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Star by Star (Star Wars: The New Jedi Order, Book 9) Hardcover – October 30, 2001

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Product Details

  • Series: Star Wars: The New Jedi Order (Book 9)
  • Hardcover: 606 pages
  • Publisher: Del Rey; 1st edition (October 30, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 034542848X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345428486
  • Product Dimensions: 9.6 x 6.6 x 1.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (282 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #247,181 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A new book in the successful "New Jedi Order" series, created jointly by Del Rey and Lucasfilm, this adventure pits the children of old favorites Luke, Leia, and Han against alien invaders.
Copyright 2001 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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The New York Times bestselling Star Wars series The New Jedi Order enthralls readers with its epic drama and thrilling adventure. Now readers will pierce the very heart of darkness, as those fascinating figures in that galaxy far, far away--Han Solo, Luke Skywalker, Leia Organa Solo, as well as their children--spring to vivid life to battle their deadliest adversaries.

It is a solemn time for the New Republic, as the merciless Yuuzhan Vong continue their ruthless campaign of terror and destruction. The brutal enemy has unleashed a savage creature capable of finding--and killing--Jedi Knights. And now Leia Organa Solo faces a terrible ultimatum from the mighty alien foe determined to conquer the galaxy. If the location of the secret Jedi base is not revealed within one week, the Yuuzhan Vong will blast millions of refugee ships into oblivion.

As the battered but still unbroken Jedi scramble to deal with the newest onslaught, Leia's son Anakin lays out a daring plan. A Jedi strike force will allow itself to be "captured" by the Yuuzhan Vong and taken to their stronghold in the realm of darkness, where the Jedi will sabotage the evil empire's deadliest weapons. The leaders of the force are the three Solo siblings. The risks are tremendous. Can the Jedi fight a ruthless enemy without becoming ruthless themselves and falling victim to the dark side?

Customer Reviews

I have read every book and I am pre-ordering the next book in the series.
Sam Uhlhorn
With far too many people, especially one big character, dying and very hard to follow plot lines and even worse battle scenes.
Jamie Richards
A reader can't go through this series thinking the good guys will always win - because in this book, they lose.
Chicago SW Fan

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37 of 42 people found the following review helpful By Nathan on November 15, 2001
Format: Hardcover
According to fellow NJO author R.A. Salvatore, one of Troy Denning's strengths is that he "can tell a BIG story, keeping control of all the side details, as well as anyone." And he's right. Star by Star is one of the three biggest SW novels ever, perhaps THE biggest, and it is also, quite simply, the best. Star by Star, marking the beginning of the third year of the Yuuzhan Vong invasion, is an important novel in the New Jedi Order arc in that it's the centerpiece of the series. This book doesn't center on any one character, but instead gives all the main characters (The movie characters, Mara, the Solo twins) approximately equal time. He gets all the characters in character, except for one, but more on that later.
Before I continue this review, I think that something needs to be cleared up. Yes, there is a major death in this book. Yes, it is sad. What people don't seem to understand, though, is that Denning didn't arbitrarily decide to kill this character, any more than Salvatore arbitrarily decided to kill Chewbacca. The New Jedi Order series is something new in Star Wars literature - a story arc. The major plot points are planned and decided, by a committee of authors and editors, well in advance of the writing of the individual novels. The reason this character was so built up in previous books was so that, like the death or hate it, the audience would care, would feel the impact. The death was not randomly thrown in as "shock value" or to piss off the fans. They are trying to show that this is war, and in war, people die, especially those who undertake suicidal missions. I applaud the NJO creative team for not shying away from such a move.
As to the characters and situations, I was very pleasantly surprised.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 6, 2002
Format: Hardcover
This book was quite intresting in almost all scenes and I have enjoyed it. Yet the most chilling part about this is the death of a great character we've all come to love. Other authors spent years developing this character and he was just killed of in this book. I really don't think that was justified.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Nom de Guerre on July 27, 2003
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This is one of the most powerful books in the New Jedi Order series, not least of all because of the major twists it introduces to the series' plot arc. As a result, readers are sure to be torn as to whether to love or hate it. Star by Star does start slowly, and some apparent errors occur in the opening chapters (Jaina's status with Rogue Squadron is altered from the last book, for example). The scenes with the adult characters are often slow throughout the book, and in some places Denning insufficiently explains events, leaving the reader wondering how the story got from point A to point B. These are my only trifles with Denning's writing. His character development is good and he manages to breathe life into a number of the rather flat Jedi from Kevin J. Anderson's young readers' series. He also creates an exciting new group of characters--the Barabels, whom we meet in the e-book Recovery (included in the paperback). In addition, Denning writes excellent action scenes. Every chapter about the mission of the young Jedi is a page-turner. This is a blessing in a 600+ page book. On the whole, I think Denning is one of the most skilled writers in the Star Wars franchise.
In part because Denning writes so well, some of the plot is hard to swallow--bad things happen, and Denning emotionally involves the reader in them. Despite the book being a page-turner, I had to read it slowly because I found that the only way for me to deal with how upsetting the events in it were was to take them in small doses. At one point I even wished I could un-read what I had read because it was so depressing. Star Wars fans who prefer to see the franchise's characters cleverly work their way out of tough situations will really dislike this book.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 31, 2001
Format: Hardcover
This book is definitely the darkest of all the NJO books. Regarding the big spoiler (I won't put it here for those who haven't read it yet) I felt it was unnecessary to drag into a series that was already dark and depressing enough as it is. It's also horrendous that the Solo family has to go through Chewie, Han and Leia's separation, problems with their kids, no time for a reunion for Han and Leia, Leia having her head shaved and then nearly dying, and now this. It seems extremely unbalanced when you compare this to Luke and Mara who are always together and lovey-dovey and nothing bad ever happens to them. I feel the Solo family has been picked on far too much in this series.
On the positive, Denning writes all the mains well. His characterizations of everything are pretty much spot on. The writing style is easy to follow and not overly simplistic the way I though Keyes was. Leia leaving politics for good and becoming Han's co-pilot was a great plot change. Reading about Han's thoughts of Leia and what she meant to him was a welcome change after the callous way he treated her for the first part of the NJO. It was nice to see some continuity wrap ups, referencing back to Han's drinking and how he's healed since then, Droma (glad he's gone), Danni, and Vergere.
The major disappointment of this book is the complete lack of any romance between Han and Leia..Normally I wouldn't mind, but this is a newly reunited couple who has been through hell and back in the last six books and goes through more in this book..I think they more than deserve the sort of loving scenes Luke and Mara always get every book, even though nothing bad ever happens to them. I liked that they were together for the whole book, but would it kill Del Rey to add a little romance in the mixture?
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Troy Denning is the New York Times bestselling author of Star Wars: Tatooine Ghost and Star Wars: The New Jedi Order: Star by Star, as well as Waterdeep, Pages of Pain, Beyond the High Road, The Summoning, and many other novels. His most recent Star Wars novel is Star Wars: Crucible. A former game designer and editor, he lives in western Wisconsin with his wife, Andria.

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