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The Joiner King: Star Wars Legends (Dark Nest, Book I) (Star Wars The Dark Nest Trilogy 1) Kindle Edition
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The Joiner King is the first book in the Dark Nest Trilogy. A faint call for help has gone out through the Force, and select Jedi are responding even though they have no idea what is needed. In particular, Jaina and Jacen Solo have disappeared in search of the call for assistance. Han, Leia, Luke, and Mara go after them. Jacen has just finished a five-year quest for the true meaning of the force while Jaina has become a highly-skilled, well-respected military pilot.
For some reason, Troy Denning has them all end up in a world populated entirely by large insects (the Killicks) living in nests and functioning through brain melds. In his usual style, Han just refers to them as bugs. The insect world is also on the verge of war with the Chiss, and you know that can’t end well for them. Jaina has become a follower of the Killicks. Jacen seems to be brilliant and mostly stays above the fray. Luke seems to be completely hung up in determining what the Force would have him do. Leia does what she does best, i.e., finds political solutions to knotty problems.
The book has a fair number of good action scenes, but far more discussion groups trying to decide what the right thing to do is. The story gets bogged down a lot. I will read the next two books in the Dark Nest Trilogy, but I am not particularly enthusiastic.
I can believe almost anything after the "New Jedi Order." Jaina, Zekk, and other young Jedi go to help defend the Killik from the Chiss. At this point, maybe because of Jag's role in the "New Jedi Order," I think of the Chiss as not quite the enemy they once were, so it was hard to see them coming to battle as foes.
The whole Killik and collective mind thing is fine, as that has been explored before in the Star Wars universe. What was most difficult for me to accept was the effect Raynar and Welk could exert over our friendly Jedi through the unconscious mind and the ability of the Colony to absorb them as Joiners. Jaina and Zekk acting as one and clicking was very disturbing. I'm hoping they get over it soon, because I'm not going to like them for very much longer.
"The Joiner King" isn't bad so far. I think I'll need the second and third book to decide if I actually enjoyed this.
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