Saturday, May 16, 2009

Star Wars: The Fate of the Jedi: Outcast by Aaron Allston

A former student of Luke Skywalker's has turned to the dark side and caused a major galactic civil war. He was struck down by the Jedi, but the damage had already been done. In the aftermath of the war, Luke Skywalker is put on trial for the crime of allowing one of his students to wreak havoc on the galaxy. Luke agrees to a plea bargain and is sentenced to ten years of banishment from the Jedi Order and his home on Coruscant. The sentence will end early if Luke can discover what caused his student's turn to the dark side and implement measures to prevent it from happening to future Jedi. With his son Ben at his side, Luke sets out on a journey of discovery that will span the galaxy.

Aaron Allston is one of the best writers in the Star Wars author group. He manages to jump from one storyline to another in a way that seems almost seamless, and always leaves readers wanting more. He has the difficult task of sharing popular characters with many different writers, but in Allston's capable hands, our favorite characters always seem like themselves. His handling of the Star Wars galaxy is done with humor and with honesty.

This is the first book in a new series. Omen by Christie Golden will be released on June 23.

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