02 August 2016

Return of the New Jedi Order, Episode XXXIII: The Unseen Queen

Mass market paperback, 333 pages
Published 2005

Acquired 2005
Previously read December 2005
Reread November 2015
Star Wars: Dark Nest II: The Unseen Queen
by Troy Denning

Seven Years after the Invasion
If Troy Denning had only written Recovery, Star by Star, and Tatooine Ghost, he would safely be in my Top Five Star Wars authors. But instead, he shifted to churning out books like this, where basically nothing happens in 300 pages, and the character all act like immature idiots. The New Jedi Order was nearly brought down by internal squabbling during the Yuuzhan Vong invasion, and here they're even worse. Like, what was the point of the resolutions of the end of that series if I have to read page after page of out-of-character Jedi characters arguing with one another over nonsense? Give me bad-ass Jedi who fly around the galaxy fixing wrongs. That's what I want out of a Star Wars story. There are a couple good points here (Denning always does a good Han/Leia escapade), but so much of this book is dull meandering to set things up for Dark Nest III. I had fond memories of this series, but ten years later, I have no idea why!

Next Week: Still more Killiks! Still more indecisive waffling! Still more Dark Nest! The Swarm War!

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