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Shatterpoint (Star Wars: Clone Wars) Mass Market Paperback – April 27, 2004
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""The Jedi are keepers of the peace. We are not soldiers."
"Star Wars Episode II: "Attack of the Clones
Mace Windu is a living legend: Jedi Master, senior member of the Jedi Council, skilled diplomat, devastating fighter. Some say he is the deadliest man alive. But he is a man of peace--and for the first time in a thousand years, the galaxy is at war.
Now, following the momentous events climaxing in the Battle of Geonosis, Master Mace Windu must undertake a perilous homecoming to his native world--to defuse a potentially catastrophic crisis for the Republic . . . and to confront a terrifying mystery with dire personal consequences.
The jungle planet of Haruun Kal, the homeworld Mace barely remembers, has become a battleground in the increasing hostilities between the Republic and the renegade Separatist movement. The Jedi Council has sent Depa Billaba--Mace's former Padawan and fellow Council member--to Haruun Kal to train the local tribesmen as a guerilla resistance force, to fight against the Separatists who control the planet and its strategic star system with their droid armies. But now the Separatists have pulled back, and Depa has not returned. The only clue to her disappearance is a cryptic recording left at the scene of a brutal massacre: a recording that hints of madness and murder, and the darkness in the jungle . . . a recording in Depa's own voice.
Mace Windu trained her. Only he can find her. Only he can learn what has changed her. Only he can stop her.
Jedi were never intended to be soldiers. But now they have no choice. Mace must journey alone into the most treacherous jungle in the galaxy--and into his own heritage. He will leavebehind the Republic he serves, the civilization he believes in, everything but his passion for peace and his devotion to his former Padawan. And he will learn the terrible price that must be paid, when keepers of the peace are forced to make war. . . .
"From the Hardcover edition.
About the Author
Matthew Stover is the New York Times bestselling author of Star Wars: The New Jedi Order Traitor, as well as The Blade of Tyshalle, Heroes Die, Iron Dawn, and Jericho Moon. He is a student of the Degerberg Blend. This jeet kune do concept is a mixture of approximately twenty-five different fighting arts from around the world. He lives in Chicago with artist and writer Robyn Fielder
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Top Customer Reviews
I never read Shatterpoint when it originally came out, but decided to give it a look when the events of the Kanan comic book seemed to imply that the story in Shatterpoint happened. Thus, while this story is technically part of the "Legends" series and not canon, aspects of it help us understand things that are in the current canon. I'm really, really happy I picked this up as I'd rank it at the top of all Star Wars books, right alongside Darth Plagueis.
Shatterpoint explores the darker side of the Force. How dark can a Jedi go and still be a Jedi? What acts are acceptable for Jedi during a time of war? This book explores the ethical decisions the Jedi had to make during The Clone Wars in a Vietnam War type of setting. You don't have to be a Star Wars fan to appreciate the dark story and great storytelling. I couldn't put it down.
Mace first realizes that Depa is in serious trouble when he and Yoda listen to a transcript of a communication from her deep in the jungles of Haruun Kal.
I use the night and the night uses me.
I have become the darkness in the jungle.
I know you will come for me, Mace. You should never have sent me here. And I should never have come. But what's done can never be undone. I know you think I've gone mad. I haven't. What's happened to me is worse.
I've gone sane.
That's why you'll come, Mace. That's why you'll have to.
Because nothing is more dangerous than a Jedi who's finally sane.
Those words are impossible to resist whether you are a Jedi Master like Mace Windu or a Clone Wars reader like the rest of us. Read the book. Meet Kar Vastor, the mythical, almost all-powerful leader of the Korunnai people. Read about seemingly impossible new creatures. Agonize with Mace as he tries to deal with the things happening on the mysterious planet and makes incredible use of the Force.
Experience the horror, the horror.
After only the first chapter of Shatterpoint, I found myself revising a lot of my opinions and preconceptions--about the book, the main character, the Jedi, the Force, and the Star Wars universe as a whole. Stover's stream-of-consciousness writing style grabbed my attention right away and pulled me emotionally into the plot. I often forgot that I was even reading--the narrative was so frank and immediate that I felt like I was there, in the story. The style alone could have kept me turning pages chapter after chapter. The plot and the details through which it plays out, however, are at least as engrossing and fresh. This is an unflinching tale of war that has more in common with the hellishness of Heart of Darkness (Joseph Conrad) or The Things They Carried (Tim O'Brien) than with other Star Wars books. Through its gruesome reality and constant sense of nervous anticipation, the novel examines the behavior of people under extreme stress and pressure. In the process, it forces a reevaluation of the psychology and purpose of the Jedi. The implications of this reevaluation beautifully weave together the events of the prequels, classic trilogy, and New Jedi Order.
In the end, this is the most satisfying Star Wars book I have yet read. I would recommend it to fans of any eraof Star Wars, and equally to those who read the books for the action, the characters, or to better understand the Force and/or the morality of being a Jedi. Personally, I'll be looking for more Matthew Stover books.