Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Review:Star Wars:Coruscant Nights:Jedi Twilight by Michael Reaves

Review of Star Wars:Coruscant Nights:Jedi Twilight by Michael Reaves

Publisher's Summary:
With the dark ascension of the Empire, and the Jedi Knights virtually wiped out, one Jedi who escaped the massacre is slated for a date with destiny–and a confrontation with Darth Vader.

Jax Pavan is one of the few Jedi Knights who miraculously survived the slaughter that followed Palpatine’s ruthless Order 66. Now, deep in Coruscant’s Blackpit Slums, Jax ekes out a living as a private investigator, trying to help people in need while concealing his Jedi identity and staying one step ahead of the killers out for Jedi blood. And they’re not the only ones in search of the elusive Jax. Hard-boiled reporter Den Dhur and his buddy, the highly unorthodox droid I-5YQ, have shocking news to bring Jax–about the father he never knew.
But when Jax learns that his old Jedi Master has been killed, leaving behind the request that Jax finish a mission critical to the resistance, Jax has no choice but to emerge from hiding–and risk detection by Darth Vader–to fulfill his Master’s dying wish.


I picked up Jedi Twilight simply because I needed something Star Wars to read-my nerd tendencies where driving through. I was excited for it. I like the prequel trilogy era and I thought that this was a cool concept for a Star Wars novel-the whole mystery, Jedi losing his powers ala Peter Parker in Spider-Man 2 feel. I like Michael Reaves work, his original characters are always very enjoyable-which leads us to our 1st topic-

Characters:
The story pretty much revolves around Jax Pavan, one of the lucky Jedi to survive Order 66/Knightfall. Jax is the son of Lorn Pavan, a character introduced in another Reaves novel, Darth Maul:Shadow Hunter(highly recommended) We also get to see a more of I-5IQ and Dal Perhi(also introduced in DM:Shadow Hunter) Kaird is also in it(Medstar I:Battle Surgeon) as well as one of my favorite characters introduced in Shatterpoint-Nick Rostu, who wasn't as sharp as I remembered him it was still nice to see him. and of course, Prince Zizor( pronounced SHEE-ZOR, or that's what I've been told) himself from Shadows of the Empire. A new character introduced was Rhinann, who is Darth Vader's aide. He makes an interesting character-new characters sometimes scare me because they always have that potential to end up being stupid. But Rhinann makes a nice addition to the Coruscant Nights team.

Story:
To say the least, it was refreshing. Not the most intriguing story, but it was a good read and made for a nice filler to hold me over from Invincible to The Clone Wars and The Force Unleashed.I liked the whole pulp feel. And to be honest-I liked the prequel era. Especially the post Order 66/Knightfall but pre-Ep IV. I like the fact that it's all gone down hill. Yeah the surviving Jedi thing is kinda old(Rahm Kota, A'Shared Hett, Shaak Ti, Obi-Wan, Yoda and a slew of others) but's its still kinda cool. A little thing that bugged me was paladin Jedi. The concept is cool-all force, no lightsabers, but the name well......Samuel L. Jackson's crazy character Roland in Jumper was a "Paladin". They are completly different things but, I just kept thinking of Sam and his bleached hair every time I heard the word- just a little pet-peave

So In Conclusion: A good Star Wars novel, you can read it and not feel like you need to be on Suicide Watch like in Invincible(Stupid Denning and the Stupid Jacen jokes) So pick it up, it'll ease your excitement pre-The Clone Wars + The Force Unleashed.

Also-the next book,Street of Shadows, is being set up in my mind as very exciting. Spoilers ahead, 1st chapter is in the back of Jedi Twilight. Typho, Padme's head of security, is revealed to have been in love with her(I knew it

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