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Destiny's Way by Walter Jon Williams
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Jacen returns. Vergere becomes one w the Force. Tide turns against Yuuzhon Vong. I really liked. ( )
  BookstoogeLT | Dec 10, 2016 |
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  Lunapilot | Jul 19, 2016 |
The New Jedi Order really peaks in the middle: Edge of Victory I: Conquest, Star by Star, and Traitor are all top-notch, and much of the surrounding work is solid. But Destiny's Way is basically just perfunctory. It has its occasional fun bit, like Han and Leia talking to Pellaeon, or the return of Admiral Ackbar, or Lando playing politics (they should have made him president), and the final space battle is pretty good-- but I don't care for the genocide subplot, some of the politicking is dumb/boring, and Walter Jon Williams clearly did not read Traitor, as the Vergere here is a totally different character from the one in that book. More than any other NJO hardcover, this one feels like it's just there to take up space, to bridge the gap between the New Republic being on the verge of defeat in Star by Star with the requirement that it has to be able to win the war in five books' time. There are worse NJO books, but there are more ambitious ones as well.

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  Stevil2001 | Feb 26, 2016 |
Williams accomplishes something I didn't think I'd ever see in the New Jedi Order series: he makes the politics interesting. (They're a necessary part of any story this big, but depicting politics usually bogs down a story, just like in real life.) He also moves the overall plot forward, slips in some interesting discussion of Jedi philosophy, and delivers character development, dramatic tension, and an epic space battle for a finale. ( )
  slothman | Nov 22, 2008 |
I like the exploration of the "force" that has been going on in the last few books. Makes me think about parallels in the real world. ( )
  tjsjohanna | Jul 9, 2007 |
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The time of reckoning is close at hand. Events in the New York Times bestselling Star Wars The New Jedi Order series take a decisive turn, as the heroes of the New Republic prepare for their most volatile clash yet with the enemy—from without and within.

In the war against the ruthless Yuuzhan Vong, the fall of Coruscant leaves the New Republic divided by internal strife, and on the verge of bowing to conquest. But those who steadfastly refuse to consider surrender—Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, Leia Organa Solo, and their children and comrades-in-arms—are determined to seize victory against overwhelming odds. And now, finally, there are signs that the tide may be turning in the New Republic’s favor.

After capturing crucial Yuuzhan Vong intelligence, Jedi fighter-pilot Jaina Solo prepares to lead a daring surprise strike against an enemy flagship. Meanwhile, Jaina’s brother Jacen—liberated from the hands of the enemy and newly schooled in an even greater mastery of the Force by the Jedi Knight Vergere—is eagerly poised to bring his unique skills to bear against the invaders. And on Mon Calamari, the New Republic’s provisional capital, the retired, ailing hero Admiral Ackbar has conceived a major tactical plan that could spell the beginning of a swift end for the Yuuzhan Vong.

Yet even as opposing squadrons face off in the depths of space, intrigue runs rampant: in the heated political race for Chief of State . . . in the shadows where Yuuzhan Vong spies plot assassinations . . . and in the inscrutable creature Vergere, a Jedi Knight whose allegiance is impossible to predict. And as Luke Skywalker sets about reestablishing the Jedi Council, the growing faction opposed to the ways of the Force unveil a terrifying weapon designed to annihilate the Yuuzhan Vong species. But in doing so, they may be dooming the New Republic to becoming the very thing it has sworn to fight against—and unleashing the power of the dark side.

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Following the fall of Coruscant to the Yuuzhan Vong, the New Republic is torn apart by internal strife and intrigue as Luke, Han Solo, Leia, and their companions vow to stop the Yuuzhan Vong, and a dangerous new faction opposed to the ways of the Force unveils an ultimate weapon that could not only destroy their enemies but also make them vulnerable to the dark side.… (more)

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