Even so, I really got into the Expanded Universe novels thanks to a series that started back in called The New Jedi Order —and now, some twelve years later, I am ready to finally present my readers an opinion on these books. The New Jedi Order series was an attempt to redefine Star Wars outside the classic format we were used to seeing: the Rebels vs. Then that all goes to hell as aliens from outside the galaxy start their invasion by way of crushing Chewbacca with a moon pulled out of orbit I really wish I was making that up.
Because, dramatic tension!
He sends Anakin to escort to Dantooine for recovery, only it happens to be right in the middle of the Yuuzhan Vong invasion path. Big surprise, it gets invaded; cue massive ground battle-turned-space battle.
Also, Jaina Solo joins Rogue Squadron, while her twin brother Jacen grapples even more with whether or not actually fighting the malevolent aliens with the power of the Force is a good one even Obi-Wan Kenobi knows the answer to that one, you so-called Skywalker. Jedi Knight Corran Horn fights a duel with the local Vong commander for the fate of the unspoiled planet of Ithor and wins, but then the Vong decide to be jerks and just waste the planet anyway. In other news, Jacen still has trouble grappling with how he should be helping out besides talking to animals and being generally pacifist.
Han Solo attends a memorial service for Chewbacca and then decides to get over his crippling despair through a trip to the Outer Rim with an old friend named Roa. When their trip bring them right into the path of the invaders, Han actually starts to be his old adventurous, carefree self again, in addition to getting a temporary new partner, Droma , whose species is basically the Star Wars version of the Romani.
They succeed, and Han even reunites with his friend Roa, who had fallen into enemy capture. Also, a once-cocky Jedi named Wurth Skidder does a complete one-eighty and sacrifices himself while trapped behind enemy lines. Jacen tries to solve his moral dilemma by denying himself all contact with the Force, which not only makes him even less heroic, but also blind to all the obvious villains in this story.
Mara Jade Skywalker is revealed to be pregnant despite the horrible disease ravaging her body, while Leia Organa Solo tries to make the planet Duro a haven for refugees, only for it to be invaded noticing the pattern here? Anakin Solo gets his own pair of novels, which is nice considering how much heroism was left to Luke, Han, and Leia in the previous novels, giving only the occasional act to the Solo children. Anakin has to team up with a disgraced Vong warrior named Vua Rapuung in order to save her, while also giving Rapuung an excellent heroic sacrifice for the Jedi.
Anakin tries to help Tahiri rediscover herself in the wake of the torture and implanted memories she received in enemy captivity.
Along the way, they finally declare their love for each other. The New Republic and the Jedi finally get their act together and start wailing on the Vong, even though they wind up losing Coruscant. Also, the Vong start breeding super Jedi-killing creatures, so that promising young hero from the last two books leads a strike team to wipe out their cloning labs. It was never exactly clear how this threat put the entire galaxy at risk, but if Luke Skywalker says it must be destroyed, then so be it! Also, Han and Leia get to spend their time setting up resistance cells on different planets, while Artoo-Detoo gets to shine by breaking them out of prison despite being stuck on the other side of the planet.
Jacen Solo is being held captive and tortured daily by the Vong, but then remembers that he can talk to animals… and that everything the Yuuzhan Vong use for technology is based on living creatures. We get our first real glimpse of the Yuuzhan Vong leader, Supreme Overlord Shimrra , along with the first definitive victory by the New Republic. Jacen is reunited with his family, his mentor Vergere is enigmatic for a while before she sacrifices herself for him in the final battle, and Jaina proves herself a Jedi when she duels and kills Warmaster Tsavong Lah.
Luke Skywalker leads an expedition for the long-lost planet of Zonama Sekot , which may hold the key to defeating the Vong. Han, Leia, Jaina, and Tahiri go on their own trip, trying to check in on those important allies trapped behind enemy lines, but Tahiri has a major freak-out as her Yuuzhan Vong persona resurfaces at the worst possible time Hey, look! Luke and Company go further into the Unknown Regions, where at one point they actually try looking up Zonama Sekot in the Chiss library Rhapsodist Note : Just a reminder to please support your local Expeditionary Library , because reading brings knowledge and Knowledge is Power!
Meanwhile, the Solos and Tahiri visit the remote world of Bakura , where a different alien race is trying to invade: the Ssi-Ruuk , first introduced in Truce of Bakura. Zonama Sekot is found, and because it has its own giant hyperdrive just go with it , it decides to come along with the Skywalkers to help out in the war. Han and Leia repair a communications port after the galaxywide HoloNet suddenly goes out, while Jaina helps Tahiri integrate her Yuuzhan Vong self with her original personality.
However, the defector turns out to be Nom Anor , the savvy and charismatic enemy spy who helped engineer the entire invasion in the very first book. Climatic battle ensues. Luke Jacen faces the evil Emperor Supreme Overlord and rejects the temptation of the dark side, saving both his sister Leia Jaina and the galaxy. The End. Final Verdict: This series was ambitious for its scale and its direction… and both those counts, I think it flopped.
Bibliography: Salvatore, R.
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New York: Del Rey, Stackpole, Michael A. Luceno, James. Tyers, Kathy. Keyes, Greg. Denning, Troy. Cunningham, Elaine. Allston, Aaron. Stover, Matthew. Williams, Walter Jon. Dix, Shane. Williams, Sean. It will spawn shortly and the spawn will spread. Posted 06 June - AM. The tall man enlists many workers to help him as they try different things to break the wall down. On Borleias, Jag is waiting for Jaina when she emerges from her meeting.
They head to a small conference room and kiss. Jaina is planning to use it as more of a mobile headquarters rather than being used in any type of engagement. He knows a shuttle pilot named Beelyath who flies rescue missions to pick up EV pilots. Nen Yim tells the warmaster that his cure requires nothing more than refusing any more treatments from Ghithra Dal.
There is material that must have come from the shaper on his arm that keeps the radank leg growing. If the material is removed, he should heal. He asks if she can find a way to negate the effects of the sickness while allowing him to be treated. She warns him that, while it may be possible, it will take some time to do that, as well as access to the shaping chambers.
When she leaves, he sends for Viqi Shesh. She is stunned to find out that the ruse she made up to buy her time as turned out to be true. Lah tells her he is sending her down to Coruscant with a search unit of warriors. Several have died there and the burns suggest that Jedi are involved. Denua Ku and their remaining voxyn will accompany her that she may give her insights on the Jedi for the hunt.
This assignment, sent to a ruined world, surrounded by idiot warriors and a ferocious voxyn, living among dirt and grime, does not appeal to her. Admiral Werl is a stiff-backed, but alert, old woman who resigns herself when Leia admits that she is personally confident in Gadan. However, Leia goes on to say that she favors stiff resistance to the Yuuzhan Vong. They have come to offer public support to her and Leia starts to tell her that, but Han asks the admiral what it would take to get them to help her. She asks what they are looking for.
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Han is hoping to find some surprises to hit them with when the enemy retakes Borleais. She asks what they have in terms of water-based assaults. She has access to a large number of water vessels that are largely antiques, but the old shells can kill just as easily as the modern ones can.
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In exchange for the submersibles, they guarantee she will win the election and will be able to see that the Solos had a hand in it. Admiral Werl promises the vessels the day after she takes office. Leia asks Han what he thinks they can do with those ships. They can serve as resistance bases and to find caves that can only be reached from underwater. He asks her how she plans to rig the election. She tells him she was just following his lead.
Jag sits against his ship, engrossed in his datapad, when Shawnkyr Nuruodo, who is leading Vanguard Squadron while he flies with the Twin Suns. She tells him that she has been asked to keep Vanguard Squadron on the ground for training in elite operations. Thir plan was to come here to evaluate the threat. Jag agrees, but believes they should stay. He thinks what happens on Borleias will be the best test of the determination and character of their enemy.
However, he does not plan to return to Chiss space when Borleias falls. He feels that his presence here may influence the outcome and to abandon them now would do harm to his own people, too. In other words, any damage he can do to the enemy now will prevent them from doing to them later. He will return eventually. He tells her that they can assemble a report and transmit it. Shawnkyr is saddened and tells him she will stay until Borleias falls and then return home. If she dies here, she wants him to promise to return in her place to carry out the duty that she is delaying by staying.
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