The most recent additions to my EU Library:

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Past meets Future, to effect the present in Paul S. Kemp’s Star Wars Paperback Crosscurrent.  I am currently 205 pages deep in this outstanding addition to Star Wars EU.  The events from John Jackson Miller’s Lost Tribe of the Sith are at the heart of this tale.  For it’s the Sith from the past who might hold the key to the future.  When the accident that strands Miller’s Lost Tribe of Sith occurs, the Omen’s sister ship Harbinger is catapulted 5,000 years into the future.

Meanwhile, Jedi Knight Jaden Korr (Same Jaden from the Jedi Academy Game) still reeling from his actions at Centerpoint (as seen in the Legacy of the Force Series) has a vision that leads him to enlist the services of two spacers and their modified YT-2400, he charters passage to the mysterious system from his visions, and apparently at the right time…

Stay tuned for a review of Crosscurrent to follow when I am finished with it.

Star Wars: Clone Wars Gambit: Stealth.

By Karen Miller

As if the name isn’t long enough, the first half of the duology that will finish the THE CLONE WARS Trade Paper Backs has hit my shelf with a nice page count of 395, with an Outcast excerpt as well.  With the departure of Karen Traviss, Karen Miller found that the line up for their shared series was shifting and she was finishing the series on her own.  While I have not yet started my copy, if it is anything like her first Clone Wars novel Wild Space, it should be a great story.

The special thing about this series is that it was Del Rays first series of novels to use the Premium Format.  The books are taller then normal, which makes the words easier to read, but the fan reaction to the “added benefits” compared to price increase was “no thanks” and soon after word that the Fate of the Jedi series too would use this new format quickly changed back to the regular format the fans seem to enjoy more.

Publisher’s summary:

Planet by planet, darkness creeps across the galaxy. Among warriors and generals, among ordinary beings living in far-flung worlds, the fear will not go away: We are losing this war. . . .

Anakin Skywalker feels it, too. The Separatist Alliance, with ruthlessness and treachery, is beating the Republic to every strategic target. But after a costly clash with General Grievous for the planet Kothlis, Anakin has a mission that will focus his anxious mind. Alongside Obi-Wan Kenobi, he is posing as a long-lost native of Lanteeb, an impoverished world on the Outer Rim. This seemingly unimportant planet has drawn the interest of the Seps—and Anakin and Obi-Wan soon discover the disturbing reason: A scientist enslaved by General Lok Durd is drawing on Lanteeb’s one natural resource for a devastating bioweapon. Now Anakin and Obi-Wan have entered the eye of a storm. Their presence has been exposed, Lok Durd’s plans unveiled, and a fight has begun for survival behind enemy lines—and a chance of winning a war that must be fought at any cost.


Star Wars:

Luke Skywalker & the Shadows of Mindor

By Matthew Stover

The Mass Market Reprint of Matt Stover’s Shadows of Mindor hit my shelf the same day as Karen Miller’s Stealth, but unlike Miller’s novel, I have read the Hardcover of this one.  It also was on of the first I sold right after reading on Ebay.  (So unlike most books I read thins one one time and hadn’t seen a copy till now)  I recall finding this novel like most of Stover’s Star Wars novels almost too deep for me at frist read.   Don’t get me wrong, Traitor and Revenge of the Sith are two great novels for their compelling look into Star Wars and I love them, but I’ll have to give this one another few read throughs, for it didn’t leave me feel as good as say Traitor.

Publisher’s summary:

Overthrowing the dark side’s empire has made them heroes. But underestimating the fury of the Sith will make them targets.

Emperor Palpatine and Darth Vader are dead. The Empire has been toppled by the triumphant Rebel Alliance, and the New Republic is ascendant. But the struggle against the dark side and the Sith order is not over. Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia, Han Solo, Lando Calrissian, and their faithful comrades have had little time to savor victory before being called on to defend the newly liberated galaxy.

Powerful remnants of the vanquished Empire, hungry for retaliation, are still at large, committing acts of piracy, terrorism, and wholesale slaughter against the worlds of the fledgling Republic. The most deadly of these, a ruthless legion of black-armored stormtroopers, do the brutal bidding of the newly risen warlord Shadowspawn. Striking from a strategically advantageous base at the planet Mindor, they are waging campaigns of plunder and destruction, demolishing order and security across the galaxy—and breeding fears of an Imperial resurgence. And another reign of darkness beneath the boot-heel of Sith despotism is something General Luke Skywalker cannot and will not risk.

Mobilizing the ace fighters of Rogue Squadron—along with the trusty Chewbacca, Threepio, and Artoo-Detoo—Luke, Han, and Leia set out to take the battle to the enemy at the site of its stronghold, and neutralize the threat before it’s too late. But their imminent onslaught against Mindor will be playing directly into the hands of their cunning new adversary. Lord Shadowspawn is no freshly anointed Sith Chieftain, but in fact a vicious former Imperial Intelligence officer—and Prophet of the Dark Side. The Emperor’s death has paved the way for Shadowspawn’s return from exile in the Outer Rim; and mastery of ancient Sith knowledge and modern technology has given him the capability to mount the ultimate power play for galaxy-wide dominion. Dark prophecy has foretold that only one obstacle stands in his way, and he is ready—even eager—for the confrontation.

All the classic heroes, all the explosive action and adventure, all the unparalleled excitement of Star Wars come breathlessly alive here, as the further adventures of Luke Skywalker continue.

Star Wars: Dark Times

Publisher’s summary:

In a time when all Jedi are fugitives, surviving Jedi Dass Jennir is trying to live as an outlaw without actually becoming one. Accepting a job from a mysterious beauty, Jennir sets out to rid her town of a gang of slave runners. But when he finds that his employer hasn’t been completely honest with him, he begins to doubt the course she’s set him on. Outlaw or not, there’s one thing he knows for certain: he has vowed to save this town – and a Jedi never gives up!

Meanwhile, Darth Vader makes a discovery that has him questioning his own future and the plans of Emperor Palpatine. There are many questions and few answers in these dark times!

Now caught between two rival factions, former Jedi Dass Jennir has only one option left – play both sides against one another and hope that neither side tumbles to his plan!

So to get me current with Dark Times I was able to secure the most recent of the Blue Harvest story arc. The tragedy is the wait for the arc to finish.  The series has had a few hiccups, but the art and quality of story more then make up for the delays.  It’s just frustrating when you want to sate your Dark Times thirst.

STAR WARS: LEGACY

What?!  You haven’t been following Legacy?!  Then you missed the Mandalorians?!  Well, don’t miss this next arc Monster!  It’s a tale of what went wrong with Kol Skywalker’s Vong shaping project.  What does this have to do with his son Cade over a decade later?  Perhaps everything.

The Skywalker story didn’t end with Anakin and Luke, and this Skywalker walks a very dark path.  He’s a drug addict who once was a Jedi Padawan turned Pirate turned Bounty Hunter, he has been trained by Sith, and has since decided he’s going to be in control of his own fate.  Yeah cause we’ve seen how that works for those Skywalker guys.  Now that the Sith Emperor Darth Krayt seems to be out of the way, the Sith have appeared to remain in power despite Cade’s intervention.

Now what do the Sith have to do with this arc you might wonder?  You will have to read to discover true believers.

STAR WARS

Knights of the Old Republic

Publisher’s summary:

The saga of Zayne Carrick, the Padawan-turned-undercover-and-unexpected-hero, ends in this last issue of the series that has been a part of the Dark Horse Star Wars line since 2006! Don’t miss this final issue!

Zayne and the Mandalorian Rohlan rush to aid their friend Jarael against the demented scientist Demagol and the vicious slaver Chantique. If they can arrive in time, there is a chance that everything will turn out in their favor—but with Zayne’s ever-awkward connection to the Force, nothing is certain . . .

The end….. or a new beginning.

Kotor #50 ends the series that has seen one Zayne Carrick go from bumbling Padawan, to a Force to be reckoned with.   What was Demagol’s secret?  Was Jarael corrupted by Exar Kun’s saber?  Well don’t fear FanBoys and Girls, the answers are all there.  John Jackson Miller has done it once again folks.  Miller’s team has brought this great series to an end in a way that stays true to the over all theme of the series- STRONG.  Strong art, strong plot, strong delivery, strong ending.  Weather it is strong poor luck or good that has driven Zayne and his companions on their way, no one can doubt the strange connection Zayne has to the Force and how it works around him.

The completion of Kotor opens the way for Miller’s next project- STAR WARS: KNIGHT ERRANT.  It will be a comic series with a later novel tie in also penned by Miller and also with the Knight Errant title.  While it will not be set on the heels of Kotor, this new series will be set closer to the new TOR game in the timeline.

So prepare for plenty of treats in the future Star Wars Fans.  I’ll try to keep you up to date on the way.

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