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"Mace Windu is a living legend: Jedi Master, senior member of the Jedi Council, skilled diplomat, devastating fighter. Some say he is the deadliest man alive. But he is a man of peace - and for the first time in a thousand years, the galaxy is at war." "Now, following the monstrous events climaxing in the Battle of Geonosis, Master Mace Windu must undertake a perilous homecoming to his native world to defuse a potentially catastrophic crisis for the Republic ... and to confront a terrifying mystery with dire personal consequences." The jungle planet of Haruun Kal, the homeworld Mace barely remembers, has become a battleground in the increasing hostilities between the Republic and the renegade Separatist movement. The Jedi Council has sent Depa Billaba - Mace's former Padawan and fellow Council member - to train the local tribesmen as a guerilla resistance force, to fight against the Separatists who control the planet and its strategic star system with their droid armies. But now the Separatists have pulled back, and Depa has not returned. The only clue to her disappearance is a cryptic recording left at the scene of a brutal massacre: a recording that hints of madness and murder, and of the darkness in the jungle ... a recording in Depa's own voice.
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Bestseller Matthew Stover (Star Wars: The New Jedi Order: Traitor) takes the Star Wars franchise boldly into new territory with Star Wars: Shatterpoint: A Clone Wars Novel, the first of a projected sextet. After the battle of Geonosis, Jedi Master Mace Windu returns home to the jungle planet of Haruun Kal to look for his former trainee, Depa Billaba. A mysterious recording Depa left behind at the scene of a terrible massacre is the only clue to her fate. 5-city author tour. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780345455734
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 6/3/2003
  • Series: Star Wars: The Clone Wars Series
  • Pages: 352
  • Product dimensions: 6.44 (w) x 9.49 (h) x 1.27 (d)

Meet the Author

Matthew Stover is the New York Times bestselling author of Star Wars: The New Jedi Order Traitor, as well as The Blade of Tyshalle, Heroes Die, Iron Dawn, and Jericho Moon. He is a student of the Degerberg Blend. This jeet kune do concept is a mixture of approximately twenty-five different fighting arts from around the world. He lives in Chicago with artist and writer Robyn Fielder

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Interviews & Essays

Interview with Matthew Stover, author of Star Wars Shatterpoint

Del Rey: Shatterpoint is the first novel in a new series to be set during the Clone Wars; that is, between movie Episodes II and III. What can you tell us about the novel, and about the series? Will this be an ongoing project of sequential novels like the New Jedi Order?

Matthew Stover: The New Jedi Order was a pure publishing project: a single massive story—virtually one huge novel spread across multiple volumes—told by a succession of authors. For the NJO, we each had an outline of the overall story; we knew where it was going, and we knew what each of our parts of it were supposed to be. The Clone Wars are, in some ways, a lot bigger—not only do we have the Del Rey hardcovers and paperbacks, there are all kinds of other media involved as well: the Scholastic young adult books, comics from Dark Horse, video games, action figures, toys . . . And all these products have to interlock not only with each other, but (most important) fit into the continuity of the Prequel Trilogy—and Mr. Lucas is keeping those cards close to his vest.

So in a sense, the authors of all these projects are in a similar situation to the characters themselves: We are forced to feel our way forward, concentrating on what's directly in front of us, without any detailed knowledge of how it will all turn out . . .

What I can tell you about the novel itself is this: It's not for kids. The young adult stories are coming out from Scholastic. Shatterpoint is definitely PG-13.

DR: No one under seventeen admitted without a parent orguardian?

MWS: Well, not exactly! But when I originally agreed to write a novel featuring Mace Windu, I thought it was supposed to be a traditional Star Wars book: My initial outline featured Mace being forced to team up with a dashing, cynical mercenary and a strong-willed warrior woman to fight an unexpected threat to the Republic coming out of Hutt space—complete with exotic aliens, fast starships, and a funny droid for comedy relief . . .

But that wasn't what LucasBooks had in mind at all. They came back to me asking for something darker and deeper, more psychological, more focused on the horrors of war—literally, the phrase used was: "a Star Wars novel with the feel of All Quiet on the Western Front."

All Quiet is, of course, one the classics of world literature. Talk about raising the bar . . . But I've never been one to back down from a challenge. As Mace would say: "I don't have to win. All I have to do is fight."

DR: Is this the first Star Wars novel to feature Mace Windu as the main character?

MWS: It had better be. That's what they hired me for!

DR: Give us your thoughts on Mace. Did you base your portrait of him in the novel on Samuel L. Jackson's screen performances, or did you find inspiration for his character elsewhere?

MWS: I based the feel of him on Mr. Jackson's performance; to round out the character, I drew from a number of other sources—the Essential Guide to Characters, his portrayal in the comics and in other bridge novels from the Prequel era, and from one particularly telling detail: At the time of The Phantom Menace, Mace Windu was only forty years old, yet he was one of only two Senior Members of the Jedi Council—the other being, of course, Yoda, who was pushing nine hundred and was known as one of the wisest and most powerful Jedi in the twenty-five-thousand-year history of the Order.

What kind of man could be considered Yoda's equal? What kind of man would have the same rank, and the same authority, as one of the greatest Jedi of all time?

That was one of the questions I set out to answer in Shatterpoint.

DR: What is the significance of the novel's title?

MWS: I can't answer that directly; like the titles of most of my books (huh—even most of my chapters), the meaning of the title develops along with the story itself. In literal terms, the best description is the one Mace offers in the journal entry that forms part of the Introduction:

"I can see shatterpoints.

"The sense is not sight, but ‘see' is the closest word Basic has for it: it is a perception, a feel of how what I look upon fits into the Force, and how the Force binds it to itself and to everything else . . . . The Force shows me strengths and weaknesses, hidden flaws and unexpected uses. It shows me vectors of stress that squeeze or stretch, torque or shear; it shows me how patterns of these vectors intersect to form the matrix of reality.

"Put simply: when I look at you through the Force, I can see where you break."

DR: In the novel, Mace is a master of a lightsaber technique called Vaapad. What is this technique? Is it your own invention? I know that you are a martial artist yourself . . .

MWS: I am indeed, but I'm not a Jedi. Vaapad appears in a number of references to Mace; I'm not sure who originated the concept.

All I did with Vaapad was take published descriptions of this style and expand them into the details of a fighting system that bears some relationship to actual combat, given the constraints and abilities of Jedi and the ways in which we've seen them use the Force.

DR: You've mentioned All Quiet on the Western Front. Mace's journey to find his former Padawan, Depa Billaba, in the jungles of the planet Haruun Kal reminded me of another classic: Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness. Was that novel a model for you?

MWS: Absolutely. As was Francis Ford Coppola's superb film, Apocalypse Now, which was also inspired by Heart of Darkness. In fact, that's how I pitched the concept of Shatterpoint to Del Rey and LucasBooks: "How about if I did Apocalypse Now with Jedi?" Very much to my surprise, everybody liked the idea.

That being said, however, I have to say that Shatterpoint has a great deal more to do with Star Wars than it does with Conrad's novel or Coppola's film. It is absolutely grounded in the consensual reality of the Galaxy Far, Far Away. Having read the book or seen the movie won't give anything away about Shatterpoint. It's not a re-telling of those tales; those stories provided a premise, that's all. Not even a starting point; more like a background . A feel.

It'd be impossible to capture the feel of All Quiet on the Western Front in a novel starring Mace Windu; All Quiet is a tragic coming-of-age story. Heart of Darkness, on the other hand, is about what happens to mature, idealistic, moral human beings who have gone too far beyond the boundaries of civilization. So is Shatterpoint— but that's not all it's about.

DR: Yes, I didn't mean to suggest that Shatterpoint is a straight retelling of Heart of Darkness. For one thing, unlike Conrad's hero, Marlow, who is traveling into Africa, a place he's never been before, Mace is returning home, to the world—and the people, the Korunnai—he hasn't seen since infancy. So in a way, Mace is not only looking for Depa, he's looking for himself, isn't he?

MWS: Yup. Though he doesn't know it.

DR: Depa is sent to Haruun Kal because of the planet's importance to the Republic in the Clone Wars, but once she gets there, she becomes embroiled in an older war. What is the background of this conflict, called the Summertime War?

MWS: You can think of it in terms of the Indian Wars of the American westward expansion: two ethnically distinct populations in competition for the same land, for incompatible uses. Very few pitched battles; it's mostly a little sputtering guerrilla conflict punctuated by occasional atrocities on both sides.

DR: Depa is suspected of having turned away from her Jedi training and embraced the dark side. I guess that makes her the Kurtz character in my Heart of Darkness analogy.

MWS: Yes, she's who Mace is looking for—but, again in contrast with the Marlow of Heart of Darkness, who's picking up a stranger, an ivory agent who's become "unreliable," and the Marlow of Apocalypse Now, who's traveling upriver to assassinate another stranger, a rogue Green Beret—Mace goes to Haruun Kal in search of a woman he has known for her entire life: a woman he raised, a woman he trained, a woman who had become his partner and his best friend. A woman who is the daughter he can never have.

It gives the story a bit of a different spin, if you see what I mean.

DR: Speaking of different spins, in your last Star Wars novel, Traitor, you showed readers a side of the Force that they hadn't seen before . . .

MWS: I don't think it was so much that readers hadn't seen that particular side of the Force as it was that many of them had never thought about it in quite the way I presented it. A lot of them were very uncomfortable with the concept of there being no simple answers . . .

DR: You're doing something similar here with the Korunnai and their use of pelekotan. Is pelekotan another name for the Force? Is it the dark side of the Force?

MWS: Pelekotan is the word for the Force in the local language, Koruun. For the rest, well . . . I'm not gonna tell you. I have a feeling there might be some debate over this. Debate is good.

DR: The character of Kar Vastor is likely to be at the center of that debate. He's Mace's nemesis, yet I wouldn't exactly call him evil . . . Or is he?

MWS: Depends on what you mean by evil. He does things that would be, under ordinary circumstances, unforgivably bad—but the circumstances are far from ordinary. How far would you go, to save your people from genocide?

DR: You've obviously spent a lot of time thinking about the Force. How has your understanding of the Force evolved through your writing? Do you ever find yourself applying that understanding, or the philosophy behind it, in real life?

MWS: Every day. It would be misleading to say "I believe in the Force," in the same sense that it would be misleading to say "I believe in the sun." Give it whatever name you like—the Force, the Tao, the Holy Spirit, the Universal Mind—I see it in action everywhere I look, both in the world and in myself. Perhaps the most significant thing George Lucas did in creating Star Wars was to fictionalize the Tao—to spark a universe where we can talk about the Force in objective terms and show it in direct action. This is probably the most important feature of fantastic fiction: the ability to directly address spiritual and moral issues without imposing an existing theology upon them.

And one of the coolest things about the Prequel films so far is that Mr. Lucas has shown us how beings of good will can legitimately disagree about what the Force "is" and what it "wants"—I'm thinking of Qui-Gon here, and his arguments before the Council—and how both sides can be right . . .

DR: Are you going to be doing any signings or convention appearances in connection with Shatterpoint?

MWS: As of right now, I'm told Del Rey is taking me to the San Diego Comicon in the middle of July and some stores around the American Midwest in late June. Whether I hit any additional cons will depend largely on the healthy progress of my finances. I mean, sure, cons are fun and even useful in promotional terms, but they're also expensive, and I have a family to support . . .

DR: You're also the author of two highly acclaimed fantasy novels featuring Caine, the actor and assassin: Heroes Die and Blade of Tyshalle. Are there going to be more books in this series?

MWS: I am hard at work already on the third of the Acts of Caine: Caine Black Knife. Like the first two, this novel will be a stand-alone. I'm not a fan of most Endless Storyline fantasy series—in fact, I'm not a fan of any of them. I think the Acts of Caine are most profitably read in order of publication, but each one is a complete novel, and they can really be read in any order.

I have a sketch for a trilogy set in the Earth/Overworld universe, but if that comes along, it will be clearly labeled as such. And, y'know, Blade of Tyshalle is as long as some trilogies, but that kinda happened by accident. My agent said, "Matt, if you're going to write a multi-book story, you need to tell me in advance, so I can sell it as one."

DR: Will there be more Star Wars novels from Matt Stover?

MWS: Ask Del Rey and LucasBooks. Though I've done two Star Wars books in a row, and I need to take a break to get back to my own universe for a few months, I like Star Wars. I also like the money it pays, and the exposure it gets. I know some writers look at media tie-ins mostly as ways to get the bills paid; for me, it's different. If anything, I take Star Wars more seriously than I do my own stuff. It is a privilege to tell stories in Mr. Lucas' universe, and a somewhat stressful honor to have these stories read by hundreds of thousands of (sometimes nitpicky and occasionally outright rabid) fans. After that, writing Caine again is like a vacation . . .

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 14, 2005

    Great for all star wars fans

    This was the best star wars book i have read in a long time. Matthew Stover does a great job in creating new characters like kar vastor and nick rostu but, he also creates a great storyline in this book mainly about Mace Windu. If you are looking for a great book with plenty of detail then you should read Shatterpoint by Matthew Stover if you haven't already.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 5, 2011

    Awesome, Awesome read.

    This book could possibly be the best Star Wars book that i have read to date. The author paints you a crystal clear picture of what each scene looked like, and nearly inspired me to write my own book! This is a MUST READ!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 7, 2011

    Joe

    A book only a fan of star wars will like

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 16, 2006

    S.W.Geek

    Let me say at the outset, Lucas is quite a crafty fellow. He took real human events (a set of historical happenings that most children and adults won't bother learning about unless they expect to be tested on the material) and turned them into one of the most popular series ever. And all he did was throw in a few force using jedi and some other pieces of science fiction. I find shatterpoint a bit disturbing, however. Mace's homeworld, and the events taking place there, parallel the colonization of third-world countries (particularly countries on the African continent) that took place centuries ago. This is not the disturbing part though. What I found not only disturbing, but also distasteful and even border-line racist, is how Stover never misses a chance to cast the indigenous people of Mace's homeworld as blood-thirsty, murderous savages, whose every action is based on the most visceral of emotions. Ironically, these characterizations often come from Mace himself. At one point, Mace, while thinking, describes two Korun teenages as 'dancing like Kowakian monkey-lizards' Upon his arrival in the jungles of his homeworld, Stover's characterization--as communicated as Mace's perceptions--of this part of the planet is reminiscent of Joseph Conrad's 'Heart of Darkness'. Savagery, blood-lust and darkness (not as in a lack of light, but a lack of knowledge and civilization) are so omnipresent that you get the feeling that they can be reached out and touched. Notwithstanding the not-so-subtle racial undertones of the book, it is still a good read, and I recommend it.

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 19, 2004

    JEDI MASTER MACE WINDU... a book of his own...

    There is no doubt that Matthew Stover is among the best of writers in scifi, and fantasy, with an eloquent penchant for words. Stover has penned a winner in STAR WARS: SHATTERPOINT, which focuses largely on Jedi Master and General of the Grand Army of the Republic Mace Windu. Jedi Depa Billaba was assigned to Haruun Kal to train citizens to fight the vicious powers-that-be in The Summertime War of the Separatists, the Republic, the innocent and not-so-innocent forces involved. Depa has vanished. Jedi Master Mace Windu is assigned by the Jedi Council to travel to Haruun Kal, his long-ago home world, to find his former Padawan Depa. What Mace finds is not attractive, but deplorable! Has Billaba gone to the dark side? Shatterpoint defined is 'a critical weakness'. It is through finding the avenues of 'weakness' which compel Windu, and the Force. On Haruun Kal, Kar Vastor has been the 'keeper' of Depa, and a force to be reckoned with. Vastor is not a trained Jedi, but, as others on the planet, he is an 'untrained Force user', through instincts provided by nature to inhabitants. The latter is defined further by Stover as, '... they seem to be our reflections in a dark mirror. They rely on instinct; Jedi rely on training. They use anger and aggression as sources of power; our [trained Jedi] power is based on serenity and defense.' Stover's SHATTERPOINT traverses between Mace Windu's first-class writing of journal entries (which are encrypted and become part of the Jedi Archives), alongside the narrative of the story from a general view. Introduced are living creatures the Akks, characters Lesh, Besh, Chalk, and Nick Rostu (a Korunian who becomes Windu's Major, and provides great humor in the story). Mace's humor sets in oft as well, 'Surrender is always made under duress, ... That's why they call it surrender'! Stover does not provide as much dialog as this reader expects in compositions. He does draw out well-written descriptions of the action, battle, and fighting scenes, however lengthy, and at times tiresome. I commend the author for not swaying, but keeping major focus on Mace Windu throughout the story. Stover's ending provides for Depa in an 'other worldly' state, laying in a bacta tank (an opening for a Depa and Mace sequel, perhaps?). Supreme Chancellor Palpatine asks Mace, why does this happen to Jedi? Mace's response is: 'It's war, ... . When every choice you make means death. When saving these innocents means that those innocents must die. ... I'm not sure that any Jedi can survive such choices for long.' In Mace Windu's closing journal entry at book end, he writes, 'Our enemy is the darkness itself... cloud of fear and despair and anguish... poisoning our galaxy. ... As long as Anakin lives, we have hope. No matter how dark it gets, or how lost our cause may seem. ... our new hope for a Jedi future. May the Force be with us all.'

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 11, 2013

    Read if u are on clone wars adventures

    My name is don ricker add me as a freind tell me u r from the nook

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 22, 2005

    Perhaps the best Clone Wars novel of all!

    Despite what others have written about this book, I think it is perhaps the best Clone Wars novel yet! Mace is a fascinating character and an extremely powerful Jedi. To know that he developed his own fighting style (Vaapad) that takes a Jedi through the path of the dark side, to know that he was the youngest Jedi ever to be appointed to the Council...beautiful! You don't get much about Mace in the movies, so to fill in the gaps about who he is with this novel was wonderful. I dare say that Mace was a more powerful Jedi than even Anakin, considering that he defeated Palpatine in saber-to-saber fighting and would have killed him had it not been for treachery (I know this doesn't come from 'Shatterpoint' but I stand by my statement). It was brilliant the way the author portrayed the trials that a Jedi must face in adhering to their values, and seeing the difficulties faced by Mace in this one book alone makes him comparable to Luke Skywalker and his trials over the course of numerous novels. You can really feel Stover's martial arts background in every action scene too. Finally, Vastor is a very interesting character, but the ending left me wondering: what did the Emperor do with Vastor after the fall of the Jedi? He could have been made into a powerful ally if turned, but would Vastor have submitted to the 'dark side?'

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 16, 2005

    Hats off to mister stover

    Great book. I have been waiting for a book all about Mace Windu. This was awesome. A bunch of action. Mr. Stover should consider writing a whole series about Mace.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 26, 2014

    AWESOME!!

    AWESOME!!!

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  • Posted January 8, 2014

    more from this reviewer

    Mace Windu Bursts Into Action!

    Star Wars Shatterpoint displays the more gritty side of the Clone Wars. It's full of deadly new creatures and locations with some pretty great battles. The story revolves around Jedi Master Mace Windu, who's former Padawan Depa Billaba has vanished into the jungles on Haruun Kal; the homeworld Mace barley remembers.

    Only Billaba's former master knows how to find her and so Mace plunges into a grulling trek through one of the most treacherous jungles in the galaxy in search of his once great pupil. But THIS jungle holds perhaps far more than even a Jedi Master can reckon with.

    Matthew Stover does a brilliant job of bringing the Clone Wars raging to life with this novel, which also includes his short story "Equipment" (a Clone Wars short story).

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  • Posted August 29, 2013

    This story is about the horrors of war, and it was a pretty good

    This story is about the horrors of war, and it was a pretty good look at that aspect of the Clone Wars. While I never particularly got into the storyline, it was an great book because of the look into the life of Mace Windu. He has a very particular talent in the Force, one that it was great to take a deep look at. This book really fleshes out his character unlike any other book, comic, or film ever did. If you like Mace Windu this is a must read!

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  • Posted May 25, 2013

    I once read Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad, and this book re

    I once read Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad, and this book reminded me of Star Wars + HoD. It was a great read adn sent Matthew Stover into the top ranks of my favorite SW aurthors. I only read for school until I came across Darth Maul's book, which sent me reading every novel (in timeline order). This book took an excellent character, who remained a minor character (at the point of the book's release) in the prequels. I found it tieing into the Mace Windu's story in the Dark Horse comic story archs as well. Stover really dove in deep into the issues of the Force adn how close you could get to the dark side without crossing over. I was glad to see Nick in a future Stover SW book. Great story.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 14, 2013

    Yodas better

    Top four jedi of the new jedi order is luke skywalker,ben skywalker, jaina solo, and kyp durron.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 7, 2013

    I dont know

    There was a sample of this in jedi acadamy book two and I would not read it.It is gruesome in the first two chapters!!!!!!I will never read it

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 4, 2013

    Bounty hunter area

    From here to the next result

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 31, 2012

    Awesome book

    I love this book soo cool!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 22, 2012

    Dont mess with the Jungle...

    Shatterpoint is a really entretaining read with a complex plot. It is also very graphic and even crude at some parts.
    The story overall is good, and it's one of the best SW novel I've read so far.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 4, 2012

    To nobody

    Dont fead my ass!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 1, 2012

    Weeeeeeellllllllll............

    This was good-I guess. Mace was kind of a jerk sometimes; it really disappointed me. I was hoping to get to know him better, and I still hope that's just the author's representation of him and not how he really acts. Also, the dark side of the Force was a major part of this novel, and it got really ominous and icky in some places. Most of the book was bloody, bloody fighting and deaths. It was EXTREMELY graphic. Also, Nick (a secondary character) cursed A LOT. Practically every other sentence. Of course, most of it was made-up Star Wars curses, but it was still quite unsettling at times. If this was a movie, it would DEFINITELY be rated R for language and graphic violence. On the whole, I guess it was good, but the fighting scenes and dark side stuff could have been REALLY toned down. I guess it's 3 1/2 or 4 stars, but NOT 5.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 3, 2012

    Have not read the book yet but I Cant Stand MACE WINDU

    Im a boba fett fan but if the plots any good ill read it.

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