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From the depths of catastrophe, a glimmer of hope

After the capture of Coruscant, the mighty heart of the New Republic, a stunned galaxy fears that nothing can stop the Yuuzhan Vong. Still, that crushing defeat produces one small miracle: Jacen Solo is alive. Yet he can scarcely imagine himself in stranger circumstances.

The young Jedi Knight is in the care of Vergere, a fascinating creature of mystery and power, her intentions hard to fathom, her cruelties rarely concealed. But this master of inscrutable arts has much to teach the young Jedi . . . for she holds the key to a new way to experience the Force, to take it to another level?dangerous, dazzling, perhaps deadly.

In the wrong hands, the tremendous energies of the Force can be devastating. And there are others watching Jacen?s process closely, waiting patiently for the moment when he will be ready for their own dire purposes. Now, all is in shadows. Yet whatever happens, whether Jacen?s newfound mastery unleashes light or darkness, he will never be the same Jedi again. . . .

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Matt Stover is the author of four previous novels, including Heroes Die and The Blade of Tyshalle. He is an expert in several martial arts and lives in Chicago. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Series: Star Wars: The New Jedi Order - Legends (Book 13)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 292 pages
  • Publisher: LucasBooks (July 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 034542865X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345428653
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.8 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (198 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #211,629 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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52 of 54 people found the following review helpful By Nathan on July 30, 2002
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Let me make two things clear: I am a diehard Star Wars fanboy, and a bigtime Stover groupie. A such, when this novel was announced months ago, it quickly became my most anticipated Star Wars novel ever. As the months wore on, the anxiety grew; I needed this book, and simply couldn't wait to get my hands on it. I trusted that Stover would give me a fantastic novel. My trust was not unfounded.
Right from the outset, this book is something special. Stover is a compulsively readable writer, and his prose and writing style are head and shoulders above many of the other authors writing Star Wars novels. He knows how to turn a phrase and shape a paragraph so that it sticks in your mind long after you've finished reading the book.
And what a book! From the Holy [cow]! opening (which finally explained Jacen's emanations from Dark Journey) to the stunningly awesome climax (featuring one of the coolest lightsaber fights ever) to the outstanding three-against-the-galaxy ending (and you'll NEVER guess who the third one is), Traitor proved impossible to put down. Literally. I read it in one sitting and have since read it twice more. Jacen's feats in this book put to shame similar conquests by his siblings in the novels focusing on them, and Vergere absolutely blossoms as an interesting, enigmatic character. Jacen's revelations throughout the novel, often spurred by Vergere's observations, are consistently interesting (and pretty consistent with what you'd come to expect from a Stover novel). With Nom Anor it's pretty much just more of the same, which is getting kind of old, but Ganner really shines here.
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35 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Doc VINE VOICE on August 2, 2002
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In TRAITOR, Matthew Stover gives one of the first real hero journeys in the NJO series. Jacen Solo was captured by the Yuuzhan Vong shortly after his brother Anakin died. It has long been advanced that he was subsequently killed by them. Stover provides the action which led to Jacen's severance from the force causing even his twin sister Jaina to believe him dead.
While all the previous NJO novels boasted a large supporting cast, TRAITOR possesses only six characters. The foremost of them are Jacen and Vergere. Vergere has appeared several times in past NJO novels, as well as some Pre-Empire novels. Always enigmatic, she plays both friend and foe to Jacen, seemingly helping ease his pain at times during his indenture, other times aiding those who hold him. Constantly throughout the book, the reader is forced to wonder exactly whose side she is on, if on any side at all other than her own. Thankfully, it seems this question is honestly resolved at the book's end.
As a prisoner, Jacen is first subjected to what any reader would regard as torture, but not for any specific purpose, e.g., gathering of information. This motivation, among others, is part of the learning Jacen must experience in order finally to find a path for his life. In previous novels he has appeared only as a whiner, always wondering if he is doing enough, too much, or simply the wrong thing. While he must suffer much, he gains wisdom and experience unique among Jedi.
This book is filled with some of the most descriptive writing in the series, but it lacks some of the flamboyant action and violence typical of some of the past books. If you really want space combat and individual battles of Jedi and Yuuzhan Vong, this is really not the book for you.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Jayson Olson on September 9, 2002
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Jacen Solo, brother to twin Jaina and younger Anakin.....long thought dead to the New Republic and an underestimated Jedi makes a strong comeback in this 13th installment of the New Jedi Order series.
However, this book is slightly different from the 12 that preceded it. I'd say about 85% of this novel takes a direct focus on Jacen and the enigmatic Vergere. It seems that the Vong have had special plans for Jacen all along, not only as a twin to Jaina, but to help capture her as well. Nom Anor and Vergere concoct a plan to turn Jacen...turn him to the Vong cause.
Everything Jacen has ever learned as a Jedi is now put to question as Vergere takes the roll of teacher. She challenges Jacen to rethink his role in the universe and his destiny....a destiny without the use or link of the Force. Jacen soon discovers that there is more to the force than just the light and dark sides. He begins to retrain himself, not necessarily as a Jedi, but something else...something bigger than the Force as he learned it from Master Skywalker. Jacen's abilities and sensitivity to telepathic and empathetic thoughts soon exceed even Nom Anor's and Verge's wildest dreams. Jacen becomes something new, and Nom Anor revels in the fact that Jaina Solo will soon be his with the aide of his newest Vong prodigy.
But nothing ever ends up the way things are planned in a good Star Wars novel. Jedi Ganner Rhysode has heard the rumors....Rumors that Jacen lives and has returned to the core worlds. His mission is his own, rescue Jacen and bring hope to the losing New Republic and crush the Vong spirits. But Ganner stumbles upon a man once known as Jacen, but someone much different and much more powerful. Soon, Ganner must make a choice and perhaps place his trust in a much darker and powerful Jacen.
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