Category: The IR2 Review

IR2 Review: Darth Plagueis

Darth Plagueis: More Sith Lore then you can shake a Saber at.

Author: James Luceno
Publisher: Del Rey
Release date: January 10, 2012
Pages: 400
Era: Old Republic / Rise of the Empire

Let me start by saying that, never before have I placed such high hopes into a Star Wars novel as I had with Star Wars: Darth Plagueis. Darth Plagueis is a novel that almost wasn’t. In fact on March 27th, 2007, then Editor at Large Sue Rostoni revealed that the novel had been canceled in a publishing schedule post on her blog.

 “I’m sure you’ve noticed that the Plagueis novel is not listed. It’s true. The novel has been cancelled. We decided that this was not the right time to delve into Palpatine’s back story and Plagueis’s beginnings.” ―Sue Rostoni

At this time the only things we had discovered about Darth Plagueis was that he was a Muun, and that a part of Fandom was divided on learning about Palpatine’s back story. While some wanted to leave it a mystery, others were salivating for more. As luck would have it, Darth Bane: Rule of Two replaced Darth Plagueis, and continued what would later be a trilogy of novels chronicling the rise of the Sith Lord who founded the Rule of Two.

Later though the Force would again be with Darth Plagueis, July 27th 2010 following the shocking revelation that Imperial Commando 2 had been canceled Rostoni announced that Plagueis would indeed see his time on paper, again the dark side flourishes.

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IR2 Review: Crosscurent

Paul S. Kemp’s Crosscurrent is now behind me, a great Star Wars Paperback story I’m here to say!  Past meets Present to fight for the fate of the future!

Did any of you play a little game back in 03 called Star Wars: Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy?  You have?! Well then you know Jaden Korr! (The rest of you check out the links to the Wook I’ve provided)

I will try to keep the spoilers to a minimum for those who still plan on reading Crosscurrent!

That’s right Fanboys and Girls this standalone turned doulogy has Kyle Katarn’s lovable Padawan now a Jedi Knight, Jaden Korr as the center character!  Jaden is plagued with doubt over his recent actions in the Second Civil War, on Centerpoint Station.  On Coruscant Jaden isolates himself from everyone in his apartment, until he has a Force vision which sets him on his path to a world named Fhost.

Jaden is shown to be a character who is still trying to understand his place in the Force, and how to perceive it’s sides.  Jaden like Jacen Solo before him, to be conflicted by his recent actions, and what it means to be a Jedi.  I loved how this was explored through out the novel!
He often contemplates his Master Katarn’s teachings:

The Force is a tool, Jaden. Sometimes a weapon, sometimes a salve. Dark Side, Light Side, these are distinctions of insignificant difference. Do not fall into the trap of classification. Sentience curses us with a desire to categorize and draw lines, to fear that after this be dragons. But that is illusion. After this is not dragons but more knowledge, deeper understanding. Be at peace with that.” -Kyle Katarn

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The IR2 Review: Abyss

Troy Denning’s first installment in the Fate of the Jedi series Abyss is the third book of the FotJ series so far, following Aaron Alston’s Outcast and then Christie Golden’s Omen.

Jedi are going mad, Luke Skywalker is in exile, former imperial Admiral Natasi Daala is the Chief of State of the Galactic Alliance; this is the reality that Abyss opens with.

Two more Jedi have fallen. The recent event this time was not one but TWO Jedi Knights, one right after the next.

As the Order struggles to discover what is affecting the young Jedi who were hiding in the Maw during the Yuuzhan Vong invasion. Continue reading