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3.0 out of 5 stars The plot moves forward, a bit., March 13, 2010
This review is from: Backlash (Star Wars: Fate of the Jedi, Book 4) (Hardcover)
This being the fourth book in the Fate of the Jedi series, I don't have much to add to my thoughts on the series. The main plots are here, Jedis going crazy, political power struggles between the Remnant Empire, the Galactic Alliance, and the Jedi, and Luke and Ben adventuring together. Thankfully, the book is not entirely a clone of the ones before it, which books 2 and 3 pretty much were. The Jedi going crazy plot is given little space and that is to this book's benefit. Luke and Ben have switched from following Jacen Solo's trail to following the Sith Vestara Khai's trail; well, that's a bit different at least. And the political power struggles? Well, if the Star Wars: Legacy comics are part of the Expanded Universe continuity, we know how things end up, so there's not too much tension there. Pros: The second half of the book is more suspenseful than the first, especially with Vestara Khai proving to be an interesting and deceitful foe for Ben. Cons: Luke and Ben are still following somebody and interacting with a weird tribe of people that they must prove themselves to, just like in the former books. The small plot involving Allana/Amelia Solo is just as cutesy and seemingly pointless as the ones in the previous books. (Pro: it received much fewer pages this time.)

Overall, this book continues the Fate of the Jedi series: not enough happens for the price of the hardcover. The entire series is the most blatant money grab yet for the Star Wars books; at least the New Jedi Order books, which also had a lot of pointless filler, were mostly in paperback. These books will continue to be enjoyed by Star Wars enthusiasts and completists, and I count myself among them, but do yourself a favor and check it out from the library or wait until it is in the bargain bin.
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Initial post: Mar 16, 2010 5:57:39 PM PDT
David Whalen says:
I was about to write a very similar review when I saw yours. So, I think I'll just say *I agree* here. The plot hardly moves at all. The book is good for its sub-stories, but I also agree the Allana stuff is too darn cutesy. In all fairness to Allston, he has had a rough year so maybe we should give him a pass on this issue in the series. It's good to see him back.

Normally I'd tell people "wait for the paperback," but we know how that goes with this series. In my opinion, this book doesn't live up to the promises that "Abyss" made.
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