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Star Wars: Fate of the Jedi: Ascension Hardcover – 4 Aug 2011
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The eighth novel in a thrilling nine-book story arc for fans of the Legacy of the Force series, the Dark Lords of the Sith, and the most popular characters in Star Wars, Luke, Han, and Leia!
About the Author
CHRISTIE GOLDEN is the award-winning author of almost thirty novels and more than a dozen short stories in the fields of fantasy, science fiction, and horror. Her media tie-in works include launching the Ravenloft line in 1991 with Vampire of the Mists, more than a dozen Star Trek novels, and the Warcraft novels Rise of the Horde, Lord of the Clans, and Arthas: Rise of the Lich King. She is the New York
Times bestselling author of Star Wars: Fate of the Jedi: Omen and Allies.
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There are little touches I did like in this book. Like the characters eating food that are more recognisable then just making up new names for things. This is good. I even liked that fact that some of the conspirators who were around from the time of Palpetine still have the speiciesist attitude. The prefer humans to all other species. Small touches like this do add to the believability.
The story. Riding the wave of their huge victories form the last 2 book, Luke leads the Jedi on a mission to destroy the ancient Dark Side being called Abeloth. Using this high risk stagey of taking all available Jedi could leave open to a counter attack. The lost Tribe of the Sith have become his second priority, could he have underestimated them. Luke's character seem to alternate between a naive doting father, to a ruthless (Sith like) strategist willing to sacrifice his own family.
I have to disagree with Master Saba. I think the Sith are stupid. Really who else could the mystery senator be? I don't think there is a ready anywhere who would not have guessed this from the first meeting between them and the Sith. That was a bit of a waste of a big reveal for the last page.
Vestara has a really hard time in this book. She has to make hard choices about who she was, who she is and most of all who she want to become, then if that is even possible. She also faces the same sacrifice play Jason has to face in his was to become a true Sith.
All in all a good book, but because it was so rushed it felt more like a set up for the next book rather than book strong enough to stand alone. Maybe if so much of the book was not wasted on the Lost Tribe's ceremony of accepting Aboloth, or if the book had another 100 pages then the book was not have need a new revelation or conspiracy every chapter. There are a number of secret groups formed and disbanded. However an important book pertaining to the series. Can't wait for the finale in Star Wars: Fate of the Jedi: Apocalypse.
This is the penultimate novel in the Fate of the Jedi series, where Luke Skywalker and his son Ben, together with the Sith girl Vestara are in the midst of a hot pursuit of the dread power called Abeloth. This great, almighty power has joined forces with the Sith in a bid to take over the galaxy, whilst unknowingly the Sith are harboring a terrible and astonishing secret. As the leadership of the government is uncertain, torn and fervently ripped apart by infiltrators and power struggles, this great secret threatens to shake the Jedi order to its very core...
Having already read the previous seven books within this series with Outcast, Abyss and Allies as ones that really stood out for me as being so fantastic, I was naturally interested to read on and find out where the story would take me. Exceeding all expectations, Ascension is a remarkable and astonishing read which delves even deeper into those wars and significant battles that raged through the galaxies in the time of the Old Religion and when the FORCE was something to be recognized, as Jedi's were ruling the Empire. Luke continues to try and defeat Abeloth whose power is growing as too is her desire for supremacy and dominance over all, with his ambitions taking the lead as Luke continues to track her down and destroy this terrible dark power. Many of the major subplots within this series come together in this one volume, for example such as Ben and Vestara's relationship and Moff Lecerson's planned coup. This book will leave you wanting more and desperate to read the final book `Apocalypse' as once again Christine Golden leaves you hanging on a cliffhanger, sitting in suspense and wanting to know more! This is a solid, penultimate volume within an outstanding, wonderful series that goes into detail about how the Jedi order try to restore political stability in the midst of Lecerson's conspiracy and Abeloth's quest to become a Goddess. Ending quite darkly unlike the other books there is a reason as to why this is called the `fate of the Jedi' and gives one a hint of what is to come, for those who can wield the power of the FORCE and those opposed to the dark side.
It is such a powerfully moving, dramatic read that sends shivers down your spine, and fills you with excitement as you grip the pages tightly. Written on such an epic and magnificent scale this book stands above the rest within this series, for we get to know more about the characters and their personal aims and goals as well as seeing the bigger picture of the galaxies ruling; in a political sense. The uprising between the Republic and the Empire is just so tense as those with the FORCE are tested to their limits, and Luke Skywalker's mission to finally defeat Abeloth comes nearer to its dramatic, ultimate conclusion. AMAZING!
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