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Star Wars Legacy of the Force Invincible : REVIEW May 26, 2008

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invincible.jpg*Warning* The following review may contain material that some might consider to spoiler material * Read at your risk*

Star Wars Legacy of the Force started out as one of the best Star Wars series in recent years – and now with Invincible it has apparently come to a conclusion. The only problem is the final resolution (after 7 books of building to it) really doesn’t solve the deep and intricate political problems that this series was originally all about.

Invincible follows , Revelation, Fury, Sacrifice, Exile, Betrayal , Bloodlines and Tempest. That’s a lot of books and a lot of action, drama, intrigue and new developments in the Star Wars Expanded Universe.

Legacy of the Force started with the split of the Galactic Alliance with the spinoff of the Correllian Confederation. That was an awesome plot line angle and one that carried nicely in every book in this series – EXCEPT FOR THE LAST ONE!. Magically at the end of this one – everything is ok…when the premise of why the Confederation existed in the first place had nothing at all to do with Jacen Solo.

Yes this series from beginning till end was about Jacen Solo – his decent into the dark side, becoming Darth Caedus, becoming the Chief of State, taking out his rival Admiral Niathal, killing his Aunt Mara Jade, and become a hated man by everyone in the Galaxy including his family.

Where was Niathal in Invincible? (he was invisible). Where was Mara Jade (not even a Force Ghost?? come on)

So after all the build up on multiple plot lines – the only one that the final book resolves is the one involving Jacen Solo / Darth Caedus. This series was more intricate than being about just one man or problem. It’s a krifing shame that there weren’t a few extra chapters in this very short book to just even out the ending a bit. Admiral Daala is only mentioned in the third person yet someone she rises to become leader of a new unified Galactic Alliance – HUh? (What about the Senate don’t they get a say??)

But the big plot line – the one that we’ve known about since February of this year is that the Sword of the Jedi would defeat Caedus. And yes I was totally stoked by the kill.

Despite the other issues I have with this book – being the last book of an awesome series that doesn’t do justice by not clearing up plot line development – the end of Caedus was cool.

He let the sentence trail off as the door opened on its own, revealing a dark-uniformed woman with an athletic build and brown, furious eyes.


“Jaina?”

A light saber snap-hissed to life, and suddenly Caedus felt as though he were going to vomit fire….

Jaina came to a knee facing him and knew Caedus was about to die. He had one arm and one good leg, and they were not even on the same side of the body. He could not pivot and he could not retreat.”

How awesome is that?! Sure you could think of it like the Black Knight in Monty Python and the Quest for the Holy Grail (“It’s only a flesh wound!)..but still kinda cool and solid story telling. Too bad it was not the full story conclusion that this series really deserved.

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