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Crucible: Star Wars (Star Wars - Legends) Hardcover – July 9, 2013
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“[Troy] Denning opens new pathways of adventure and recaptures the feel of the Star Wars universe and its beloved characters.”—Library Journal
“Outstanding . . . an adventure that tantalizes the imagination.”—Roqoo Depot
“A fun, fast paced take on some of Star Wars’ most iconic characters.”—The Founding Fields
About the Author
Troy Denning is the New York Times bestselling author of the Star Wars: Fate of the Jedi novels: Abyss, Vortex, and Apocalypse; Star Wars: Tatooine Ghost; Star Wars: The New Jedi Order: Star by Star; the Star Wars: Dark Nest trilogy: The Joiner King, The Unseen Queen, and The Swarm War; and Star Wars: Legacy of the Force: Tempest, Inferno, and Invincible—as well as Pages of Pain, Beyond the High Road, The Summoning, and many other novels. A former game designer and editor, he lives in western Wisconsin with his wife, Andria.
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"Star Wars: Crucible," the follow-up to the climactic Fate of the Jedi series, delivers in many ways. This story was long rumored to be a tale that would pass the torch from the main three characters to the rest of the New Jedi Order, and this is done in way that allows for Luke, Leia and Han to return when appropriate. The mysteries of the Force that Luke has learned in his later years continue to baffle him, and coming off "Apocaplypse," Luke was already dealing with the realization that the Jedi and Sith must keep the balance together. In this novel he learns more about personal balance.
The suggestion of finding the Mortis Monolith, mentioned at the end of Fate of the Jedi, is carried into this story, as one of the quest knights finds what may or may not be the place Anakin Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi visited in The Clone Wars, Season 3. Nonetheless, amazing new Force aspects, including the monolith's ability to imbue Force powers onto the non-Force sensitive, driving them mad in the process, are detailed here. No real answers are to be found, but the quest continues, in the hopes of one day preventing the return of Abeloth.
This book is violent, from searing wounds in battle to a tortuous game of sabacc for Han Solo, and the graphic depictions head in the direction of the horror books "Death Troopers" and "Red Harvest," though not quite as grisly. Han goes through so much and emerges a new, rejuvenated person. Leia, meanwhile, sees red when her husband is taken from her, and sets off on a mission to rescue him that has Luke concerned about her loyalty to the light side of the Force. All great things.
The engagement of the main three characters, as well as the nods or homages to the original trilogy, make this book a yearbook of sorts, all the while creating new ideas to take things deeper. Our family of leads is up against a pretty tough foe (brothers, actually), and the emotional and physical wounds they suffer only serve to bring them closer together.
Luckily, Tahiri Veila, Vestara Khai (operating under the alias Savara Raine) and Ben Skywalker also appear. Vestara shows herself to be a practical Sith Lady. She admits openly that she cannot defeat Luke Skywalker alone, and she fears an encounter with Ben, knowing that he will hunt her down because of her betrayal of his heart in "Apocalypse," She escapes, and will no doubt be a part of the formation of the Sith Empire shown in the Legacy comics.
The biot concept is horrifying but also compelling. Dena Yus is a tragic villain who must act on her creators' plans or die. Delivering her to the Jedi Council at the end leaves her fate unknown, but I'm hopeful she'll appear again too.
Basically, heavy focus on Luke, Leia and Han, Vestara Khai up to no good, some good moments for Lando and the other supporting cast, creepy criminals, a new young Han named Omad, and a feeling that there is more to come makes this a marvelous read.
Ohali Soroc, a Quest Knight, I couldn't even understand. How in the worlds did she end up with something as evil as the Qrephs, not making any attempt to escape or defeat them, somehow allowing a copy of herself to be made? Who's side was she on and where was the Force? She, the one everyone was there to rescue, was never explained.
The ending was okay. I've seen better from Troy Denning, but I was happy to see my favorite characters. Han was all Han, the best written of them all for this book. It was worth it just to read him.