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Product Details

  • Series: Star Wars: The New Jedi Order - Legends
  • Mass Market Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: LucasBooks (July 29, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345428749
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345428745
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1.1 x 6.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (104 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #79,464 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The time of reckoning is close at hand. Events in the New York Times bestselling Star Wars The New Jedi Order series take a decisive turn, as the heroes of the New Republic prepare for their most volatile clash yet with the enemy?from without and within.

In the war against the ruthless Yuuzhan Vong, the fall of Coruscant leaves the New Republic divided by internal strife, and on the verge of bowing to conquest. But those who steadfastly refuse to consider surrender?Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, Leia Organa Solo, and their children and comrades-in-arms?are determined to seize victory against overwhelming odds. And now, finally, there are signs that the tide may be turning in the New Republic?s favor.

After capturing crucial Yuuzhan Vong intelligence, Jedi fighter-pilot Jaina Solo prepares to lead a daring surprise strike against an enemy flagship. Meanwhile, Jaina?s brother Jacen?liberated from the hands of the enemy and newly schooled in an even greater mastery of the Force by the Jedi Knight Vergere?is eagerly poised to bring his unique skills to bear against the invaders. And on Mon Calamari, the New Republic?s provisional capital, the retired, ailing hero Admiral Ackbar has conceived a major tactical plan that could spell the beginning of a swift end for the Yuuzhan Vong.

Yet even as opposing squadrons face off in the depths of space, intrigue runs rampant: in the heated political race for Chief of State . . . in the shadows where Yuuzhan Vong spies plot assassinations . . . and in the inscrutable creature Vergere, a Jedi Knight whose allegiance is impossible to predict. And as Luke Skywalker sets about reestablishing the Jedi Council, the growing faction opposed to the ways of the Force unveil a terrifying weapon designed to annihilate the Yuuzhan Vong species. But in doing so, they may be dooming the New Republic to becoming the very thing it has sworn to fight against?and unleashing the power of the dark side.

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About the Author

Nebula Award-winner Walter Jon Williams is the author of twenty-two volumes of fiction, as well as screenplays for film and television. A fourth degree black belt from the American Kenpo Academy, he lives in rural New Mexico with his wife, Kathy. He is currently working on The Praxis, a novel of adventure in the near future.

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Customer Reviews

I read the entire book in one afternoon, the same day that I got it.
Clue in, Walt: lots of characters don't make a good book--truly understanding your characters and helping the reader to does (see Traitor).
William A. Delgado
It seemed like the whole rest of the book was just build up for one big scene at the end.
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Niko on October 17, 2002
Format: Hardcover
This is not a bad novel, but one that will probably disappoint the NJO fans - like myself. If you are following the series, then you have to read it - or you 'll miss a lot of important plot points.
But even though the overall NJO story-arc is served very well, the Expanded Universe in general, is not. The problem seems to be that this should have definatelly been a much longer novel - perhaps even a trilogy. As it stands the book feels very rushed.
The story begings strongly, from where Traitor left off. Indeed, the first half does an amazing job of tying up a lot of lose ends, both in particular subplots and the more abstract aspects of the NJO series:
We learn Vergere's story; we find out what happened to Bel Iblis, Kre'fey and Wedge Antilles after Star by Star and the Enemy Lines duology; we witness the developing situation on Coruscant (Yuuzhan'tar), Nom Anor, Chavong Lah, Nen Yim and the rest of scarhead gang; and finally, after four books (since Star by Star) we catch up to the larger state of affairs in the New Republic.
Also, the war seems to reach equilibrium: for thirteen books now I 've been thinking that , the element of surprise aside, there is NO way that a small extragalactic force can beat a galactic scale republic; in all warfare, resources will ultimately determine the outcome, unless the bigger of the two combatants is swiftly eliminated right on the outset. (see WWI, WWII etc.) In Destiny's Way the story finally reaches this rational stage. The New Republic is pulling itself together and switching to war footing, swinging the momentum back.
So the first 200-or-so pages are great. However, after that the story falls apart; or, rather, it gets too rushed, even with the two chapters that became the eBook "Ylesia" ending up being cut.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By "jaded_rogue" on October 11, 2002
Format: Hardcover
Review Destiny's Way by Walter Jon Williams
First off, would it not have been possible for Del Rey to have found an author that knew more about Star Wars than snoozing through the movies, and getting a friend to tell him about the EU. I mean HELLO...I think RA Salvatore had a better grip on the characters than this guy, and Vector Prime was the third worst book of the series. This guy did not even know that Winter was married to Tycho, and had to add a blurp in after the fact that made the story become choppy.
He portrays Jaina as a `Damsel in Distress', having her in a total panic in the middle of not one but four furballs. I mean HELLO, I am married to a Fighter Jock, and I know from his history and common sense, that you NEVER panic in a furball, if you do, you die. Also the man can't write a space battle to save his life, `Extend foils'? Did this man even see Star Wars? Extend means to move out, and the S-foils on an X-Wing do not extend they separate.
As for Mara in this book, well he has her closer to her personality, her personality from the Thrawn and Jedi Academy Trilogies. Since the birth of Ben, she has shown a lot more restraint in her actions, so as NOT to make him an orphan. I just don't see her ramming a Vong spy's sub with hers, I see her keeping them occupied while someone else gets there with weapons to destroy the Vong sub, but ramming? Also, I'm sorry, but having been married to a Sub Jock (Yeah been married a couple of times) it takes YEARS to be able to pilot a sub to the point of getting a missile on your arse to think your opponent is you.
Also where all of a sudden did Luke acquire all this information about the old Jedi and another Holocron?
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By William A. Delgado on October 14, 2002
Format: Hardcover
To be sure, the books of the NJO have been a mixed bag. But, for the most part, the hardbacks have held their own and a few of the paperbacks, like Traitor, have been extremely enjoyable.
Destiny's Way changes all this...and not for the better. Why oh why did the editors think that Williams would be a good choice for such an important book? His writing is so simple and blase you'd think he was turning it in as a junior high homework assignment. Entire chapters consisted of narrative dribble: "Jaina got up and went to work. Jacen went swimming." Indeed, simple writing concepts such as climax and plot twists seem as alien to him as the Yuuzhan Vong do to our Star Wars family.
Of course, what is truly unpardonable is his obvious lack of familiarity with the characters' personalities. Not a single character is well written and some of them, like Luke and especially Vergere, are just plain terrible. Apparently, Williams believed that the better strategy was just to throw in as many characters as he possibly could, include a few who have been absent for far too long, and then hope the readers would love him for it. Clue in, Walt: lots of characters don't make a good book--truly understanding your characters and helping the reader to does (see Traitor).
In the end, you have to read it because it's supposed to be "the turning point" of the series. But, don't expect too much. It's a simple story written by a simple author.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 17, 2002
Format: Hardcover
On...the Author admits to never reading ANY of the previous books except for Traitor and a Star Wars who's who book.
It comes in loud and clear while reading the book. Please don't write another Star Wars book if you don't care enough to be consistant. I'm definatly reading part of the next book at the store before buying it.
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