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"This book will send as many shivers down your spine as the original movies. George, if you're reading, hand Troy Denning scriptwriting duties on the Star Wars TV series. If we can't see his vision on cinema screens, the least you could do is put it on our tellies" SFX Magazine "It is a delight to watch Leia's burgeoning Jedi powers develop and these should provide her with a rich vein of adventures for the future" Dreamwatch --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Troy Denning is the New York Times bestselling author of Star Wars: Tatooine Ghost, Star Wars: The New Jedi Order: Star by Star, and Star Wars: Dark Nest Trilogy, as well as Pages of Pain, Beyond the High Road, The Summoning, and many other novels. A former game designer and editor, he lives in southern Wisconsin with his wife, Andria.
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Product Details

  • Series: Star Wars: The Dark Nest Trilogy - Legends (Book 3)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Del Rey (December 27, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345463056
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345463050
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1 x 6.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (70 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #172,823 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Jason C. Garza on January 3, 2006
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I was on the fence regarding the whole of the "Dark Nest" trilogy. While I share Han's attitudes towards bugs (terrestrial and otherwise), I kept an open mind throughout. If Denning's trilogy was as much a depature from the status quo as it seemed--well, I endured all nineteen of the NJO series, so what harm is there in a Killik-centric trilogy?

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.
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I may be a bit biased in this, but plotwise this entire series was about the same caliber as the notorious "Starship Troopers". Bug-stories are often like that and this one was no different. Further, the trio of Dark Jedi from the Myrkr mission during the Vong War were better kept dead as they had nothing interesting to offer to the SW EU. After a whole trilogy, I realized that they still don't =P. By the end of the first book, I had lost all sympathy for the main characters (the Kilik sympathetic band of Jedi) and cannot for the life of me figure out their motivations in light of their established personalities upto this point in the EU. In other words, Denning has written about well-established characters such as Jaina and Tahiri and even Jag Fel (who gets an insultingly short mention) as if they were fresh new characters that he can mold any way he wants to. I did NOT appreciate the meaningless and unnecessary loss of continuity in the characters because of this. Luckily, Aaron Allston rectifies this gross oversight in the first of the Legacy of the Force series where the characters "come back to normal" =P. Pity. I really like "Tatooine Ghost". Perhaps, Denning's next book will be more to his standards than this entire trilogy was :(
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I enjoyed the trilogy but the final chapter was my least favorite. The shake ups in the Jedi order are a great way to begin but Jaina'd been a hot character through out the first two books and just kind of faded into the back ground in the finale. Old favorites seem to come to the rescue and big things seem to be in store for Jacen but I just didn't feel the climax of this novel as much as I did the previous two. Overall an enjoyable read though. I've enjoyed everything I've read by Denning and this was no different. I do recommend the trilogy to anyone that is a fan of the NJO books.
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I've observed that "Amazon-ian" Star Wars fans seem to find helpful reviews for SW books that have two qualities: a positive rating/review, and a lot of content detail. Unfortunately, this has neither, but I will take my chances for the sake of completeness (which ironically should appeal to fans), b/c I reviewed the first two books in this series.

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.
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