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Allies (Star Wars: Fate of the Jedi) Hardcover – May 25, 2010
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But I caved. I started reading Omen and I hoped that the FotJ series would be better. Maybe they learned from their mistakes. After this book, it is clear they haven't.
First and foremost, I hate hate hate having three authors writing through the book. It almost made sense in the Legacy series where Travis and her love of all things Mando were evident. I am glad she took the reins in these books, as they made little real sense to the overall story, they were the most detailed and put you in the tribe.
I don't know what to think of Golden. I have the feeling she has no more clue about the Star Wars Universe as I do about prehistoric classical music. I noticed several typos (at least 4) where once she referred to a ship and had no idea what she was saying. If you are going to have someone play in the universe, please make sure they have a comfort within it. She seems to use the universe as a clunky tool for her prose.Read more ›
The writing style bothered me. Let me just recount one sentence for you. Please, try to read this allowed in one breath:
page 63 So it was that in the shaded marketplace, with artificially moist, cool air blowing about them and a few musicians standing about playing strangely complicated-looking instruments with cases looking sadly empty of credcoins, he, Vestara, and Dyon found themselves looking at a pretty impressive amount of fruits, vegetables, nuts, grains, and meats.
Still alive? Did you breathe while reading aloud?
The book bleeds passive verbs all over the place. The majority of sentences are ungainly at best. I daresay some people may even like the style, but it struck me at a painful angle. Also,I like Jaina Solo and found this portrayal of her particularly painful to take at times.
The plot's okay, though I agree with those who say the great end battle is shoddy at best. I know this is a inner book of a series, but it just felt like a lot of subplots were left unresolved. Here's to the hope that loose ends will be tied in future books.
"Star Wars: Fate of the Jedi - Allies" takes the story in a new direction, connecting Luke Skywalker, his son Ben, and their prisoner Vestara Khai with her father and the Lost Tribe of the Sith. The alliance of the Jedi and the Sith allows for a new dynamic that is dangerous and full of opportunity. Ben is tempted by Vestara, and Luke has to be cautious to protect his son from both his past connection to the dark side (through Jacen Solo) and the obvious sexual flirtation with Vestara.
C-3PO is given an important, if small, role in this story, translating the Keshiri language and giving Luke pivotal information for his alliance with the Sith. As one of my favorite characters, I love to see the fussy protocol droid take a step forward.
"Allies" begins a series of battles with Abeloth, the mysterious being Luke witnessed beyond shadows in "Abyss", the third part of this series. Absent from the previous novel, Abeloth appears here and does battle with Luke. It's intense and epic, and Christie Golden is up to the task.
"Allies" adds to this storyline by introducing new ideas, as well as working with other aspects of the series that have been building. Character development is strong in this novel, and fans of "Fate of the Jedi" will love it.
even if you're not a hardcore fan, the book can be difficult to read at times. there are jumps from one character's perspective to another's that are rather jarring, and characters behave inconsistently, sometimes from one page to the next. too many chapters begin with recaps of what happened a few pages before, as if you hadn't just read it for yourself, or needed help understanding. and then some events seem to happen completely out of sequence- for example, at one point the skywalkers are waiting for a rendez-vous with lando. luke decides to speed up the timetable (because "things have changed," he explains, though at no point is the book clear on what's supposed to have changed), and arranges for lando to meet him on the way. 14 pages later, lando arrives at the site of the initially-planned meeting, and is absolutely shocked that luke is no longer there. what? later on, vestara is asking dyon questions about ship that dyon clearly comprehends, even though it isn't until a few paragraphs later that she explains to him what ship is.
if you are a hardcore fan, it gets even worse. there's far too much character deconstruction in this book. where ben is steady and mature beyond his years coming into this story, here he's a hapless hormonal sap. where vestara had been ambitious, cunning, and ruthless (ship's favorite among the entire tribe), here she's an ineffective, shallow, hormonal sap.Read more ›
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If you're a fan of the SW Expanded Universe (in chronology, this series is no longer in the "Canon", but relegated to "Legends", due to the new films), these books... Read morePublished 16 months ago by D
Great plot, action packed, lightsabers, Jedi, Sith, cool star ships just like star wars is meant to be.Published 16 months ago by ed
ive enjoyed this series immensely this book has kept my attention all the way through
hopefully the next few are the same got my moneys worth.