Star Wars The Dark Nest #1: The Joiner King

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After triumphing in Star Wars: The Unifying Force, the heroes of the New Jedi Order return in a dazzling new adventure!

Luke Skywalker is worried: A handful of Jedi Knights, including his nephew and niece, Jaina and Jacen Solo, have disappeared into the Unknown Regions in response to a strange cry for help that only they could hear. Now the alien Chiss have angrily lodged a formal complaint, accusing the missing Jedi of meddling in a border ...

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Overview

After triumphing in Star Wars: The Unifying Force, the heroes of the New Jedi Order return in a dazzling new adventure!

Luke Skywalker is worried: A handful of Jedi Knights, including his nephew and niece, Jaina and Jacen Solo, have disappeared into the Unknown Regions in response to a strange cry for help that only they could hear. Now the alien Chiss have angrily lodged a formal complaint, accusing the missing Jedi of meddling in a border dispute between the Chiss and an unidentified aggressor.

Luke has no choice but to head to the Unknown Regions for serious damage control. Han and Leia follow, intent on protecting their children from what could be grave danger. But none of them are prepared for what they find when they reach their destination.

A colony of mysterious aliens is expanding toward the edge of Chiss space. The leader of the alien nest is resolute. Adept in the Force, he is drawing old friends to his side, compelling them to join the colony and meld their Force-abilities with his, even if it leads to all-out war. . . .

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780345463043
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 7/26/2005
  • Series: Star Wars: The Dark Nest Series , #1
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 544
  • Sales rank: 291,921
  • Product dimensions: 4.00 (w) x 6.90 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Troy Denning

TROY DENNING is the New York Times bestselling author of Star Wars: Tatooine Ghost, Star Wars: The New Jedi Order: Star by Star, Star Wars: Dark Nest Trilogy, as well as Pages of Pain, Beyond the High Road, The Summoning, and many other novels. A former game designer and editor, he lives in southern Wisconsin with his wife, Andria.

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One

Evening had come to Unity Green, and the first hawk-bats were already out, dipping down to pluck yammal-jells and coufee eels from the rolling whitecaps on Liberation Lake. On the far shore, the yorik coral bluffs that marked the edge of the park had grown purple and shadowed. Beyond them, the durasteel skeletons of the rising skytowers gleamed crimson in the setting sun. The planet remained as much Yuuzhan’tar as Coruscant, and in many ways that would never change. But it was at peace. For the first time in Luke Skywalker’s life, the galaxy was truly not at war—and that counted for everything.

There were still problems, of course. There always would be, and today several senior Masters were struggling to address the chaos that Jaina and four other young Jedi Knights had caused by abruptly abandoning their duties and departing for the Unknown Regions.

“Lowbacca was the only one who completely understood the biomechanics of the Maledoth,” Corran Horn was saying in his throaty voice. “So, as you can see, the Ramoan relocation project has ground to a complete standstill.”

Luke reluctantly shifted his gaze from the viewport to the council room’s speaking circle, where Corran stood using a laser- wand to highlight the holographic projection of a huge Yuuzhan Vong slaveship. The Jedi order had been hoping to use the vessel to evacuate the population of a dying world.

Corran flicked the laserwand, and the holograph switched to the image of blast-pocked asteroid miner. “The situation in the Maltorian mining belt is deteriorating as well. Without Zekk there to lead the hunt, Three-Eye’s pirates have the run of the system. Raw material shipments have fallen by fifty percent, and RePlanetHab is trying to buy them off.”

“That’s one circuit we need to kill now,” Mara said. Seated in the chair next to Luke’s, she was—as usual—the first to cut to the heart of the matter. That was one of the things Luke most admired about her; in a time when the smallest decision carried ramifications that even a Columi dejarik champion could not predict, his wife’s instincts remained steady and true. “If rehab conglomerates start buying off pirates, we’ll have marauders popping up all over the Core.”

The other Masters voiced their agreement.

“Fine,” Corran said. “Where do we find a replacement for Zekk?”

No one rushed to answer. The Jedi were spread too thin already, with most Jedi Knights—and even some apprentices—already assigned three tasks. And as the ranks of the greedy and the selfish grew ever more adept at manipulating the Galactic Alliance Senate, the situation seemed increasingly desperate.

Finally, Kyp Durron said, “The Solos should be finished on Borao soon.” Dressed in threadbare cape and tunic, wearing his brown hair long and shaggy, Kyp looked as though he had just come in from a long mission. He always looked like that. “Maybe RePlanetHab will be patient if they know they’re the Solos’ next assignment.”

The silence this time was even longer than the last. Strictly speaking, the Solos were not available for assignments. Han wasn’t even a Jedi, and Leia’s status was completely informal. The council just kept asking them to help out, they just kept doing it, and every Master in the room knew the order had been exploiting the Solos’ selfless natures for far too long.

“Someone else needs to contact them,” Mara finally said. “It’s getting so bad that Leia cringes whenever she sees Luke’s face on the holocomm.”

“I can do it,” Kyp offered. “I’m used to making Leia cringe.”

“That takes care of Maltoria,” Corran said. “Now, what about the Bothan ar’krai? Alema’s last report suggested that Reh’mwa and his fundamentalists had a line on Zonama Sekot’s location. They were provisioning the Avengeance for a scouting mission into the Unknown Regions.”

A subtle eddy in the Force drew Luke’s attention toward the entrance. He raised a hand to stop the discussion.

“Excuse me.” He turned toward the foyer and immersed his mind completely in the Force until he recognized one of the presences coming toward them, then said, “Perhaps we should continue this later. We don’t want Chief Omas to know how concerned we are about Jaina’s departure.”

“We don’t?”

“No.” Luke rose and started toward the door. “Especially not when he’s bringing Chiss.”

Luke stopped in the foyer area, where a simple wooden bench and two empty stone vases sat opposite the door, arranged to subtly calm visitors and make them feel welcome. Barely a moment passed before the door hissed open and a young apprentice came to a surprised halt directly in front of Luke.

“M-master S-skywalker!” the young Rodian stammered. He turned and raised a spindly-fingered hand toward the door. “Chief Omas and—”

“I know, Twool. Thank you.”

Luke nudged the youth back into the corridor with the other apprentice, then stepped into the doorway and found himself looking at Chief of State Cal Omas and a trio of blue-skinned Chiss. With a wrinkled face and sagging jowls, the Chiss in front was probably the oldest Luke had ever seen. The two in the rear were clearly bodyguards—tall, strong, alert, and dressed in the black uniforms of the Chiss Expansionary Defense Fleet.

“Chief Omas,” Luke said. The strains of Omas’s office showed in his hollow cheeks and ashen complexion. “Welcome.”

“You’re expecting us.” Omas cast a pointed glance into the conference room. “Good.”

Luke ignored the hint and bowed to the elderly Chiss.

“And Aristocra . . .” It took a moment for the name to rise to the top of Omas’s mind, where Luke could sense it without being overly intrusive. “Mitt’swe’kleoni. It’s a pleasure to make your acquaintance.”

The Chiss’s red eyes narrowed to crimson lines. “Very impressive. It’s not easy to gather identity files on Chiss aristocracy.”

“We haven’t.” Luke smiled and continued to block the door. “You and your bodyguards are welcome to come inside, once you have removed your hidden weapons.”

Omas cringed visibly, but Luke did not move. Even had he not perceived the concealed weapons through the Force, he still would have made the request. These were Chiss, after all.

“As you know,” Luke continued, “the only weapons allowed in the Jedi Temple are lightsabers.”

Mitt’swe’kleoni smiled like an old man caught sipping something against his doctor’s orders, then pulled a small hold-out blaster from his boot and passed it to a bodyguard.

“My bodyguards will wait in the corridor,” he said. “I can see they wouldn’t be of much use in a room full of Jedi.”

“There would be no need.” Luke stepped aside and waved the two statesmen toward the conference circle. “Please join us.”

As they crossed the room, Mitt’swe’kleoni kept sneaking glances at its appointments—the automated service kitchen, the small forest of rare trebala plants, the flowform chairs—and the arrogance vanished from his demeanor. It was not a reaction Luke liked to see. The new Temple had been a gift from the Galactic Alliance, pressed on the Jedi when—in a desperate attempt to manufacture a symbol of progress—the faltering Reconstruction Authority had moved the seat of government back to Coruscant. In most regards, the relocation had failed as spectacularly as it had deserved. But the Temple, a stone-and-transparisteel pyramid designed to harmonize with the new face of postwar Coruscant, never failed to impress with its regal scale and Rebirth architecture. It also served as a constant reminder to Luke of his greatest fear, that the Jedi would start to perceive themselves through the eyes of others and become little more than the guardians of a grateful Galactic Alliance.

At the conference area, the Jedi Masters rose to greet their guests.

“Everyone knows Chief Omas, I think.” Luke motioned Omas into a chair, then took Mitt’swe’kleoni by the elbow and guided him into the sunken speaking circle. “This is Aristocra Mitt’swe’kleoni from the Chiss empire.”

“Please use my core name, Tswek,” the Aristocra instructed. “It will be much easier for you to pronounce correctly.”

“Of course,” Luke said, continuing to look at the council. “Tswek has some disturbing news for us, I believe.”

Tswek’s wrinkled brow rose, but he no longer seemed surprised by Luke’s “intuition.” “Then you know the purpose of my visit?”

“We can sense your apprehension through the Force,” Luke said, avoiding a direct answer. “I assume it concerns our Jedi in the Unknown Regions.”

“Indeed it does,” he said. “The Chiss Ascendancy requires an explanation.”

“An explanation?” Corran was not quite able to conceal his indignation. “Of what?”

Tswek pointedly ignored Corran and continued to stare at Luke.

“The Jedi have many voices, Aristocra,” Luke said. “But we speak as one.”

Tswek considered this a moment, then nodded. “Very well.” He turned to Corran. “We demand an explanation of your actions, of course. What happens on our frontier is no concern of yours.”

Despite the wave of confusion and doubt that rippled through the Force, the Jedi Masters remained outwardly composed.

“The Chisz frontier, Aristocra?” Saba Sebatyne, one of the newest Jedi Masters, asked.

“Of course.” Tswek turned to the Barabel, his brow furrowed in thought. “You don’t know what your Jedi Knights have been doing, do you?”

“All of our Jedi are well trained,” Luke said to Tswek. “And the five under discussion are very experienced. We’re confident they have good reason for any action they’ve undertaken.”

A glint of suspicion showed in Tswek’s crimson eyes. “So far, we have identified seven Jedi.” He turned to Omas. “It appears I have no business here after all. Obviously, the Jedi involved in this matter are acting on their own.”

“Involved in what matter?” Kyp asked.

“That is of no concern to the Galactic Alliance,” Tswek said. He bowed to the council at large. “My apologies for taking so much of your time.”

“No apologies are necessary,” Luke said. He considered dropping the name of Chaf’orm’bintrani, an Aristocra he and Mara had met on a mission some years earlier, but it was impossible to know how this would be received. Chiss politics were as volatile as they were secretive, and for all Luke knew Formbi’s had been one of the five ruling families that had mysteriously disappeared while the rest of the galaxy fought the Yuuzhan Vong. “Anything in which our Jedi Knights involve themselves concerns this council.”

“Then I suggest you do a better job supervising them in the future,” Tswek said. When Luke did not step out of his way, he turned to Omas. “I’m quite finished here, Chief.”

“Of course.” Omas shot Luke a look imploring him to stand aside, then said, “An escort will meet you at the Temple entrance. I believe I need to have a word with these Jedi.”

“In that case, I’ll thank you for your hospitality now.” Tswek bowed to the Chief, then started for the door. “I’ll be returning to the Ascendancy within the hour.”

Omas waited until the Aristocra was gone, then scowled at Luke. “Well?”

Luke spread his hands. “At this point, Chief Omas, you know more than we do.”

“I was afraid of that,” Omas growled. “Apparently, a team of Jedi have involved themselves in a border dispute with the Chiss.”

“How can that be?” Mara asked. Luke knew that she meant the question literally. Before departing, Jaina had sent the council a set of destination coordinates that she and the others had calculated by triangulating the direction from which the mysterious call had come. An astronomical reconnaissance had revealed not even a star in the area, and certainly no indication that the coordinates would be of interest to the Chiss. “Their destination was over a hundred light-years from Ascendancy space.”

“Then our Jedi are out there,” Omas said. “What in the blazes for? We can’t spare one Jedi at the moment, much less seven.”

Mara’s green eyes looked ready to loose a stream of blaster bolts. “Our Jedi, Chief Omas?”

“Forgive me.” The Chief’s voice was more placating than apologetic; Luke knew that, in his heart, Omas considered the Jedi as much servants of the Galactic Alliance as he was. “I didn’t mean to imply anything.”

“Of course not,” Mara said, in a tone that suggested he had better be serious. She turned to the rest of the council. “Mitt’swe’kleoni said seven Jedi. What do we make of that?”

“This one only countz five.” Saba lifted her hand and began to raise her taloned fingers. “Jaina, Alema, Zekk, Lowbacca, and Tesar.”

Kyp added two fingers. “Tekli and Tahiri?”

Omas frowned. “How could you know that? I thought they were with Zonama Sekot in the Unknown Regions.”

“They’re supposed to be,” Corran said. “But, like the others, they’re also Myrkr survivors.”

“I don’t understand,” Omas said. “What does this have to do with the Myrkr mission?”

“I wish we knew,” Luke said. Undertaken in the middle of the war with the Yuuzhan Vong, the Myrkr mission had been as costly as it had been successful. Anakin Solo and his strike team had destroyed the enemy’s Jedi-killing voxyn. But six young Jedi Knights had died in the process—including Anakin himself—and another was missing and presumed lost. “All I can tell you is that for several weeks, Jaina and the other survivors of that mission reported feeling a ‘call’ from the Unknown Regions. On the day they left, that call became a cry for help.”

“And since we know Tenel Ka is still on Hapes,” Mara explained, “it seems likely the extra Jedi are Tekli and Tahiri.”

Nobody suggested that Jaina’s brother, Jacen, might be one of the extras. The last anyone had heard, he had been somewhere on the far side of the galaxy, sequestered with the Fallanassi.

“What about Zonama Sekot?” Omas asked. Zonama Sekot was the living planet that had agreed to serve as home to the defeated Yuuzhan Vong. “Could the call have come from it?”

Luke shook his head. “Zonama Sekot would have contacted me directly if it needed our help. I’m convinced this has something to do with the mission to Myrkr.”

Omas stayed silent, waiting for more of an explanation, but that was all Luke knew.

Instead, Luke asked, “What did Mitt’swe’kleoni tell you?”

Omas shrugged. “He demanded to know why the Galactic Alliance had sent its Jedi—his words—to interfere in a Chiss border dispute. When he saw how surprised I was, he demanded to speak to you.”

“This is bad,” Mara said. “Very bad.”

“I agree,” Omas said. “Either he thinks we’re all lying—”

“Or he believez our Jedi Knightz have gone rogue,” Saba finished. “In either case, the result will be the same.”

“They’ll try to solve the problem themselves,” Omas said. He ran a hand through his thinning hair. “How hard will this be on them?”

“Our Jedi Knights can take care of themselves,” Luke said.

“I know that!” Omas snapped. “I’m asking about the Chiss.”

Luke felt Mara’s ire rise, but she chose to overlook Omas’s tone and remain silent. Now was a poor time to remind him that the Jedi did not expect to be addressed as though they were unruly subordinates.

“If the Chiss take action against them, Jaina and the others will attempt to defuse the situation . . . for a time,” Luke said. “After that, it depends on the nature of the conflict.”

“But they won’t hesitate to meet force with force,” Mara clari- fied. “Nor would we ask them to. If the Chiss push things, sooner or later Jaina is going to bloody their noses.”

Omas paled and turned to Luke. “You need to put a stop to this, and soon. We can’t let it come to killing.”

Luke nodded. “We’ll certainly send someone to—”

“No, I mean you personally.” Omas turned to the others. “I know the Jedi have their own way of doing things. But with Jaina Solo leading those young Jedi Knights, Luke is the only one who can be sure of bringing them home. That young woman is as headstrong as her father.”

For once, nobody argued.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 23, 2005

    Suprisingly good

    Being a devout fan, i pick up pretty much everthing related, (to my wife's dismay.) I was very surprised with this novel, and the direction it is going. It deals primarily with the spiritual obligation of the jedi and the ramifications of the use of their power, which to me is far more interesting than a long drawn out fight scene. Plenty of fighting, (it is a Star Wars novel,) but the contrast between what they were, and what they may become made it a very good read.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 14, 2007

    this book is frikin awesome

    in this book you find out what anakin skywalker really did to padme amidala and yes r2d2 recorded it but man still this book is full of great storyline and action i can not wait to read the unseen queen and the swarm war

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 16, 2005

    Star Wars: The Dark Nest I: The Joiner King

    Star Wars Dark Nest I: The Joiner King is the start of a new set of Star Wars novels. There is the Dark Nest Trilogy and then the nine part Legacy of The Force series. The Joiner King gives this new set of novels a very good start. The Jedi have now established themselves again and are a valuable force for good in the Post-NJO Galaxy, however there are many problems that they will have to deal with in the next series of books. Such as clearly defining their role with the Galactic Federation of Free Alliances and refining their expanded view of the force combined with getting back to a mindset of peacekeeping after the Yuuzhan Vong war had made them a little too ruthless in their methods. This is all good as it shows that the books that follow are going to be plot rich and valuable to the Star Wars universe. Troy Denning has the classic characters down extremely well but with enough development to show that the Yuuzhan Vong War shown in the NJO 19 book series had effected them. This shows respect towards these well loved characters but indicating that Del Rey and Lucasfilm Licensing are trying to show that the events in past books are not forgotten and the consequnces are shown in later books. The Joiner King has an exciting plot with potential for development over the next two books, where i expect a number of surprises will occur. Jedi Master Luke Skywalker has some good Lightsaber duels and him and leia get to learn more about their parents pasts. Really good Star Wars novel for people willing to accept that not everything is gooing to wrapped up at the end.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 6, 2011

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    this book is amazing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    amazing from the very begining to the very end!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! awesome cliffhangar at the end!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 28, 2010

    Can't Wait To Read #1

    I'm reading the sequel and, honestly, it's pretty good, so I really wanna read this one

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  • Posted May 3, 2009

    I Also Recommend:

    Troy Denning

    If you love this then you will love Star by Star.

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  • Posted February 2, 2009

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    I Hate Bugs

    This book (actually the whole series) made my skin crawl. I am right up there with Solo. I hate bugs. It was an excellent bridge for the new Legacy Series. Minus the bugs, I really liked this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 7, 2006

    Worthy entry to the Star Wars series.

    The Joiner King shows again that there is more to Star Wars Post ROTJ than stories about the New Republic versus the Imperials and opens up a new confilct for our favourite characters to attempt to sort out. Troy Denning as in his previous Star Wars books shows that he is one of the best Star Wars writers for the brilliant way he depicts the orginal characters and the way he writes action sequences. The book is full of plenty of Jedi action and philosophy that is still bearing the scars of the YV war and a number of good space battles. This was a good read from start to finish.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 19, 2006

    This one bugged me

    In the first installment of the 'Dark Nest' series, a number of Jedi Knights go missing during a crucial rebuilding period. The Solo twins, among others, have followed a Force compulsion to aid a mysterious group in the Unknown Regions, and the Jedi Council wants to know why. At the same time, the Chiss blame the same Jedi for interfering in territorial disputes. Han and Leia Solo trail the young Jedi to a new, fascinating, yet disturbing society of bug-like aliens. What they find leads them to an old friend, new enemies, and a puzzling pattern of behaviors by the AWOL Jedi. In general, I feel the Star Wars novels have been decent to good quality, even when I haven't cared too much for a storyline. The writing in The Joiner King is well done however, I question certain plot points, such as the Joiners' pulling Jaina, Jacen, Tahiri, and others from their duties. As much as I enjoy Star Wars, I feel the 'Dark Nest' premise is not up to the caliber set by earlier Star Wars works, such as Timothy Zahn's Thrawn series and Kevin J. Anderson's Jedi Academy series, etc. I would like to see events that can make the Star Wars fan feel more than grief and/or disappointment. I want to see more than, well, war. While that may seem an odd sentiment in reference to an inherently tumultuous universe, it is not impossible. Strife drives the machine, but the promise of reader satisfaction keeps it going. Unfortunately, I haven't felt that kind of reader satisfaction lately. We shall see how the remainder of the 'Dark Nest' series plays out. Maybe it will surprise me. -C.W.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 29, 2005

    If you like NJO yeah nice follow

    I dug it. I loved the NJO, best series EVER. This is just another series, but after the Yuuzhan Vong destruction show, nice to see the 'sith' return.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 18, 2005

    This book was AWESOME!!!!!

    I loved how the book tied in with some parts of Episode 3 and how Luke and Leia start to find out things about their family history. The action was pretty good, too.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 15, 2005

    Acceptable

    I have to say that this book has none of the excitement of the NJO series and the evolution of the main characters takes a step in the wrong direction. It makes the Jedi look to impulsive and quick witted, makes jacen look like a wise hermit and Jaina a impulsive quick to anger child. The story is also hard to follow but at this point in the tril I'm willing to humor the author for another book. The action is okay but the story needs to be worked on, I hope the next two books are better.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 16, 2005

    Star Wars: The Dark Nest I: The Joiner King

    Troy Denning who has written a number of excellent Star Wars novels does it again with the first book set after the end of Star wars New Jedi Order. The Joiner King is a brilliant read. It shows how the main characters have been made a little more ruthless and cold after the war and how they must try to get back to being more compassionate. The Jedi also face this problem and the plot which is about a border conflict between the Chiss and the Killiks is integral to this process as the Jedi Order, Han and Leia have to stop a war from occuring instead of fighting a war as they did in the NJO. However remember that not all the plot points are completely resolved as this is only the first book of a trilogy. Highly recommended.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 16, 2005

    Star Wars: The Dark Nest I: The Joiner King

    In Star wars Dark Nest 1: The Joiner King Troy Denning does a brilliant job of showing the Star Wars galaxy recovering from the Yuuzhan Vong Invasion detailed in the New Jedi Order series. It was good to see that the Jedi have firmly established themelves a new temple on Coruscant, a new Jedi Academy on Ossus and a Masters Council in the Post Yuuzhan Vong War Galaxy. The plot is intersetingly different and in my opinion is worthwhile as it does not go down the path of rehashing the Imperial vs New Republic conflict or extending the Yuuzhan Vong situation after it was wrapped up extremely well in The Unifying Force but instead shows the Jedi Order in the process of getting used to being peacekeepers and playing a part in rebuilding the galaxy they helped save in The Unifying Force. However through the book we dicover that the Jedi of this era are also trying to intergrate the new found knowledge of the Unifying force and that the force has a Will, plus the consequences of the brutal Yuuzhan War upon what the Jedi ae prepared to do to save the galaxy. This Jedi contemplating is subtly intergrated into the plot which revolves around mysterious border skirmish between an insectile race called the Killiks and the Chiss and the consequences when a group of Jedi Knights become deeply involved in it. I found it an enjoyable read and i am quite sure those of you who follow the Star Wars Novels will do too. It serves as a good solid introduction to the Dark Nest trilogy with plenty of plot points included that will be developed and sorted out in the next two books including Jedi Master Luke Skywalker and Leia Organa Solo finding out some tantalising details of their past. It also acts as a prologue to the 9 book Legacy of the Force series that starts next year. It also helps clear up almost all of the continuity questions people had after reading about the Chiss in Survivor's Quest after seeing how different things were later when they read about the Chiss in Force heretic II: Refugee. Good Stuff.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 12, 2005

    Beautiful!

    Troy Denning has an excellent handle on the Star Wars universe. This would indeed be a difficult timeperiod in which to write - following the NJO, where the philosophical decisions at the end were the culmination of nineteen novels worth of discussion and being in the unique postion of having both the younger and older generations of SW interact with one another. I thought Troy Denning did a fabulous job incorporating all elements into a fast-paced, exciting novel that proved, once again, that he's quite an addition to the SW saga.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 31, 2005

    Disappointing

    One word says it all. DISAPPOINTING, that is if you read the NJO series. I suspect the author did not read the series in its entirety ¿ because the character evolution of Luke, Mara, and the rest of the gang has seen a real setback. The lessons they learned in NJO are forgotten and now they use the quick paths to power and problem solution. This is so unlike the moral dilemmas and caution displayed by Luke and Jacen throughout NJO that the author might have well written a story with new characters - this would have been preferable to misrepresentation of the old ones. I sure miss Kevin J. Anderson¿s literary talent!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 4, 2005

    DENNING STRIKES AGAIN!!!!!

    I say this book was awsome. I loves Han and Leia in this book. Mara was also cool, and Luke was okay. It was funny and action packed. I'm glad that Raynar Thul is back. He was one of my favorite characters. Zekk finally reveals that he loves Jaina and he is in the book a lot. Tenel Ka is only in eight pages but has 63 lines. She finally kisses Jacen and then Jacen spends the night. Lowie( a character I dislike) is also barely in it. Ben finally has a big role and he is smart for a eight year old. Though Tenel Ka is barely in it, she is one of the key characters in the plot. Tenel Ka and Han are my favorite characters and I'm glad they are both in it. Alema and Tahiri, and Tekli are not that importent in here (though I would have to say Alema is in it the most out of the three). I do wish that Tesar had a bigger role, as well as Tenel Ka, Jacen, Kyle Katarn, Tionne, and Cilghal.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 30, 2005

    awsome book

    This is one good book taking place five years after the unifying force. It takes on a new story, with everyones favorite characters and it ties in with star by star. It also includes the ebook Ylesia, a must buy for any star wars fan.

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