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Star Wars Noir

As a Star Wars fanboy, I have read and enjoyed Michael Reaves other Star Wars novels. Continuing the story of characters from his pre-Phantom Menace novel: Darth Maul: Shadow Hunter, Reaves sets this story just after Revenge of the Sith. It's a noir-style crime thrill...
As a Star Wars fanboy, I have read and enjoyed Michael Reaves other Star Wars novels. Continuing the story of characters from his pre-Phantom Menace novel: Darth Maul: Shadow Hunter, Reaves sets this story just after Revenge of the Sith. It's a noir-style crime thriller set in the Star Wars universe. It would be enjoyed by Star Wars and noir fiction fans alike.

posted by DarthDuck on February 23, 2009

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Solid Start To A Hopefully Noirish Trilogy

"Jedi Twilight", the first in the "Coruscant Nights" trilogy, is an interesting adventure to be added to the Star Wars catalogue. By basing the entire novel within the epic metropolis planet of Coruscant, author Michael Reeves is able to match a dark, gritty plotline to...
"Jedi Twilight", the first in the "Coruscant Nights" trilogy, is an interesting adventure to be added to the Star Wars catalogue. By basing the entire novel within the epic metropolis planet of Coruscant, author Michael Reeves is able to match a dark, gritty plotline to the equally sinister landscape. Unfortunately that plotline becomes as labyrinth as some of the dark city districts it takes place in. In the end we're left with a novel that works thanks in part to its fascinating locations and colorful characters but fails to deliver on noir-ish pretenses.


There are many characters that dominate "Jedi Twilight", most of them looking for each other while vying to be the protagonist of the story. Den Dhur and I-5YQ are trying to locate Jedi Knight Jax Pavin, who's avoiding capture from Darth Vadar and his assistant Rhinann, whose recruited Nick Rostu to track down Jax, who's joined up with Laranth Tarak to locate 10-4TO, etc. This simplified (if confusing) summery names only roughly half of the characters that all play significant roles within the novel. These characters are all pretty distinct but their details tend to blur together (species, sensitivity to the Force, etc.). The fact that so many characters are running around consciously or not trying to track each other down really creates a hazy plot.


This isn't to say that the plot is boring or meandering however. In fact, "Jedi Twilight" is pretty exciting overall. It works so well due to Reaves' uncanny ability to describe Coruscant's varied locations. Reaves has taken one of the saga's most complex and fascinating planets and described it in a rather fluid and understandable manner. While the films have dwelled on the upper-crust areas such as the Jedi Temple and the Senate, the Coruscant of "Jedi Twilight" is a much grittier and dangerous place to live in. The Black-Pit Slums, the Factory District, and the Crimson Corridor all come with their own distinct brands of dangerous intrigue to enjoy, and Reaves weaves those locations together well. However, if you're assuming this is "Star Wars" in "noir" clothing by the book cover and the Jedi-turned-Private Investigator Jax Paven you're going to be disappointed. Sadly, the plot doesn't reflect a noir sensibility nor does Jax ever conduct a single investigation. Hopefully the second entry will address these concerns more thoroughly.


The only time Reaves really stumbles is during his insistent knack to turn every description into an incoherent Star Wars metaphor. He does this by heavily relying on metaphors ("That droid can go through a ferrocrete bunker like a neutrino through plasma!") which end up becoming rather perplexing. These metaphors and references attempt to pack in every single Star Wars reference but the end result just becomes annoying.


Overall, "Jedi Twilight" rises and falls in different ways. It stumbles here and there, blurring plot and characters together in a medley of archaic Star Wars references, but makes up for it with nice action and terrific settings. And when Reaves hits the right notes, he really hits them well. I enjoyed his pacing of the plot into three parts, especially with the cliffhanger leading into the third act. Little things like that really show off Reaves' flair as a pretty stable author for action and suspense. What results overall is a sturdy first entry into a promising trilogy that i

posted by filmnut27 on July 24, 2009

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    Great for the Star Wars reader who likes the non-force characters.

    I'm a big-time I5 fan{the droid on the cover}. His character is very deep, especially since he is an AI character. For the Star Wars reader who was touched when Lorn Pavan didn't allow I5 to sacrifice himself in Darth Maul: Shadowhunter. This is my personal favorite Star Wars book that I have read so far.

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