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Star Wars: Coruscant Nights III Patterns of Force REVIEW Where’s the Zeltron? March 2, 2009

Posted by showmescifi in scifi.
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patternsoftheforceStar Wars Coruscant Nights III Patterns of the Force is a book that we were really looking forward too. We really enjoyed the first book in this series – Jedi Twilight and the second book – Street of Shadows – was solid too.

Patterns of the Force is the weak link in the triology and the worst book of the three. Were it not for the fact that we had already invested our time (and money) into this series, we likely would have given up on this book halfway through.

The sentence, paragraph and scene contruction were painful. Most of the plot was weak and pointless and most of the characters were cardboard cutouts.

What happened to the brilliant prose/plot/characters of the first two books?

WHO THE FRAK ARE THE INQUISITORS??! That all of sudden they should appear in the final book makes no sense at all and shows how poorly this series was constructed.

We knew that there had to be a final showdown with Jax and Darth Vader we didn’t know how he would get there…

[spoiler alert stop reading here if you don’t want to know..]

So how does Jax meetup with Vader? He calls him!


The slow pace and lack of much action in this book really made this painful until the final 4 chapters.

The fact that Dejah Duare the Zeltron betrayed Jax because Jax wouldn’t FRAK HER was kinda neat and something we didn’t see coming. The fact that she then went to embrace Vader (and died) however makes no sense at all.

The fact that Vader did not kill Jax was also disappointing. Jax should have been cut down – yet he wasn’t. So now the publishers can just stretch out the Jax character and use him again…

Oh and I-Five is not only sentient but he has a Force auro too…go figure.

Sure we like Jax he’s cool…but he was overmatched in that room and it would have been a fitting end for him to meet his fate at the end of Vader’s crimson lightsaber.

So in the final analysis Coruscant Nights started off really well with excellent promise – the final book was disappointing – but hey we were ultimately entertained.

I suppose that even though we suffered through the first 20 chapters the final payoff makes it worthwhile.


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