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on 25 October 2005
With Edge of Victory II: Rebirth, Greg Keyes continues his salvation of the New Jedi Order series of Star Wars books. Keyes manages to create situations and characters that entice the reader to keep moving, to plow through his books as if there were nothing else in the world you could possibly conceive of doing. While Rebirth isn't quite as good as Conquest, it more than holds its own with the other books in the series. Unfortunately, Keyes bites off just a little too much and, with the limited page count, the book feels a little cramped.
I have just one word to say about the ending of Rebirth. Hallelujah!!! While I do have some issues with how many separate plots Keyes jammed into this 290 page book, I am very pleased to say that he avoids having them all end up in one place! He avoided it last book, too, but that was mainly because there was only one main plot. This time, there are several, and Keyes avoids the coincidence. On the other hand, because there are so few pages, the book is kind of hindered by them ending separately, as they feel a little diffuse. Still, I was thrilled to see it.
Surprisingly, even none of the plot lines feel like their neglected too badly, other than the Luke/Mara one. Keyes mainly avoids this by having the assault on the Vong world ship not take up too much room in the narrative. As much as other authors would use this as a high point, with a lot of space ship action, juking and jinking, explosions, and the like, Keyes makes this more about the relationship between Kyp Durron and Jaina Solo, as well as his relationship with the rest of the Jedi. There is still plenty of action, but there aren't a hundred pages of it, which was refreshing. As for the rest of the threads, Keyes is the master of making a small amount of space go a long way, making each thread feel like it's taking up more space than it actually is.
Even with all of this going on, we get a lot of wonderful characterization. There's the return of the old Han and Leia, with the banter between them back to the sarcasm hiding deep affection that characterized their relationship for so long before Chewbacca. They're still a little unsure of each other, and the hurts between them have not disappeared, but both realize that they love each other and they are stronger together than apart. They even have some bonding time with their son, Jacen. The scenes between all of them are wonderful, especially the one between Jacen and his mother in the docking bay, where she's wondering if he's going to leave them. There are deep philosophical differences between the two male Solos, but both are able to put them aside to do what they know they have to do.
It was also nice to see the return of Corran Horn, even if Michael Stackpole wasn't writing him. I've wondered about him since Ruin and I was hoping we'd see him again. He does a great job of mentoring Anakin, trying to curb some of his impulses. Anakin appears to have learned some from his experience on Yavin 4 (in Conquest), but he's still liable to go off half-cocked. The relationship between Anakin and Tahiri also takes an interesting turn, and with her feeling like a Vong at times, this should be fascinating to watch develop. I have my ideas on where this might go, but I'm probably wrong. The interaction between the three of them was almost perfect. As for the rest of the characters, I can't go on forever, but again there is not a hint of mischaracterization anywhere in this book. Greg Keyes, I bow down to you.
On the other hand, there were a couple of faults in this one, bringing it down from the stellar heights of Conquest. First, I am getting a bit tired of our heroes stumbling upon Vong plans. The attack on the world ship is perfect, because the information comes from intelligence gathered by Kyp. However, Corran and the others just randomly find the Vong attack on Yag'Dhul in a desperate hyperspace jump. So while Keyes avoids the coincidental ending, there's still just a bit too much happenstance for my book.
Secondly, the Luke/Mara plot is very truncated and almost deserved its own book. The birth of a Skywalker child, especially with all of the things happening to Mara, should have developed more. Luke and Mara do have some scenes, but they mainly consist of Mara denying she needs help or finally allowing Luke to help her, and then WHAM! The baby's born. Keyes could have made an entire book (or at least half of one) about Luke and Mara running from the New Republic government, which has just put an order out for their arrest, having the situation worsen in stages as Mara gets sicker, and then go on from there. What we got was fine, but it didn't seem to be enough. At the very least, the book could have used a few more pages to do something more interesting with these two.
That being said, Edge of Victory II: Rebirth is yet another standout Star Wars book. The series really seems to be moving into high gear, with authors like Keyes. With Keyes having written the penultimate book in the series, I feel a lot better about James Luceno writing the finale.
David Roy
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on 13 September 2001
Edge of victory II Rebirth is by far one of the most enjoyable books I have ever read. Personally I have read more or less every single book written about the star wars universe from "The Truce at Bakura" to this latest addition to the star wars saga, and out of all of them I can honestly say that this one has been one of the most enjoyable. It is without a doubt a must have for every star wars fan not only for some of the most vivid and descriptive imagery I have ever read but also for the most memorable and enthralling storyline, which not only deals with the continued relentless assault of the Yuuzhan Vong on the New republic, but also on the long awaited arrival of the newest member of the Skywalker family. This book is certainly a must have addition for not only Star wars fans, but for any fan of the sci-fi genre.
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on 26 August 2001
I couldn't wait for this book to be realeased and I haven't been disappointed! There are some great plots in this book such as Mara's illness and the continuing relationship evolving between Anakin and Tahiri. Kyp Durron makes a comeback in this book being his usually violent self. The only downside with this book is that it is a bit short... that and I have to wait too long for the next book.
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on 4 March 2013
these are continuing tales following on from one another dating back all the way to the last film return of the jedi , a must read for any Star Wars fan !!!!
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on 22 January 2017
4stars brilliant book I was gripped from start to Finnish an excellent read for any starwars fan I fully recommend this whole series.
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on 5 June 2015
Absolutely brilliant, I could read books from this series all day long, in fact I do, it's a very easy read and continuity is fab.
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as star wars books go, this 1 kicks ****. all thumbs up. the tumultuous rollercoaster of emotion, action and evil storyline that have become synonymous with these books. there are lots of seperate but slightly intermingling storylines. There is a little moment of naughtiness betweeen 2 certain young jedi, on a decompressurising space station no less, lots of lightsabre duels of course and the addition of a new character who we have all been wating 4. great stuff. cant wait 4 the sequel.
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on 26 September 2014
Good read. Had the paperback. Re-read the series every 3-4yrs so going eBook made perfect sense.
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on 1 May 2015
Great story, pacy and interesting. A lot of fun.
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This book is great, its has the action, surprises and more action we have all come to love in the Star Wars universe. Glad to see Corran back in the action. If you like the books with the Vong in them, You will L O V E this one!
Keep 'em coming
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