- Thu Dec 07, 2006 2:40 pm
I am a big expanded universe fan, and read many of the novels. I have been following the expanded universe, through the novels, for years. I got really engrossed in the New Jedi Order, then the Swarm War trilogy, but the Legacy of the Force series is, by far, the best. It runs closest to the feel of the movies, dealing with war between the Galatic Alliance and Han Solo's home system of Corellia and the reemergence of the Sith. It's not much of a secret now, who the Sith Lord is going to be, as starwars.com has run a contest to name the new Sith Lord. This leaves Jacen Solo's Darth (blank) monniker in the hands of the series fans. A wonderful nod to us. It's interesting to see how Jacen's character develops, and it becomes downright shocking. In the first novel Betrayal, he kills a fellow Jedi at the behest of Lumiya, Dark lady of the Sith. In the second novel, Bloodlines he uses excessive force (with the Force) while interrogation Ailyn Vel (Boba Fett's daughter) and kills her. He also begins arrest Corellians on Coruscant! In the latest novel, Tempest he issues a warrant of arrest and detention for his own parents, even firing on the Millennium Falcon. You can truly see a great development of his character, however angering it may be. This series has also brought about some faces from the past. Lumiya, being from the Marvel comic series, plays the main antagonist (whilst trying to shape Jacen's future as a Sith). Ailyn Vel, her father Boba Fett, and daughter Mirta Gev appear in the second novel (which was written by Karen Traviss, who has quite the way with Mandalorians). And, strangely enough, an eighty-something year old Aurra Sing appears in Tempest as an assassin who tries to kill Jacen's daughter Allana (who who was born during the Swarm War trilogy, after Jacen had a tryst with Tenel Ka) in order to remove her as Chume'da (heir apparent to the Hapes Consortium throne) as a secret faction from Hapes tries to kill Tenel Ka. There's a great amount of intrigue in the series, and it's only a third of the way into it's run. There is darkness, harrowing adventure, sadness and some humor thrown in, making it a classic [i'Star Wars[/i] experience.
"Oh Yoshimi, they don't believe me
but you won't let those robots eat me"
"Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots Pt.1", The Flaming Lips