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  • Series: Star Wars: The Dark Nest Trilogy - Legends
  • Mass Market Paperback: 544 pages
  • Publisher: LucasBooks; First Edition first Printing edition (July 26, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345463048
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345463043
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 4.2 x 6.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (65 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #100,034 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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TROY DENNING is the New York Times bestselling author of Star Wars: Tatooine Ghost, Star Wars: The New Jedi Order: Star by Star, Star Wars: Dark Nest Trilogy, 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 southern Wisconsin with his wife, Andria.

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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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40 of 44 people found the following review helpful By Rebekah Martin on July 31, 2005
Format: Mass Market Paperback
It has been five years since the Yuuzhan Vong invasion was ended. The new government, the Galactic Alliance is working, along with the Jedi community, to restore war-ravaged worlds and bring back peace and order to the galaxy. In the midst of these efforts comes an unusual cry for help through the Force, heard by only a select few Jedi Knights. Hearing this strange call, eight Jedi have departed for the Unknown Regions. Tahiri and Tekli leave their work on Zenoma Sekot; Jaina, Zekk, Lowbacca, Alema, and Tezar discontinue their assignments from the Jedi Council; and even Jacen has ended his journey in search for the meaning of the Force to answer the call.

Luke Skywalker and the rest of the Jedi Council are uncertain why the Jedi have left their current duties to go on an unsanctioned mission of their own. When the Chiss come to the Galactic Alliance to demand an explanation for a group of Jedi becoming involved in a Chiss border dispute, the government asks to Council to investigate. Concerned, Luke, Mara, and Saba, with 8-year-old Ben Skywalker in tow, go to the Chiss border. Worrying about their children, Han and Leia also join the Jedi Masters to look into these claims. There they find more than they bargained for, including an amazing revelation connected to the Myrkr mission (from NJO: Star by Star) to destroy the voxyn queen.

The Star Wars universe continues with another exciting series, featuring the characters from the New Jedi Order. The story quickly plunges into the adventure and continues the whole way through with a fast pace plot. Luke, Han, and Leia are given a large part of the story- good to see these characters back in action again.
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65 of 78 people found the following review helpful By Andrew Timson on July 27, 2005
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This is, arguably, the first serious STAR WARS novel in almost two years. That is, we've had the CLONE WARS books and the LABYRINTH OF EVIL/REVENGE OF THE SITH duology, which ranged from really really great down to actively awful. These books, for better or for worse, were mostly action-adventure romps wherein all the pieces are put back at the end for the main characters, we don't see the minor characters again, and there's no overall plot to speak of.

Meanwhile, though, we had THE NEW JEDI ORDER. While the CLONE WARS novels are merely set during a war, and don't really have any macroscale importance, THE NEW JEDI ORDER *was* the war; it took us from beginning to middle to end. Sure, there may have been some missteps along the way... but in the end, it was one giant space opera, in a manner that even the more serious (in terms of trying to be science-fiction, instead of a fairy-tale in space) STAR WARS movies were never really able to pull off. It's this series that DARK NEST is the successor to. Not the sequel--it doesn't touch on the plot of the NJO, and leaves the unanswered questions unanswered, though character threads were picked up.

So, if the CLONE WARS are a fairy tale, and TNJO is a massive space opera, then what's DARK NEST?

Both, to be honest.

The tone of the story is definitely more in line with the STAR WARS movies, or the CLONE WARS novels, than THE NEW JEDI ORDER was. At the same time, though, while it's a fast-paced adventure piece it continues the trend we've been seeing for a while now that really came to a head in THE NEW JEDI ORDER: it acts like a serious piece of science fiction, right down to the *groan* technobabble.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Tesar Sebatyne on November 14, 2005
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Star Wars Dark Nest I: The Joiner King does what i thought was impossible, it moves on past the Yuuzhan Vong invasions conclusion and provides an interesting threat that does not try to out do the Yuuzhan Vong but gives a situation that allows us to get a feel for how the galaxy is recovering and see how the Jedi Order are moving back towards being peackeepers not soldiers as they have been called to be in the New Jedi Order series.

-Possible Spoliers-

The Killiks are an alien species that are very different from the Yuuzhan Vong in many ways but are there quite obviously to show the Jedi Order something useful in regards to the nature of the force. The Killiks and their Hive Mind are described as naturally being a species that has had no interest in causing trouble however it is when the hive mind absorbed three force users from the ill fated Myrkr mission that it seems to taken on two sides and then the trouble began. The Jedi Raynar Thul does the least damage to the Killik hive mind but adds compassion creating in effect a Light side or a conscious side and the dark siders Lomi Plo and Welk create an unconscious side born from their fear and pain in effect a Dark Side to the Killik hive mind. It is this change to the Killiks, born from coming into contact with force users that makes the Killiks a situation for the Jedi and Galactic Alliance to handle.

The book also shows the ongoing developement of the relationship between Jedi Order and Galactic Alliance very well and this is left in a way that it will be developed in later books. There are also good scenes that take place in the Jedi Orders new facilities, one is in the new Jedi Temple on Coruscant near the start of the book and then later at the new Jedi Academy on Ossus.
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