Author: Christie Golden
Hardcover: 272 pages
Publisher: LucasBooks (June 23, 2009)
Theyâ€™re Back!!! The Sith have returned to the Galaxy. Vestara Khai have been living and training as Sith on the Planet Kesh, waiting for when they could take to the Stars and return to their proper places. Then comes the arrival of Ship, a Sith training Sphere. While Vestara goes through training to become a Sith, the Jedi are still trying to find what is making their members start acting abnormal. President Daala, due to the violent outbreaks from these Jedi, is further trying to crack down on the Jedi. Luke Skywalker is still under banishment. He and Ben go on a journey to discover more about what could have turned Caedus to the dark side. This journey leads them to the Aing-Tii. Before the answers are given to them though, they must discover the truth behind some artifacts the Aing-Tii have collected.
This is the second book in a 9 book series. It is also Christie Goldenâ€™s first foray that Iâ€™m aware of, in the Star Wars Universe. That being said, Iâ€™m willing to give her a little time to get her feet wet. While there was not a ton of action in this book, I thought Ms. Golden did very well in her characterizations of the Soloâ€™s and the relationship between Luke and Ben. There was a few action sequences, and given that itâ€™s still early in the story, Iâ€™ll give them some wiggle room.
With the Luke/Ben stories though, I havenâ€™t got the feeling that they were ever in any kind of danger. Luke is a Jedi Master, these adventures of his and Benâ€™s should be something worthy of an adventure, in my opinon, rather than just an informational gathering expedition.
Iâ€™m looking forward to future books where the Sith finally make their appearance, and see what the result is if there are no Jedi to protect the Galaxy from the Sith. Iâ€™m interested in finding out what is making the Jedi go crazy. Iâ€™m interested in seeing all the species Caedus met during his journey to the darkside and the lessons he learned.
The book, for the normal price of a hardcover, was pretty thin. I finished it in much less time than normally for a Star Wars book. I think maybe the publishing company was giving Ms. Golden a lighter load for her first book, so that she can break into the Star Wars Galaxy. I think for the first attempt though, that she did a pretty good job.
This series to me seems to be leading into the Galaxy we see in the Legacy series of comics. I look forward to seeing how all the history between the universe we know, and the universe of the legacy time period unfolds.
If you liked the first book, and want to see the Sith vs. Jedi battles, which Iâ€™m certain will happen, then go and pick up this book. I think you might enjoy it.