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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. And they’re not the only ones in search of the elusive Jax. 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.
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A solid Star Wars book
There was really nothing bad about this book at all. It was a gripping, action packed read with great characters and an inthralling story. I liked that it didn't really finish the storyline at the end, as it will continue in future installments. I always love Reeves signature droid I5YQ. The only thing keeping me from giving this book 5 stars was just that it lacked that amazing 'wow' factor that a few Star Wars books have achieved. But so few of them have that, and I would highly recommend this novel.
A Decent Star Wars Novel
“Jedi Twilight” by Michael Reaves had its good points and its bad points, averaging out to a fairly average novel.
Centered around newly knighted Jedi, Pavan Jax, and set on the lower levels of the city-planet Coruscant shortly after the fall of the Jedi and beginning of the Empire, the plot mainly revolved around Jax trying to survive with new Sith Lord, Darth Vader, attempting to find him and capture him alive. Unfortunately we don’t get any explanation for why, unlike other Jedi that Darth Vader wants to kill, he wants Jax alive.
It’s not clear exactly when it takes place. Near the beginning we’re told it’s very soon after the rise of the Empire, but then in later narration it seems like some of the characters have been living with the Empire for quite a bit longer.
Jax is joined by another Jedi, Laranth whose a member of the Gray Paladins, Jedi who use the force less and rely on blasters and hand-to-hand combat instead of lightsabers. They meet up with Nick Rostu, a grand army officer with very minor force abilities, the pair of reporters, Den and I-5, a droid with unusual capabilities and personality. Near the end they also run into two high ranking members of the Black Sun criminal organization to battle feral droids.
I had a little trouble following things when switching points of view in the middle of chapters, which often left me confused until I reread the characters’ names a few paragraphs before. Some of the action was good, some was just over too quickly. I didn’t feel like Laranth really got a whole lot of action to work with.
I’ve read other Reaves fantasy novels back in the 80’s when I was a teenager and was particularly fond of “The Shattered World”. When I’m in the mood for more Star Wars, though, I quite likely will look for another Michael Reaves, or even the sequel to this one.