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The Swarm War (Star Wars: Dark Nest, Book 3) Mass Market Paperback – December 27, 2005
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Seeing as how this was both an epilogue to events left unfinished in Denning's novels "Star by Star" and "Tatooine Ghost" (not to mention Luke learning the circumstances surrounding his mother and father during the rise of Darth Vader), the trilogy worked well enough.
As for "The Swarm War," Denning manages to bring the oft-mentioned Myrkr mission/disaster to an emotional close; indeed, that Raynar was able to call the survivors to his side shows that the boy will undoubtedly play a potentially significant role in the upcoming "Legacy of the Force" saga. Yet this hook, with the whole Joiner subplot, really wasn't as great as I was hoping. The conclusion, that final showdown between Luke and Lomi Plo (honestly, doubt as a weapon is a grand idea. But not in the hands of an incompetent Nightsister with insectile prostheses) was a disappointment, as was the confrontation between Jacen and Luke. While the Solo child may never receive his comeuppance, it was disheartening to see that Luke could be so dissuaded by his nephew. Indeed, it seems that Jacen has somehow managed to turn Luke's doubt into a tool towards Jacen's own ends; this is one of those little threads that left me wondering what was next. Mind you, I liked that not everything was resolved, and that's what will bring me to press on.
Now, as for the Jaina/Zekk Joiner/Love interest subplot...it needed to die in "Swarm War.Read more ›
If you didn't start this series, and you have other SW books you are considering starting now instead, READ THOSE FIRST. If this trilogy had stayed as good as its opener, it would have been great. Unfortunately, it lost ground significantly with each subsequent title.
One of the best things about the first book was the in-depth treatment of the effect of the insectoid collective mind on the minds' of "joiners", illustrated through some of the not-quite-so-young-anymore "young Jedi knights". By the third novel, Denning has completely left this out.
While it is true that I've been annoyed before at the "extra" information authors include in sequels so that they could potentially be read as stand-alones, based on this experience, I have to say I find that preferable. Worse than leaving out the interesting work on the insect-collective-mind is the loss of material on the political and strategic state of affairs and some of how we got there. For many voracious readers, we will read several other books between any two SW books in a series, and the reminders are helpful.
The dialogue in this book is terrible, especially that of OT characters, who are treated with all the subtlety of a sledgehammer. And not only is the dialogue bad, but the plot is less exciting, the style is flat... in fact everything about this book says "I'm only writing this b/c I'm under contract.Read more ›
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Troy Denning’s The Swarm War is the third book in the Dark Nest Trilogy, and I am glad it has come to an end. I am not a Dark Nest fan. Read morePublished 5 months ago by David Pruette
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I am glad this series is over. After the long previous war, this was more of a skirmish. I am really interested in how Jacen is progressing. He is the next Vader. Read morePublished 21 months ago by gwe
I don't hate this book, but it's an unsatisfying conclusion to an unsatisfying trilogy. The main plot, with the Killiks attempting to take over Jedi and the galaxy, could be really... Read morePublished 21 months ago by Matthew Kanoc
This is a satisfying ending to a trilogy I didn't love. But there are aspects I really enjoyed. In this book, Leia and Alema's rivalry is sustained and is handled very well. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Jared