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Traitor (Star Wars: The New Jedi Order, Book 13) Mass Market Paperback – July 30, 2002
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"From the depths of catastrophe, a glimmer of hope
After the capture of Coruscant, the mighty heart of the New Republic, a stunned galaxy fears that nothing can stop the Yuuzhan Vong. Still, that crushing defeat produces one small miracle: Jacen Solo is alive. Yet he can scarcely imagine himself in stranger circumstances.
The young Jedi Knight is in the care of Vergere, a fascinating creature of mystery and power, her intentions hard to fathom, her cruelties rarely concealed. But this master of inscrutable arts has much to teach the young Jedi . . . for she holds the key to a new way to experience the Force, to take it to another level--dangerous, dazzling, perhaps deadly.
In the wrong hands, the tremendous energies of the Force can be devastating. And there are others watching Jacen's process closely, waiting patiently for the moment when he will be ready for their own dire purposes. Now, all is in shadows. Yet whatever happens, whether Jacen's newfound mastery unleashes light or darkness, he will never be the same Jedi again. . . .
About the Author
Matthew Stover is perhaps best known for his four Star Wars novels, Star Wars: The New Jedi Order: Traitor; Star Wars: Shatterpoint; Star Wars: Luke Skywalker and the Shadows of Mindor; and the novelization of the movie Star Wars Episode III Revenge of the Sith. He has also written several fantasy novels, including Iron Dawn and Jericho Moon, and four science fiction/fantasy stories featuring a hero named Caine.
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Sometimes - not too often, but sometimes - a Star Wars writer gets a little too caught up in creating a vernacular spectacular. What this produces is long, meandering paragraphs that are so long and so over the top you lose connection to the story and think, “Geez - get to the point already!”
Before now, the closest I’d come to scanning through paragraphs to get past the jargon is in the Legacy of the Force series when Luke was beyond the veil and every other sentence was, “A second later, or maybe a decade, or a day, or an hour - it was impossible to know...” Anyone who has read that stellar series will surely recall this. But, those were just redundant sentences scattered throughout those chapters.
Unfortunately, for the first time in over 40 Star Wars novels, I had to scan over entire pages to get past the long, meandering descriptions of things that made the read feel like trudging through thick mud at times.
I actually think the abridged audiobook may be the way to go on this one. There’s a great story buried in there, and the abridged audiobook could easily cover all of the parts you wouldn’t want to miss.
Purportedly, Lucas hated it so much he ordered an entire series of books to undo every single plot thread Traitor touched - and depending on your view of his opinions, this is either a badge of honor, or a grave warning to avoid it forever.
The rare book challenges, inspires, and helps the reader grow as an individual. It is my belief that Traitor accomplishes this highest of ideals to which literature can aspire. However what you take into the book and what you take out of it depend entirely on you.
As many have noted, this book breaks from the traditional Star Wars mold of heavy action and a clear light vs. dark storyline. It is complex, nuanced, and downright philosophical. For those who do not desire such a departure, they will understandably struggle with Mr. Stover's novel. But for those who are open to the change in style and substance, they will find themselves stunned by the mastery with which Stover weaves his story. His writing is both challenging and engaging, immersing the reader in the mind and heart of Jacen Solo. The reader struggles every step of the way with Jacen, echoing his questions and yet growing through the journey.
This book will resonate for anyone who has or continues to grapple with pain, setbacks, and/or uncertainty. It helped me to not only get through the most difficult trial in my life, but to be stronger for it. Traitor is, in essence, a masterpiece.