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Star Wars: Invincible (Us) (Star Wars: Legacy of the Force) Hardcover – 13 May 2008
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About the Author
Troy Denning is the New York Times bestselling author of Star Wars: Tatooine Ghost, Star Wars: The New Jedi Order: Star by Star, the Star Wars: Dark Nest trilogy: The Joiner King, The Unseen Queen, and The Swarm War, and Star Wars: Legacy of the Force: Tempest and Inferno, as well as Pages of Pain, Beyond the High Road, The Summoning, and many other novels. A former game designer and editor, he lives in western Wisconsin with his wife, Andria.
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My man beef with this series was the pace at which jacen fell to the dark side and is subsequently dispatched. I'd have preferred he hung around and tormented his family for a while.
Would recommend this book though as its highly entertaining
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Caedus's death is anticlimactic and Daala seems to come out of nowhere at the end of the novel. This was probably the weakest book in the series and I wish I had gotten it from the library instead of buying it for my Kindle.
What started out as such a strong and ivigorating injection back into the SW universe after the Vong war, seems to get short changed and rushed here at the end. The more I think about this series, the more I come to the conclusion that the last few books resemble almost nothing of the first four or five in the series. It's almost of there were/are two diffrent disjointed arcs somehow still strung together by that now seemingly unimportant Correllian 'war' thingy that got this whole thing rolling.
Unfortunatly I really feel that Invincible has set a record for the most the most uninspiring and quick climax resolution (that quite honestly still has a lot of plot points barren with closure) to date for such a long arc.
The combination of authors spun and wove such an ellegant backstory with the Mandalorians, Correlians, Imperial Remnant, and did a wonderful build of Jacen turing to the dark side just to seem as if they brushed it all off with a quick wrap up in the end.
The outcome of Fett, Zekk, Prince Isolander, Luke's new power, the Moffs, Mirta, Daala and countless other characters just seemed to be glossed over,...I can't decide if I feel more insulted or more disapointed after investing som much time in a series for such a cheap payoff, that really doesn't explain in any real detail of what the heck happened and what this was all for.
The climax between Jaina and Jacen was surprisingly short in my book. Their first encounter was hands down much more exciting than this trifle few page scuffle. It felt obligatory to include it just to include it, not because the fans needed a resolution with heart and feeling. After their duel, I felt just as empty as Jaina did emotionally and I asked myself "What? That's it? Really?" Sigh...
And so much for the supporting characters...R2, 3P0, Lobacca, Kyp, Jag, etc. etc.. And the biggest travesty of them all was how the author deal with, or in this case, DOESN'T deal with Fett. What happened to his quest for his cure and the Kamino scientists? His dealing with his ex now that she returned? The nano-killer placed upon him by the Moffs? His status as Mandalore? Are you kidding me? It's just...unanswered? Bah.
No, it's a shame. And Luke has a new power that he debuts with Jaina during her first encounter with Jacen, but is this explored any further? Nope....
Sorry, I'm really bummed out by how this was all wrapped up in the last 15 pages with so many open ended threads. Not a fulfilling end to a nice book arc.
The 'Legacy of the Force' series had an interesting concept: Jacen Solo, an often-conflicted Jedi who has always struggled with morality, slips toward the Dark Side and becomes a Sith Lord, creating a drama that is both on a galactic and deeply personal scale. The galaxy descends into civil war under Jacen's efforts to bring lasting peace to the galaxy via an iron fist, and his family and friends must cope with his transformation as he commits atrocity after atrocity.
An interesting concept - with disappointing execution.
Don't get me wrong, 'Legacy of the Force' had its moments. The problem is that they all took place in Karen Traviss's books. She is the only in the series' trio of writers - Allston, Denning, Traviss - who managed to bring a sense of drama and emotion into the proceedings. The plot line she detailed involving Boba Fett, Mandalore, and his broken family was always fun to read, and her insights into major characters' perspectives, particularly Jacen's, were captivating. It's very fortunate that Mara Jade Skywalker's death took place in one of her books, 'Sacrifice,' because otherwise it would have been as flat as Jacen's death ends up being under Troy Denning's hand. The only time any emotional connection is felt is during Traviss's writing.
This means that six books out of the nine are an exercise in boredom and confusion. Allston's writing is painfully flat, so matter of fact that it honestly reads like an outline, with no dramatic emphasis on big plot events. Denning's contributions give us glimpses of competence, but are otherwise no better - and the fact that he ended up writing the series finale, 'Invincible,' is a tragedy far worse than the birth of Darth Caedus. The entire book was utterly uninteresting, and was defined by missed opportunity. Jacen's death could, SHOULD, have been memorable and have a big impact on long time Star Wars EU readers; Denning could have jumped back and forth between Jaina and Caedus's perspectives, showing us the emotional strain that the twins' duel to the death was having on them, show us what's happening in Caedus's mind in the moments before Jaina strikes him down. Instead he opts for a flat play-by-play of their fight, with absolutely zero exploration of the emotional trauma experienced by Jacen's family afterward. There is not even a sad remembrance of who Jacen once was.
In short, Star Wars fans are left feeling unsatisfied by 'Legacy of the Force.' There were so many opportunities for epic storytelling that were simply missed by two of the three writers. Karen Traviss's contributions - 'Bloodlines,' 'Sacrifice,' and 'Revelation' - are all worth a read, are truly excellent novels, but considering you have to plow through six boring novels to properly enjoy them...the price, as Ben Skywalker laments in the books, is just too high.