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Jedi Twilight: Star Wars Legends (Coruscant Nights, Book I) (Star Wars (Del Rey)) Mass Market Paperback – 24 Jun 2008
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"FULL OF LIGHTSABER BATTLES, THE JEDI PHILOSOPHY, AND LOTS OF NEW LIFE-FORMS."
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Darth Maul, merciless apprentice of evil and one of the legendary Sith, a twisted order given over to the dark side of the Force...Darth Maul, champion of the nefarious Sith Lord, Darth Sidious...Darth Maul, a legend sprung to life from the nightmares of history, about to be unleashed . . . in an all-new tale of intrigue and mystery set just before the events of Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace.
After years of waiting in the shadows, Darth Sidious is taking the first step in his master plan to bring the Republic to its knees. He meets secretly with his Neimoidian contacts in the Trade Federation to plan the blockade of the planet Naboo. But one member of the delegation is missing, and Sidious does not need his Force-honed instincts to suspect betrayal. He orders his apprentice, Darth Maul, to hunt the traitor down.
On Coruscant, capital city of the Republic, the Neimoidian moves quickly to sell what he knows to the highest bidder. For Lorn Pavan, an information broker, the deal is too good to pass up. He grabs it, unaware that he has now earned a place on Darth Maul's hit list, right behind the Neimoidian defector himself.
Meanwhile, a young Jedi padawan by the name of Darsha Assant stands on the verge of ascension to Jedi knighthood. A single mission will be her test. But a greater test awaits her. For in the labyrinthine alleyways and sewers of Coruscant's own dark side, she will cross paths with Lorn, who is fleeing from the Sith stalker, carrying with him crucial information that must reach the Jedi Council at all costs.
The future of the Republic depends on Darsha and Lorn. But how can an untried Jedi and an ordinary man, stranger to the powerful ways of theForce, hope to triumph over one of the deadliest killers in the galaxy?
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I was left however, pleasantly surprised. The characters are interesting and not too 'far fetched', and I particularly liked the introduction of "I-Five" as well as what he adds to the novel. Michael Reaves uses good cross-referencing with some not so well known characters that helps drive the story along too. The problem I had with this book is that it didn't make me want to really get into it at all. I didn't find myself needing to get my book 'fix' as I have from previous novels that I've read. I think perhaps the lack of real excitement made it a bit of a drag but nevertheless, I have started the second novel in the series and I'm starting to get a bit more emotionally involved with the characters.
I would say that this will tickle your fancy if you're a fan of the whole 'lone Jedi surviving' thing, and if you are happy to follow a character relatively unheard of and new. However, if you're looking for a ton of names you've seen pop up in multiple novels etc then maybe look at either the Clone Wars or New Republic era.
The 'SF'-ification of many sayings does get irritating, from time to time.
The main strength of this story is the way it leads the reader to empathise and sympathise with characters who have opposing agendas, and makes you want everyone to succeed. The protagonist - Jedi knight in hiding, Jax Pavan - is the best fleshed out of all the characters, and his story provides an interesting look at the fate of a surviving Jedi after the rise of the Empire. Each of the secondary characters - including Darth Vader's personal aide, an ex-soldier, a sentient droid, and an elite assassin - are equally, if not more, interesting. In multi-threaded books, I usually find myself wishing the writer would spend more time on my favourite character, and I often get bored waiting for them to come back, but not so here. As the threads begin to draw together, each different perspective becomes more interesting, and I found myself drawn into the Coruscant underworld, where the last Jedi are hiding and the resistance is beginning to form.
The book's big weakness, I think, is the prose, which is often too bland, at times too descriptive, and at other times not descriptive enough. Sometimes plot development is spelled out to the reader to an almost patronising degree, and repeated as each character learns about it. I would also have liked perhaps a little more character development; being told a character has great martial skills and having to take it on faith until the end is weak writing, when it would not have been hard to work in a demonstration or two. Perhaps over-zealous editing is to blame.
This isn't a bad book, but neither is it a great book. Read it if you feel like spending a couple of hours immersing yourself in the seedier side of Coruscant during the early days of the Empire.
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 as a private investigator, trying to help people in need while concealing his Jedi identity and staying one step ahead of the killers out for Jedi blood. Others search for the elusive Jax too. Hard-boiled reporter Den Dhur and his buddy, the highly unorthodox droid I-5YQ, have shocking news to bring Jax--about the father he never knew.
But when Jax learns that his old Jedi Master has been killed, leaving behind the request that Jax finish a mission critical to the resistance, Jax has no choice but to emerge from hiding--and risk detection by Darth Vader to fulfill his Master's dying wish.
This is a fantastic book. It is very well written with great characters in it. The storyline is excellent, and it has a great pace right from the start. It is not overwhelming though, and the story does not slow down at any point.
I could not put the book down from start to finish, this will be a book that I will read again and again. I am really looking forward to reading the rest of the trilogy.
Thank you Michael Reaves for writing such a great book :D
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