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The Solos' selfless determination to prevent this death cannot dispel the inescapable consequences of their actions, which will pit mother against son and brother against sister in the battles ahead. For elsewhere in the galaxy, a once-forgotten menace, Lumiya -- Dark Lady of the Sith -- is tipping the balance of the Force once more towards the darkness Reviews Paul: This review is late in appearing for a very simple reason, but one that might seem paradoxical: I liked the book too much.
The sheer enjoyment I got out of this latest contribution to the Star Wars novel series made it hard for me to unravel all my reactions, and explain in coherent terms exactly what it was that made the story work for me. In what follows, bear in mind that Tempest isn? As with Betrayal and Bloodlines , the previous instalments of the series, Tempest combines two basic plots: one following Han Solo and Princess Leia as they try to navigate a course between the shifting factions of a Galaxy spiralling into civil war; the other focused on their son Jacen, as he transforms himself from a Jedi Knight into a Sith Lord, believing that he alone can now bring order and justice to a divided Galaxy.
When I reviewed Betrayal , I hinted at my concern that Jacen Solo was too weak a character to effectively carry the full weight of the main plotline, and Bloodlines reinforced my fears.
Denning achieves a neat trick, though, by shifting the burden of agency in the primary narrative onto the more capable shoulders of Luke Skywalker, now Grand Master of the Jedi Order, and his wife, ex-Imperial assassin Mara Jade. So in Tempest , we follow Luke and Mara as they act on their instincts, pursuing the trail of Jacen and Lumiya through the cityscape of Coruscant and out to the Hapes Star Cluster, uncovering devastating evidence about the close links between the Sith and the Galactic Guard, but never quite discovering the whole truth.
Instead, Luke confronts Lumiya in a dramatic lightsaber duel, while a full-scale fleet battle rages above the Hapan homeworld. Jacen actually does very little in this novel. Alema is more than just technically high-class writing or a complex and developed character, though. The same sense of boundless complexity and a Galaxy too big to be governed feeds into the wider narrative. The big space battle at the end is chaotic, confusing, and hard to follow in places — but that, I think, is part of the point: this a situation is that none of the characters are in control of, least of all those who unleashed it.
Likewise, the one or two apparent continuity errors that fans have picked up on in this story may be deliberate indicators of the limits of the information available to the characters, the eternal gap between what we think we know, and what the real truth is.
All this is subtle, though — implied rather than illustrated. I found it an enjoyable contrast with the intellectual clarity of Bloodlines ; but in another sense, Tempest is dazzlingly clear: after some surprising quirks of characterization in Bloodlines , the Star Warriors here once again feel, think and act like the people I expect them to be. Try it, and if you find anything that seems strange to you, ask yourself — as you read on — whether there might be a reason for that.
I hope it works as well for you as it did for me.
I enjoyed this book immensely, both on the basic level of fast-paced adventure with Star Destroyers and lightsabers, and also as a complex depiction of a Galaxy of exquisite detail and variety, a place of intimate familiarity and undiscovered vastness. That weakness aside, Tempest is a much better offering than Bloodlines. I know it's not exactly fair of me to compare two such different authors, but they are supposed to be writing a cohesive story here.
And so far, that is where LotF is failing the most. With that said, Tempest still works, both as a stand alone novel and as an entry in LotF. It clears up a few of the more glaring issues which Bloodlines introduced and introduces surprisingly few of its own. In fact outside of the Chu'unthor issue which Denning didn't introduce there were none that I could remember after reading.
Of course there are stumbling blocks in the narrative, mainly Nashtah. She's used effectively and is characterized nicely, but I just don't see the point. Why introduce another bounty hunter when Traviss spent so long on the most widely known bounty hunter in the GFFA? And of course there's still no Anakin Solo - but at least he's actually mentioned, unlike in Bloodlines. And for the most part these reintroduced characters work well within the story - and play vital if contrived functions in service to the plot.
Of course, there is one major problem with the book. I can't seem to remember it. I've read the thing three times so far, and I still have to go back and thumb through the thing while I'm writing this review. It's obscene.