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Book Review: Star Wars Legacy of the Force

The nine part 'Star Wars: Legacy of the Force' novel series started out with so much promise but ended up being turgid, stupid and illogical. The premise was simple Darth Vader's grandson Jacen Solo follows granddaddy's path to the dark side. But the execution of it varied between good and awful.

Star Wars Legacy Of The Force: Bloodlines by Karen Traviss
As Luke, Leia and Han push 60 from the wrong side, a new threat rises unnoticed and his name is Jacen Solo. Jacen is learning the ways of the Sith and is confident that he can avoid the mistakes that doomed his grandfather. The Galactic Alliance faces internal troubles and Jacen determined to see the galaxy at peace at last, will do anything and sacrifice anything to achieve that dream. Jacen's actions tear apart the Solo and Skywalker families and the Galactic Alliance is threatened with war all due to a family spat.

This is a very good book. But the oldsters annoy Luke is still a stick in the mud, Leia is an appendage to her big dumb husband and Han is annoying and stupid. The main fault of the 'Legacy of the Force' saga was that too little attention was paid to path of Jacen Solo. A Jedi Knight, he is selfless in his desire for a galaxy free of war. For all his life, one war or another has waged and he wants it to stop. So he walks the path of the Sith for unselfish reasons. He doesn't desire power or respect, just order and if he has to torture people to death to achieve that aim - well too bad.

Best Lines:
"Just like his grandfather all over again. When's he going to go for a nice black cloak and helmet? And lots of troopers in lovely white armour?"

"The older ones who remember the Empire say it's like having his grandfather back. They say he fancies himself as the new Vader."

Star Wars Legacy Of The Force: Tempest by Troy Denning

As the prospect of civil war threatens the Galactic Alliance, Han and Leia have gone over to the other side. Jacen Solo is determined to hunt down his parents. Meanwhile Luke Skywalker and his wife Mara suspect that Jacen is walking a dark path. Jacen is willing to sacrifice his parents and lose the love of his family if he can bring order to the galaxy.

This is an okay addition to the saga. Han and Leia act pretty stupidly in this book, they're 60 plus not teenagers. Luke is smug and arrogant and Jacen continues on his path, his parents actions and Luke's arrogance further assuring him he is right. In his view what he is doing isn't wrong if his mother, father and uncle did similar things to fight the Empire. This was another plot strand the 'Legacy of the Force' saga dropped the ball on when they reduced Jacen to just another psycho who needed to be killed by his twin sister.

Star Wars Legacy Of The Force: Exile by Aaron Allston

Jacen Solo continues on his path, now more sure than ever that becoming a Sith Master is the way to once and for all, achieve lasting peace. Also he wants to learn if Ben Skywalker will be a suitable Sith apprentice for him. This is an okay read. Why do all the characters take turns carrying the idiot ball? The Jedi Order are unable to grasp the notion that the Sith are back, again. Han and Leia ignore Jacen. Luke and Mara neglect their kid.

Best Line:
"He's going to continue being unhappy until we stop slandering and persecuting Jacen, the perfect Jedi, hero of the people and male model for black uniforms."

Star Wars Legacy Of The Force: Sacrifice by Karen Traviss
The time has come for Jacen to become a Sith Lord, the galaxy is being torn apart by civil war and Boba Fett continues to refuse to die. This is excellent, the best book in the 'Legacy of the Force' saga. It's engrossing, wonderfully written, tense and tragic. shame it was all downhill from here. This book has politics, intrigue and Jacen's lame choice of Sith name.

Best Lines:
"He was a Sith Lord. Now his work could truly begin. It had happened. And it was beautiful."

"You need to know there's nothing else, absolutely nothing, that you can do to save Jacen."

Star Wars Legacy Of The Force: Fury by Aaron Allston

The war drags on and the Skywalker/Solo clans have turned their backs on Jacen. Now that was stupid, if they'd reached out to him they could have saved him. But no, they all shun him, discuss how evil he is and generally hate on him.

Meanwhile the Jedi are in disarray, Luke mourns his wife, Ben's angry, Jania plots Jacen's murder and the Sith see Jacen as a distraction for their true intentions. Poor Jacen is happy he's a Sith but the rest of the Sith see him as a nothing. Poor tragic Jacen. But the writers ignore the tragedy and write him as a insane, stupid lunatic.

This is a good book but the last two books in the saga 'Revelation' and 'Invincible' were tosh. Jacen was killed off with no dignity all so everyone else could be smug. Allegedly TPTB are trying to fix the damage with the 'Fate of the Jedi' novels. But I don't care.
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