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June 17, 2008
Coruscant Nights trilogy
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With the dark ascension of the Empire, and the Jedi Knights virtually wiped out, one Jedi who escaped the massacre is slated for a date with destiny—and a confrontation with Darth Vader.
Jax Pavan is one of the few Jedi Knights who miraculously survived the slaughter that followed Palpatine's ruthless Order 66. Now, deep in Coruscant's Blackpit Slums, Jax ekes out a living as a private investigator, trying to help people in need while concealing his Jedi identity and staying one step ahead of the killers out for Jedi blood. Others search for the elusive Jax too. Hard-boiled reporter Den Dhur and his buddy, the highly unorthodox droid I-5YQ, have shocking news to bring Jax—about the father he never knew.
But when Jax learns that his old Jedi Master has been killed, leaving behind the request that Jax finish a mission critical to the resistance, Jax has no choice but to emerge from hiding—and risk detection by Darth Vader to fulfill his Master's dying wish.
This is a darn good Expanded Universe book. It’s a novel about some B-list characters in the Star Wars galaxy who find themselves in an entertaining but not galaxy shattering plot—this is refreshing after the lengthy, plodding Legacy of the Force. It also serves as a nice bridge between the prequel EU novels of recent years and the original trilogy era stories like Shadows of the Empire. When future generations of Star Wars fans read the novels in chronological order, they’ll have a much smoother transition from book to book than those who had to read each book as it came out.
Many of the characters here are imported from previous novels by Reaves and his sometime writing partner Steve Perry, so reading Darth Maul: Shadow Hunter and the MedStar duology before starting Jedi Twilight would be a good idea. Reaves also makes use of Even Piell, an underutilized Jedi Council member from the films, and Nick Rostu, a supporting character from Matt Stover’s Shatterpoint. Rostu doesn’t quite have the edge from his original appearance, but it’s good to see some of Stover’s plotlines picked up on. Shadow of the Empire's Prince Xizor also gets some terrific scenes, including a climactic battle that pits the Prince’s hand-to-hand combat skills against Jax Pavan’s failing Force powers.
There are as many new characters as well as returning ones. There’s an aide of Vader’s, whose fear of the Sith Lord becomes overwhelming, a Jedi from a splinter sect with unusual Force talents, and a Hutt with a taste for unusual—and potentially deadly--artwork. Jax Pavan’s struggle to find the Force—or to let the Force find him—is also explored in a new and interesting way.