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Vortex (Star Wars: Fate of the Jedi, Book 6) Hardcover – November 30, 2010


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Del Rey/Ballantine/Lucas Books; 1st edition (November 30, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780345509208
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345509208
  • ASIN: 034550920X
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1.4 x 9.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (716 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #98,806 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The sixth in a nine-part series finds Luke and Ben continuing their uneasy alliance with the Sith as they investigate the mysterious history of Abeloth, hoping to find out how she caused the Jedi to go mad and how she was freed from her prison. On Coruscant, Leia and Han lead a rescue mission to get the two Horns out of their carbonite prison, thus bringing the inevitable confrontation between the Jedi and Admiral Daala ever closer. Out on the Rim, the slave unrest looks like it might become an outright uprising. Denning does an excellent job moving the action forward, working with the multiple plotlines introduced in the previous five books and adding new elements that will excite fans eager for books seven, eight, and nine. As usual, there is plenty of action and excitement, with the drama evenly spread among the major characters. Sure to be a popular addition to all sf collections. --Jessica Moyer

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"Awesome, poignant and extremely action-packed. 8/10" Emotionally Fourteen "Die-hard fans will lap this up, and it's a good and enjoyable addition to the series" Civilian Reader --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

More About the Author

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.

Customer Reviews

I read through this book in a matter of days, and can't wait to get to the next in this series.
Sandro George
Allston did a good job using the characters and has put together a very interesting and engaging story.
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After reading this book, I felt like I was just getting to the meat of the story in the series.
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38 of 42 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on June 3, 2011
Format: Hardcover
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I usually enjoy Allston's entries in the Star Wars universe, but since the legacy series I've been having trouble finding ways not to complain about them. Not that I didn't enjoy this book, but I was a bit annoyed by certain continuing themes, the price, and the story isn't anywhere as interesting as NJO and pre-NJO books.

The Jedi insanity plot was annoying from the beginning and now has gotten even worse. At least in the beginning the cause was mysterious, but now we know it is caused by a villain straight out of a made-for-tv horror movie. Seriously wtf is up with the Abeloth. When I first read the description of her I didn't know whether to laugh at the ridiculousness of it or weep for the lack of creativity in finding a new enemy for the jedi. She now has more than one body and is a cannibalistic doppelganger with mega force powers?

This book continues the new tradition of post NJO EU books by ignoring common sense for the sake of trying to push towards the goal of the author. So many of the decisions characters make in the book go against common sense and the characters' personalities. for example: there is one part in Conviction where Corran Horn makes a statement about not going after his kids when they run off because when he was in CorSec they taught him not to get too involved in cases where family was involved or something and that he would let others handle it.... now correct me if I'm wrong but...wasn't there a whole, very awesome, book called I, Jedi where he began his Jedi training and went through a huge ordeal to save Mirax when she was captured... seemed a bit personal and dealt with family then....

They did finally overthrow Daala.... I still can't figure out how they would come to the decision to put her in charge.
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25 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Peter Stanton on April 1, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Well, if nothing else, I want to assure the reader that this book IS indeed vastly superior to other books in this series, particularly Star Wars: Fate of the Jedi: Ascension which in my opinion was an unmitigated disaster.

First, I wish to note that there will be plot spoilers in this review. I generally try not to spoil the plot, but some of my review is going to deal with direct criticism of the plot.

First, the plot moves. Thank heavens, the last book, and things definitely happen. Denning does a laudable job of making things happen. Characters (namely Abeloth) are FINALLY explained. Your mileage may vary on this. Personally, I found the explanation of what Abeloth was to be profoundly cheesy. It links in to a Clone Wars animated TV series that I think is just terrible, but apparently it is very popular for some so that is just my taste, perhaps... Regardless, though, I think the detail it went into warped her character. By the end, I couldn't really shake the impression that rather than Space Cthulhu, Abeloth was just some weird depressed stalker who had family issues.

Characterization is much better in Apocalypse. The things characters do actually make sense. And in the case of some, it isn't all good. Characters who are traumatized react appropriately. I really appreciated this from Denning, it is something often not found in sci-fi/fantasy.

Allana. There are significant spoilers here

The other reviewers who mentioned her are right. Her characterization has to be some sort of joke by Denning. It blasts way beyond the bounds of any sane credulity or suspension of belief into complete farce.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Harriet Klausner #1 HALL OF FAME on March 28, 2009
Format: Hardcover
The politicians are meeting in a summit on the planet Coruscant to discuss bringing the Imperial Remnant into the Galactic Alliance. Luke Skywalker is arrested at the instigation of Chief of Sate Natasi Dalaa for dereliction of duties. His protégé Jacen Solo turned to the dark side of the force and caused the Second Galactic Civil War when he became Darth Caedus. Dalaa wants to prosecute Luke for his failure to recognize Jacen's turn to the dark because he believes Luke is accountable for the deaths caused by the war.

Luke pleads guilty because he knows the charges are true; he is excommunicated from every Jedi Temple and Coruscant for ten years. He will be pardoned if he can learn what turned Jacen. Jedi Knight Valin Horn has a psychic break that makes him believe everyone he knows is an imposter. The media captures his rampage and the public turns against the Jedi Order leading to restrictions on them. Han Solo, his wife Leia and their granddaughter go to the dying planet Kessel to find out why earthquakes are out of control; they find an underground tunnel complex filled with machines and energy forces that could destroy the orb. Luke and his son Jedi Knight Ben go to Dorin where Jacen studied the native use of the Force hoping to find a clue.

This is the opening act of a nine book saga in which the Jedi have fallen into disgrace as the government and the public believe they are not held accountable for their actions. There is plenty of action and the known characters stay true to their film personalities. Perhaps the only negative is eight books to go in this arc, but if they are anything like the first this will be one of the better Star War entries.

Harriet Klausner
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