Monday, May 19, 2008

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Star Wars: Legacy of the Force: Invincible by Troy Denning

Whew. Done.

Lately nobody wants to write "a single book" in a shared Universe like Star Wars - they all have to be big multi-volume epics, with multiple authors and huge themes. This is no exception, and this book marks the final chapter in the "Legacy of the Force" series (but don't worry - there are hints of the next arc already!) I really would rather see some nice "little" stories that don't have to span the Universe so much - but I suspect this is a commercial decision - you sell books by tieing them together in a series.

No war can last forever. Now, in the long and punishing battle between the defiant champions of the New Jedi Order and the juggernaut that is the Galactic Alliance, the endgame is finally at hand. With so much lost -- and nothing less than the course of the future still at stake -- there can be no turning back. No matter the consequences.
And the consequences are grim - gruesome even. There's no mistaking the echoes of our era, with terrorists real and falsely-so-called. Internment camps and security making enemies of friends. The terrible battles that rip apart the Solo/Skywalker families are not pleasant - at times harrowing. I can't begin to describe it - if you want to know you're already reading the stories - if not.. well it's too hard to even start.

Funny thing - while reading this book my personal Bible reading was taking me through reading about King Saul and David and their battles and disagreements - and I realized "oh, this kind of story isn't all that new, is it?"

High points in this series are the books by Karen Traviss and how she ties here earlier Republic Commando arc in with this later generation story. Now I'm looking forward to Order 66. And some nice one-off stories that don't have so much to prove.