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Star Wars: Fate of the Jedi: Backlash Hardcover – 15 Apr 2010

4.3 out of 5 stars 24 customer reviews

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  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Century (15 April 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 184605687X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1846056871
  • Product Dimensions: 16 x 3 x 24 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 695,092 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 fourth novel in a thrilling new 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!

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Well this is book 3 of 9 and it was remarkably better than books 1 and 2. I still can't give it 4 or 5 stars. Troy Denning has always written great Star Wars books, at least IMO, but this, based on his other work, isn't one of them. For example some of the Astral Plains (Beyond The Shadows) issues were way too long and drawn out, it was as if he had made them long and lengthy just for the sake of it, it served no purpose, other than to increase page numbers.

Having said that, however, this book kicked the overall story into a higher gear, had it not done that then I think I would have stopped reading this Series. Lets hope book four is better.

The problem I am having with this series is the story just isn't getting started. I understand with a series of 9 books or more, you need to draw out the beginning of the story, other wise it will be over before you get to the last book. A classic example of this was the 21 book story, New Jedi Order, the start of the overall story covered at least 5 or 6 books, but, and I add great emphasis this, BUT right from book 1 the story was gripping, it grabbed your attention straight away, this series has yet to do that. Although as I said this book is better than the first two.

Would I recommend this book? Perhaps only to the most serious Star Wars fan.
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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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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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I love the Fate of the Jedi series. This is another great book. The series is a little slow moving, this book does move things forward a bit, but not as much as I would have liked. The reason I don't mind the slow simmer boil of the series is because there are many issues and what the series lacks in speed it makes up for in character development.

The book lets Ben Skywalker have more print time. I have to say this has worked well as from the last series I found Ben as whiny little brat, he seems the have matured considerably in his mid teens, and his military experience is also shining through. He also has the Connan like legacy of not one being the sone of 2 of the most powerful Jedi of their generation, but he was born on the battlefield.

The story. Following Sith apprentice Vestara Khai to the planet Dathomiri, Luke and Ben Skywalker find a scoitity in transition. Dathomiri formally dominated by the female darkside users the Nightsisters, now has more accepting of males. The most powerful and influential male clan known as Broken Columns starting to form a union with the Raining Leaves clan. This does not sit well remaining Nightsisters, who intend to destroy both clans for breaking their traditions. Vestara has also in infiltrated the Raining Leaves, to hide from the Skywalkers. However does her true agenda go even further as Ben say "Nightsisters snd Sith go together like caf and cream". The Solo's minus Jaina also make an appearence on Dathomiri, before heading back to the Core.

On Coruscant Daala makes good on her threat to use the Mandos against the Jedi. However this does not go over as planned, and she must deal with the political backlash of her increasing anti Jedi stance, and her predecessor.
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