When a mission to uncover an illegal missile factory on the planet Adumar ends in a violent ambush—from which Jedi Knight Jacen Solo and his protégé and cousin, Ben Skywalker, narrowly escape with their lives—it’s the most alarming evidence yet that political unrest is threatening to ignite into total rebellion. The specter of full-scale war looms between a growing cadre of defiant planets and the Galactic Alliance that some fear is becoming a new Empire.
Determined to root out those behind the mayhem, Jacen follows a trail of cryptic clues to a rendezvous with the most shocking of revelations. Meanwhile Luke grapples with something even more troubling: dream visions of a shadowy figure whose Force power and ruthlessness remind him of Darth Vader. If Luke’s visions come to pass, they will bring untold pain to the Jedi Master…and to the galaxy.
The Sith are back, and this time it’s one of their own.
Imagine a war between the Galactic Alliance and the Corporate Sector? That’s the premise that carries what appears to be the main theme in the first book of this new story arc. It would be childish of me to say I was excited – but I really was. Here we have a Star Wars story where the Jedi have reformed, and are once more serving the greater good. Is the greater good necessarily the best for everyone though?
There are the usual space battles, spying and Jedi’s jumping around everywhere with lightsabers. In addition the return of Han Solo’s cousin really stirs things up. However, what is good about this story is that we find the original Han and Leia playing unfamiliar roles. Han is no longer a spring chicken, yet still manages to out fly anyone except his own daughter. The difference here is that they are on different sides of the battle. Leia is also now a fully fledged Jedi Knight, having finally trained in her spare time.
The big surprise in the story is a 13 year old Ben Skywalker, who is now being trained by a rather unorthodox Jacen Solo. It’s Jacen’s story that becomes interesting as the story progresses and it’s here that we see the real story arc start to unfold. Jacen has already touched the dark side, and his methods have become ruthless and coldly logical to say the least – always stepping close to the line of what is acceptable, and sometimes passing it.
There are similarities between his life and Anakin Skywalker’s, and they fairly leap out of the page at you, and without ruining the story for you, there is the start of a very interesting story arc. My rating? Read it!
This review was originally posted on www.lightsabre.co.uk on 30th May 2006.