Star Wars: Crucible

Star Wars: Crucible

by Troy Denning
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Star Wars: Crucible 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 69 reviews.
wolfjack More than 1 year ago
***My review first published on LibraryThing 7/9/13*** (Disclaimer: Received this egalley ARC free through NetGalley) I enjoyed Troy Denning's past works that I've read, and this was no exception. Great action and some of the most beloved characters in the Star Wars universe facing inner struggles and staring death in the face and still coming through it all. This book pits several Jedi, Han Solo, Princess Leia and Lando Calrissian against a pair of alien super-genius brothers bent on gaining use of the Force and using it for their own gain. Throw in a little deathmark they have against Han Solo, a platoon of Mandalorian mercs and their hybrid Nargon biot shock troops, a Sith agent of sorts, and a vastly powerful Force artifact and you've got yourself a book you won't put down. A new character introduced in the book comes off as a young Han Solo and I wonder if we'll see more of him in future books. Basically, one scene in the book will probably stay with me for awhile. Let me say, without spoilers, when you read it and think "This is like rabid dogs playing high stakes poker", you'll know the part of the book I'm talking about. Awesome mind game depiction. Don't know if I've ever come across anything similar in another book, ever. When I got to the end, I wanted more, more, more. Not that I was unsatisfied by any means, just that I want to see what some of the many future possibilities (too many to name) I saw come about in later books. Never trust a Sith, words to live by, and proven by the villainess Vestara, I know there will be more of her because she is cool, confident, and a perfectly beautiful, yet treacherous, being. How do you play against two living brains, which is what the Columi brothers are pretty much? Doesn't matter when they bet against Han Solo, the high stakes will cost them in the end. I loved the presentation of the Rift in this story, an endless black sea past the known and civilized galaxy. Made a fascinating backdrop for Lando's latest business endeavor and the starfighter dogfights where one wrong move can send you off into nothing, like the legendary Flying Dutchman. Also, where else would you hide an ultra-powerful Force artifact? There was a nice depth to the whole book that I found impressive. Entirely relatable characters, dark villains, several very well done sub plots. And of course, it's the Star Wars universe! I can't wait for the next book that has as much as this one does. This one may be a stand alone, but I can hope. My pet peeves: I found only 2 little missing word issues, that I can live with, and that's darn good for almost any book. Easily recommended for any lover of sci-fi, in particular Star Wars fans. Note: LibraryThing allows 1/2 star ratings, there I gave 4 1/2 stars which I feel is accurate, wish I could put 4 1/2 stars here also, not 4.
Skuldren More than 1 year ago
Crucible puts the fantasy back in Star Wars as Troy Denning takes Han, Luke and Leia on their wildest adventure yet. There's a lot to like for veteran Star Wars readers and those completely new to the setting.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
gtar Wars Crucible offers a nice send off for the main characters of Star Wars and passes the torch on to the children and the next generation. An interesting conclusion and adding an other element to the force and the Galaxy. It makes for a nice bridge into the future of Star Wars and the next main series involving the children. Overall the story is a lot of fun and reflects on different elements of the Star Wars history. If you are a fan of the Force and enjoy different aspects of its relationship to characters you will enjoy the book.
Swerve More than 1 year ago
I couldn't put this one down.  This one was a welcomed addition to the Star Wars EU after "The Last Jedi", which i thought was boring and moved slowly.  Bravo to Troy Denning. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Awsome book
ColoradoBR More than 1 year ago
THis one is a worthy sci-fi adventure that does justice to the characters in the Star Wars Universe. The story was a little slow at first, but then turned into an exciting adventure that displayed the physical and emotional vulnerabilities of Luke, Leia, and Han. It was definitely worth my time.
Reading4funJL More than 1 year ago
While this book wasn't bad, I would rate it similar to the Dark Swarm trilogy...not nearly as good a read as any of the Fate of the Jedi series, and not even in the same league as Invincible. Even though the official timeline didn't show any books between Apocalypse and Crucible, it seems like I must have missed one, but luckily it didn't detract too much from being able to follow the story. The story did get too mystical for me, in the last part, but that's just personal taste. What I really didn't like, no hated, was the length of the book. With the nook showing just over half way through, the book is done. Seriously, 301 pages. Oh, its excerpts for the next 138 pages! Dumb. Just tell me it's a short story before I plunk down more than $10. Also, the total lack of investment in the Ben/Vestara sub plot was disappointing. Nothing there. Nada. And the time spent getting into the new characters introduced was minimal. Overall a disappointment. I wait for each Star Wars book to come out and go and get it. Been following this series since day 1 (although I've avoided much of the prequel parts) This is one of the first times I've been really disappointed. Timothy Zahn would have taken this same story arc and spent three books and 1500 pages getting from one side to the other. Seems like the EU has become more about making a buck, then really telling the story. I mean, really! If I think back to the first three Timothy Zahn books, what do you really remember 20 years later? I can think of a lot of things right off the top of my head. What a grand story! Here, we've got the possible makings of at least a decent story, but one never gets delivered. I originally gave this a three, but I'm going to downgrade this to a two. Book should have been 600 pages or more for the story, but someone was in a hurry. Sorry Mr. Denning...and reading through the reviews, I'm not the only one who felt that this was a short story that fell short of the usually high standards I've grown to expect from Star Wars Books, at least the ones that move forward from ROTJ, rather than back before A New Hope.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Disappointingly short one-off story that doesn't seem to fit well with the most recent story arcs. Too many questions left unanswered.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I totally agree!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved the book. It ended the series nicely.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was great. If Disney doesn't allow the expanded universe to continue, then Star wars is doomed. But I can't believe that Disney is tearing down the franchise. The new "movie" will not be following any story arc after "return of the jedi". It's a whole new universe in itself. So real Star Wars fans be warned, episode 7 will be a Disney product only.
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Porfinicle More than 1 year ago
Crucible started out as a good send off for the classic trio. It was a nice wrap up to the previous series and the entire post ROTJ EU novels as well.  Unlike the previous series Fate of the Jedi series this had a nice flow and kept the plot moving forward. For once, a lot of things actual happen in a single book. I wasn't a fan of Legacy of the Force or Fate of the Jed Series. If you don't want to waste all the time and money reading those, than this is a good book to bring you to the end of the EU novel timeline. My only issue was the less than satisfying ending, which I will explain below.  SPOILERS BELOW: [I was not expecting or had heard about the connection to the Mortis arc from the Clone Wars. This was a welcome surprise, but if the connection is going to be made than fully commit to it. Instead we get, "well it might be the Mortis monolith". I am guessing much of the post ROTJ EU gets overridden by the new movies, so why can't the author/editors make any big reveals, or at least one final one. This appears to not only be the send off for the big three, but for the Pre-Disney EU as well. Denning set everything up for a big finale, but pulled back at the end (or was forced to by Del Rey/Lucasfilm). I believe we are suppose to think the monolith is the Mortis monolith, but it would have had to move based on its location in the Clone Wars. I guess only the author knows, but why have an entire series (FOTJ) worth of build up if it is not it. Whether this is the Mortis monolith or a similar monolith I had issues with non-force users being granted special powers upon accessing the monolith. Theses special powers granted beings known for their superior intellect, not their physical qualities, to stand on equal ground with Luke Skywalker. A proper sendoff would be an indication of who would take the reigns in the future. Maybe someone could take the place of the father, son, and daughter. Maybe the One's role in things are over. The problem is we don't get any answers and the only thing Luke and Leia take away from the monolith is that they need to retire.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The final book of the true Star Wars EU and a good one it was.The EU will be sorely missed.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This turned out to be the final novel of the Star Wars Extended Universe (1991-2014) timeline, and it made for a pretty good coda to the franchise. I am disappointed we didn't get that final hinted story involving the Celestials, but oh well.
Skip_Wiley More than 1 year ago
I was not a huge fan of this book. It was billed as an ultimate showdown of sorts that would determine the future of the galaxy but all it really ended up being was a meta-physical mind trip that was, at times, a struggle to get through. The fact that this was a story of the core heroes of the EU (primarily Luke, Han, and Leia) was a nice change. Rather than leaping from sub-plot to sub-plot and from one end of the galaxy to the other, it stays rather focused in one tiny corner of the galaxy. The best part of this novel was the detail into Han's psyche and the scenes that focused on him. I enjoyed those very much. I also got a kick out of seeing Luke and Leia working together as a Jedi team without backup. Beyond that, however, it seemed like a rather boring plot that felt like it was reaching to find a meaningful story to tell. I had heard some say that the EU was painting itself into a corner and was particularly crippling the movie franchise in what stories were left to tell. I didn't believe that at the time but, after reading this novel, I admit that there may be something to the argument. It just seemed forced. I also found Vestara Khai's involvement to be contrived and opportunistic - thrown in just to have a familiar foil against the Jedi. The problem with that idea is that the Fate of the Jedi series did such a lousy job of clarifying her character. Was she good at heart? Was she pure Sith at heart? Was she deceiving the Jedi, the Sith, or just deceiving herself the entire time? That series ended without giving us a real sense of who she was deep down, which left her role as "supporting bad guy" in this novel feeling out of place. I kept wanting to look for a twist that would allow her to show her true side (hopefully a good side) but no, she's consistently written as just "bad guy." The ending also left much to be desired - it seemed like just another happy ending that didn't actually resolve anything. Worse yet, it left questions and openings for future plot development that the EU fan will now never see come to pass. For my last read in the EU about my favorite characters, it was disappointing.
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