Yes, folks, it is that time of the year again. It’s time for me to discuss the latest Star Wars: Legacy of the Force novel, Fury.  Again if such things are not for you precede no further! There are other things here for you to peruse.

Of course, there will be spoilers.

I noted in my review of Aaron Allston’s last LotF offering, Exile, that in that book Allston showed how a great Star Wars novel  is shaped through what characters the author chosese to incorporate into his story. In Fury, Allston shows how a great Star Wars novel is shaped by the tone of the author choses.

Allston walks a fine line here that most other EU novelists (even other good ones) have trouble walking. That is to say, he manages to balance and blend the two central “tones” of Star Wars, the “brooding sobriety” of the  prequels and the “fun adventure” of the originals, to make a very satisfying read. Allston walks between these two extremes almost effortlessly, neither the scenes of character’s grief or brooding over the nature of the Force seem to over power the good natured humor and adventurous action sequences.

What was especially note worthy of this LotF novel was that no long established characters were thrown under the bus, so to speak. That is not say that Allston didn’t play with one’s emotions over character deaths, because he did. I counted three times where I was convinced that a great EU Star Wars character (that I liked) was going to be offed… only for Allston to pull the rug out from under me.

This book has several major developments that I’ve been hoping for since the series inception. Jainia has taken a central role in the series, at last, and her plots and character development serve as one of the driving forces in this book. Luke and Ben operating in a mentor/apprentice relationship was a joy to read about. In fact the Luke/Ben character developments were some of the best stuff in this book.

Honestly there is little to bitch about in this book. It did exactly what I’d expect from a novel at this point in the LotF series. It resolved some plots, shifted some forward, and left the characters in interesting new places for the next writer to pick up on. Nothing too radical happens in this novel, I assume they’re saving that for the last two novels.

While I really did like this book, it is perhaps the best crafted Star Wars novel of LotF, it’s not my favorite. Sacrifice still holds that honor. I doubt either of the last two novels will match Sacrifice’s emotion intensity and impact.

The next novel in the series, Revelation, by Karen Traviss looks interesting but I, fear, will be a tad predictable. (hmmm… what could the ‘revelation’ be?)

But we shall see.


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