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From Publishers Weekly

The successful military-SF team of Sherman and Cragg (the Starfist series) brings new energy to the Star Wars franchise. Because of a shortage of available Jedi knights, the inexperienced Anakin Skywalker and the disgraced Nejaa Halcyon are sent to the planet Praesitlyn, at the head of a small fleet and army of clone warriors. Praesitlyn is under attack by a horde of combat droids under banker-turned-admiral Pors Tonith, and defended by freelance military commander Capt. Zozridor Slayke, who has a personal score to settle with Jedi Halcyon. Meanwhile, the Republic's original defenders have left some tough survivors behind, such as fighter pilot Erk H'Arman and recon trooper Odie Subu. The Force is definitely with the good guys, particularly Anakin in the climactic moment of a hostage rescue, but so is plain old-fashioned courage. Human, alien or clone, the characters fight and die, go hungry and thirsty, have hopes, fears and dreams, not unlike the troops patrolling the plains of Iraq today. Count Dooku and Senator Palpatine keep watch for their respective sides, but most of the book stands splendidly independent of the usual concerns of the Star Wars universe.
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The action of the latest Star Wars novel transpires between events in the movies Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith, due in theaters next spring. Anakin Skywalker, pre-Darth Vader, is peeved when his mentor, Obi-Wan Kenobi, announces that he is going on a mission sans Anakin. During Obi-Wan's absence, Anakin takes up sparring with disgraced fellow Jedi knight Nejaa Halcyon, but the two Jedi aren't idle long. Separatist troops descend upon the planet Praesitlyn, home to the republic's Intergalactic Communications Center. The republic can't afford losing Praesitlyn, so Chancellor Palpatine dispatches Halcyon and Anakin to the planet with an army of clone troops. The pair must liberate the planet, with the help of an unusual ally, who happens to be an old rival of Halcyon. With its oddly named heroes and villains and abundant action, Jedi Trial is pretty standard Star Wars fare. Fans anticipating Revenge of the Sith's release, however, will relish the piquing of their appetites it affords. Kristine Huntley
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Product Details

  • Series: Star Wars - Legends
  • Mass Market Paperback: 337 pages
  • Publisher: Del Rey (May 31, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345461150
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345461155
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.8 x 6.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (83 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #415,126 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
In some way Jedi Trial isn't as bad as The Cestus Deception, in some ways a bit worse, but it's inconceivable to me why it's the worst books they're releasing in hardcover these days, leaving the far superior entries, like Hard Contact and Dark Rendezvous, to paperback.

This book is basically a sustained battle scene, and as far as that goes it's okay -- and it's very clear that these writers know their tactics and strategy when it comes to large military engagements -- but, with a few notable exceptions ("the Avenger"), the action doesn't achieve much intensity, nor does it show us anything particularly interesting or innovative. While the sheer scale -- 1,000,000 battle droids vs 70,000 biologicals -- is pretty impressive, the battles in both Shatterpoint and Hard Contact were more engaging, with more kinetic action and more interesting, thoughtful engagements. So while there is a lot of action, none of it's particularly interesting, and it comes at the expense of character.

The characters for the most part are interchangeable and without character -- take any snippet of dialogue, and for the most part it could easily be attributed to any of the characters in the novel. Characters are just introduced and then imperiled before we have any idea who they are, let alone any reason to care for them, and they never seem to develop throughout the book; the chock romance is particularly clumsily handled -- "Everyone I know just died!" "Hey! Me too! Ah, well, let's be buddies!" "Great!" "Cool, now you're an honorary fighter jock!" "I love you!" pretty much sums up the character development in this book. The clones also acted a little off, compared to how they've been portrayed in other sources.
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Format: Hardcover
Star Wars: Jedi Trial is the story of Anakin Skywalker and Nejaa Halcyon and their fight to free a crucial communications hub from the Separatists. Along the way, there are many many battle descriptions that are well done. The military background of the author's is obvious. Although I'm not sure that the Jedi would have studied Napoleon and used his tactics in such a big battle, but hey I'm a military historian, so I should recognize that stuff. The side stories involving individual stories are interesting however, they seem to overwhelm the main characters. What gets this book 3 stars is the weak characterization of Anakin Skywalker in the beginning of the book. He is portrayed not as a character who has already fallen to the dark side once, but as a more happy, but impatient Padawan. It's not till the end that the characterization becomes slightly accurate and the dark side of Skywalker comes out kinda of. Nejaa Halcyon is underused and that was truly dissappointing. Overall, Jedi Trial is not a very good Star Wars book.
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Format: Hardcover
While no Star Wars novel should be held to the same standard of excellence of literary fiction, they are, for the most part, well-crafted bits of esoteric entertainment. Jedi Trial, however, is awful, really awful. It is less a novel and more of a series of sentences. The sentences do describe a rudimentary plot, but with probably little more detail or excitement than the synopsis handed to the writers by the series editor. This is how Sherman and Crag describe a training session between Anakin and a Jedi named Halcyon. "'I did my stretching on the way here,' Anakin said as he put his cloak away and drew his lightsabre. Halcyon sparred better than he had the first day, but so did Anakin. In the end, the Jedi Master bowed to the Padawan." That's it. Not a single action occurs. Later, we are told that "each improved, and each surprised the other with new moves and tricks." Care to tell us what those moves and tricks might be, Mr. Sherman? The book is padded like a freshman term paper--thirty lines per page instead of the standard 32, blank pages between the numerous chapter breaks--to fill the binding with something that looks like a novel. What's worse, it does not feel like Star Wars. Sure, the names of the characters are the same, but they do not in any way act like their film counter-parts; and the story, a boring military compaign, is simply boring. Avoid this. Read Sean Stewart's immensely entertaining Yoda: Dark Rendezvous. There is a craftsman putting some heart and fun into his work. Here, we see two hack writers collecting a pay check.
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Format: Mass Market Paperback
Once again, I found myself hesitant to read Jedi Trial after looking at one bad review after another. Although I didn't find the novel awful like some people did, it did have more weaknesses than strengths, making it a lackluster addition to the Expanded Universe of Star Wars. But first, the basic plot.

The Galactic Communications Center located on the planet of Praesitlyn has been invaded and overrun by the Separatists. The Center is the hub of the Republic's communications and the destruction or disabling of it would be disastrous. The Jedi Council sends Master Nejaa Halcyon and Padawan Anakin Skywalker, along with a battalion of clone troopers, to Praesitlyn to recover and preserve the integrity of the Center. Aiding the Republic Army are Praesitlyn's military (or what's left of them) and a "renegade" group called the Sons and Daughters of Freedom.

The only strength of this book is the telling of the battles. The authors have extensive military background and it shows. In fact, they show it too much and for someone like me that has no military experience, I found it to be a bit over my head. They really delve into the tactical and logistical aspects of going into battle. For example, at least a page is spent quantifying how much water a clone trooper consumes in a day and how much water is needed to support an entire army per day. Although interesting, I think a sentence or two could have amply covered that topic.

One glaring weakness is the misleading title of the book. Anakin is obviously one of the main characters of the book and this assignment is his "trial" to become a full-fledged Jedi Knight. What this book proved, however, was that he was a brilliant and effective military commander. You don't see his character develop at all in any other aspect.
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