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Agents of Chaos II: Jedi Eclipse (Star Wars: The New Jedi Order, Book 5) Mass Market Paperback – October 3, 2000
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A string of smashing victories by the forces of the sinister aliens known as the Yuuzhan Vong has left New Republic resources and morale stretched to the breaking point. Leia Organa Solo, estranged from her husband, Han, oversees the evacuation of refugees on planets in the path of the merciless invaders. Luke Skywalker struggles to hold the fractious Jedi Knights together, even while one of them undertakes a bold but reckless undercover mission.
Manipulating their alliance with the amoral Hutts, the Yuuzhan Vong leave a cunning trail of vital information where New Republic agents are sure to find it--information the desperate defenders cannot afford to ignore: the location of the aliens' next target.
Then Han Solo stumbles into the dark heart of raging battle, thus beginning a furious race against time that will require every skill and trick in his arsenal to win...
About the Author
James Luceno is the New York Times bestselling author of the Star Wars novels Millennium Falcon, Dark Lord: The Rise of Darth Vader, Cloak of Deception, Labyrinth of Evil, as well as the New Jedi Order novels Agents of Chaos I: Hero’s Trial and Agents of Chaos II: Jedi Eclipse, The Unifying Force, and the eBook Darth Maul: Saboteur. He is also the author of the fantasy novel Hunt for the Mayan Looking-Glass, available as an eBook. He lives in Annapolis, Maryland, with his wife and youngest child.
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Mara is feeling better, but she's not in the book. That's the most disappointing part, considering what happened to her in "Hero's Trial." If she can fight when she's deathly ill, why isn't she fighting now?
Han and Leia's relationship is on the rocks. How very sad. No matter how far apart they were before, they were always a team, at least after he won her from Isodor. Now, we are not sure anymore and my heart aches for them, especially Leia. Although their relationship is not the focus of the story, it is realistically portrayed and really one of the strengths of the novel.
Of the duology, "Hero's Trial" has a stronger plotline than "Jedi Eclipse." In "Hero's Trial," the very existence of the Jedi is threatened. In "Jedi Eclipse," the existence of a planet is threatened. In the Star Wars Universe, it wouldn't be the first planet ever destroyed; but wipe out the Jedi? There's no better way to get my attention.
So, "Jedi Eclipse" wasn't bad at all, it just didn't measure up to "Hero's Trial." "Jedi Eclipse" was sort of a letdown. Everyone was everywhere and there wasn't any one character or event that stood out enough for me to latch onto.
The characterization is pretty good, at last we start to see the same bold and daring Han Solo of old, as well as appearances of characters presented in past novels (Thrackan Sal Solo and Prince Isolder just to mention a few). The amazing part is that Luceno describes and forms those characters way much better than the authors that originally introduced them did, so they add some nice twists and spice to the whole book.
I have to congratulate the author for providing with yet another dramatic blow to the "idealized" SW Classic Carachters (remember, Luceno killed Chewbacca in the first New Jedi Order Book), by introducing an expanding rift and conflict inside de Solo marriage. This provides the novel with some very interesting perspectives and a sense of the world falling apart, perfectly complemental with the violent invasion described in the book.
I did not gave this book five stars because, in my opinion, it lacks the huge space battles that belong in any SW novel. But the truth is that this book revolves around Han Solo, and this makes the novel center in more "Han-esque" features like stealth, cunning and some sort of "humorous creative solutions" inherent to the corellian smuggler we all like.
You should get this book, not just because of the action and edge of the seat situations, but for the interesting and humane characterization Mr. Luceno makes of Han, Leia, and the Solo children, as well as the deep description of the Yuuzhan Vong culture and what moves the to conquest the galaxy in such an agressive way.
The plot wasn't bad, but seemed drawn out. Overall, mostly a stylistic downgrade. Not a bad book. I'd rather have read a synopsis.