In a shocking move, Chief of State Natasi Daala orders the arrest of Luke Skywalker for failing to prevent Jacen Solo's turn to the dark side and his subsequent reign of terror as a Sith Lord. But it's only the first blow in an anti-Jedi backlash fueled by a hostile government and suspicious public. When Jedi Knight Valin Horn, scion of a politically influential family, suffers a mysterious psychotic break and becomes a dangerous fugitive, the Jedi become the target of a media-driven witch hunt. Facing conviction on the damning charges, Luke must strike a bargain with the calculating Daala: his freedom in exchange for his exile from Coruscant and from the Jedi Order.
Though forbidden to intervene in Jedi affairs, Luke is determined to keep history from being repeated. With his son, Ben, at his side, Luke sets out to unravel the shocking truth behind Jacen Solo's corruption and downfall. But the secrets he uncovers among the enigmatic Force mystics of the distant world Dorin may bring his quest and life as he knows it to a sudden end. And all the while, another Jedi Knight, consumed by the same madness as Valin Horn, is headed for Coruscant on a fearsome mission that could doom the Jedi Order and devastate the entire galaxy.
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Loved both the story and the performance. Marc Thompson is a master as always. The book was somewhat slow and a tad convoluted, but I look forward to the next books in the series.
I have found it difficult to figure out the order in which to listen to the star wars series of novels. There is nothing worse than listening to a series and starting another only to find that you missed a series and a few of your favorite characters have died... Be sure to visit wookieepedia before jumping right into a series to make sure you are listening to them in order.
The 'Legacy of the Force' series should be read before 'Fate of the Jedi'. Audible only has them abridged. I have not listened to them, but I wish I would have.
The best series I have listened to is the Thrawn Trilogy by far.
I would listen to the Star Wars books in the following order:
The Thrawn Trilogy by Timothy Zahn
Heir to the Empire
Dark Force Rising
The Last Command
The Hand of Thrawn Duology by Timothy Zahn
Specter of the Past
Vision of the Future
The Legacy of the Force series
Legacy of the Force: Betrayal by Aaron Allston
Legacy of the Force: Bloodlines by Karen Traviss
Legacy of the Force: Tempest by Troy Denning
Legacy of the Force: Exile by Aaron Allston
Legacy of the Force: Sacrifice by Karen Traviss
Legacy of the Force: Inferno by Troy Denning
Legacy of the Force: Fury by Aaron Allston
Legacy of the Force: Revelation by Karen Traviss
Legacy of the Force: Invincible by Troy Denning
The Fate of the Jedi series
Fate of the Jedi: Outcast by Aaron Allston
Fate of the Jedi: Omen by Christie Golden
Fate of the Jedi: Abyss by Troy Denning
Fate of the Jedi: Backlash by Aaron Allston
Fate of the Jedi: Allies by Christie Golden
Fate of the Jedi: Vortex by Troy Denning
Fate of the Jedi: Conviction by Aaron Allston
Fate of the Jedi: Ascension by Christie Golden
Fate of the Jedi: Apocalypse by Troy Denning
I will update this list as I listen to additional series and include it in my reviews for future reference.
The first book in the series is a good one. The only thing I don't like is how the Jedi have become more flippant and less reserved in their dealings. I have always envisioned the Jedi as wise and careful with words. Seeing them act and speak on emotion is odd. I am not saying it is a bad thing, just different. The series seems like it will be a good one. I will sum up my review on the final book.
What is there to say about Marc Thompson... He is a legendary narrator. I have heard no better.
Audible wont let me link it, but a good reference guide to make sure you are listening to all the series in order is wookiepedia. It would be nice if Audible had them all in order, but they don't.
The story lacked any real menace. A view in to a darker set of characters would have improved this story immensely.
Boring. I found myself not caring about what happened to most of the characters. There was no connection between the story lines.
Can't wait to finish this series. Ben really started to grow on me in this novel. Very excited to start the next book! Highly recommended to fans interested in what Jacen Solo learned and experienced in his travels before becoming Darth Caedus.
I was overall unsatisfied with this story. It felt like an episode of the SCI Clone Wars. It felt overall pointless. Minor grievances among too-relaxed jedi. Rather short and uninteresting.
I was left wondering what the point was at the end of the book. I know there are a lot more in the series, but I do not think I will continue since the first did not grip me.
He had a lot a voices. But I could have done without his kid mimicry.
The narration is excellent and Thompson really recreates the Star Wars characters.
The musical accompaniment adds to the book incredibly.
I enjoyed the story, it built quickly and holds the action all the way until the end. It is a great read.
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