A few weeks ago, I finally got a chance to read Ted Dekker’s newest non-fantasy novel, The Priest’s Graveyard. I have always enjoyed his books, but with the exception of Thr3e, I haven’t really loved his non-fantasy novels as much as I have The Books of History Chronicles. Don’t get me wrong: they are still excellent books, but because I started with one of his fantasy books, I think my expectations for his writing have always been for fantasy stories.
The Priest’s Graveyard is a book about two people, one a priest who kills the unrepentant, the other a drug-addicted and unloved girl. They end up together, hunting for the same person for similar reasons. As is true in almost every one of Dekker’s stories, there is a love story there as well. Of course, there are also a lot of twists and turns as they search.
The final twist, unfortunately, is something I saw coming. It’s something I’ve seen in too many TV shows and read in too many books: when the story seems to be steering you toward a specific conclusion about someone, that conclusion is usually false. I won’t spoil the twist, for those who haven’t read it, but it was something I figured out in the second part of the book.
Either way, it was still wonderfully written and a lot of fun to see the characters figure things out. My favorite part was when he got caught in her hotel room and the two of them were trying to outsmart each other. It was a comical scene in the middle of a serious situation and those kinds of moments stick with me.
I also appreciated the ending. A lot of stories, whether on TV, movie or in a book, if the good guy commits crimes throughout the story, he ends up getting away with them in the end. I really like how this story didn’t follow that pattern; it showed them doing what was right.
All in all, it is an excellent book and fun to read. If you haven’t read it yet, find it and do so soon. You will not be disappointed.
This book comes down to the following: Star Wars = Awesome; Zombies = Awesome; Star Wars + Zombies = Awesome2.
It’s been a while since I’ve read a Star Wars book without a force-sensitive character of some sort in it. It was a stroke of luck that this one is one such book (though I hope at some point they will explore a zombie horde vs Jedi story). That it features zombies in the Star Wars universe just makes this book so full of epic win I had to read it in less than 24 hours.
Here’s the breakdown.
I totally wasn’t expecting Han and Chewie in this book, but they made for a good familiar cameo. Apart from them, there are really 4 other characters the story follows. Trig and Kale, brothers who were arrested with their father. Jareth Sartoris, captain of the guard on the prison barge carrying everyone through space (also, murderer of Trig and Kale’s father). Zahara Cody, doctor on the prison barge. These four are randomly immune to the virus, while Han & Chewie get a quickly made anti-virus (that almost doesn’t work out for Chewie).
It’s set in a prison barge that breaks down near the Unknown Regions, just by chance within range of a derelict Star Destroyer. Ten men go over to scavenge for parts, five come back, bringing a deadly infection. Of course, after a while being dead, the bodies get up and start trying to kill the few survivors there are.
Basically, it’s your typical Zombie story, only set in the Star Wars universe, making it a whole lot more fun.
Once the survivors all get together in one place and it’s revealed that it is indeed the walking dead that are chasing them, it plays out much like I imagine a Left 4 Dead story would, only with less guns and more wookiee.
It’s a fun, quick read and I really enjoyed it, but the younger audience and those who are frightened of zombies and other horror themes will want to stay away.
“It’s lucky you like pain. Because this is going to hurt.” – Kaye Galfridian
I’ve been waiting for this series since I heard about it a while back. I loved the New Jedi Order’s Yuuzahn Vong invasion and what they did with it in the books (except killing two of my favorite characters in Star Wars *sniff* Chewie, Anakin… *sniff*) and now we get to see it visually in comic book form. Frakkin’ awesome if you ask me.
Here’s the breakdown.
Apart from the family of the Big Three (Luke, Han and Leia), this series seems to follow a former rebel now king, Caled Galfridian, and his family. They are on Artorias, one of the first planets targetted by the Vong invasion. The king himself is a war veteran as I already mentioned. The queen I’m not sure of yet as she hasn’t done much as of the end of this collection of comics. Their son, Finn, is recognized by Luke as a potential Jedi and their daughter is deadly enough without the Force, killing a Vong warrior in battle and later leading a prisoner revolt and taking over the prisoner ship. Finn seems to be the one at the forefront of the stories and I’m loving his character. Not too many people in the Star Wars universe would say what he said to Han when they first meet him – not after the man has saved the galaxy so many times.
The main arc is obviously the Yuuzahn Vong invasion, but these comics follow the Galfridian family as they try to survive and find each other throughout the bloodiest war in the Star Wars universe. So far, they have survived, but they are each in their own kind of danger. The King is leading a resistance in their planet while the queen and princess have stolen a prisoner ship and are trying to save their people. Finn is off with the Solo family which always means adventure and danger of some sort, even if they are just trying to look into the past of the Falcon.
It’s a great beginning to the series and I can’t wait for the rest. It’s nice to finally see the Vong drawn to life.
So when Red ended, Thomas Hunter was dead in one reality, finally killed by Carlos. In the other, he was alive and well, but his wife of 15 years, Rachelle was not, having been killed by an arrow as they escaped the forest for the desert. However, that is not the end of the story…err… stories. The world is being ravaged by a deadly virus in one reality and Thomas and the rest of the Circle are being hunted by the Horde in the other.
Here’s the breakdown.
This book brings Quorong’s daughter, Chelise, briefly seen in the previous book as Thomas was remembering a time he ran out of Elyon’s water and became a Horde. When Thomas is captured, she takes him as a servant to teach her how to read the Books of History, which no Horde can read due to the disease they carry.
In the other reality, Carlos gets a surprise when Thomas, who has been dead for days, wakes up and tells him about the other reality. Then, through contact with his blood, shows it to him.
Thomas gets captured early on and Chelise takes him for a servant so he can teach her how to read the books of the histories. Thomas takes an opportunity to use the blank books to save himself in the other reality along with Monique. Of course, Chelise didn’t expect to fall for Thomas, especially as she’s being promised in marriage to the new warlord.
In the other reality, the virus is ravaging the world which is standing at the brink of war. Thomas is the only hope for the world, and as far as they all know, he’s dead. Until he calls the President.
With the end of this book, everything is wrapped up into a nice little trilogy. The story could end, but it doesn’t. What happened to the blank books? That and several other questions are answered in the next book, Showdown.
So we’re back to Thomas Hunter and his two realities. In one, it’s been 15 years and he now leads a band of “albino” warriors against the Horde, those with the Shataiki skin disease. In the other, it’s been seconds and there’s a gun to his head.
Here’s the breakdown.
Added to the cast from the previous book is Justin, a man of controversy. He tries to bring peace between the Forest Guard and the Horde, and the Forest Guard are divided about him, though most hate him for it. For the Horde, they have a new General, Martyn, who is bolder and smarter than their previous Generals.
In the other reality, Thomas wakes up to the gun at his head. A gun held by Carlos, a professional hitman. Using skills he learned over the last 15 years in the alternate reality, he is able to save himself. During the course of the book, both Monique and Carlos experience the other reality.
The viruses in both worlds have been released, though symptoms are not yet appearing for those with the Raison Virus. The people behind the virus’ release are using France to make demands of the whole world.
In the other reality, dissension stirred up by Justin comes to a head toward the end of the book, culminating in the death of Justin, by drowning, after his blood has defiled the lake. The next morning, everyone has the skin disease. The only way to get rid of it is to drown in the lake, which has turned red.
I love the imagery in this series. In the alternate reality everything spiritual in this reality is physical there. And once you’ve finished the series, you realize just how many parallels there are. This is a really great book and you should read it.
“How can there be love without a true choice? Would you suggest that man be stripped of the capacity to love?” -Elyon as the boy
When I picked up this book to read, I had no idea how much of an adventure it would be to read it. I did not expect to be caught up in trilogy of books for the next few days as I immersed myself one of the best trilogies I’ve ever read. You could even say I “drowned” in it.
So here’s the breakdown.
So the main guy in this book is Thomas Hunter. He has the unusual ability to dream about another reality, but more on that later. There’s also his sister, Kara, and another woman, Monique, who just happens to be responsible for the worst virus outbreak in history. In the other reality, You have Tanis, first born among men, and Rachelle, who’s fallen for the amnesiac Thomas Hunter. Also in the other reality are these bat creatures called Shataiki and their leader, Teelah. Also along the way, you meet a little boy named Elyon, who also happens to be the creator of this alternate reality. And the first reality. Confused yet?
The story begins with Thomas’ walk home from work being interrupted by bullets. One grazes his head and when he passes out a few minutes later, he wakes up in the Black Forest of the alternate reality surrounded by the Shataiki and Teelah. From there he goes back and forth, between realities trying to remember everything in one and trying to stop a catastrophe in the other. Instead he watches both realities get destroyed by sicknesses, one caused by a virus and one caused by the Shataiki. The book ends with a gun held against an unconscious Thomas’ head.
It’s an amazing story and it really brings elements of the Christian faith to life. My favorite part of the book was Elyon’s playground and the stories of what he did for fun. In one story he reversed gravity for a day, just for the fun of it. At his playground, he opened up a hole as deep as the earth is thick and had his people jump in. They fell for hours, playing and enjoying themselves the whole way down. Then they splashed down in water, one of Elyon’s lakes, if I remember correctly.
It’s one of the best trilogies I’ve ever read, and I highly recommend owning a copy of it so you can read it over and over again.
I wasn’t sure exactly how this could be both the beginning and the end of the Circle. White seemed to end things pretty well for the original trilogy and the Paradise Novels made it seem that everything was just moving on. Green picks up right where Sinner left off.
Here’s the breakdown.
The story starts with Billy, the one who put Thomas Hunter in the Black forest by writing in the Lost Books and who can now read minds, meeting with Monique and Kara, the two women most involved in Thomas Hunter’s life. Shortly after that meeting, we are introduced to Janae, Monique’s daughter. That’s all the characters for this reality.
In the other reality, there is Thomas, leader of the Circle, and Chelise, his wife. His son Samuel, who has been chafing under his father’s non-lethal treatment of the Horde, is becoming a catalyst. On the Horde side of the conflict, there’s Quorong, Chelise’s mother, and Ba’al, who from what I can gather is actually Billos from the Lost Books series (that I have yet to read).
I have to say that the character of Billy was not what I expected. I knew he was troubled because of the monastery in Paradise and the books, but I never thought he would be what he turned out to be. I also have to say that I was a bit saddened at how easily certain people in the Circle fell away at the end, but I do know that it will probably happen like that. It was interesting how at least one of them knew they were being seduced by evil, and went along with it anyway.
So it starts with Billy looking for Thomas’ blood, one last vial of it that he believes Kara and Monique hid after the Raison Strain incident. They deny it and keep Billy from reading their minds by wearing dark glasses (he has to see their eyes directly to read their minds). They assign Janae to keep an eye on him, but that turns on them when Janae and Billy dose themselves with an alternate strain of the Raison virus, which forces Monique, desperate to save her daughter, to use the vial that she had denied existed. As in the past books, Thomas’ blood transports Billy and Janae to the other reality.
In the other reality, Thomas is dealing with the Circle starting to fracture. And his son is leading the way. In response, Thomas offers a challenge to the Horde not unlike Elijah and the priests of Ba’al in the Bible. Quorong’s priest, aptly name Ba’al, mixes a little of Abraham’s test into it and calls the Shataiki, evil bats working for Teelah, the evil one, to kill Samuel.
There is quite a bit I love about this book. It’s another that I could not put down once I got into it, and it didn’t take long for that either. It was interesting to read through this and then go right into reading the Circle Trilogy graphic novels. I basically got to read Green as both the end of the series and the beginning all at once. I must say that is does a very good job of being both, but you’ll get the most out of it if you read the rest of the related books as well.
Be sure to pick this one up when you get a chance.
Ben: “Jedi Skywalkers. Practicing a fine family tradition of rescuing people from the dark side.”
Luke: “Hey, there are worse family traditions.”
Ben: “Like Aunt Leia’s spiceloaf.”
Luke: “You think the dark side is scary, you say that to her.”
Ben: “I won’t. I like my body intact, thank you very much.”
So in this book we have more psychotic Jedi, more great Luke & Ben banter, and a marriage proposal 14 years (in the Star Wars universe) in the making. I remember my roommate in college saying that Jaina and Jag would (or was it should?) get married. But like Luke and Mara, they danced around their relationship for many years before finally accepting, as Vader would say it, that it was their destiny.
Anyway, here’s the breakdown.
Luke and Ben are off in search of the super-elusive Aing-Tii, who view the Force as more of a rainbow, than Light and Dark. They also have some very interesting abilities; Force Teleport Object could be very useful. Meanwhile, Han & Leia are dealing with trying to raise Allana differently than their own kids were raised. Also, they have formally introduced the Lost Tribe of the Sith in this book, including an apprentice name Vestara Khai, whom I am guessing will be a big part of the series, based on the importance they’ve given her in just this book.
This book actually contains two stories: one is what is happening now, and the other is what has happened over the past two years to the Lost Tribe of the Sith on their unknown planet. The Sith have been gaining power under the guidance of the Sith Meditation Sphere that Ben found on Ziost while working under Jacen. Now they have a small fleet and are hellbent on restoring the Sith to power. Meanwhile, Luke and Ben continue their search for the reasons behind Jacen’s fall and the Jedi are dealing with two more of their own falling to the mysterious psychosis.
It’s a good book, even though there is no real final battle as there is in most Star Wars books. It’s a set-up book, meaning that it is there to tell a necessary part of the story, even though there may not be much excitement. It sets up the next book, which I will be reviewing in June. Until then, be sure to read this if you get the chance.
“You’re wrong. Many do believe, or they wouldn’t be frightened of movies on the subject, now, would they? Jaws terrified the country because people knew that shark attacks were real. The reason so many details of exorcism have become cliches in the movies is because they, too, are real. Any researcher will tell you that. Spiderman, Superman… not frightening, make-believe. But the movie The Exorcist? Except for a few details, amazingly accurate. And it terrifies us all.” -Father Robert Seymour
So Adam is the first Dekker book I’ve read in a while that wasn’t part of the series that started with the Circle Trilogy (before it became the Circle Series with Green). The quality of his writing hasn’t waned at all. I was still staying up late to read just one more chapter, to the detriment of my sleep.
Here’s the breakdown.
The main characters are Daniel Clark, lead FBI agent on the Eve case, Heather Clark, Daniel’s ex-wife, Lori Ames, Daniel’s new partner, and Eve, a psycopathic killer who has killed 15 women at the beginning of the story. Throughout the story Dekker threw in what looks like newspaper clippings about the past of a serial killer named Alex Price. As you read through you realize that the clippings are all about Eve’s past, except that Eve isn’t what the FBI would expect. Almost no one in the story, except Father Robert Seymour, Alex Price’s priest, believe in Heaven and Hell, God and Satan, or even good and evil. So when they discover the truth behind Eve, they are wholly unprepared to deal with it.
The story starts with Daniel finding Eve’s 16th victim… and becoming the 17th himself. After nearly 20 minutes of being dead, he comes back to life. He is the only person who has seen Eve and now cannot remember what he looks like, but keeps getting racked with these intense bouts of fear that physically knock him to the floor. Then he learns that Eve has broken his pattern and taken his next victim early. This victim? His ex-wife, who he still loves.
It’s an awesome book and, as with all of his books that I’ve read, shows the battle between good and evil very well. The way Dekker writes this story, you’d almost think he’s seen someone in Alex’s place. The way he wrote from David’s point of view at the end makes you wonder if he hasn’t seen it first hand, himself.
It is well worth the time it takes to find and read it. Do so, if you get the chance.
Luke: “What’s the first thing you learned in training to be a Jedi?”
Ben: “Don’t cut off your own head with your lightsaber.”
Luke: “After that.”
Ben: “Your eyes can deceive you. Be mindful of your feelings. Girls are fun but dangerous. Lando has extra cards up his sleeve.”
Luke: “Well, the truth is in there somewhere…”
It is time for the fallout of Jacen’s fall to hit the fan. People are not liking the Jedi right now, since it was one of them that fell to the Dark Side and took the galaxy into a second civil war in 50 years. It was also their actions that led to a lot of battles and deaths. Also, Daala is not a big fan of Jedi and is fanning the anti-Jedi sentiment with an investigation into Luke. Her intent is to exile Luke from the Jedi Order, thus making it easier for her to attempt to control them.
Luke realizes this and exiles himself on the condition that if he can figure out what caused Jacen to fall, he gets to come back and resume his duties as Grand Master. Ben, being a trained investigator, Jedi knight and Lukes son/Padawan, comes along. The scenes between father and son are the funniest in the book, as my favorite quote above demonstrates. There’s another where Ben wins an argument with four one-word sentences. Luke complains that he doesn’t like that Ben can win arguments without verbs.
Also, in the “not helping the Jedi cause” side of things, Jedi knights are starting to randomly go crazy. It starts with Seff Hellin (which from what I gather started in the book Millenium Falcon). The first one in this book however is Valin Horn, one of my favorite characters. Daala’s solution? Freeze the afflicted Jedi in carbonite.
Here’s the breakdown.
The interactions between Luke and Ben were my favorites in this book. Everyone else seemed a bit flat in my opinion.
As the set up for the entire Fate of the Jedi series, this is a good book. It sets up quite a few story arcs that will be interesting to read over the next few books. There is the Force Psychosis, Jedi Order vs. Daala, Luke and Ben’s journey and Han and Leia’s journey with Allana. I am excited to see where they will all lead.
It’s a great start to the series, even if it’s a bit short. From what I’ve read of the next two books, things start taking a very dark turn for everyone.
“I was just thinking of…of what Caedus sacrificed. At the end, there was a second when he just stopped fighting so he could warn Tenel Ka. I think he became Jacen again for a second before I…before I killed him.” -Jaina Solo
From the time I read Traitor and saw Jacen lose the traditional Light/Dark side view of the Force, I knew he would fall as his grandfather did. At the onset of the Legacy of the Force series, I knew that he would have to die. And knowing all the symbolism and importance the Star Wars universe has been putting on Twins since its inception (Luke & Leia, Jacen & Jacen, the Yuuzahn Vong view of twins, etc), not to mention Luke’s proclamation that Jaina would be the Sword of the Jedi, I figured that Jaina would be the one to kill Jacen. Still the journey to this point was fun to read.
Seeing Jacen use the Shatterpoint ability was fun, but the one that took the cake for Force power usage in my opinion was Luke. Not only did he make Jacen pretty paranoid by focusing himself on coming after Jacen, causing Jacen’s Force visions to all contain Luke attacking him thus hiding the fact that Jaina was the one coming after him, Luke also made Jacen think he was dueling himself when Jaina was the one fighting Jacen. This battle however wasn’t the final duel between brother and sister.
Here’s the breakdown.
The main characters in this one are Jacen and Jaina, obviously. Luke, Boba, Palleon and even Daala play important roles, but since this book is about the showdown between brother and sister, they are center stage.
I like that, even though it was obvious that Jacen needed to be stopped and the only way to do that would be to kill him, it was still difficult for Jaina and it affected her greatly. Having her cradle her dead brother’s head until she was found was a nice touch. I also liked how they dealt with Allana, Jacen’s daughter. Being that it was announced that she was killed, the perfect cover for her was giving her to Han and Leia. I am glad that they will get to spend a lot of time with their granddaughter. When she was born, I didn’t think that would happen.
Overall, it was a great ending to the series. Daala is now in charge of the GA and Jag Fel is in charge of the Imperial remnant. With tensions as high as they are after this series, It should be interesting to see how the next few years of books will set up the Legacy comic series.
“Fett, you can teach me to bring down Jedi. You’ve done it often enough.” -Jaina
Jaina goes off to find Boba and ask him to train her to fight Jedi with non-Jedi tactics, believing it to be the only way to have a chance against Jacen in her impending duel with him. He reluctantly agrees, but enjoys humiliating her with a few tricks while training her. Here he is an non-Force sensitive old man, and he is able to beat her in a few fights.
Ben, on the other side of the galaxy from Mandalore, decides to launch a true investigation into his mother’s death, using the training he received earlier in the series as a GAG soldier. He starts at the scene of the crime remembering a fact that he had unconsciously filed away when he found Mara’s body. He calls in some favors, including one from his old GAG mentor, who is now Jacen’s right hand man.
On the war side of the story, we see the return of the Imperial remnant as both the exiled GA and Jacen’s GA try to woo Palleon, former understudy to the late Grand Admiral Thrawn.
Here’s the breakdown.
Revelation sees the return of Palleon and the Empire, and Tahiri Veila, who has been missing from the series until now. I don’t like her new role, though. It seems a bit of a stretch for her to turn so far from the light side for a few more moments with Anakin. Palleon, on the other hand, acted in character and was just as intelligent as you would expect of someone who served under Thrawn.
With the last book, you can see them trying to drag out the story a bit. With this one, you see the dragging end and the story begin to pick up again. It’s not great, but it is a necessary step in the overall arc. A good set up to the finale that is Invincible.
In the end, it is incomplete. What I mean is that, while it is a complete story in itself, it is still a preparatory step for a finale. It leaves you with the knowledge that there is a final showdown soon, just not in this book. Don’t get me wrong, though, it’s a good book.
C-3PO: “I say, sir, I might suggest a more gradual approach.”
Jag: “Good idea. I’ll pass it along to Han.”
C-3PO: “Why, thank you, sir. Though he’s always been reluctant to implement my suggestions.”
In this book we see how truly dense most of the Star Wars characters are. In the previous few books, Jacen has killed Mara, set fire to Kashyyk, tortured and tried to kill Ben Skywalker and taken over the Galactic Alliance. Somehow, most people haven’t realized that he’s a Sith yet. How exactly is that possible?
Then he goes and kidnaps his own daughter, who is also the heir to the throne of the Hapan Consortium, in an effort to bring the Hapans into the GA fold. Smartly, Tenel Ka withdraws from nearly all contact instead, denying Jacen the support he wanted. And people still don’t realize he’s a Sith. Either the people in the Star Wars universe are very forgiving of family/war heros or they are truly dense and refuse to see what he really is.
Anyway, here’s the breakdown.
I wasn’t all that impressed with the Jedi vs. Jacen characters in this book. The Jaina’s group vs. Alema Rar was marginally better as they actually seemed to learn something and grow a little. Jaina realized that going after Jacen with Jedi tactics wouldn’t work so she has to learn a whole new style of combat to fight him and goes the the one person in the galaxy that has experience hunting Jedi, Boba Fett.
I was less impressed by the story than the characters. An attack on Jacen only to place a tracker? Jacen’s plan to kidnap his daughter seemed half-baked as did Tenel Ka’s reluctance to go against Jacen. One thing I did like was the foreshadowing when Kyle Katarn mentions that Centerpoint’s destruction left a void in the Force (according to spoilers I’ve read, this may have implications in the Fate of the Jedi books).
Overall, it wasn’t a great book. Good, but lacking too much quality to be great. At this point in the Legacy series I think they started having trouble with ways to extend it over 9 books and it started to drag a bit.
After the Sword trilogy, this is the next series in the Shannara saga. And it’s a good one, too. It’s so good that Brooks couldn’t keep it in just three books! Okay, so maybe that’s exaggerating a bit, but it is a good quadrilogy.
Scions sets the stage for the rest of the story. The Federation has taken over a lot of the Four Lands from the south and they’ve prohibited the use of magic. A descendant of Jair Ohmsford has the wishsong and uses it to tell stories, which attracts the attentions of the Federation’s secret police, the Seekers. Along the way, they are visited by an old mad claiming to be the very man, Cogline, that helped Brin so long ago. He tells them that Allanon’s shade wants them to be at the Hadeshorn soon.
If you’re a fan of fantasy or Shannara or both, this is a great book and an excellent start to the series.
Finally, book three is out! I’ve been waiting for four years, but it was well worth the wait.
I don’t want to talk too much about what happens in the book and spoil it for anyone, but here are a few things that I loved in it.
The book starts with Roran, Eragon and Saphira hunting the Ra’zac who captured Katrina in Eldest. After dispatching them, Eragon sends Saphira home with the happy couple while he deals with the other prisoner he found: her father. He would cause immense trouble for Roran, Katrina and the other Carvahall townspeople and he was a traitor anyway, so Eragon decides to punish him. In doing so, he discovers his true name and uses it to force him to follow-through with the punishment: banishment from Roran and Katrina’s life forever.
Eragon finally gets the chance to try to remove the blessing/curse he accidentally placed on Elva that caused her so much pain in her short life. It doesn’t work completely, but he does remove her inability to block the pain, which seems to be enough for her.
The name of the book comes from the word for fire, which Eragon uses to name his new sword. It’s actually quite funny that now, anytime he says Brisingr, his sword bursts into flame, even when he doesn’t intend for it.
All in all, it’s a great book and a great addition to the series. Be sure to read it if you get the chance.
So apparently, not everyone likes Jacen’s way running things. The Wookiees are some of those people. So what does Jacen do to fix that? By burning their forest planet to a crisp, that’s how. Hence, the title Inferno.
So Luke’s lost his wife. He ran out and chopped the head off the person he thought was responsible, but found out afterwards that he was wrong. Then his son is kidnapped and tortured by Jacen. Luke does not like this and nearly kills Jacen. Hence, the title Inferno.
Things are really coming to a head. The Galactic Alliance that just rose from the ashes of the Yuuzhan Vong war is now fractured in another civil war. The Jedi have split from the GA and a Sith is now in control of the ruling power in the galaxy. Where have I heard this before…
Anyways, it’s a good book, like the rest of the series. Be sure to give it a read when you can.
Part of the journey to become a Sith involves sacrificing something that means a great deal to you. For Jacen, he’s not sure what that is until the end of this book.
Ben has started to figure out that Jacen isn’t a good guy anymore, especially when Jacen orders him to assassinate Corellia’s newest leader. Luke and Mara’s relationship is strained because of their encounters with Lumiya. Mara, being the person she is, decides to hunt the Dark Lady of the Sith, and neither character survives this book, but not in the way you might immediately think.
If you really must know what Jacen has to sacrifice, it’s Ben’s love for him, but it’s the how and why that is really telling of Jacen’s character. He is one cold-hearted son of a motherless pygmy goat and only gets darker from here on out.
Despite many fans decrying Traviss for killing Mara, it probably wasn’t her decision and it was necessary for the story. Don’t malign her like many did Salvatore for killing Chewie.
It’s the midpoint book in the series and things are really starting to heat up.
Han and Leia are hunted. By their own son, no less. The Skywalkers are strained as Luke and Mara suspect Lumiya is behind Jacen’s new path and neither like that he wants Ben to follow him. All the while they are still working behind the scenes with Han and Leia.
This is the first book we really get to see Ben on his own. It’s a good side story that grows Ben’s character a lot. From this book on, Ben really begins to think for himself and not just lean on what Jacen or Luke and Mara tell him. It’s a hard path that starts in a dark place on Ziost, but it’s a necessary one.
Han, Leia, Luke and Mara gather with Wedge, Iella, Corran and Mirax on Booster Terrik’s red star destroyer and discuss what’s going on in the galaxy. They come to the conclusion that someone is manipulating the war for their own ends and instead of focusing on the war, they should focus on finding the manipulator.
There’s a lot more going on, but it’s been a while now since I read it. It’s a good book and fits well as part of the story of the Legacy of the Force series.
Another Dekker novel. This one is a bit different. It follows an assassin that is in the most secretive assassin group in the world training to be used in the field. He’s a sniper who makes shots that most people can’t even dream of.
And he finds that he can alter the path of the bullets after they’ve left the barrel of his rifle. Like some sort of Jedi.
Unfortunately he knows nothing of his past or who he is.
This is one twisted story, but those are the best kind. Definitely a good read for Dekker fans.
I had heard that this book was related to the Circle Trilogy (Black, Red, White) by Ted Dekker. It is.
It starts with a guy dressed in black walking into town and scaring an old mute man to death in front of a 13 year-old kid. Then proceeding to the town bar and eating a man’s wart. Freakin’ weird.
I can’t tell you too much without ruining the story, but it is about what happened to the Books of History from the Circle Trilogy. It’s an awesome book that really shows the battle, or showdown, if you will, between good and evil. A must read if you are a Dekker fan and plan on reading Saint, Skin or his new novel coming in September, Sinner.