Sunday, 2 October 2011

Conviction (Star Wars: Fate of the Jedi - Book Seven)

Title: Conviction
Author: Aaron Allston
Score: 4/10
Chart Movement: 22 → 21 (Down 1)


This series seems to have it's ups and downs, and if I'm honest this is one of the downs. Not a lot happens, and the stuff that does is either completely new, unrelated, or almost contradictory to the previous books. Because the plot is what I'll be commenting on mainly, there are some quite major spoilers in this review, so if you hate that kind of thing, look away now!

There is an awful lot about slavery in this one - and while it's a mildly interesting aspect to the political background of the Star Wars universe, it's not good story material. frankly, I looked forwards to the end of those scenes. They didn't hold my interest at all - apart from on the one planet, Klatooine, that involved the main characters. I enjoyed the scenes with Ben and Vestara, as I usually do, but I felt that Vestara was largely ignored in this installment. Which disappointed me, as regular readers of my reviews will know she is my favourite character in this series.

Then there's Daala. Things get really bad for her in this - so much that she requires Boba Fett to rescue her from her situation. Both her downfall and her rescue were disappointing. It could be a matter of opinion on the former, but the rescue seemed extremely not Boba Fett's Style. To be honest, it was as if he wasn't in it. Which was disappointing. And then there is the fate of Tahiri. At the end of the previous book she was sent to jail to await her verdict. It arrives in this one, but the whole jail experience for her was, being frank again, boring.

There wasn't a lot that I enjoyed about this story. I haven't mentioned the style so much, or the characters, as they've pretty much stayed the same since my review of Allston's previous novels (Outcast and Backlash). Both of those aspects are pretty good. But the story was disinteresting. I'll read the other two because I'd like to know how it ends now that I've read seven books - and because Golden and Denning had promising previous books - but I wasn't impressed by this one.

More Information

Title: Conviction
Author: Aaron Allston
Superseries: Star Wars
Series: Fate of the Jedi
Preceded By: Vortex (by Troy Denning)
Succeeded By:  Ascension (by Christie Golden)

Main Protagonist(s): Mixed
Main Antagonist(s): Mixed
Main Relationships: Heterosexual
Genre: Sci-Fi
Brief Synopsis:

Chief of State Natasi Daala has been overthrown, and the Jedi Order has taken control of the Galactic Alliance. But while the new governors dismantle Daala’s draconian regime, forces still loyal to the deposed official are mobilizing a counterstrike. And even the Jedi’s new authority may not be enough to save Tahiri Veila, the former Jedi Knight and onetime Sith apprentice convicted of treason for the killing of Galactic Alliance officer Gilad Pellaeon.
Meanwhile, Luke and Ben Skywalker are relentlessly pursuing Abeloth, the powerful dark-side entity bent on ruling the galaxy. But as they corner their monstrous quarry on the planet Nam Chorios, the two lone Jedi must also face the fury of the Sith death squadron bearing down on them. And when Abeloth turns the tables with an insidious ambush, the Skywalkers’ quest threatens to become a suicide mission.
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ISBN: 978-1846056901

Amazon Link: UK | US
Pages: 380
Publisher: Century (Hardback version of Orbit) (19 May 2011)

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