“One good thing about the Solos and Skywalkers, we never run out of things to do.” – Star Wars: Fate of the Jedi – Backlash

Posted: August 15, 2010 in Books
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Aaron Allston, author of the first Fate of the Jedi book Outcast, has provided this fourth installment in the Fate of the Jedi series, Backlash. Allston has once again crafted an engaging story, however it doesn’t advance the core story of this series.  In each of the previous books, we follow Jedi Grand Master Luke Skywalker and his son in their exile, gathering the same bits of force knowledge that Jacen Solo picked up on his spiral to the dark side. In Backlash, Luke and Ben follow a Sith apprentice to a jungle planet and help the indigenous, force-sensitive people fend off some nasty dark side local witches.  While Luke and Ben have been busy, Vestara Khai sent her location back to her Sith home world.

One of the reasons I invest my time in a series is for what each book add to the overall big picture.  I love the story line that the first three books have created; why are seemingly random Jedi knight going crazy and exhibiting force traits that Jacen demonstrated on his path to becoming Darth Caedus? And what is politically exiled Jedi Grand Master Luke Skywalker doing about it?

As I stated, I did enjoy this story very much.  It was entertaining, introduced us to some interesting characters, and brought the new Sith population from the planet Kesh where the “Lost Tribe of Sith” had been stranded in 5,000 BBY (Before the Battle of Yavin).

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