Star Wars Coruscant Nights #1: Jedi Twilight

Star Wars Coruscant Nights #1: Jedi Twilight

by Michael Reaves
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Star Wars Coruscant Nights #1 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 34 reviews.
filmnut27 More than 1 year ago
"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
DarthDuck More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
When I came across the Coruscant night series I wasn't sure whether I would like it or not. Just by the blurb and reviews I had read I was a bit sceptical. In all honesty, the part of the Star Wars timeline I'm not a huge fan of, mainly because there hasn't been a bulk worth of well known novels that have characterised the era. I was left however, pleasantly surprised. The characters are interesting and not too 'far fetched', and I particularly liked the introduction of "I-Five" as well as what he adds to the novel. Michael Reaves uses good cross-referencing with some not so well known characters that helps drive the story along too. The problem I had with this book is that it didn't make me want to really get into it at all. I didn't find myself needing to get my book 'fix' as I have from previous novels that I've read. I think perhaps the lack of real excitement made it a bit of a drag but nevertheless, I have started the second novel in the series and I'm starting to get a bit more emotionally involved with the characters. I would say that this will tickle your fancy if you're a fan of the whole 'lone Jedi surviving' thing, and if you are happy to follow a character relatively unheard of and new. However, if you're looking for a ton of names you've seen pop up in multiple novels etc then maybe look at either the Clone Wars or New Republic era.
Mojobass More than 1 year ago
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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ryan1234500 More than 1 year ago
There was really nothing bad about this book at all. It was a gripping, action packed read with great characters and an inthralling story. I liked that it didn't really finish the storyline at the end, as it will continue in future installments. I always love Reeves signature droid I5YQ. The only thing keeping me from giving this book 5 stars was just that it lacked that amazing 'wow' factor that a few Star Wars books have achieved. But so few of them have that, and I would highly recommend this novel.
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Well thats must up
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Its Steeltail, come with me to Light Sky.
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He sighed.
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Sighed
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Sorry I just joined but by the descriptions I'm gonna say Blazeheart. And I gtg cyaa.
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Iv got me a silverfoot
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At star stone result one...
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Ok.
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(I have to go soon too for dinner) "Good to know. I'll just start hugging people and see which one reprimands me for 'hugging my superiors'."
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(Okay) alright
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Stricken_Maveric More than 1 year ago
After reading Darth Maul Shadow Hunter, I had high hopes for this novel. I was a tad disappointed at the lack of flow from the book. The story seemed to be a little jittery in terms of establishing consistency in plot details. The main characters never really seem to develop the chemistry that makes so many famous "groups" shine. What made Luke, Han, Chewie, Leia, C3PO and R2D2 such a great cast to care about was the chemistry that they had together. Something that characters such as Jax, Laranth, And I5YQ just never seem to establish. The story was solid, but I'm not a fan of book trilogies that are designed from the very beginning. Michael Reaves writes another great story, but it just seems to lack the 'magic' that made Shadow Hunter a favorite for me. Recommended for any Michael Reaves fan as it is still a great Star Wars story.
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