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[This story occurs during the Legacy of the Force era]
Events that occur between 43 and 50 years after the Battle of Yavin.

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Allies
BOOK STORY
Christie Golden
Del Rey [US]
Arrow Books
[UK]
Story published as:
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1 review [Average review score: 2.5 / 5]

Synopsis:
What began as a quest for truth has become a struggle for survival for Luke Skywalker and his son, Ben. They have used the secrets of the Mindwalkers to transcend their own bodies and speak with the spirits of the fallen, risking their very lives in the process. They have faced a team of Sith assassins and beaten the odds to destroy them. And now the death squad’s sole survivor, Sith apprentice Vestara Khai, has summoned an entire fleet of Sith frigates to engage the embattled father and son. But the dark warriors come bearing a surprising proposition that will bring Jedi and Sith together in an unprecedented alliance against an evil more ancient and alien than they can imagine.
While the Skywalkers and their Sith allies set off on their joint mission into the treacherous web of black holes that is the Maw, Han and Leia Solo risk arrest and worse to aid the Jedi imprisoned back on Coruscant. Tyrannical Chief of State Natasi Daala has issued orders that will open a permanent schism between her government and the Jedi Order—a schism that could turn all Jedi into renegades and wanted criminals.
But it is in the depths of the Maw that the future of the galaxy will be decided. For there the Skywalkers and their Sith allies will engage a true monster in battle, and Luke will come face-to-face with a staggering truth.


Chronology:
This story occurs approximately
44 years after the Battle of Yavin.

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Reviews:

Review by Bones, UK, 2011:
"Allies marks the central point in the Fate of the Jedi series and, as such, one would expect it to contain some sort of major development. Unsurprisingly, then, it does indeed have some rather key moments during the narrative. The rest of it, however, is fleshed out unsatisfactorily.
"Golden’s writing suffers from persistent overuse of clichés, whether it’s flat, uninteresting characters or just unappealing manoeuvring. Many of the characters that she introduces are all very similar: Kani, Hamner’s assistant, is a plucky young girl who dutifully performs her role; Desha Lor, Dorvan’s assistant, is an emotional young girl who is nevertheless very efficient and dutifully performs her role; Maadhi Vaandt is an enlightened and scrupulous journalist who dutifully performs her role; Leeha Faal, a Keshiri Sith, who gains favour in her lord’s eyes by dutifully performing her role. There are a couple of other examples, but the gist is fairly clear. Golden loves female characters, particularly strong female characters or those who epitomise femininity, strength or efficiency and whilst this is not necessarily a bad thing, the fact that she goes out of her way to thrust it under the reader’s nose is quite off-putting. The relationship between Dorvan and Daala is badly handled, with the Chief of State coming across as an erratic, stubborn eccentric, whilst Dorvan gently chides her because he clearly knows better since he keeps a pet in his pocket – it sounds daft and yes, I’m being cynical, but that is how it comes across.
"I disliked the number of analogies to Earth-based situations. The courtroom scene, for example, lacked a Star Wars feel and read like it came from any American courtroom. Similarly, the Perre Needmo Newshour, with its wholesome and unbiased “perfect” journalism, was a clichéd, idealistic example of any current affairs programme one might wish to name. On that note, the continual references to slavery seemed, in the context of this book, utterly pointless. I have suspicions that it will become more important in the future of the series, but here it just cut straight across the main flow.
"It has its good points. There is an unexpected turn towards the end, although it is never quite explained as wholly as it could be. The stand-off between the Jedi and the GA certainly builds literary tension and the situation in the Maw does contain a satisfyingly substantial plot development. But there’s too much fluff, whether it’s the continual references to the treaty of Vondor (yes, we know about it now, please don’t repeat it again) or the Fountain of the Hutt Ancients (yes, we know about that too, you’ve mentioned it many times) or the persistent mentioning of how beautiful all the characters are, or even drafting Lando into the story with his bizarre tug-thing, which seemed to actually serve very little purpose in the end.
"The book tries to contain gravitas appropriate to its place in the series, but it falls down thanks to boring characters and too much time filling."
Rating: 2.5 / 5


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