Science Fiction Novel

Star Wars: Legacy of the Force

Author: Aaron Allston

Published By: The Ballentine Publishing Company

Reviewed by Melissa Minners


            Hello fanatics of the web and Star Wars alike.  Once again, today the role of Talon Karrde will be played by yours truly and I couldn’t be more excited.  After my last Star Wars review I eagerly anticipated the release of the next series in the hopes that I would have the chance to review it too.  Well lucky me, the new series is out and I was given the green light to read and review.  The series is called Legacy of the Force, the first installment is called Betrayal, and as the title promises, there are chances brewing on the horizon. 

            Betrayal, like most of the Star Wars books before it, once again follows the lives of the Skywalkers and the Solos through trials and tribulations in a galaxy far, far away.  This one, however, has an interesting twist and manages to follow the aptly given title along several themes.  To begin with, Han’s home world Corellia is threatening to secede from the newly formed Galactic Alliance in favor of independence.  This in itself is not so bad, save that Corellia’s rebelliousness is prompting other systems to consider independence.  Add to that, the secret military force that Corellia is building and the reactivation of the long out-of-service, but highly dangerous Centerpoint Station —an ancient device capable of creating gravitational forces that can be used to move planets or destroy them—and the Galactic Alliance decides that Corellia has become a threat to peace. 

            The Jedi Order and the Galactic Alliance fleet are sent in to quell the uprising, destroy the Station, and force Corellia to make a choice and not straddle the fence while they continued to gather arms.  The problem is that Han decides that Corellia should be independent and goes to his home world to warn the Prime Minster that the G.A. is planning something against them.  So when the Jedi’s and the G.A.’s plan to bring Corellia to its knees fails and the aftermath creates a situation in which all out war is all but inevitable, Han begins to feel the weight of his decision.  But there’s no turning back now.  Loyalties are tested as old rebel heroes like Wedge and Tycho, and Luke and Leia find themselves on opposite sides of a battle line. 

            Add to that, Luck is haunted by a vision of a Sith who ‘does not yet exist,’ and an old enemy is pulling strings to ensure that the war between the G.A. and the Corellian system continues.  But this Sith is more than doesn’t meet the eye, and as the mystery of his existence deepens it becomes clear that the world of the Jedi is about to change forever. 

            Overall, I absolutely loved this book.  Unlike some of the other Star Wars books, this one practically jumped right into a big battle, taking us into the multifaceted mission to quell the Corellian rebellion and setting up the mystery very quickly.  And the action doesn’t stop with the mission; it just keeps getting better and better.  The writing is dead on and the characters are believable even when they are doing unbelievable things.  Reading it I really felt like I was on the cusp of the end of the Jedi Order as we know it.  I sense something dark in the Force and it’s coming very soon.  I can’t wait to read the rest.  This one has me hooked.  Check it out for yourself. 


For more about Star Wars, check out:

Star Wars: Book One

Star Wars: Book Two

Star Wars: The New Jedi Order: Enemy Lines

Star Wars: The New Jedi Order: Destiny's Way

Star Wars: The New Jedi Order: Force Heretic

Star Wars: The New Jedi Order: The Final Prophecy

Star Wars: The New Jedi Order: The Unifying Force

Star Wars: Dark Nest

Star Wars: Dark Nest II: The Unseen Queen

Star Wars: Dark Nest III: The Swarm War

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