Science Fiction Novel

Star Wars: The Hive

A Clone Wars Novel

Author: Steven Barnes

Published By: The Ballentine Publishing Company

Reviewed by Melissa Minners

            I recently read Star Wars: The Cestus Deception, a Clone Wars novel written by Steven Barnes.  When I got to the last page, a surprise awaited me.  There was yet another tale to read - The Hive, a story by Steven Barnes that was previously only available in e-book format.  As I began to read The Hive, I realized why the story had been published in the softcover version of The Cestus Deception.  The story actually takes place midway through the novel.

            After Obi-Wan comes to the aide of the regent of the planet Ord Cestus, it becomes apparent that more of his assistance is needed.  In order to make bring the hive back to its former greatness, the members must recover a pair of eggs hidden during the days of the Great Plague.  The eggs are important because they contain the last of the royal sect of the X'Ting clan.  But they are hidden in such a manner that all attempts to retrieve them have failed.  It is with great hope that the XíTing Council comes to Jedi Obi-Wan Kenobi to ask his assistance in retrieving the eggs of their royal family.

            Obi-Wan agrees and is escorted to the underground location where the eggs are kept safe by a high-tech system constructed long ago by a rival company of Cestus Cybernetics.  Obi-Wanís guide is an XíTing warrior named Jesson, trained from birth for this mission, who resents the Jediís very presence on this mission.  Can Obi-Wan and Jesson complete the mission successfully or will the last remnants of the royal family be lost to the XíTing forever?

            Although short, The Hive packs plenty of action into its pages as Obi-Wan and Jesson are met with trial after trial in their effort to recover the royal eggs.  The journey is rather Indiana Jones-esque and will have you perched on the edge of your seat until the final trial has been achieved.  Whatís more is that The Hive reveals a hidden secret about the Jediís dealings with the XíTing that spans back to their ancient past.

            I found The Hive to be a fun and exciting read worthy of the Star Wars Expanded Universe.  As I have said before, Steven Barnes is a terrific addition to the many authors who have graced fans of the Star Wars Expanded Universe with their works.  I canít wait to read more Star Wars tales from this author.


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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