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Invincible (Star Wars: Legacy of the Force, Book 9) Hardcover – May 13, 2008

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Adult/High School—Although this book is the conclusion to the series, it is engaging for anyone familiar with the original Star Wars films. Readers become reacquainted with familiar characters such as Luke Skywalker, Boba Fett, Han Solo, and Princess Leia. The story picks up where Karen Traviss's Revelation (Del Rey, 2008) leaves off, with Jaina Solo, daughter of Han and Leia Solo, training alongside Boba Fett in preparation for the greatest battle of her life; Jaina is being sent to destroy Darth Caedus, the Sith who was once known as Jacen Solo, her twin brother. As she pursues him across the galaxy, Jaina and her family struggle to separate the Jedi warrior they knew as Jacen from the Dark Lord that he has become. The novel follows the battle between the Jedi and the Galactic Alliance from the perspectives of Jaina; Jacen; and their cousin, Ben Skywalker, creating a fusion of plots dealing with political dispute, inner struggles, and warfare. This is an entertaining and quick read, although the ending seems to wrap up prematurely with several plotlines left unanswered, presumably to be explored in a future series.—Kelliann Bogan, Colby-Sawyer College, New London, NH
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About the Author

Troy Denning is the New York Times bestselling author of Star Wars: Tatooine Ghost, Star Wars: The New Jedi Order: Star by Star, the Star Wars: Dark Nest trilogy: The Joiner King, The Unseen Queen, and The Swarm War, and Star Wars: Legacy of the Force: Tempest and Inferno, as well as Pages of Pain, Beyond the High Road, The Summoning, and many other novels. A former game designer and editor, he lives in western Wisconsin with his wife, Andria.

Product Details

  • Series: Star Wars: Legacy of the Force, Book 9 (Book 9)
  • Hardcover: 299 pages
  • Publisher: LucasBooks; 1 edition (May 13, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345477464
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345477460
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1.1 x 9.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (148 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #383,558 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Daiho VINE VOICE on May 27, 2008
Format: Hardcover
What strikes you most about this final volume of the Legacy of the Force is how little there is to it. Weighing in at a slight 299 pages, Invincible consists largely of two long duels between Jaina and Jacen, interspersed with a pair of subplots involving Ben. The epilogue attempts to tie things up with a couple of quick stitches, a hastily tacked-on conclusion that leaves the nine-volume saga incomplete.

One is left with the impression that the manuscript was completed in a rush. It reads like an extended outline - all plot, no character, no theme. The major event of the book, and perhaps the series, is the death of a Sith. How does it feel when one of these Dark Lords leaves the force? How does it feel to a family member? How does it feel to the Sith himself? What happens to Jacen in the force? Was he redeemed by his last minute thought for his daughter? Does he become a ghost, like his grandfather? What's the reaction on Coruscant? On Corellia? On Korriban? Among the Jedi? How does Luke feel? How about Tenel Ka? Allana? Ben? Tahiri? We can only imagine. Denning doesn't tell us.

Nor does he suggest what it all means. We never knew what Jacen wanted, beyond bringing order to the galaxy. But as the disorder was instigated and exacerbated by the Sith, he dies playing a fool's game. How is one to regard this galactic tragedy? What do the other characters learn from this? How has the Star Wars universe changed?

The political end is given about as much thought as the beginning and concludes in just a couple of pages with a New Galactic Alliance. Once Jacen is gone, all appears to be forgiven and forgotten. One of the central characters of the series, Admiral Niathal, is completely missing from the story.
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I've always thought that most Star Wars books which take place long after Return of the Jedi have been quite weak. This final book is no exception.

If you read the inner jacket summary, it says this is it, the final climactic showdown between Jacen and Jaina, trying to build tension. But anyone who has read the previous eight books can see this is, a complete load of horsespittle. Jacen's ship, the Anakin Solo was boarded several times, and he could have been killed several times as well. Once by Luke, once by Ben, and once by a Mando (forgot his name) who was under orders from Boba Fett not to kill Jacen. So far from being invincible, Jacen has been one of the most vulnerable villains yet.

In fact, Luke is revealed to be fully capable of kicking his butt. And considering Jacen admits he would only just be able to just beat Master Saba, there's no reason why any of the other masters, like the powerful Kyp (I've always felt he was underutilised) couldn't take him out either.

So basically this a book which is light on suspense and quite short in length.

As a stand alone book, and as a final volume, Invincible is not good and it is only worth reading so you know what happens in the end.

I was quite disappointed.

As an aside, there is also a Legacy comic series set roughly 100 years from this book. In it, the Sith have once again vanquished the Jedi. I was wondering if the comic series was "canon" and whether or not Invincible was the prelude to the fall of the New Jedi Order. After all, there doesn't seem to be a strong succession plan after Luke.
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I had high hopes for this series after the first book. The EU has sorely needed a legitimate Sith presence since its inception, and this was a chance to finally have a real Sith Master, healthy, in his prime and in full command of the dark side, to oppose the Jedi. Like Drew Karpyshyn's excellent Darth Bane books, here was a chance to learn more about the Sith and their philosophy, beyond simply repeating the obvious "absolute power corrupts absolutely" mantra.

In the last few books in the NJO series and continuing through the awful DN trilogy, the groundwork for Jacen's transformation had been pretty well set up. Then "Betrayal" offered a reasonably detailed rationale for his choices as it became obvious what path he was going to take. And then the rest of the series just rushes through the important events of his rise and fall with little to no rhyme or reason. Caedus is basically a new character, and he is woefully underdeveloped. Apparently the message is "becoming Sith means instantly becoming a deranged maniac".

Jacen/Caedus should have been the first, second and third focus of this series, but instead superfluous storylines interrupt and detract from his story, and then disappear without any resolution (Fett's wife, the secret Sith, the Wookies, etc). That lack of resolution is the most disappointing thing about "Invincible". This last book screams "rushed to beat the deadline".

The "sacrifice" of Mara made no sense (Tenel Ka would have been a better choice), and Jacen immediately becomes a power-drunk caricature once he takes the name "Caedus".
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