Star Wars: Crucible Hardcover – 15 Aug 2013
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In the first big followup to Fate of the Jedi in more than a year, Han, Luke, and
Leia are back in action--older and wiser, but as ready as ever to leap headlong
About the Author
TROY DENNING is the author of eleven New York Times bestselling Star Wars novels
including the Fate of the Jedi books Apocalypse, Conviction, and Abyss, as well as
Waterdeep (under the pseudonym Richard Awlinson) and more than nineteen other
novels, including Pages of Pain, Beyond the High Road, and The Summoning. A former
game designer and editor, he enjoys hiking, mountain climbing, judo, and any sport that
involves going fast with boards strapped to his feet. He lives in western Wisconsin with
his wife, Andria.
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Top Customer Reviews
In a way, however, the story does reach a conclusion that is somehow loosely satisfying in that it provides a possible ending for the decades of adventures and struggles for Luke, Leia and Han. And it is a pleasant situation to leave them in.
It certainly isn’t one of Troy Denning’s better Star Wars books (he has written a couple of the best ones), but, for the most part, it is an enjoyable romp that covers most of what might be expected of a Star Wars novel.
It focuses primarily on Luke, Leia and Han, who are, perhaps, the main three characters from the original trilogy of films. It also features Tahiri and Ben who have become stalwarts of the Star Wars novels as they have chronologically progressed. There is little of the widespread galaxy with its civilisations and politics and the story is set in remote, virtually unchartered area. And even though a couple of ‘bad guys’ make a reappearances the major antagonists are two new characters from what seems to be a new race of aliens.Read more ›
The characters were both familiar and changed as you would expect for older more developed characters. The story was exciting and gripping, and despite the changes the story was in a universe I recalled from my youth.
The book starts out well, stating how thing have moved on in the galaxy and for the Jedi Order itself. If they carried on this it would have been perfect, but it goes off. Han and Leia are called in to help Lando with a pirate problem on his latest venture. Luke bore from being stuck in the temple and recuperating from his injuries he suffered (including a Force scar on his chest that will not heal) in the last series decides he would like to go along to this routine mission and joins them later. Unfortunately or by the will of the Force they stumble on to a plot of galactic proportions.
There are mentions of the next generations and the current threats still of there but there contribution to the book are minimal at best. The story would probably end the same way if they were there or not. Luke is still used to plying things close to the vest, sometimes not even giving his closest friend insight of what he is thinking. The book does get better as it goes further along, then the ending is again rushed. All in all This could have been a good to a great book, but ends up being more filler.
This was a good book with plenty of action throughout. I liked the reappearance of Vestara Khai (whose identity I figured out straight away from the brief description) but was disappointed that there was hardly any interaction between her and her former boyfriend Ben Skywalker. The action reaches a satisfying conclusion, but then you are left somewhat wondering what happens next, with all 3 main characters saying that they are taking a break from saving the galaxy for a while. I think this is a deliberate effort by author Troy Denning to leave the future of the EU open, as I think he, like myself, believes that at least some of the EU may be retconned when Episodes VII, VIII and IX are released. Overall, a very good read though.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Easy enjoyable read.
However after legacy of the force and fate of the Jedi, found it a pretty weak story to potentialy end the adventures of Luke, Leah and han
Loved the book it's twists and turns are great great read couldn't put it down. Hope the Jedi order can restore its trust and relationship with Coruscant and glad that Luke, Leia... Read morePublished on 16 Feb. 2014 by Neil Cooper
This book takes you back into the lives of Han Solo, Luke and Leah, they're all older in this book, Han and Leah are married with children. Read morePublished on 7 Oct. 2013 by Vampy
The terrific trio return in a highly enjoyable page turner. Loved the book from start to finish and leaves me wondering what the future will be in the Star Wars EU! Read morePublished on 8 Sept. 2013 by Steven
another outstanding star wars novel,very fast paced well written with the characters we loved from the early days in 77.highly recommend this bookPublished on 8 Sept. 2013 by Amazon Customer