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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.

Star Wars Fate of the Jedi: Allies – Jedi and Sith join together to destroy Abeloth September 3, 2010

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So far, the Star Wars Fate of the Jedi series has been interesting, but each book leaves us feeling a bit cheated – and Allies is no exception.

Yes there are some AWESOME sequence in this book, but there are also sooooooo very many issues that make  no sense whatsoever as well.

Vestara and Ben — seemingly – get closer, Daala continues to take aim against the Jedi and the Sith of the Lost Tribe become allies with Luke Skywalker.

It is the Jedi Sith alliance that makes the least amount of sense. Did the Sith want to destroy Abeloth (the evil being in the Maw making all the Jedi nuts?)? That’s unclear.

The actual end of Abeloth was also unclear and to us – very unsatisfying as well.

This is a middle episode book – and no, not middle episode as in Empire Strikes Back.

The writing is brilliant and we all know and love these characters at this point, the problem is the unfulfilled plot, which leaves us wanting more (a good thing), but with too many loose ends.

Overall though, this is a tremendously enjoying book to read that is literally a non-stop ‘page-turner’ that all Star Wars expanded universe fans will enjoy.

Star Wars Fate of the Jedi Abyss – The Kesh Sith are Back! December 21, 2009

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Star Wars: Fate of the Jedi: Abyss is the third installment in the Fate of the Jedi series – and it’s not the best nor the worst (first book was outcast followed by Omen – which was awesome)

As is often the case lately with Star Wars series – each installment has a few interesting development and plots and sub-plots but aren’t standalone stories.

In Abyss, we finally see the Kesh Sith confront the Skywalkers – which was the best part (and the finale) of the book.

The return of the Sith – not Darth Bane’s Sith – but the True Sith that number in the hundreds (thousands?) is perhaps the best underlying plotline in the Fate of the Jedi series.

The subplot of the going ons in Coruscant with Daala is relatively week and she’s not well written in this particular story.  Author Troy Denning is best with the Skywalkers and the Sith and that’s where this story excels.

Yes, this is another example of a long drawn out story – but for fans (like us) it’s one that you just don’t want to miss.

Star Wars Fate of the Jedi – the next great Star Wars series? October 3, 2008

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So now we know what the successor to Legacy of the Force will be – it’s called Star Wars Fate of the Jedi which will first show up in April of 2009 and will span 9 books – all hardcover – ending in April 2011.

Lucasfilm’s Sue Rostoni has outlined the series – in rough – and here it is..

April 7, 2009 – Hardcover: FATE OF THE JEDI 1: OUTCAST by Aaron Allston. Luke and Ben attempt to follow Jacen’s previous journey in the hopes of discovering what and how various Force-using groups influenced him to accept and use dark side powers.

July 7, 2009 – Hardcover: FATE OF THE JEDI 2:OMEN by Christie Golden. Continues the FATE OF THE JEDI story….. major developments, new characters, lotsa stuff happens.

October 6, 2009 – Hardcover: FATE OF THE JEDI 3 by Troy Denning. More hapans… er, happens. Sorry for the typo, it means nothing.

February 2010 – Hardcover: FATE OF THE JEDI 4 by Aaron Allston.

May 2010 – Hardcover: FATE OF THE JEDI 5 by Christie Golden.

August 2010 – Hardcover: FATE OF THE JEDI 6 by Troy Denning.

November 2010 – Hardcover: FATE OF THE JEDI 7 by Aaron Allston.

January 2011 – Hardcover: FATE OF THE JEDI 8 by Christie Golden.

April 2011 – Hardcover: FATE OF THE JEDI 9 by Troy Denning. Wraps up the series….

We can hardly wait…will this series hook up and connect to Dark Horse’s Star Wars Legacy?? Not likely but is sure will bring us at least 9 steps closer.