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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.

[Fate of the Jedi: Backlash]

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Backlash
BOOK STORY
Aaron Allston
Del Rey
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1 review [Average review score: 3 / 5]

Synopsis:
Repercussions from the dark side's fatal seduction of Jacen Solo and the mysterious plague of madness afflicting young Jedi continue to wreak havoc galaxy-wide. Having narrowly escaped the deranged Force worshippers known as the Mind Walkers, and a deadly Sith hit squad, Luke and Ben Skywalker are in pursuit of the now Masterless Sith apprentice Vestara Khai. It is a chase that leads to the forbidding planet Dathomir, where an enclave of powerful dark-side Force-wielders will give Vestara the edge she needs to escape; and where the Skywalkers will be forced into combat for their quarry and their lives.
Meanwhile, Han and Leia Solo are on their own desperate mission, shuttling madness-stricken Jedi from Coruscant to safe haven in the Transitory Mists and beyond the grasp of Galactic Alliance Chief of State Natasi Daala. But the bold maneuver only intensifies Daala's fury, and she is determined to shatter Jedi Order resistance once and for all.
Yet, no greater threat exists than that which still waits in the depths of the distant Maw Cluster: A being of pure, ravenous dark-side energy named Abeloth calls out across the stars to Jedi and Sith alike. For some, it may be the ultimate source of answers crucial to their survival. For others, it could be the ultimate weapon of conquest. But for all, it is a game-changing and life-altering encounter of untold magnitude, and a tactical gambit with unimaginable consequences.


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

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Reviews:

Review by Bones, UK, 2011:
"Backlash, the fourth entry in the Fate of the Jedi series, sees Aaron Allston rotate back round to the driving seat for his second instalment. Unlike the first three books, which contained three distinct plot strands, Backlash is structured a little differently. It is split into two main parts, one set on Dathomir and the other on Coruscant, with each planet having two different plot strands occurring during the course of the narrative. On Dathomir, Ben and Luke track Vestara Khai, the runaway Sith, and all three eventually join up with a clan of Dathomiri warriors who are attacked by the Nightsisters. Meanwhile, Allana remains at the spaceport with the two droids and conducts investigations into a suspicious mechanic. On Coruscant, there is a plot to remove Jagged Fel from Imperial power, as well as continued tensions and hostilities between Daala’s government and the Jedi.
"The Dathomiri clan’s conflict with the Nightsisters takes up the largest part of the novel and, whilst it has some fantastic moments, particularly surrounding Ben Skywalker (Allston writes especially well when it comes to Ben and the character flourishes with Allston’s dry humour) is sometimes quite protracted. It does feature a deliciously duplicitous Vestara, whose intentions and loyalties remain thoroughly shrouded throughout. The parallel strand featuring Allana, whilst her meddling does provide results, shows her to be a wilful, almost disobedient, child. Whilst it is to be expected, given her parentage, the character is mildly irritating, although she is certainly growing into a distinct character in her own right. Nevertheless, she is nothing compared to C-3PO. Allston, sadly, does not write well for the prissy protocol droid, losing some of his aloof and uppity nature in favour of glib one-liners. Allston tries too hard to deliberately make him funny, whereas Threepio was always unintentionally funny.
"The worsening relationship between Daala and the Jedi progresses relatively realistically and the Chief of State herself remains true to character, but the attempts to depose Jagged occur very early on and are then pretty much ignored through the majority of the rest of the book until the very end, when large things happen that will clearly carry over into the next volume. It seems that the entire book’s purpose was to set up this ending on Coruscant, with the events on Dathomir being a convenient time filler. This is not the case, fortunately, as large things also happen at the end of the Dathomir story, but in the middle of the book, there was a definite feeling of “well where is this actually going?”
"Allston’s writing isn’t quite up to his usual standard, with some of the sentences being a touch convoluted structurally, but it flows nicely enough and he tells an entertaining enough story, as ever. It’s not a bad book, but the Fate of the Jedi series needs to take things up a notch now."
Rating: 3 / 5


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