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A surprising change from the X-Wing novels.
on 8 November 2004
Seven years after 'Return of the Jedi', Rogue Squadron pilot Corran Horn's wife goes missing and Corran decides to develop his Force talent at the new Jedi academy in order to find her.
This is a truly unique book for two main reasons; it's the first (and so far only) Star Wars novel to be written in first person and it's the first whose plot runs parallel to that of another Star Wars novel (or in this case three others - the Jedi Academy trilogy). This book genuinely shows the character developing by leaps and bounds as he attempts to balance his life experience against the teachings of the Jedi. I liked the fact that Corran's Force-powers are handicapped, giving the story a little bit of an edge as he has to deal with this issue. I enjoyed the interworking with the JA trilogy, giving a very different perspective on familiar event (I particularly liked his investigation into Exar Kun). My favourite part of the book is where Mara Jade gives Kun a thorough dressing-down, saying how pitiful he is compared to Vader and Palpatine. Another simple plus is that this is a nice long book, not the 300 page stuff that's been churned out since. Look out for plenty of familiar characters from all across the expanded universe, including Leonia Tavira (from the X-Wing comics) and Brakiss (from 'The New Rebellion' and the Young Jedi Knights series), to name just two.
To be honest, I've never really liked Corran. He's just a bit too self-righteous and preachy. He goes beyond even himself in this book as he decides to lecture Luke about how to train Jedi, which I thought was frankly ridiculous.
Exar Kun: Who dares!?
Mara Jade: 'Who cares?', more accurately.