“He’s taking a different path as a Jedi, that’s all.” – Star Wars: Legacy of the Force – Bloodlines

Posted: May 3, 2010 in Books
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The second book in the Star Wars: Legacy of the Force series, Bloodlines is written by Karen Traviss and takes place 16 days after the raid on Center Point Station. I could actually feel the difference between Betrayal, written by Aaron Allston, and this episode into Star Wars saga.  I felt more emotion in this book, more connection to the characters, and can actually feel the pain that Jacen is feeling as he makes the decisions he must to learn all that he can of the Sith. There is still plenty of action and drama, but Karen has deepened the characters into 3 dimensional beings and added detail of activities that you don’t find yourself wondering how you go there.

I think my greatest peeve against this plot line is how oblivious the Jedi Counsel is to Jacen’s decent.  They finally realize that something is going on when he becomes a military commander and takes 13 year old Ben Skywalker on raids to round up all of the Corellian on Corusant, whether they were breeding dissent or not; turns out that the Jedi Counsel is only concerned how it will look to have the Jedi Grand Master’s son participating in these raids.

Only Luke really sees that Jacen is turning to the Dark Side.  Does he confront Jacen? Does he take action to prove that Jacen is being swayed? Does he investigate what is going on? No, he whines to Mara Jade Skywalker, telling her that he doesn’t want Ben around that.  Really?  After what happened with Anakin Skywalker only a generation before? 

I did enjoy the window into Boba Fett’s life.  That his body is giving out on him.  That he had a family. 

And while I am really hating that no one around Jacen is confronting him about his decision, only getting frustrated that he’s not the same kid he used to be…I am enjoying the story line.  Watching him try to rationalize the decisions he’s making.  Trying to justify that by becoming a Sith he will have more ability to influence the force and bring stability to the universe, like his grandfather was supposed to before he lost control and became consumed by the evil.

Unlike when I finished Betrayal, after reading Bloodlines, I am eager to read the third book in the series, Tempest by Troy Denning.

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