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Star Wars The New Jedi Order #6: Balance Point [NOOK Book]

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In the aftermath of one tragedy,
will a young Jedi’s search for redemption
lead to yet another?


There is no place else to channel the flood of refugees fleeing the murderous Yuuzhan Vong but the overcrowded planet Duro, poisoned by centuries of technological excess. Fortunately a deal is struck: In ...
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Star Wars The New Jedi Order #6: Balance Point

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Overview

In the aftermath of one tragedy,
will a young Jedi’s search for redemption
lead to yet another?


There is no place else to channel the flood of refugees fleeing the murderous Yuuzhan Vong but the overcrowded planet Duro, poisoned by centuries of technological excess. Fortunately a deal is struck: In exchange for a new home, the refugees will work to restore the planet to health, under the watchful eye of Leia Organa Solo.

While tempers flare between the Duros and the New Republic, Han Solo, his son, Jacen, and the Ryn called Droma arrive to keep the peace. They are unaware that Leia is on Duro . . . and that Luke, Mara, and Anakin are on their way, searching for a missing Jedi apprentice. And none realize that the Yuuzhan Vong have chosen this embattled planet as the next target in their brutal coreward thrust.

Now, as the fragile stability on Duro threatens to collapse into violence, Jacen Solo must face his greatest dilemma: At what point does the use of power become aggression? Whatever he decides, his next step could tip the galaxy’s destiny toward the light or toward darkness–with the life of someone he loves hanging in the balance . . .

Features a bonus section following the novel that includes a primer on the Star Wars expanded universe, and over half a dozen excerpts from some of the most popular Star Wars books of the last thirty years!
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Luke, Han, Leia, Chewy (well, maybe not Chewy) return to fight the good fight against a merciless and extraordinarily powerful alien force in Balance Point, Kathleen Tyers's dramatic continuation to the Star Wars saga and the second (following R. A. Salvatore's Vector Prime) intense chapter in the New Jedi Order sequence. So strap your battle harness on tight, and prepare yourself for a rocky, unpredictable, and breathtaking ride.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780345446916
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 6/28/2011
  • Series: Star Wars: The New Jedi Order Series , #6
  • Sold by: Random House
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 65,126
  • File size: 6 MB

Meet the Author

Kathy Tyers, author of the New York Times bestselling Star Wars: The Truce at Bakura, has contributed several other stories to the Star Wars universe, including We Don't Do Weddings: The Band's Tale, and A Time to Mourn, a Time to Dance: Oola's Tale. She has recently published new editions of her first two science fiction novels, Firebird and Fusion Fire, and a new Firebird novel, Crown of Fire. Born in Long Beach, California, Kathy Tyers lives in southwestern Montana with her husband, Mark. They have one son.

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Jaina?

Joined through the Force even before they were born, he and Jaina had always been able to tell when the other was hurt or afraid. But for him to sense her over the distances that lay between them now, she must've been terribly-- The pain winked off. "Jaina!" he whispered, appalled.
"No!"

He stretched out toward her, trying to find her again. Barely aware of fuzzy shapes clustering around him and a Ryn voice hooting for a medical droid, he felt as if he were shrinking--falling backwards into vacuum. He tried focusing deep inside and outside himself, to grab on to the Force and punch out--or slip into a healing trance. Could he take Jaina with him, if he did? Uncle Luke had taught him a dozen focusing techniques,
back at the academy, and since then.

Jacen.

A voice seemed to echo in his mind, but it wasn't Jaina's. It was deep,
male--vaguely like his uncle's.

Making an effort, Jacen imagined his uncle's face, trying to focus on that echo. An enormous white vortex seemed to spin around him. It pulled at him, drawing him toward its dazzling center.

What was going on?

Then he saw his uncle, robed in pure white, half turned away. Luke
Skywalker held his shimmering lightsaber in a diagonal stance, hands at hit level, pointed high.

Jaina! Jacen shouted the words in his mind. Uncle Luke, Jaina's been hurt!

Then he saw what held his uncle's attention. In the dim distance, but clearly in focus, a second form straightened and darkened. Tall,
humanoid, powerfully built, it had a face and chest covered with sinuous scars and tattoos. Its hips and legs were encased in rust-brown armor.
Claws protruded from its heels and knuckles, and an ebony cloak flowed from its shoulders. The alien held a coal-black, snake-headed amphistaff across its body, mirroring the angle of Luke's lightsaber, pitting poisonous darkness against verdant light.

Utterly confused, Jacen stretched out through the Force. First he sensed the figure in white as a respected uncle--then abruptly as a powerful depth, blazing in the Force like a star gone nova. But across this slowly spinning disk, where Jacen's inner vision pre-sented a Yuuzhan
Vong warrior, his Force sense picked up nothing at all. Through the
Force, all Yuuzhan Vong did seem utterly life-less, like the technology they vilified.

The alien swung its amphistaff. The Jedi Master's lightsaber blazed,
swept down, and blocked the swing, brightening until it washed out almost everything else in this vision. The Yuuzhan Vong's amphistaff seemed darker than any absence of light, a dark-ness that seemed alive but promised death.

The broad, spinning disk on which they both stood finally slowed. It focused into billions of stars. Jacen picked out the familiar map of known space.

Luke dropped into a fighting stance, poised near the galaxy's center,
the Deep Core. He raised his lightsaber and held it high, near his right shoulder, pointing inward. From three points of darkness, beyond the
Rim, tattooed assailants advanced.

More of them? Jacen realized this was a vision, not a battle unfolding in front of him, with little to do with his twin sister.

Or maybe everything to do with her! Did these new invaders symbolize other invasion forces, more worldships--besides the ones that were already beating back everything the New Republic could throw at them?
Reaching out to Jaina, maybe he had tapped the Force itself--or maybe it broke through to him.

The galaxy seemed to teeter, poised between light and darkness. Luke stood close to the center, counterweighing the dark invaders.

But as their numbers increased, the balance tipped.

Uncle Luke, Jacen shouted. What should I do?

Luke turned away from the advancing Yuuzhan Vong. Looking to Jacen with somber intensity, he tossed his lightsaber. It flew in a low, humming arc, trailing pale green sparks onto the galactic plane.

Eyeing the advancing horde, Jacen felt another enemy try to seize him:
anger, from deep in his heart. Fear and fury focused his strength. If he could, he would utterly destroy the Yuuzhan Vong and all they stood for!
He opened a hand, stretched out his arm . . .

And missed.

The Jedi weapon sailed past him. As anger released him, fear took a tighter hold. Jacen flailed, leapt, tried stretching out with the Force.
Luke's lightsaber sailed on, shrinking and dimming with distance.

Now the galaxy tipped more quickly. A dark, deadly tempest gathered around the alien warriors. Disarmed, Luke stretched out both hands.
First he, then his enemies, swelled to impossible sizes.

Instead of human and alien figures, now Jacen saw light and dark-ness as entirely separate forces. Even the light terrified him in its grandeur and majesty. The galaxy seemed poised to plunge toward evil, but Jacen couldn't help staring at the fearful light, spellbound, burning his retinas.

A Jedi knows no fear . . . He'd heard that a thousand times, but this sensation was no cowardly urge to run. This was awe, it was reverence--a passionate longing to draw nearer. To serve the light and transmit its grandeur.

But compared to the forces battling around him, he was only a tiny point. Helpless and unarmed, besides--because of one moment's dark anger.
Had that misstep doomed him? Not just him, but the galaxy?

A voice like Luke's, but deeper, shook the heavens. Jacen, it boomed.
Stand firm.

The horizon tilted farther. Jacen lunged forward, determined to lend his small weight to Luke's side, to the light.

He misstepped. He flailed for Luke's hand, but missed again. And again,
his weight fell slightly--by centimeters--toward the dark enemies.

Luke seized his hand and held tightly. Hang on, Jacen! The slope steepened under their feet. Stars extinguished. The Yuuzhan Vong warriors scrambled forward. Whole star clusters winked out, a dark cascade under clawed enemy feet.

Plainly, the strength of a hundred-odd Jedi couldn't keep the galaxy from falling to this menace. One misstep--at one critical moment, by one pivotal person--could doom everyone they'd sworn to protect. No military force could stop this invasion, because it was a spiritual battle. And if one pivotal person fell to the dark side--or even used the ravishing,
terrifying power of light in a wrong way--then this time, everything they knew might slide into stifling darkness.

Is that it? he cried toward the infinite distance.

Again, Jacen perceived the words in a voice that was utterly familiar but too deep to be Luke's. Stand firm, Jacen.

One of the Yuuzhan Vong leapt toward him. Jacen gasped and flung out both arms--
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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 25, 2003

    Pathetic

    About the only thing good about the book was the concetration around the family core. Usually there are far too many characters to keep track of in the NJO. However, I found the writing and plot to be confusing; everything seemed to jump around or not make any sense. It also seemed to me that Han and Luke were emasculated during this story. Much of the book was written from Mara's or Leia's point of view. I can remember several instances when we got to hear about how tender Luke is with Mara, or how she makes sure she assurts her control when he tries to be protective. It seemed as if the author has a feminist bias. This is one of those few books I would normally have stopped reading, but I had to make sure I knew what happened when I start the next one.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 21, 2013

    My first "New Jedi Order" [NJO] book . . . I loved th

    My first "New Jedi Order" [NJO] book . . . I loved that the Solo kids were fairly prominent in it, but it was a switch from the "Young Jedi Knights" [YJK] and the other "Bantam Publishing era" Star Wars books. =) First impressions of the Yuuzhan Vong were that they kind of reminded me of the Wraith from "Stargate: Atlantis" [SGA] tv show which I was watching at the time. However, it'd be more accurate to say that the Wraith remind me of Yuuzhan Vong since the NJO series began in 2000, several years before SGA. Though while they were both into organic "living technology" and were both quite violent, I was still a bit stunned by the pure brutality of the Yuuzhan Vong. As it has been mentioned before, the NJO series marked a new point in the Star Wars EU. The Yuuzhan Vong were the enemy no one (readers or characters) had faced or seen before in that galaxy far, far away and on that account they succeed mightily.

    In the "Bantam era," the Solo children were delegated to minor roles (minus the children's books which featured them) so seeing them here with more developed personalities and storylines was exciting. I understand why Jacen's personality switch from the YJK series is off putting to some readers ... for now, I kind of buy the in-world explanation. Jaina seems to have the most consistent personality from YJK and I can see how she could have a strained relationship with her mother (though the YJK series never indicated that). I especially liked Anakin and Mara's sidestory. Considering that the prequel movies were being made during this time, it's interesting to see how Anakin Solo dealed with a similar pressure and expectations of a prodigy that his namesake did. Definitely ready to read more from this series!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 9, 2013

    Sorry but this one was boring

    No Offense! It was very boring from first word to the last. The author could of done better.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 8, 2014

    Love your mom!

    The whole thing with Leia and Jaina's strained relationship makes me so sad I want to cry. A Star Wars author NEEDS to fix it. Tear, tear.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 1, 2011

    MUST READ!!!!!!!!!!!

    I TOTALY LOVED IT!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Posted October 18, 2011

    more from this reviewer

    Loved it

    If love the star wars universe you need to read this

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 14, 2011

    Just skip it.

    The book was boring almost the entire way through. I have read about 60 Star Wars books and this was probably the worst. No real action at all and pretty much just talking the whole time.

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  • Posted July 19, 2010

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    A real turning point in the New Jedi Order series

    After the emotionally charged first few novels of this series, this was a nice change of pace. Kathy Tyers did exceptionally well at bringing all of the characters real depth. This novel was better than her first Star Wars work, "Truce At Bakura".

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  • Posted March 25, 2009

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    Nom Anor is the baddest Star Wars villain to date

    He's smart, devious, and a true servant to the God of deception... the trickster. He is a master of disguise, and a political nightmare to the New Republic. He can cause any mob to riot at his command, and he's a cool character to root against in this series. Mara has some greatness in this book, along with all of the Solos. Great book. At the mid-way point, I couldn't put it down until it was finished.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 14, 2005

    Not a great Book

    Star Wars Balance Point was a very disappointing novel to me. It felt very long, and dragged on and on. I'm a big Star wars fan and I loved the first five NJO novels but this one just didn't hit the spot. I recommend this novel because it is an essential read for the NJO series but DO NOT expect to get excited and enjoyed. Kathy Tyers just continues to make Star Wars boring! She has to stop writing Star Wars novels! If another author wrote this novel like Kevin Anderson, or Timothy Zahn it would have been a lot better.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 16, 2005

    supper Great!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    its so cool i louve it its one of the best star wars books my fav persons are Luke mara and anikin solo

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 2, 2003

    not the best of the NJO series

    I'd rate this book in the middle of the pack of the New Jedi Order series I've read up to this point. Better than Michael Stackpole's boring two books, but not as good as Salvatore's or Luceno's contributions. I'd say this book kind of sleepwalks up to about page 200 when the action finally starts. So much of the character development mentioned by other reviews is repetitive in other books ... specifically, Luke and Mara's puppy-dog love is a little too much like the banal dialogue between Anakin and Padme in AOTC. The Mara Jade from the books written by Timothy Zahn is sadly missing here. When did she become such a softy?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 17, 2002

    Best NJO to date!

    I loved the way the characters developed in this novel. I was totally delighted that Mara was pregnant and the Solos got back together. The way Kathy focused on the female perspective was terrific. I love Mara anyway--she's courageous and feisty. Ever since the first Thrawn trilogy, I've wanted her with Luke, and I'm stoked that they are such a pair. Jacen's decision to hold off from the Force seems inevitable, given all that's happened so far, but I wonder how long he can keep it up? The book has just the right amount of action. The confrontation with Nom Anor--and finding out he was Cree'ar was really riveting.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 9, 2002

    It's New Jedi Order and not by Luceno. Nuff said.

    Okay, this is pretty much one of my fave Star Wars writers, and she delivers better than Truce At Bakura. I don't care how many people hate Jacen Solo, this book was still awesome.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 21, 2002

    A must Miss!

    If you've been reading the NJO series and have enjoyed it so far then skip this book. Where the other books in the series have brought greater depth and a sense of emergency this book just prods along at a slow and throughly predictable pace. Nothing of real importance happens in the book until the last chapter of the book. You can easily miss this book and still follow the NJO series without losing a beat.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 27, 2002

    Nice Break

    In all of the NJO books, it's all die die die. This book gives us a nice little break of the Kyp dilemna, Chewie's death, Yuuzhan Vong crusade, and the many, many, many problems the New Rep has, and will face. Tyers also describes the characters, plot, problem and all the details extremely well. All in all, the best NJO book yet.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 10, 2001

    Pretty darn good

    The New Jedi Order series has injected much needed life into a series that had begun to grow stale and resemble the assembly line tripe that the Star Trek series has fallen into. The interesting thing about this book is the focus on Jacen Solo and his inner struggle over the proper use of the Force. The rest of the book must rank near the top of the NJO series, behind only Vector Prime.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 8, 2001

    DEFINATE KNOCK OUT!

    This book totally ROCKED!!Any Star Wars fan will love it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 14, 2001

    WOW!!!

    It was the best book I've read in a long time. I loved it. The other ones in this line were no where near as well written as this one. This is a book all Star Wars fans have to read. The part that was the biggist improvment from all the other NJO books is how well Kathy Tyers wrote every one of the characters. READ THIS BOOK!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 14, 2001

    Wonderful!

    I like this book. The author had all the characters just right! I hope to see more like this one in the future!

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