Star Wars: Legacy of the Force: Fury
Author: Aaron Allston
Published By: The Ballentine Publishing Company
Reviewed by Melissa Minners
WARNING: This article contains spoilers about the Legacy of the Force series. If you do not wish to learn any pivotal spoiler information, please consider yourself warned!
As we get closer to the final book in the Legacy of the Force series, things start to really heat upÖliterally. Since Inferno, Han Solo, Leia Organa Solo and friends have been attempting to stop the spread of fires on the forest world of Kashyyk. The fires were set by their son, Jacen Solo, in retaliation for theWookiesí lack of speedy negotiation and willingness to harbor criminals (his own parents). Having shown off his true colors to his lover Tenel Ka, the Hapan Queen Mother refuses to aid the Galactic Alliance while Jacen is in control, pulling her fleet from battle and leaving Jacen woefully outmatched in battle with the rebellious faction. In Jacenís eyes, Tenel Kaís betrayal is unforgivable, but not because she has removed her military might from battle. No, Jacen Soloís anger stems from the possibility that Tenel Ka will take away the only person Jacen still cares for in this galaxy Ė their daughter, Alana. Determined not to lose his daughter, Jacen will do whatever necessary to get her back.
Meanwhile, the Corellians are starting to get a bit more bold. Things come full circle for the war when certain Corellian factors return Centerpoint Station to full operational power. And they arenít happy with just scaring people into submission with the threat of using the station, they are fully prepared to fire it. Through it all, Alema Rar, now fully versed in all of the Dark Side powers Lumiya once commanded, is making a very dangerous nuisance of herself amongst the Solo family. The Jedi are now regrouping after revealing their true feelings about Jacenís war ethics. Can Jedi Grand Master Luke Skywalker overcome his grief at the loss of his wife and take his rightful place as ruler of the Jedi before more precious lives are snuffed out? Will dividing forces on separate missions for the greater good of the galaxy prove fatal for the Jedi?
Aaron Allston was chosen to write the seventh book in the Legacy of the Force series, entitled Fury, for good reason. If you are going to have a great many space battles and a ton of action sequences, Aaron Allston is your man. Fans of the X-Wing series of novels know that Allston can write a space battle like nobodyís business, bringing the action taking place to another level. Readers can actually visualize every nuance of the battle thanks to Allstonís descriptiveness. Yet, he is no so descriptive as to take the excitement out of the battle. For this novel, Aaron brings back some of our old friends from the X-Wing novels, including Wedge Antilles, Tycho Celchu, Corran Horn and more.
This novel isnít just about the space action as our Jedi find themselves battling literal phantoms while trying to track down the corrupted and quite insane Alema Rar. New force powers are revealed on both sides of the spectrum and a gift from a former foe turns out to be a blessing in disguise for the team assigned to hunting down and putting a stop to Rar. Plenty of hand-to-hand combat in this novel, to be sure Ė some of which will have some surprising outcomes for the readers. Fury is also the novel in which Alanaís parentage is revealed. Now, we all know whose daughter Alana is, so it comes as no surprise to the reader. However, Jacen Solo and Tenel Ka have done quite an excellent job in keeping their secret from everyone else, so itís fun to see the surprise revealed for our favorite characters.
Action, suspense, surprises Ė Star Wars: Legacy of the Force: Fury has them all. Fans of the epic space battles found throughout Star Wars history will love what Allston has done here. Fans more interested in reading about Force powered battles will also be very happy. All of these things coupled together with Aaron Allstonís captivating and energetic writing style causes Fury to be an action-packed, exciting and superfast read. I was done with the book in a matter of days. The end of the novel hints at some very interesting developments on the horizon, but to get to those, you simply canít miss out on reading Fury by Aaron Allston. Trust me, Star Wars fans will not be disappointed by this novel!
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