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Dark Nest II: The Unseen Queen (Star Wars (Random House Paperback)) [Mass Market Paperback]

Troy Denning
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Sep 2005 Star Wars (Random House Paperback)
The epic Star Wars odyssey enters a new frontier as the heroes of the New Jedi Order confront a monstrous evil–insidious, unseen, and insatiable. . . .

Despite being given new worlds to populate, the insectoid Killiks have not found peace. An unknown enemy has been attacking the new nests–and the Killiks hold the Jedi responsible. Traveling back to the Unknown Regions to unravel the mystery, the Skywalkers and Solos discover an evil far more familiar than they ever expected . . . and even more terrifying. Why does the Dark Nest want to kill Mara? Will Jacen’s apocalyptic vision trigger another galactic war or prevent one? And perhaps most ominous of all, what deadly secret are the Killiks hiding?

To find out, Luke, Mara, Han, and Leia must embark on a perilous journey into the uncharted void between right and wrong. The ferocious Unknown Terrors are only the beginning of the awesome challenges that lie ahead in their quest to fathom the unfathomable. For an obscure dispute is about to explode into chaos, pitting Jedi against Jedi–and threatening the very galaxy itself.

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 333 pages
  • Publisher: Del Rey Books; Reissue edition (Sep 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 034546303X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345463036
  • Product Dimensions: 17.5 x 10.7 x 2.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,436,653 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Sweet and wry plotlines...Star Wars fans' faces will sport smiles wider than Jabba the Hutt's" (SFX Magazine) --This text refers to an alternate Mass Market Paperback edition.

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More grand Star Wars adventure for the insatiable fans of the New York Times bestselling series, The New Jedi Order--the second book in the Dark Nest trilogy, starring Han, Luke, and Leia! --This text refers to an alternate Mass Market Paperback edition.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By Jampump
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The Unseen Queen continues the great Dark Nest story with more of what made the first book The Joiner King so good. It is full of difficult moral situations for our heroes as well as the action, adventure and humor that you would expect from a Star Wars novel.

The plot of the book picks up a year after the events of The Joiner King and deals with the crumbling of the shaky truce that was forged by the Jedi Order between the Chiss and the Killiks. The most interesting elements of this book were they depiction of the conflicting objectives of the Galactic Alliance and the Jedi Order that are usually working together against a major threat. Here in a more complicated situation cracks begin to show and illustrates the semi autonomous nature of the Jedi Order. Secondly the developments of Jacen Solos character that continues through the trilogy and beyond.

This is a great book full of interesting concepts for hardcore fans of the Star Wars books as well as the essential space opera elements that make these books so much fun. I particularly liked the continued inclusion of the Sullustan and Ewok smugglers from The Joiner King trilogy and Saba Sebatynes training of Leia Organa Solo as a Jedi. A great read.
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Star Wars Dark Nest II: The Unseen Queen is a brilliant entry into the Dark Nest Trilogy, it takes place one year after The Joiner King and shows that while a war between the Killiks and the Chiss was halted it was only a temporary solution. The Killiks have been relocated to the Utegeta Nebula however they are now causing trouble for the Galactic Federation of Free Alliances and Luke and Co go back to meet with Raynar Thul to see what is going on. This is the setup of The Unseen Queen and it again has great characterisations by Troy Denning with Luke, Han and Leia all acting spot on perfect.

The Unseen Queen shows that during the one year since The Joiner King Luke Skywalker has been showing the Jedi Order through his example the path back to being less severe and aggressive in the way they tackle situations. However there is a very good subplot that shows that there is still room for a stronger leadership within the Jedi Order, for during the book with Luke being out of contact from the Masters Council the Jedi Order is split on what course they should take with regards to the Killik situation. Leia also is shown progressing with her Jedi studies under the guidance of Jedi Master Saba Sebatyne, with lots of humour and action it's great aspect of the book. These are just two of the plots of the book with many more interesting parts, including a startling revelation for Jacen Solo and Ben Skywalker which is obviously a large plot point to be developed in future books.

Troy Denning delivers a very enjoyable middle installment to the Dark Nest Trilogy, full of humour, intrigue, action and setup for the books to follow. I couldn't wait to start reading the third book in the trilogy; The Swarm War.
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34 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Galactic peace is once again interrupted... 1 Oct 2005
By Rebekah Martin - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
A year after the events of The Joiner King, the threat of Dark Nest has appeared again. Sent to investigate, the Skywalkers and Solos visit the Utegeta Nebula, the new home of the Killiks. Confronting UnaThul with their concerns with Dark Nest, things go unexpectedly wrong when they find themselves accused of aiding in the mysterious attacks on Killiks nests. Han and Luke stay behind to look into the source of the attacks and find more answers about Dark Nests, while Mara and Leia are sent back.

Summoned by Queen Mother Tenel Ka to Hapes, Jacen Solo finds he is responsible to protect a special secret that she reveals to him. An attack by the former queen of Hapes in alliance with Dark Nest, alerts him to danger they face. Jacen is also the recipient of visions that show the looming disaster of another galactic war.

The Unseen Queen was an excellent second book in the Dark Nest series. The pace was a little slower than in the Joiner King but that's normal for a middle book. I love the way Denning has added the scenes where Luke discovers the recordings R2 has of Anakin and Padme. Leia's involvement in a more Jedi capacity has also been great to see. I'm looking forward to reading the final book in Dark Nest, The Swarm War.
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Jedi Way -spoilers ahead 2 Nov 2005
By Varun Shankar - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
In many subtle ways, Troy Denning analyses what it means to be a Jedi. Not out and out, like in "Traitor" by Matthew Stover , but in a far more elegant fashion.

The book first shows us how Luke Skywalker's life is a constant struggle against his weaknesses. Luke learns about his parents, thus neatly tying this book to ROTS. But mainly, two revelations: Luke learns that the only real limitation he has is DOUBT. He also learns that while he has a strong moral compass, not all the other Jedi do.

Luke's courage and faith in the Light shine through his actions in the book. His is the path of the True Jedi.By that, i don't mean necessarily the Jedi of the Old Republic. However hard everyone else has been trying to improve on the Jedi Order, Luke is THERE already-he's become the greatest Jedi Master in the Galaxy. And from the "Swarm War" synopsis, we see that he's going to show us what he is pretty soon.

We see a lot of Saba Sebatyne's quirkiness, Troy Denning really writes a MEAN BARABEL!! Leia is well on her way to becoming a

full fledged Jedi. Choosing Saba as her Master was the perfect decision to make. We're gonna see some character complexity from now on.

And also, we get to see a Han-Luke team-up, which I don't think we've seen for a looooong time.

We see that however greatly a Jedi understands the Force, he himself is still fallible. I'm talking about Jacen here, who has started to justify serving himself by saying that he's serving the Force, and that it's the same thing. By his own definition from Dark Nest I, Jacen's now slipping to the Dark Side. Will he be another Ankain Skywalker? Is the Force dooming these cycles of Light and Dark to repeat? First Anakin, then Luke, and now Jacen falling to the Dark Side after serving the Light for a long time... But the former two did pull back, successfully in Luke's case. And we know Jacen's an idealist-let's hope for the best!

Yeah,also, Ben Skywalker's potential is hinted at again and again. Remember, his is the legacy of the Force itself, after all, the Force birthed Anakin Skywalker. We can expect great things from this kid in books to come. He gives us a taste in this book.

I'm waiting on tenterhooks for the next book! Kudos, Troy!

A must-read!!
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Building towards Conclusion... Some spoilers ahead... 30 Sep 2005
By Damien - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
As with most trilogies, it is up to the second part to carry on the story, while setting up a satisfying conclusion. Indeed, The Unseen Queen does an excellent job of carrying on the story arc established in The Joiner King (unrest between the Chiss and Killiks, Leia taking up the role of Jedi, Luke's examination of the Jedi Order's responsiblities and moral code, and more). There were however a few moments where the reader is left wondering if we've been this route before. While I do admire Denning's incorporation of revelation from Revenge of the Sith, one has to acknowledge that some plot points mirror it a bit much (Anakin and Jacen's parenthood, Palpatine/Omas's attempts to control the counsel, justification of peace for commiting otherwise truly dark acts, etc.). As I've made mention, I for one appreciate it, and think the novel was quite well written. However for those who dislike cyclical plotpoints such as I've described may feel otherwise. All in all, an excellent read and a worthy setup for what looks to be a satisfying conclusion.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great stuff with some blah. 28 Sep 2005
By A. C. Longtin - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
It's been one year since the encounter with the Killiks and the bugs are becoming a problem for the galaxy. They're blaming Han and Leia for issues with their new homeworlds, their "membrosia" is causing drunken stupors everywhere, and the Gorog "Dark Nest" is out to kill Mara. Looking for answers, our heroes travel to the new Killik world and adventures ensue.

This book starts out GREAT! It was giving me goosebumps to read some of the revelations. Luke views more of Artoo's hidden files, we learn something VERY interesting about Jacen, and Mara revisits her past exploits with the Emperor. All good stuff. But it doesn't seem to last. The characters aren't very deep here- there isn't enough about their reactions to shocking circumstances (especially Jacen- he's very nonchalant about something no one would be nonchalant about.) There's so much soap-opera drama potential that kind of gets shrugged off. The ending left me less than satisfied, but not in the good way the second in a trilogy often does. It didn't really leave me hanging, it just left me with unanswered questions.

I am ready for the third book, though. Overall, this trilogy is entertaining, and I couldn't ask for more!
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant continuation of the Dark Nest Trilogy 10 Dec 2005
By Skywalker fan - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Star Wars Dark Nest II: The Unseen Queen is a brilliant entry into the Dark Nest Trilogy, it takes place one year after The Joiner King and shows that while a war between the Killiks and the Chiss was halted it was only a temporary solution. The Killiks have been relocated to the Utegeta Nebula however they are now causing trouble for the Galactic Federation of Free Alliances and Luke and Co go back to meet with Raynar Thul to see what is going on. This is the setup of The Unseen Queen and it again has great characterisations by Troy Denning with Luke, Han and Leia all acting spot on perfect.

The Unseen Queen shows that during the one year since The Joiner King Luke Skywalker has been showing the Jedi Order through his example the path back to being less severe and agressive in the way they tackle situations. However there is a very good subplot that shows that there is still room for a stronger leadership within the Jedi Order, for during the book with Luke being out of contact from the Masters Council the Jedi Order is split on what course they should take with regards to the Killik situation. Leia also is shown progressing with her Jedi studies under the guidance of Jedi Master Saba Sebatyne, with lots of humour and action it's great aspect of the book. These are just two of the plots of the book with many more interesting parts, including a startling revelation for Jacen Solo and Ben Skywalker which is obviously a large plot point to be developed in future books. Troy Denning delivers a very enjoyable middle installment to the Dark Nest Trilogy, full of humour, intrigue, action and setup for the books to follow in the final book of the Trilogy and the 9 book Legacy of The Force series. Bring on Star Wars Dark Nest III: The Swarm War which is coming out very soon.
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