really need to be reminded of those facts? Now... I
Dylan Gullberg
Jul 19, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
After the last book, my interest in this series had finally peaked. Aallston's first book was good but left much to be desired. And after Golden's absurd book, Denning paved the way for a remarkable continuation of this series. Backlash directly follows the events of the last book, but goes in a completely different direction. One of the biggest criticisms I had for Golden's book was nothing truly significant happened. She failed to move the plot forward. Not only were we stuck in limbo, we had ...more
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