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Allies (Star Wars: Fate of the Jedi) Hardcover – May 25, 2010
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After their adventures on Dathomir, Luke and Ben are determined to return to the Maw and confront Abeloth, the evil power that is making the young Jedi go crazy. The newly discovered Lost Tribe of the Sith are also interested in the Maw and make an uneasy alliance with Ben and Luke. While normally Jedi and Sith would rather kill each other than work together, these Sith are a little different, and as an outcast, Luke can’t get help from other Jedi. Most of the book focuses on the preparations for and the journey into the Maw; the story of Han, Leia, and Alanna, by contrast, takes up only a few small scenes. Even with much of the book devoted to setup, however, the tale doesn’t lack for tension, as the alliance between the Sith and Jedi teeters on a knife edge. Golden introduces a new theme here, ending slavery, and she does a good job balancing the larger series plots against the story arc of a single volume—no easy feat for the fifth installment in a nine volume-series. --Jessica Moyer
About the Author
Christie Golden is the award-winning author of more than thirty novels and several short stories in the fields of fantasy, science fiction, and horror. Her media tie-in works include launching the Ravenloft line in 1991 with Vampire of the Mists, more than a dozen Star Trek novels, and the Warcraft novel Lord of the Clans.
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Trying to think of worse novels than this, only one other Star Wars novel comes to mind.. Millenium Falcon. Which I'm not sure I can really count as a novel as it didn't go.. well, anywhere.
It's not so much that the story was bad, it definitely had potential. The Ben/Vestara interactions were interesting, but needed a LOT more focus as it was the only thing that really kept me turning the pages.
The author seems to have little to no understanding of the Star Wars EU. At times she even seems to break several norms for Star Wars novels such as the author never talking directly to the reader, instead talking through the characters. This felt quite awkward. Several times in EACH chapter I found myself completely confused by misspellings and incorrectly used words. A speeder and a speederbike are NOT the same thing. Did the Chevin or the Chev enslave the Chev or the Chevin? The author seems to use these terms interchangeably, at points within a page of one another (possibly on the same page for hard copy books).
Other inconsistencies abound as well. Vestara's lightsaber is taken from her when she is captured. However, when they jump on the speeder (er, bike.. as is explained a page later) she is somehow capable of deflecting blaster bolts (from.. something, it's not really explained if it's from other speederbikes, ships, or handheld weapons..). She then participates in hand to blaster combat, showing she indeed has no lightsaber. Near the end of the book, her lightsaber is returned to her.. once again proving she didn't have it.
The overall ending is disappointing to say the least. The fight with Abeloth was barely described. I have no idea what happened. How was she deflecting or countering all those lightsabers? Nobody knows. Where they even attacking her? Well, they managed to hit each other. That was described. What attacks was she using? Did she even attack aside from the single force knockback? We just don't know. Which is very, very, bad in a book.