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Star Wars : Fate of the Jedi : Conviction. 1 word review – TERRIBLE! June 28, 2011

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This series started off alright but this is the worst book yet ….

As opposed to the last book – Fate of the Jedi Vortex – which was AWESOME, this book has a few interesting moments but for the most part it just drags on…

and on..

and on…..

and on…

So here’s the spoiler for you…Tahiri is convicted (the conviction on the cover), Chief of State Natasi is overthrown in a coup and then they both get sent to the same prison and both escape. In the meantime Abeloth is cornered and escapes..the Keshiri Sith are cornered and escape too.

and oh yeah Luke is the grandmaster of the Jedi again.

in between that..nothing happens, the plot is boring and pedantic and were it not for the fact that we knew it had to lead somewhere we would have put this book down midway for lack of anything interesting going on.

Yes this book advances the plot, so yes if like us, you’ve become hooked on the Fate of the Jedi, you will read it. But just don’t expect to enjoy it as much as Vortex.

Star Wars Fate of the Jedi – Vortex – review: Awesome. This book is the best in the series yet. January 23, 2011

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Vortex (Star Wars: Fate of the Jedi, Book 6) is one of the best Star Wars books ever written…sure it’s the middle of a series, but the twists and turns in this book put it head and shoulders above the rest.

We’ve been tracking, reading and reviewing the Fate of the Jedi series since 2008, when Lucasfilm first announced the series. The first Fate of the Jedi book: Outcast – was ok, but not great. Book two – Omen – was awesome. Book 3 – Abyss – was weak. Book 4 – Backlash also weak.

Now book 5 – Allies – the book immediately preceding this one was interesting, but unsatisfying.

In contrast to those first five books, we have nothing but praise for Vortex. The writing is amazing and kept us turning page after page. The courtroom stuff with Tahiri which has been dragging on, was exceptional this time around.

the battle inside the Jedi Temple and the demise of Kenth Hamner …WOW…we didn’t see that one coming.
Luke battling Abeloth and the Sith Again? ok..we saw that coming but still cool.
Vestara killing Lord Tallon? no we didn’t see that.

But the best part is the fact that this book stuck to the tried and true Star Wars formula. We had multiple sub-plots that all come together in a big set of concurrent event. Hamner and the Jedi with the launch of the StealthX’s, the return of the Horn’s, Errant Venture’s attack on the Coruscant mirrors and Luke battling it out for his life.

Author Troy Denning, knows what Star Wars fan want and he has delivered in spades with Conviction.

Luke Skywalker and the Shadows of Mindor – Are you afraid of the Dark? February 12, 2009

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shadowsofmindor Luke Skywalker and the Shadows of Mindor is a strange book.

Instead of being a simple battle between Sith and Jedi, author Matthew Stover bring in this new concept of The Dark.

what is the Dark? Apparently it’s not the Force but the Force can beat it…it also makes for some really convoluted plot that made this book confusing in its worst parts and downright boring in others.

Aside from the Dark – the basic premise of the book – that being an investigation into Skywalker’s actions – was totally lost except for the first and the last chapter. This is a shame. The plot structure could have been much better with a true investigation ..perhaps a retelling of the story from multiple viewpoints..

instead what do we have? who is the narrative voice? We don’t know..it’s just a confused muddled mess and a disappointing narrative.

Star Wars Rebellion #15 Vector #7 August 12, 2008

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So Vector now hits Rebellion and Luke Skywalker..and it looks like fun…

Vader left Celeste Morne (and Vector) 20 years ago (in the timeline) in Dark Times # 12 apparently Celeste is still alive and Vader hasn’t forgotten about her either.

Will Luke – see the good in Celeste and turn her back from the Dark Side?

i guess we’ll find out…we can assume that Luke survives as does Celeste..but how Celeste gets frozen to survive till her next jump – the Star Wars Legacy era…we’ll have to wait till Rebellion #16 to find out.

So far – 7 issues into Vector we’ve had numerous confrontations and the timelines between eras has been stitched together reasonably well..with five issues or so left to go.

Star Wars: 30th Anniversary Collection Volume 11–Union January 6, 2008

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Luke Skywalker and Mara Jade.

When it actually first happened I remember my shock..now years later when this special edition hardcover including that most memorable storyline of the marriage of Luke and Mara..my feelings are somewhat mixed.

Mara in the ‘regular’ timeline of the Expanded Universe is now dead (and don’t forget to sign the ShowMeSciFi.com petition to bring Mara back!). But to revisit this happiest of times in this incredible hardcover edition is a wonderful thing.

The story isn’t terribly innovative — it’s a wedding story after all — but it’s solid. The art is great and it holds your attention from cover to cover.

The format – the hardcover with the extra special paper stock is incredible and makes everything look/feel (and almost read) better than any other comic format ever produced by Dark Horse. Bottom line is it’s a great read and a must have addition to every Star Wars Expanded Universe fans collection — even more so now that Mara has left us.