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Can we get back to the REAL NJO story now?
And so the utterly unnecessary Force Heretic trilogy comes to a close. Reunion, which also serves as the 17th installment in the massive New Jedi Order series, brings this little detour from the larger Yuuzhan Vong conflict to a close. Writers Shane Dix and Sean Williams accomplish in three books what should have taken a single volume - namely the unification of the two personalities in Tahiri's head, and the decision by the living planet Zonama Sekot to join the struggle against the Yuuzhan Vong invaders.
I hate to badmouth the authors, but this series just didn't seem necessary to the larger New Jedi Order saga. Yes, the Zonama Sekot storyline was important, but after three books we still haven't been told just what it is that the planet is bringing to the equation. The Tahiri reconciliation was a long overdue development, but to be fair we are talking about a supporting character here. She's not exactly Jaina Solo. And speaking of the Solos, I found it amusing that the authors would have the Galactic Alliance Chief of State realize at the end of Reunion what most readers should have known from the beginning - restoring communications with backwater planets is not the job for a former Chief of State (Leia), a former General (Han), a Jedi/fighter squadron commander (Jaina), and a hotshot pilot (Jag Fel). Talk about overkill!
We're nearing the end of the New Jedi Order series, and this little "series within a series" just felt like they were dragging it out. As I mentioned earlier, the major developments of the Force Heretic trilogy could easily have been condensed into a single, and far less frustrating, single volume.
Force Heretic III: Reunion
Fast moving action oriented fun read. As usual for Sean great job of character development and creative story development
Force Heretic III: Reunion (Star Wars: The New Jedi Order, Book 17) by
a slow spot in the series.
yes,its true.the 3rd book from a 19 book series crawling along like a wounded deer.leia spends her time doing a whole lot of nothing.lord nyax still isnt around.han battles it out with the vong over esfandia.the jedis search endlessly to find a fabled living planet.jaina gets pretty banged up.a really cool part is when she attempts to perform psycho-surgery on tahiri,whose 2 personalities are battling for dominance.the vong began killing thier own for failing.assassians are after the jedis.i almost thought vergere was back.thank cerronious she was srill dead.she was ultra-obnoxious.the living planet has uncharted force powers.nom anor becomes a cult leader in a religious fashion and the higher ups find out.about the cult,they dont know its nom yet.anyhow hes getting the shamed vongs to think the jedi are good.tahiri swears a life debt to jaina solo.thats about all i can say.this book would be half as long if they took out all the politics and drama.i was disappointed by it as the book is one of the final 3 and it just drags.the parts with tahiri are cool.she really starts to blossom in this one.no light saber duels,only 1 battle and a ,lot of hoopla!
Enjoyable, but gets a little bogged down in places
This book is a continuation of the three book Force Heretic series and the seventeenth book of the NJO series. This was a 300-page story made into a 390-page book. You could take at least ninety pages out and loose little in the story. However, I enjoyed the continuation of the three main threads in this part of the story. One is the discovery by Luke's party of Zanoma Sekot and the surprises the find there, including dissention by the locals, known as Ferroans. The second is Leia's mission to reconnect the galaxy, and finds the Yuuzhan Vong and Imperials at the same place, a vital communications nexus with the Unknown Regions. Third is Nom Anor's latest reincarnation in the story, this as the "prophet" of the cult of the Jeedi.
I most enjoyed the struggle faced by Tahiri with the personality imposed on her while she was held captive by the Yuuzhan Vong some time before. It had been surpressed, but she has been dealing with it in this book. I am not sure I am satisfied with the result, but even as I read the next book in the series, it is still an evolving issue in the storyline.
Of course, there is success along the way, but there are surprising discoveries made both by Luke and Leia. The open question is: how will these discoveries made both by the Galactic Alliance and the Yuuzhan Vong affect the fate of both in the galaxy.
Despite the way the book drags on in places, if you are a fan of the Star Wars universe, you should read this. Not reading this will put you behind the eight ball on following the next book in the epic saga, "The Final Prophesy."
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