Monday, 23 May 2011

SCIENCE FICTION REVIEW: Star Wars: Fate of the Jedi 7/9: Conviction - Aaron Allston

Release Date: 19/05/11


Chief of State Natasi Daala has been overthrown, and the Jedi Order has taken control of the Galactic Alliance. But while the new governors dismantle Daala’s draconian regime, forces still loyal to the deposed official are mobilizing a counterstrike. And even the Jedi’s new authority may not be enough to save Tahiri Veila, the former Jedi Knight and onetime Sith apprentice convicted of treason for the killing of Galactic Alliance officer Gilad Pellaeon.

Meanwhile, Luke and Ben Skywalker are relentlessly pursuing Abeloth, the powerful dark-side entity bent on ruling the galaxy. But as they corner their monstrous quarry on the planet Nam Chorios, the two lone Jedi must also face the fury of the Sith death squadron bearing down on them. And when Abeloth turns the tables with an insidious ambush, the Skywalkers’ quest threatens to become a suicide mission.


The seventh outing for this series and one that is designed to keep the readers glued to the last page as the Fate of the Jedi series gears up for one hell of an ending with final two books Ascension and Apocalypse. As usual with Aarons’ writing, its crisp, the characters come to life and its one hell of a ride from start to finish. The prose is spot on, the universe infinite and when the chips are down events have an unusual way to work things out as well as making for strange bedfellows. Add to this a couple of decent twists, an alliance that will see the universe change again and it’s a rather pleasing addition to the series. Great stuff.

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