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After their adventures on Dathomir, Luke and Ben are determined to return to the Maw and confront Abeloth, the evil power that is making the young Jedi go crazy. The newly discovered Lost Tribe of the Sith are also interested in the Maw and make an uneasy alliance with Ben and Luke. While normally Jedi and Sith would rather kill each other than work together, these Sith are a little different, and as an outcast, Luke can’t get help from other Jedi. Most of the book focuses on the preparations for and the journey into the Maw; the story of Han, Leia, and Alanna, by contrast, takes up only a few small scenes. Even with much of the book devoted to setup, however, the tale doesn’t lack for tension, as the alliance between the Sith and Jedi teeters on a knife edge. Golden introduces a new theme here, ending slavery, and she does a good job balancing the larger series plots against the story arc of a single volume—no easy feat for the fifth installment in a nine volume-series. --Jessica Moyer

About the Author

Christie Golden is the award-winning author of more than thirty novels and several short stories in the fields of fantasy, science fiction, and horror. Her media tie-in works include launching the Ravenloft line in 1991 with Vampire of the Mists, more than a dozen Star Trek novels, and the Warcraft novel Lord of the Clans.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: LucasBooks; First Edition edition (May 25, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345509145
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345509147
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1.3 x 9.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (73 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #692,480 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Award-winning author Christie Golden has written over thirty novels and several short stories in the fields of science fiction, fantasy, and horror. Golden launched the TSR Ravenloft line in 1991 with her first novel, the highly successful Vampire of the Mists. She is the author of several original fantasy novels, including On Fire's Wings, In Stone's Clasp, and Under Sea's Shadow, the first three in her multi-book fantasy series The Final Dance from LUNA Books.Among Golden's other projects are over a dozen Star Trek novels and the well-received StarCraft Dark Templar trilogy, Firstborn, Shadow Hunters, and the forthcoming Twilight. An avid player of Blizzard's MMORPG World of Warcraft, Golden has written several novels in that world (Lord of the Clans, Rise of the Horde) with three more in the works. She has also written two Warcraft manga stories for Tokyopop, I Got What Yule Need and A Warrior Made. Golden lives in Colorado with her husband and two cats.

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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on July 28, 2010
Format: Hardcover
fotj:allies is a story with a great deal of potential that is unfortunately undone with very sloppy execution. other reviewers have had some impolite things to say about the author, but i'm not going to go that far, as i'm sure the editorial process is just as much as fault. i venture into spoiler territory a bit, so consider yourself warned.

even if you're not a hardcore fan, the book can be difficult to read at times. there are jumps from one character's perspective to another's that are rather jarring, and characters behave inconsistently, sometimes from one page to the next. too many chapters begin with recaps of what happened a few pages before, as if you hadn't just read it for yourself, or needed help understanding. and then some events seem to happen completely out of sequence- for example, at one point the skywalkers are waiting for a rendez-vous with lando. luke decides to speed up the timetable (because "things have changed," he explains, though at no point is the book clear on what's supposed to have changed), and arranges for lando to meet him on the way. 14 pages later, lando arrives at the site of the initially-planned meeting, and is absolutely shocked that luke is no longer there. what? later on, vestara is asking dyon questions about ship that dyon clearly comprehends, even though it isn't until a few paragraphs later that she explains to him what ship is.

if you are a hardcore fan, it gets even worse. there's far too much character deconstruction in this book. where ben is steady and mature beyond his years coming into this story, here he's a hapless hormonal sap. where vestara had been ambitious, cunning, and ruthless (ship's favorite among the entire tribe), here she's an ineffective, shallow, hormonal sap.
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Mickey K. Thompson on July 21, 2010
Format: Hardcover
I am a Star Wars geek and lay claim to reading every book of the Star Wars series from Pre-Episode I through the Clone Wars to ROTJ and then read the disappointing Legacy series. I told myself that I would not continue to read these 9 book series because, quite frankly, the Legacy series would have made a fine trilogy. It introduced too many characters that had only minor roles in the story telling and much like reading Tolkien, you start forgetting who individuals were and whether or not you missed something. I actually started jotting down notes when new characters were added to the series. Those characters were either killed off or had shortened arcs.

But I caved. I started reading Omen and I hoped that the FotJ series would be better. Maybe they learned from their mistakes. After this book, it is clear they haven't.

First and foremost, I hate hate hate having three authors writing through the book. It almost made sense in the Legacy series where Travis and her love of all things Mando were evident. I am glad she took the reins in these books, as they made little real sense to the overall story, they were the most detailed and put you in the tribe.

I don't know what to think of Golden. I have the feeling she has no more clue about the Star Wars Universe as I do about prehistoric classical music. I noticed several typos (at least 4) where once she referred to a ship and had no idea what she was saying. If you are going to have someone play in the universe, please make sure they have a comfort within it. She seems to use the universe as a clunky tool for her prose.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Julie VINE VOICE on June 28, 2010
Format: Hardcover
I'm completely lukewarm about this book. I enjoyed the touching scenes featuring the Solos and Allana and even that nexu cub. The anti-slavery message was delivered through a neat new character, but the book lacked a distinctly Star Wars feel. The whole subplot with the journalist could have been put in any science fiction book in nearly any pre-made universe and done all right.

The writing style bothered me. Let me just recount one sentence for you. Please, try to read this allowed in one breath:
page 63 So it was that in the shaded marketplace, with artificially moist, cool air blowing about them and a few musicians standing about playing strangely complicated-looking instruments with cases looking sadly empty of credcoins, he, Vestara, and Dyon found themselves looking at a pretty impressive amount of fruits, vegetables, nuts, grains, and meats.

Still alive? Did you breathe while reading aloud?

The book bleeds passive verbs all over the place. The majority of sentences are ungainly at best. I daresay some people may even like the style, but it struck me at a painful angle. Also,I like Jaina Solo and found this portrayal of her particularly painful to take at times.

The plot's okay, though I agree with those who say the great end battle is shoddy at best. I know this is a inner book of a series, but it just felt like a lot of subplots were left unresolved. Here's to the hope that loose ends will be tied in future books.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By General Skywalker on May 29, 2010
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FOTJ Allies is only Golden's second entry in the Star Wars universe, but you can tell very early on that she's gotten a handle on the essential characters of the EU. Golden's Luke is written impeccably well. For the first time, the reader gets a more intimate look at how Mara's death has personally affected Luke. Sure, we knew he was upset, etc, but the predicaments Luke is placed in here bring the brutality of Mara's death and the pain of that loss to the fore-front once more. You get to see Luke's pain without him being completely inept, and I appreciate that. SW authors often either write the All-Powerful-Luke or the Pathetic-Incapable-Luke and it's nice to see I well balanced mix of all the above here.

The jury is still out Luke and Ben's "alliance" with the Sith. In Allies you meet several Sith, including Vestara's father, and while they are not completely pointless or "cardboard," they lack the vibrancy of Vestara. Vestara is one of the more interesting new additions to the SW universe in a while. She's happily Sith and makes no bones about, but is by no means a "Mary Sue," a pointless addition to the fray. Since the writers of the FOTJ series have taken the time to develop her character, I hope they don't throw her to the wayside too soon.

There are major plot movements in this book; it creates new story lines and ties up a few old one. Or does it? Although the mad Jedi situation seems to be resolved, I don't think we've seen the end of Abeloth/the Maw/Sinkhole Station, etc. Finally we seem to have a return to old-school SW mythos. A story that can't simply end with a death (Jacen/Darth Caedus)or the conclusion of a war (the Yuuzhan Vong war).
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