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Destiny's Way (Star Wars: The New Jedi Order, Book 14) Mass Market Paperback – July 29, 2003
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The time of reckoning is close at hand. Events in the" New York Times bestselling "Star Wars The New Jedi Order series take a decisive turn, as the heroes of the New Republic prepare for their most volatile clash yet with the enemy--from without and within.
In the war against the ruthless Yuuzhan Vong, the fall of Coruscant leaves the New Republic divided by internal strife, and on the verge of bowing to conquest. But those who steadfastly refuse to consider surrender--Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, Leia Organa Solo, and their children and comrades-in-arms--are determined to seize victory against overwhelming odds. And now, finally, there are signs that the tide may be turning in the New Republic's favor.
After capturing crucial Yuuzhan Vong intelligence, Jedi fighter-pilot Jaina Solo prepares to lead a daring surprise strike against an enemy flagship. Meanwhile, Jaina's brother Jacen--liberated from the hands of the enemy and newly schooled in an even greater mastery of the Force by the Jedi Knight Vergere--is eagerly poised to bring his unique skills to bear against the invaders. And on Mon Calamari, the New Republic's provisional capital, the retired, ailing hero Admiral Ackbar has conceived a major tactical plan that could spell the beginning of a swift end for the Yuuzhan Vong.
Yet even as opposing squadrons face off in the depths of space, intrigue runs rampant: in the heated political race for Chief of State . . . in the shadows where Yuuzhan Vong spies plot assassinations . . . and in the inscrutable creature Vergere, a Jedi Knight whose allegiance is impossible to predict. And as Luke Skywalker sets about reestablishing the Jedi Council, the growing faction opposed tothe ways of the Force unveil a terrifying weapon designed to annihilate the Yuuzhan Vong species. But in doing so, they may be dooming the New Republic to becoming the very thing it has sworn to fight against--and unleashing the power of the dark side.
"From the Hardcover edition.
About the Author
Nebula Award-winner Walter Jon Williams is the author of twenty-two volumes of fiction, as well as screenplays for film and television. A fourth degree black belt from the American Kenpo Academy, he lives in rural New Mexico with his wife, Kathy. He is currently working on The Praxis, a novel of adventure in the near future.
Visit his Web site at www.walterjonwilliams.net.
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1 Great Game. Like I said, the game was amazing, the story was good.
2 Starkiller. I love Galen Merik, hes the dark jedi who needs redemption i have been waiting for.
3 Darth Vader. We really get to see some of how twisted Vader has become.
4 Great gap filling. This story really fills some of the void left between episode 3 and 4
1 Poorly adapted. As was already stated in other reviews the book does tend to read like a summery rather then a novel.
2 Confusing flashbacks and out of place events. There was allot of this especially with Starkiller and Juno Eclipse.
3 Really poorly written fight scenes.
4 Starkiller is a bit too powerful.
5 Because the author writes things more like a summery especially the fight sequences things pass way to fast and you can easily find yourself lost or saying, wait what did i miss?
Overall I would recommend it as a good bridge and a good story outline, but as for a well written novelization i would say it falls short of being great. Still if you love the video game this is a great companion or if you like me are a completest then this is a must for your collection.
For an example of how bad the latter half is, here's an example from the ceremony which promotes the younger Jedi to Jedi Knights: Luke says to Tahiri: "Life has torn much from you that you loved, but your courage has been equal to everything. Never forget that the Jedi will always be here for you. Never forget that the Force begets life as well as death." He touched her cheek. "And never forget that here you are loved. Go to Kashyyyk, join your mind to that of others, and heal." Tahiri's chin trembled, and she swallowed tears...
Luke made Tahiri cry! In a ceremony that's supposed to be inspirational! Is the whole purpose of this scene "Luke Skywalker needs a scriptwriter and should not under any circumstances be allowed to make up ceremonies off the top of his head?" The mini-speeches he makes to the other young Jedi are all equally screwy. At least what he says to Jaina was SUPPOSED to be weird.
But the first half of the novel is okay, which leads me to believe that the author could have done a better job, if he had more time.
Having never played the game, it is difficult to disentangle the flaws of the game's storyline and the novel. Sean Williams seems to have written a fairly straightforward adaptation of the game. Starkiller faces down Jedi after Jedi, all of which are potentially intriguing characters...but we never see the battles from their perspective. It would be interesting to know, for example, what madness caused Kazdan Paratus to construct an entire Jedi Temple out of junk and populate it with Jedi droid doppelgangers...but this bizarre eccentricity is quickly dismissed as Starkiller moves on to yet another mission.
Williams does a better job with the main characters: Starkiller, his pilot Juno Eclipse, and PROXY the training droid. Eclipse had seemed like a rather superfluous character to me (Darth Maul didn't need a pilot, after all...) but Williams provided enough background and depth to make her genuinely interesting. The relationship between Starkiller and Eclipse seemed rushed and forced, however--it was never entirely clear to me what attracted them to each other.
Starkiller is just a challenging character to relate to. Williams does his best to explore his thoughts and feelings, but the Secret Apprentice is no Kyle Katarn or Darth Revan. I'm not sure if the problem is that he's too much of a blank slate, or that his slate isn't blank enough. He has a definite name and identity, but no real character traits. His past is revealed, but it is essentially irrelevant to the plot--in fact, Starkiller doesn't get the chance to discover much about his past at all. And because Starkiller is so powerful to begin with, he has little to learn. His character doesn't develop so much as shift allegiances.