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Star Wars: Fate of the Jedi: Apocalypse
Troy Denning
Lucas Books, Del Rey, 477 pages

Star Wars: Fate of the Jedi: Apocalypse
Troy Denning
Troy Denning graduated from Beloit College with BAs in Sociology and English Composition. He started working as an editor in the adventure gaming industry then moved into the design department. Over the next ten years he served as a creative supervisor for several game companies (TSR, Pacesetter, and Mayfair), and designed more than two dozen game titles including the Dark Sun role-playing world (with Tim Brown). His first book was the New York Times bestseller Waterdeep, written under the pseudonym Richard Awlinson.

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A review by David Maddox

The end is here. After eight harrowing Fate of the Jedi novels, the final galaxy-spanning battle between the Jedi and the Lost Tribe of the Sith comes to a head. Jagged Fel goes toe-to-toe in an election against former Chief of State Admiral Daala for control of the Imperial Remnant. And Luke, Han, Leia, Ben, Jaina, and Vestara face the destructive Force-hungry entity Abeloth across multiple worlds.

Luke manages to expose the hiding Sith infiltrators in the government and makes an ill-planned raid on the occupied Jedi temple. Quite a number of lightsaber battles ensue. Han and Leia continue to try and protect Jacen Solo's daughter (their granddaughter) Allana from the Sith, and of course, there's Abeloth.

This evil and disturbingly described creature has been tormenting our heroes from the start of the series and she finally has her origins revealed in this book. In a nice tie-in to the animated Clone Wars episode "Overlords," Abeloth's history with the eons-ancient Father, Son, and Daughter that Anakin and Obi-Wan once encountered is brought to light.

Lost Tribe of the Sith member Vestara Khai finally shows her true Sith colors, betraying Jedi through the story in her own self-serving way. Ben Skywalker, still in love with her, refuses to believe it till the very end, a disappointing twist as the redemption storyline, much like that of Mara Jade, is far more entertaining in a Star Wars setting than a betrayal tale. But, hopefully, she's being set up for a salvation down the line.

Troy Denning, after penning the third and sixth installments of the series, attempts to pen a grand showdown, wrap up and big finale for this final tome in the series. And he more or less accomplishes this. The side-stories and through lines of all the other FotJ novels are decently wrapped up and he manages to give relatively satisfying conclusion to most of them.

The sad part is that while it does have a powerful Good versus Evil battle near the end, it still finishes on a whimper of sorts. After all is said and done, nothing is truly settled. The Jedi are still suffering from the bad press on Coruscant and are forced to leave the planet, the Lost Tribe of the Sith is still at large in the galaxy, their home world still hidden, Daala is back in the Imperial Remnant, and Luke is incredibly weak and sick from his battle with Abeloth. Vestara Khai is back out in the galaxy with the mysterious Sith training vessel Ship possibly plotting revenge.

The wedding of Jagged Fel and Jaina Solo is a touching moment, and harkens back to A New Hope's medal ceremony, but does little to give a happy resolve to all the pain that our heroes have suffered. True, most likely this is all in place for the next series of novels slated for the future, but with each successive Expanded Universe story arc, our heroes seem to end up a little worse off than they were before. It might be nice to have an honest WIN at the end of things for a change.

Overall, Apocalypse does well to keep the Star Wars Expanded Universe in turmoil for upcoming adventures. The new breed of Sith, unencumbered by Darth Bane's Rule of Two, present a new, on-going threat, and Abeloth seems to be slated to return at some point, as well. Fate of the Jedi had a nice run, introducing new characters and restructuring the political set-up of the SW Universe. A few questions were answered and a few new mysteries hinted at. We'll have to see where it goes from here…

Copyright © 2012 David Maddox

David Maddox
Science fiction enthusiast David Maddox has been Star Trek characters, the Riddler in a Batman stunt show and holds a degree in Cinema from San Francisco State University. He has written several articles for various SF sites as well as the Star Wars Insider and the Star Trek Communicator. He spends his time working on screenplays and stories while acting on stage, screen and television. He can sometimes be seen giving tours at Universal Studios Hollywood and playing Norman Bates.

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