“What did we expect to give birth to? A librarian?” – Star Wars: Legacy of the Force: Sacrifice by Karen Traviss

Posted: November 21, 2010 in Books
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Sacrifice is book 5 in the Star Wars Legacy of the Force series. It’s official.  Jacen has picked his sacrifice and assumes his Sith name: Darth Caedus. His decent from Jedi Knight to Sith Lord has been eerily reminiscent of his grandfather’s.  Both of them were incredibly strong in the Force, but weak in will.  They were both open to Sith instruction because the Light Side was not enough to accomplish their goals.  And they both felt justified in their actions were for the good. There is also quite a bit of a feeling of Emperor Palpetine (aka Darth Sidious) about his actions.  One side of him, the political side, knows the right things to say to the right people; the right babies to kiss to make the news holos.  But then there’s the side of him that makes decisions behind closed doors: sending Ben to assassinate Dur Gejjen. When Ben overhears a conversation Jacen is having with Lumia, he realizes that Jacen has really lost his way and confesses everything to his mom, Mara Jade. With this knowledge Mara Jade decides that Jacen must be stopped.

This book is pivotal to the Star Wars universe: huge changes take place, Jacen passes the point of no return, and a beloved character’s life is lost. Karen Traviss has handled this heavy episode tremendously.  The moment it ended I was left gasping, crashing back into reality and mourning the loss.

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