Author: Greg Keyes
Series: Star Wars: The New Jedi Order #18
As a beleaguered galaxy fights its way back from the brink of destruction, the Jedi’s most fearsome enemy plots to end the war–and claim victory–with a final act of domination…
The troubles for the embattled living planet Zonama Sekot have just begun. As Luke Skywalker and Jacen Solo negotiate its place in the galactic struggle against the Yuuzhan Vong, one of its organic ships is taken by the alien invaders. Scientist Nen Yim is ordered to use the captive to find weak spots in Zonama Sekot’s technology. But what Nen Yim discovers about the planet and its mysteries shocks her to the core. Clearly her people have gone terribly astray. For the peace-loving planet harbors not only the key to its own destruction, but the long-forgotten secrets of the Yuuzhan Vong themselves.
Meanwhile, General Wedge Antilles, commanding one fleet in a three-pronged campaign to retake the Bilbringi system, is suddenly stranded deep in Yuuzhan Vong space, cut off from all contact. Wedge and his ships must rely on trickery and brilliant battle tactics if they are to survive long enough to ensure the success of one of the deadliest and most crucial missions the Galactic Alliance forces have ever seen…
Almost there.. almost there. One more book and I will finish this saga that I started when I was 22 or 23-years-old. I’m 36 right now, so I have taken my sweet time to tackle some of the best stories that have happened in that far galaxy I love. I hope I can read the last one this year. There is nothing that should divert me from that goal… except shiny books that catch my eye every week. Oh, well… let’s get down to business!
The war against the Yuuzhan Vong has reached a boiling point. After several victories in a row, the Galactic Alliance is puffing its chest and wants to strike the evil invaders out of existance once and for all. While Wedge Antilles and his newly minted Imperial friends set a trap for the remaning of the Vong forces, Corran Horn teams up with Tahiri to infiltrate Coruscant and rescue a possible Yuuzhan Vong ally. But traps and trust are blind bullets, so…
This book is pure Expanded Universe magic: space battles, cloak and dagger missions, revelations… Its main strength is the crazy pace with non-stop action since almost the beginning. It may start a bit slow, but that is just to warm up, because the ride will leave you breathles. It is pretty obvious we are almost reaching the end of this huge story and still it is not clear who is in the winning side. Both armies have taken more hits than they want to admit, but both of them keep biting and kicking as if they were as fresh as the first day. I’m quite nervous, if I’m honest. It doesn’t look promising at all for the good guys, even though I’m sure they are going to win this fight. But with only one book left… they must have an epic trick under their sleeve to pull it off.
I have also enjoyed the closer look to the Yuuzhan Vongs we have been gifted with this book. Until know, all the invaders were just cruel fanatics that were blinded by their faith un ruthless leaders. But in this story some of them have been allowed to show another face. A face that makes them much more capable of signing some kind of peace treaty with the Galactic Alliance and Empire. We have seen a shaper showing more emotion than simple hatred or a priest trying to understand the infidels in a sincere way. Too bad there are not more like them. Even though I would love to, I don’t know how peace and understanding can be reached between such different factions in just one more book. Something really big must happen for something like that to make sense.
I’m also glad that this author has decided to take the main action away from the usual characters. I needed a breather from Skywalkers and Solos after several books with them as the main heroes. Corran Horn and Tahiri as a team have been an unexpected blast. At first I was a bit sad about Corran being so cold with the poor girl (understandbly so, but still…), but reading how little by little the trust grows between them has been highly entertaining. Corran is not your typical Jedi, that is for sure. Also the group of Yuuzhan Vongs that joins them is very colourful and interesting. Besides, when Nom Anor is involved, you know you won’t be disappointed.
Writing this review has taken me more than I was expecting. I live in Spain and, for obvious reasons, I’ve been working from home since Monday and I will keep doing so until it is again safe for everyone to lead a normal life. I’m a bit tired of looking at my own screen, so I’ve been lazy about writing reviews. Funny that due to my work at home and the mandatory order of not going outside if it is not vital I’m reading faster than usual, so more reviews need to be written. I have decided to take it slow and I’ll write them when I write them.
During this book, a new word for me has been mentioned over and over again; so it has been the chosen one for this section of my reviews. And the word is:
crèche: an assemblage of dependent young that are cared for communally; a day-care center
A nursey full of crying baby Yuuzhan Vongs… that looks like a nightmare. Worst job ever!