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Although the first two books of the "Fate of the Jedi Series" were rather lacklustre and pretty boring, this does not apply to the numbers three (Abyss) en four (Backlash). The funny thing is that the first installment (outcast) was also written by Allston, and as said, pretty boring, but that this fourth installment is much improved. We are getting somewhere! Instead of three, there are only two storylines in this book but somewhat more intertwined. Also, it was wonderful to have Luke, Leia and Han back together again even if only for a short time! That part of the book was particularly interesting and great fun to read. I also liked the parts concerning Allana's adventure on her own. I particularly liked the way she works together with her little Nexu cub. A pity though we didn't get to see any more of Zekk, nor read much about what has happened to him after his disappearance at the end of the Second Galactic Civil War. Let us hope we get to know more in one of the next installments. Furthermore, Allston has done an excellent job in fleshing out the young Sith girl, Vestara, even further than what we saw in Abyss. Even so far that one of the main protagonists, Ben Skywalker, is actually starting to get a crush on her even if he doesn't want to because he very well knows what she is and stands for. But, she did do some unexpected things in this book, like saving Luke (for her own reasons of course) and the way she handled the night sisters was very, very nice, and rather unexpected too. Back on Couruscant it's business as usual with yet another unknown young Jedi going mad and not causing any real damage. But, in this book we finally get to see some more of Daala and her reasoning, so the madness actually leads to something this time.Read more ›
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Format: Mass Market Paperback
Even though it doesn't really progress the story that much, this is quite an enjoyable novel. The rest of the series has been a little sombre in tone. 'Backlash' takes a more amusing stance for some of its content. A lot of this revolves around events on Dathomir. Luke, Leia and Hans' previous exploits on the planet are cause for some humour, the banter between Luke and Ben continues to develop their relationship in a satisfying way and Ben also seems to be establishing a mutual mocking relationship with the Sith Vestara (there is also a possible romantic hint - but that might just be my interpretation).

Most of the light-hearted side of this novel comes out of the comic escapades of Allana accompanied by C3PO and R2D2. With each book of this series Allana becomes a more and more interesting and well developed character. Her relationships with Han and the two droids continues to get better. In fact, Allana's role gives the well recognised character of Han something fresh and allows C3PO to have a more active role than he has had in many of the Star Wars novels set after 'Return of the Jedi'

The re-introduction of the Nightsisters and the Mandolorians helps to improve the series. Both have been highly interesting peoples across the various Star Wars media and are always a joy to see included. They both seems to have picked up some influence from their portrayals in the Clone Wars TV series, but that too is no bad thing.

Events on Coruscant still fail to impress though. The political manoeuvring and its ramifications lack the intrigue and suspense that such scenarios usually possess in the films and other Star Wars media. I still don't fully comprehend Daala's motivations and can't see how her actions will actually benefit her.
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Whilst I'm a huge fan of Star Wars, I always worry about each new title, not that I don't expect a good story but because its such a huge franchise that the name alone will sell any project containing its name.

Each series has something special to offer and to be honest I'm more at home with the Skywalker/Solo's than at any other point in the Universes vast history. As such it made this title too tempting to resist which I suppose means I'm damned to the darkside. LOL

Unfortunately whilst the plot is gripping, the characters have lost a lot of their lustre, whether this is due to poor planning or lack of understanding of the characters I'm not sure but what really annoyed me was the clunkiness of the language used by the author. Add to this poor story direction and forcing (if you'll pardon the pun) the characters into situations that clearly they didn't want to enter made this all in a rather annoying read. With luck this will improve in future titles however at the moment if you want some good Star Wars writing then perhaps I can suggest Troy Denning or Sean Williams.
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It is worth pointing out that Aaron Allston had a heart attack half way through writing this book so the fact that it was even written is an achievement in itself. The fact that it is as least as good as the other books so far in the series is quite impressive.

That's not to say I was that impressed with it. Like all of the books so far in this series, I've felt it has been a little slow in developing. Plus I still can't abide the concept of the Sith returning in the way they have.

Not wanting to let my fanboy personal prejudice get in the way, the book was actually very enjoyable to read. Aaron Allston usually delivers good quality and this was no different. We see a lot of Luke, Leia and Han, which always makes a Star Wars book that much more enjoyable. I'm also beginning to really like Ben's character. He reminds me a lot of Anakin Solo's character in the New Jedi Order series.

All in all a pretty good read. Given this is almost the halfway point in the series, you can't really afford to miss it can you?
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3.0 out of 5 stars Should have been titled "Tangent." 15 Aug. 2013
By WAS - Published on Amazon.com
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The book was entertaining but felt like filler, and I agree with other reviewers who stated that the book doesn't do much to forward the main story arcs. In sum, the bulk of the book involves Luke and Ben taking a pit-stop on Dathomir and involving themselves with the locals while hunting for a young Sith woman. We learn more about them, the woman, and the people of Dathomir, generally, but Luke and Ben learn almost nothing that furthers their ultimate goals. The book also contains some fun battle scenes.

The book is good and must be viewed as part of the overall series.
3.0 out of 5 stars Still very slow 19 Mar. 2013
By ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ - Published on Amazon.com
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Unlike "New Jedi Order," "Fate of the Jedi" is off to a very slow start. This is the fourth book of the series and I'm still waiting for it to begin.

The strength in this series remains with the maturing of the relationship between Luke and Ben. Allana's portrayal is still very one dimensional, while Han and Leia's role as grandparents is unrealistic. Go to Dathomir where Luke is in trouble and leave her in the Falcon with C3PO to babysit? Please. What happened to their common sense?

The political problems are convoluted, as usual. I don't see why they have to be. They just are.

Basically, everyone visits Dathomir and leaves. The end.
4.0 out of 5 stars Light easy read, nothing graphic or grotesque 22 April 2015
By D - Published on Amazon.com
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If you're a fan of the SW Expanded Universe (in chronology, this series is no longer in the "Canon", but relegated to "Legends", due to the new films), these books are worth a try. They continue the adventures of the characters from the original movies as well as those from the New Jedi Order Series, Legacy of the Force, and the books intervening to those. Light easy read, nothing graphic or grotesque.
5.0 out of 5 stars THIS IS A CHRISTMAS GIFT 9 Dec. 2016
By Sherry N. - Published on Amazon.com
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My son loves star wars books I hope he likes this one......as for the condition of the book.....it was great and I recieved the book in a timely manner.
3.0 out of 5 stars Good and Terrible 29 July 2014
By Ben - Published on Amazon.com
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Minor Spoiler?

It was all pretty good, minus just about everything involving Dathomir, which is like 1/2 the book. Seriously, it was bad. Like Gilligan's Island bad. 90% of what happened on Dathomir was a waste of time and had no relevance to existing plotlines... I literally found myself skipping paragraphs (I never, ever do).
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