Repercussions from the dark side's fatal seduction of Jacen Solo and the mysterious plague of madness afflicting young Jedi continue to wreak havoc galaxy-wide. Having narrowly escaped the deranged Force worshippers known as the Mind Walkers, and a deadly Sith hit squad, Luke and Ben Skywalker are in pursuit of the now masterless Sith apprentice. It is a chase that leads to the forbidding planet Dathomir, where an enclave of powerful dark-side Force-wielders will give Vestara the edge she needs to escape - and where the Skywalkers will be forced into combat for their quarry and their lives.
Meanwhile, Han and Leia have completed their own desperate mission, shuttling madness-stricken Jedi from Coruscant to a safe haven in the Transitory Mists and beyond the grasp of Galactic Alliance Chief of State Natasi Daala. But the bold maneuver has intensified Daalas fury, and she is determined to shatter Jedi Order resistance once and for all.
Yet no greater threat exists than that which still waits in the depths of the distant Maw Cluster: a being of pure, ravenous dark-side energy named Abeloth calls out across the stars to Jedi and Sith alike. For some it may be the ultimate source of answers crucial to their survival. For others it could be the ultimate weapon of conquest. But for all, it is a game-changing and life-altering encounter of untold magnitude and a tactical gambit with unimaginable consequences.
©2010 Aaron Allston (P)2010 Random House
I really liked the audio-back version of Backlash. March Thompson really helps bring the story to life with his impersonations of the various characters. His Luke Skywalker and Han Solo voices are pretty dead-on and really sound like Mark Hamill and Harrison Ford, making them truly sound like the characters.
His characterizations of the Sith, the Dathomiri, The GA officials, Imperial officials, and other characters give a sense of the story that just reading the book the normal way does not.
I'd highly recommend any Star Wars audiobook who has Marc Thompson as the narrator/character voices.
This entire book could have been a short story essay. The tribe they are visiting on Dathomir will engage in a traditional, inter-tribal competition and I immediately think, "Oh no, I'm sure Luke will waste half the book competing in this silly ritual," and of course he does. This is both boring AND clich?.
The overriding Sith storyline is advanced very little until the very end of the book. Worse, there was absolutely no advancement in the rogue Jedi situation except for one more junior Jedi who freaks out momentarily and is quickly dispensed with. In the grand scheme of this book, these two things do not rate even as high as speed bumps.
The most interesting thing in the book is the Mandalorian sequence. That is potentially one of the more interesting subplots. I hope they will keep the story moving along rather letting parts of the story stagnate.
I think the book is still worth the read but it won't be winning any awards, that's for sure.
Yes, it includes new characters, sith antagonists, corrupt government officials, and jedi vs sith lightsaber battles.
Marc Thompson is by far the best audio book voice over I've ever came across.
I'm avid audiobook listener!! I probably average 3 to 4 books a month!!
I got hooked from the start, and left wanting to move to the next book!!!
This is Star Wars. This new series is the best so far, even surpassing Legacy of the Force, which was amazing. I've listened to each book in this series and each one has left me hungry for more. Alas, no new Star Wars until May! Awesome series, awesome book, awesome narration. We can only hope Marc Thompson narrates every Star Wars book in the future.
I disagree with the first part not grabbing me. I dig it. There are better outings from Aaron but I do think it was decent and entertaining. Anything involving Dathomir is good in my book.
it really didnt grab me from the beggining like the other fotj books . i m acually not even finished reading it yet , i m having a hard time finishing the first part .
im very disappointed with Aaron Allston , hes usually a better writer .
hopefully the next book will be better , but it couldnt be any worse then this .
This book was not as good as outcast or abyss. It was good just a little disappointing I'm not sure exactly what I was expecting but this writer did things that just did not make since and went on with things that just did not belong. I cant wait until the next one.
The Fate of the Jedi series just doesn't live up to the previous series. The series seems a little flat. This book is hard to figure out the main plot and what's with Zek suddenly showing up and then doing nothing. I think that I'm ready to see the Skywalker and Solo kids really break out on their own. You gotta love Luke, Leia and Han, but they are 70 years old.
Marc Thompson does his usual excellent job of storytelling.
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