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Omen (Star Wars: Fate of the Jedi, Book 2) Hardcover – June 23, 2009
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That said, I have a few problems with this title, but only one of them can be placed at the feet of the author, Ms. Golden. I like her writing, she is great at characters (See Star Trek: Voyager Homecoming). Here is my one problem with Golden's writing. Several times during this book, Jedi ignite their lightsabers to cut through a door or wall. They've done this in the past, and they'll do it in the future. My problem is that each time, Golden goes on for several paragraphs about how difficult it actually is to cut through a wall with a lightsaber. Look, its a valid point, and something the other authors have ignored, but I got it after the first time. WE GET IT! ITS HARD TO CUT THROUGH A DOOR WITH A LIGHTSABER!
And I also would have liked to see some mention of the droids, and some of the other peripherial characters, but since other books do this to the expense of the big 3 (Han, Luke, Leia), its a minor complaint.
My other complaints with the title are more related to how it fits into the overall series and I believe these issues are the fault of the editors giving Golden strict guidelines.
-I love the father-son moments with Luke and Ben. Love them. I love the Father-Daughter moments with Han and Jaina. All of these scenes were great, but there were a lot of them. My problem here is that if you look at the first book in the series (Exile), you see almost none of it. This book felt very heavy on such moments, and light on important events. The editors need to encourage the writer's to balance this out more, to include a better balance in future books.Read more ›
The voice acting is excellent. The production qualities are great, and it includes music by John Williams.
Truth in lending ... I bought this one, because it is the only audio book that our local library system does not carry out of the first six in the series. I listened to the first, Outcast, and thought it would be worth a listen.
The plot-line from Outcast remains unchanged. Luke and Ben Skywalker are out trying to follow the path that Jason Solo took to figure out why he became a Sith. In this episode, they visit a reptilian race that views the Force as a spectrum rather than light and dark. Of course, this leads to the dark side.
Two more Jedi go mad.
The Galactic Alliance government finds out that the Jedi captured and are holding two of the crazed Jedi.
No one comes a wit closer to figuring out why.
Luke and Ben finish with the reptiles and learn two more Force techniques (including Flow-walking) and head towards yet another species that Jason went to see.
The book introduces a new Sith threat, and in a hugely over-the-top plot device the book has Luke pick up a device that broadcasts his location to literally every Force sensitive in a ten light-year radius. No, I am not making that up.Read more ›
I've read almost all the Star Wars books from the "X-Wing" series through this one -- forty or so books. Usually they are enjoyable, sometimes they are excellent, but not this time.
There are some interesting developments: Sith are portrayed in a positive light. Also, Natasi Daala, Chief of State of the Galactic Alliance, has come to the conclusion that I've long held: the Jedi are a terribly dangerous loose cannon and have caused untold misery. But still I had to drag myself back to read this book.Maybe it's the leaden prose -- some of the worst I've seen in a Star Wars novel. In particular, the depictions of Luke and his son Ben are just tedious. Or perhaps I'm just tired of the "delusional Jedi disease" that is the central motif of this story arc.
Whatever the reason, if the next novel isn;t better, I'm going to have to get by with reading the Cliff notes.Maybe it's time to delve into the Old Republic stories.
Omen is a promising start for Ms. Golden, hampered a bit by its extreme brevity and its place in Fate of the Jedi which relegates it largely to setting up events to come. Omen introduces the Lost Tribe of the Sith into the series: initially they are handled via flashbacks to two years ago and this juxtaposes well with the events of present day. Their portion of the tale does not progress far in Omen but it gives solid background for what's to come. I especially appreciated the link of the isolated planet Kesh and the Lost Tribe to Ship, the Sith training vessel which vanished in the middle of Legacy of the Force. Ship and primary Sith character Vestara Khai are quickly bound together and Ship's guidance to the Lost Tribe sets the stage for the inevitable Jedi/Sith conflict to come in later books. The Sith themselves are consistent with their portrayal in John Jackson Miller's short stories. I would classify their society as lawful evil in old-school Advanced Dungeons and Dragons terms: holding itself together with rules and codes while stepping on the weak to bolster the strong.Read more ›
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This book is written in a great style and I found it to be very entertaining. Thank You!Published 2 months ago by R. I. G.