01/05/2009. Contributed by Tomas L. Martin
pub: Del Rey/Ballantine Books/Lucas Books. 299 page hardback. Price: $27.00 (US), $32.00 (CAN). ISBN: 978-0-345-47746-0.
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The last in the nine book sequence that makes up the 'Star Wars: Legacy Of The Force' series is 'Invincible' by Troy Denning. It is also the third to be issued in hardback, to commemorate the key final confrontation that leads to the fall of the latest lord of the Sith.
Darth Caedus, who used to be Han and Leia Solo's son Jacen, has assumed control of the Republic. With the support of Imperial Remnant, he is close to overwhelming the few strongholds left opposing him. With the Jedi scattered and damaged by his attacks, those who used to consider Jacen family are left with no choice but to destroy their old friend.
Fresh from her training with bounty hunter Boba Fett, Jacen's sister Jaina resolves to track down her brother at all costs. Still damaged from the loss of his wife, Luke Skywalker has begun to regain his control but knows he has too much compassion to kill Jacen.
All the characters must join forces to help Jaina assume her prophesised role as the 'Sword Of The Jedi' and eliminate the most powerful Sith Lord since the Empire fell.
This has been a good series of tie-in novels and the motives of Jacen's fall from grace and his rise as the evil Darth Caedus worked extremely well. Many characters shone and the three writers involved did extremely well highlighting their own favourite parts of the wider 'Star Wars' universe.
However, I feel that Troy Denning was a poor choice to end the sequence. Denning is a solid writer and writes good action and character sequences but his overall plotting is looser and less focused than his partners on this series. Both Aaron Allston and Karen Traviss have shown better feel for mood and character arcs in their respective volumes. Denning's work by comparison reads messier and with less constructive subplots.
Denning isn't a bad writer by any means but his style of plotting is far better suited for the middle of a sequence, addressing many of the loose ends of a long story. This volume is supposed to be the culmination of all eight previous books but the pacing left me feeling like I was reading a middle book. There wasn't enough rising tension to build the book to what should have been a fantastic conclusion. I've enjoyed the 'Legacy Of The Force' but with such momentous events occurring I felt a little let down by the weak end that 'Invincible' presents.
Tomas L. Martin
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