“Okay, so it’s kind of a big deal.” – Star Wars: Legacy of the Force: Tempest by Troy Denning

Posted: November 19, 2010 in Books
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Tempest is the third book 3 the Legacy of the Force series. Jacen Solo, son of Han and Leah, twin brother to Jaina, has completely embraced Lumiya’s teachings in the Sith ways.  He is spiraling deeper into the Dark side of the force, believing that he’s doing what’s necessary to bring balance back to the universe. But on his journey, he is losing himself, losing his sense of humor and loyalty to his family and what is right.  He begins making military decisions based on his emotions before learning facts, even firing on the Millennium Falcon KNOWING that his parents were on board, believing that they were traitors.  While Han and Leah had gone against the Galactic Alliance’s wish and entered talks with the Corellian insurgents, they were set up but those same people when they were sent to speak with Tenel Ka and to discuss and alliance with the Hapan Consortium.  Instead of talking, they were actually sent as bait to bring Tenel Ka into the open for an assassination attempt.  Caught in the middle of these factions the Solos try to use it to their advantage and gather information about the plot.  Sending notes and clues every chance they have, the Solos come under fire from Jacen Solo before they can get clear of the situation completely.

What I love about the Star Wars universe books is that they tie in with other books; characters, events.  But it has never been clearer than when I read the Fate of the Jedi series before the Legacy of the Force series.  Everything that Luke is trying to discover in Fate of the Jedi, everything that is being tried by the Galactic Alliance, is happening in this series. With so many books in the Star Wars universe it can be difficult to keep chronologies straight.  But I highly recommend this series before the Fate of the Jedi series.

It’s so difficult seeing what Jacen is doing.  How he has conned himself into believing that what he is doing is for the good.  The characters that we have come to love are being torn apart by what he is doing, by his manipulations. It’s a difficult story to read, but it’s an important one to the Star Wars universe. And Troy Denning has done a fantastic job of telling this episode.


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