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Events that occur between 43 and 50 years after the Battle of Yavin.

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Omen
BOOK STORY
Christie Golden
Del Rey
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Synopsis:
The Jedi Order is in crisis. The late Jacen Solo's shocking transformation into murderous Sith Lord Darth Caedus has cast a damning pall over those who wield the Force for good. Two Jedi Knights have succumbed to an inexplicable and dangerous psychosis. Criminal charges have driven Luke Skywalker into self-imposed exile. And power-hungry Chief of State Natasi Daala is exploiting anti-Jedi sentiment to undermine the Order's influence within the Galactic Alliance.
Forbidden to intervene in Jedi affairs, Luke is on a desperate mission to uncover the truth behind Jacen's fall to the dark side and to learn what's turning peaceful Jedi into raving lunatics. But finding answers will mean venturing into the mind-bending space of the Kathol Rift, and bargaining with an alien species as likely to destroy outsiders as deal with them. Still, there is no other choice and no time to lose, as the catastrophic events on Coruscant continue to escalate. Stricken by the same violent dementia that infected her brother, Valin, Jedi Knight Jysella Horn faces an equally grim fate after her capture by Daala's police. And when Han and Leia Solo narrowly foil another deranged Jedi bent on deadly destruction, even acting Grand Master Kenth Hamner appears willing to bow to Daala's iron will: at the expense of the Jedi Order.
But an even greater threat is looming. Millennia in the past, a Sith starship crashed on an unknown, low-tech planet, leaving the survivors stranded. Over the generations, their numbers have grown anew, the ways of the dark side have been nurtured, and the time is fast approaching when this lost tribe of Sith will once more take to the stars to reclaim their legendary destiny as rulers of the galaxy. Only one thing stands in their way to dominance, a name whispered to them through the Force: Skywalker.


Chronology:
This story occurs approximately 43 years after the Battle of Yavin.

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Reviews:

Review by Bones, UK, 2010:
"Christie Golden's first contribution is, sadly, not a promising one. While some elements of the story are intriguing and fascinating, there remain too many other elements that are lacking.
"The story is split (as was Outcast) into three main strands: the first continues the journey of Luke and son to uncover the cause of Jacen's decent; the second looks at the continuing tensions between the government and the Jedi on Coruscant; the third introduces the series to the Tribe, a section which is mostly shown in two year old flashbacks.
"As with Outcast I found the first story strand the most interesting. Luke and Ben meet the Aing-Tii in this story and there is another opportunity to engage in some xenobiological and xenocultural study. The Aing-Tii are a fascinating species and the relationship between the two Skywalkers continues to develop as it did previously.
"The plotline involving the Tribe was similarly intriguing, although I'm curious to discover now how they managed to avoid all contact with space-faring species for 5000 years. The Sith culture on Kesh is reminiscent of the Sith of the Old Republic, but has clearly evolved as one would expect through five millennia of isolation.
"The Coruscant based section was the bit I was least impressed with. While the scene regarding Natua's instability was relatively exciting, the development of the hostility between the two groups was disappointing. The obnoxious journalist Javis Tyrr played a suitable role in this, but the majority of it seemed to meander and procrastinate. I couldn't help but look at the character of Wynn Dorvan and wonder why he was there - he didn't really do anything of any significance, what was the point in making a fuss over giving him a subordinate and for goodness sake what was with the stupid pet in his pocket? Golden does use "pets" quite a lot in this book and I found it quite noticeable when she did.
"Generally I disliked the style in which the book was written. Golden's prose is cumbersome and unrefined, with many disjointed occurrences in the narrative. Golden has a habit of adding in lots of extra (often unnecessary) information at the expense of the flow of the story. It struck me as clumsy for an author who is so well established. She also used some jarring phrases such as "portable cup" or "symmetrical sphere". Both adjectives are utterly superfluous, since the identity of the noun itself implies their existence. At times she also betrayed a sense of feminism in her writing, and you get a sense that Golden enjoyed writing for Jaina and Daala in particular as strong female characters, as well as introducing her own in the Tribe. Whilst that alone is not enough to condemn her, there are instances - phrases - that advocate more than just a little "girl power".
"As a continuation of the first book, I found it mediocre at best, in spite of some of the more interesting moments."
Rating: 2 / 5


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