SW: Ascension and some vague thoughts

Star Wars: Ascension by Christie Golden
Star Wars: Ascension by Christie Golden

I finally finished listening to the penultimate volume in the Fate of the Jedi series, Ascension by Christie Golden.  On the whole the story and pacing feels about even with the rest of the series.  How you taken that statement is entirely dependent on how you’ve felt about the series to date.  Ascension isn’t going to win people already against the series over and, in many aspect, it might drive some who were on the fence away.  I think the larger problems with Ascension, and with the entire Fate of the Jedi series, rests squarely on the shoulders of the editorial team.  From the start I have been baffled by the release schedule and the seeming lack of progress volume to volume on many of the plot points.  There are moments over the series, and particularly in Ascension, where the whole narrative threatens to come apart at the seams.

Be warned, BIG spoilers abound!

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Review: Star Wars: Omen by Christie Golden (audio)

Star Wars (Fate of the Jedi Book 2): Omen by Christien Gold, Narrated by Marc Thompson
Star Wars (Fate of the Jedi Book 2): Omen by Christien Gold, Narrated by Marc Thompson

Star Wars: Fate of the Jedi: Omen

by Christie Goldman

Read by Marc Thompson

2009, Random House Audio

The first volume in the Fate of the Jedi series, Outcast, marked my first foray to the Star Wars Expanded Universe since the death of Chewbacca in R. A. Salvatores’ Vector PrimeOutcast, and now Omen, are taking a slower more subtle approach to storytelling that one would expect from a Star Wars novel.  Like Outcast before it, Omen has no large scale space battles, no real swashbuckling adventures but focuses instead on creating an air of tension, mystery, and suspense.  Though perhaps one might say that the real focus of this story, and perhaps the entire Fate of the Jedi series is that of the Solo and Skywalker families.

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