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Star Wars: Fate Of The Jedi: Ascension (book 8) by Christie Golden

01/01/2012. Contributed by Tomas L. Martin

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pub: Del Rey/Ballantine Books/Lucas Books. 392 page hardback. Price: $27.00 (US), $31.00 (CAN). ISBN: 978-0-345-50916-1. pub: Century 2011/Lucas Films/Random House. 392 page hardback. Price; GBP18.99 (UK) ISBN: 978-1-846-0561-8) .

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We’ve reached the penultimate novel of the nine book ‘Fate Of The Jedi’ tie-in series and things are getting very interesting. Admiral Natasi Daala’s disastrous tenure as Chief of State of the Galactic Republic, in which she managed to hurt or annoy pretty much everyone possible has finally come to an end. Luke Skywalker, finally free of his exile from the capitol planet Coruscant, returns with his son, Ben. and the ex-Sith Vestara Khai to the Jedi order.

There’s still plenty of intrigue afoot, though, especially since Daala was broken out of prison by Boba Fett (amusingly, in a poorly made disguise as himself) in the previous book, Aaron Allston’s ‘Conviction’. She flees to the Empire, figuring if she can’t have one galactic government, she will try and take over the other one that is more suited to her style of governance.

The monstrous Abeloth is still at large somewhere in the galaxy and Luke decides to take the rest of the Jedi order off-world in an attempt to find and defeat her and the Lost Tribe of the Sith before they do too much damage to the galaxy. The Sith have other ideas, however, and have a cunning plan of their own.

Political shenanigans abound as a new group of senators emerge from the chaos of the political vacuum following Daala’s departure. Important public figures begin turning up dead and Leia Organa Solo is arrested on trumped up charges of treason. Are the newly elected senators truly who they say they are? Whilst the Jedi are away, Coruscant is vulnerable.

The turns the plot takes towards the end of this book are superb, really taking the story in an unexpected and exciting new direction for the finale of the series. Christie Golden has really grown into the universe over the course of the three books she has written in this sequence and her handling of what is a complicated set of plotlines and characters is excellent.

The twist at the end of this book is a fantastic surprise and sets things up for a thrilling finale. I look forward in great anticipation to how Troy Denning finishes things in ‘Apocalypse’, as the ‘Fate Of The Jedi’ sequence has been an excellent extension to the ‘Star Wars’ universe.

Tomas L. Martin

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