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  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Century (3 Sept. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1846056861
  • ISBN-13: 978-1846056864
  • Product Dimensions: 16 x 3 x 24.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 681,251 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"fast paced and well executed" (www.starwarsaficionado.com)

"Reading Backlash put me pleasantly in mind of reading other, older novels set in the Star Wars universe, with the same sense of adventure and excellent approach to action and intrigue... Recommended for all fans of the genre and overall series." (civilian-reader.blogspot.com) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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The third novel in a bold, new Star Wars story arc for fans of the Legacy of the Force series and the franchise's most popular characters, Luke, Han, and Leia.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Adam Bourke on 24 Jun. 2011
Format: Paperback
Finally this series has something beginning to resemble a storyline. I thought it would never happen. Unfortunately, I didn't enjoy the writing as much as I did with the previous two books, or even Denning's own books in the previous series. So I'm not sure whether to be elated that something is finally happening, or disappointed in the writing. It didn't stop from reading until I'd finished though.

While I enjoyed the previous books, they didn't really have a driving force behind them. But now we're finally starting to see groups have objectives. And some questions with a bit more substance than "What's Going On?". There are two women and a force presence, who seem to be important, but for what? What's going to happen with the lost tribe of the sith? What's going to happen between Daala and the Jedi now that (Sarcastic Spoiler) something has happened.

Admittedly, these don't appear until towards the end of the book, which means that for a long time the plot is as aimless as the others. It feels like that, while the series does start slow, the stage has finally been set for this "epic" story. In truth, I feel that it would have been much better served by squashing the first three books into one, and going from there. Maybe a trilogy. I'm starting to think that the nine-book series is just because it worked before, not because the story needs nine books. And that disappoints me somewhat. I'm not as excited about the next book as I was in Legacy of the Force, and now that I've read all three authors in this series, I feel just in saying the story is just not as good.

Maybe that will change. Luke finally knows about the Sith, so maybe it'll get better now.

The characters in this book are okay.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Grey Lady on 4 Sept. 2009
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The third book in the Fate of the Jedi series finally delivers. The first two installments of the 9-part series were just a trifle boring, but Troy Denning has put the series back on track. Rather surprising actually, as his contributions to the Legacy of The Force series were actually of rather mediocre quality (Traviss and Allston supplying the better parts). This novel puts me more in mind of earlier highly enjoyable books by this author, like Tatooine Ghost, the Dark Nest Trilogy, and Star by Star.

There are three intertwining plots of which two have become intertwined, while the third remains focused on politics and media. The first, the journey of Luke and Ben, is the most interesting one in this book, as they meet up with a couple of "Force Ghosts" (I can't call them force ghosts in the traditional Star Wars sense of the terms, as they are somewhat different than for example Obi Wan)representing characters of the past. Including Mara, and for me that was a big bonus as she has always been my favourite EU character. I truly miss her presence in all the books, since Sacrifice, so it was good to have her included again even if in a rather insubstantial form.

The second plotline, the activities of the so-called lost tribe of the Sith, also was nice as the characters involved were behaviourally well set up, and for the most part acted as Sith should - even if they don't know the Rule of Two because their customs stem from a somewhat earlier date than that particular Sith Dogma. The fight between the Skywalkers and the Sith band was somewhat unrealistic, but hey, we do always want the good guys to win, so it's okay. And at least Luke does remain exhausted.
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By Alaran on 29 Nov. 2012
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The third book in the `Fate of the Jedi' series is definitely stronger than the previous ones. At least there is the sense that the story is progressing somewhere. We are still given little indication of how the plot might unfold over the course of the series but the reader is now provided with enough hints to intrigue them and arouse their interest.

There is still a lot of faffing around with Han and Leia which is beginning to get a bit repetitive. But at least the relationship between Han and Allana is developing into something that is enjoyable and amusing. Allana continues to grow as a character; her personality more fully-fledged in this novel. There are several indications that she will become highly important in later Star Wars books.

Daala's actions against the Jedi continue and become more in depth and involved but I am still struggling to exactly understand her motivation with this victimisation. Some of the time she seems to be using her GA troops in similar ways to Jacen despite citing Jacen's actions as the instigation for hers. Tahiri seems to be gaining a slightly bigger role and there is an indication that her unique position as neither Jedi nor Sith will become something of importance to the plot.

It is with the continuing exploration of Ben and Luke that the most interesting elements of the book are provided. Their investigations provide some answers but offer many more questions; which is probably what this saga needs this far into it. The culmination of their journey into the Maw has strong echoes of Homer's Odyssey where Odysseus encounters his mother and various dead colleagues. Ben and Lukes' situation is well written by Denning providing an apt off-putting sense.
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