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It should have been better
on 15 April 2012
I'm going to start this review by saying that I'm a huge Star Wars fan and have been for many years, thus I have read almost all SW books released, and although I enjoyed reading this book I can't believe how they could end the series like this. (My review will contain spoilers!)
The thing about the SW universe is that it uses characters, places and previous events to develop the story and keep it interesting and exciting. Most of the books released during the 90's starts with 'OMG we are all gonna die', and then the heroes save the day and no one really gets hurt except the characters created for that particular book. An ok read but not terribly exctiting. The New Jedi Order shook the SW universe, we lost Chewbacca; Leia, Han and Luke were allowed to become affected by the events transpiring and develop as characters, and the series following were really exciting to read. I loved Legacy of the Force and the Legacy comic series and I did have high hopes for this series.
The main reason why this series failed to deliver was the conclusion. I thought Abeloth was an interesting character, but I felt she was much divided and we never really got to understand her goal and main reason as a villain, apart from the conclusion which did not really make sense. I did enjoy reading about the Lost Tribe, and the Jedi suffering from Force Psychosis could have been developed into something really creepy and exciting. The conclusion just ended it flat. When Luke started talking about some story Yoda had told him during his training on Dagobah about Anakin during the Clone Wars, I was appalled.
The single most annoying thing about Star Wars (apart from Jar Jar) is the animated Clone Wars. I don't dislike the Clone Wars per se; I thoroughly enjoyed reading the actual Clone Wars books, like Shatterpoint, but the animated series are just excessively poor. It is supposed to be for kids, fair enough, but giving Jabba the Hutt a "son" and inventing a brat Jedi Padawan to accompany Anakin was just silly and did not make any sense other than selling merchandise. Why I'm talking about the animated Clone Wars is because the conclusion for the entire Fate of the Jedi series, which basically started in The New Jedi Order series when Abeloth reached out to Ben at Shelter, is an event that takes place in one episode of the third season of animated Clone Wars.
The SW universe has been around for more than 30 years, we have tons of video games, comics, books, short stories and creative people working on developing new exciting segments of the SW universe, and yet this was what they chose to use as the conclusion. It felt as if they just made it up as they went along, and for a fan like me who has followed the SW story for years it was very disappointing to find that they could not make it more interesting. Just a corny conclusion and rather dull explanation to everything we have read the past 3 years was all we got. You can do better than this!