01/05/2009. Contributed by Tomas L. Martin
pub: Del Rey/Ballantine/Lucas Books. 356 page paperback. $ 7.99 (US). ISBN: 978-0-345-47756-9.
check out websites: www.delreybooks.com and www.starwars.com
The last book written by Aaron Allstone in this nine book 'Star Wars' tie-in sequence, 'Fury' begins collecting the myriad threads of this ambitious series for the final remaining books, 'Revelation' by Karen Traviss and 'Invincible' by Troy Denning. It's another fine effort from one of the most enjoyable tie-in writers around.
Following the loss of his wife, Mara Jade, at the hands of Jacen Solo in book five, Luke Skywalker is a mess. Jacen, now calling himself Darth Caedus, has manipulated his Uncle and much of the rest of the galaxy superbly. He now sits at the head of the Galactic Republic's government, committing it to war and acts of atrocity.
Luke, having taken the wrong life in retaliation for Mara's death, is a broken man. The breakdown of the series traditional saviour is nicely handled and opens up huge scope for the younger characters to take the lead. Jacen's sister, Jaina, takes off in search of the killer, still not realising that her brother is to blame.
Jacen, now fully given over to the dark side of the force, has assumed powers of misdirection previously seen only in the Emperor. His manipulation of the galaxy's forces has been almost too perfect. As he attempts to take on too much in his twisted search for justice and order, the fine detail begins to slip.
Aaron Allston has excellent action set-pieces but it is his characterisation and witty dialogue that really keep things going. The on-going exploration of why someone like Jacen would turn to the dark side and how even heroes like Luke Skywalker can fall apart are just a few reasons why this tie-in series is well worth picking up.
Tomas L. Martin
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