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oh man. This was reading Episode III all over again. Jacen has completely fallen to Lumiya's lies about the Sith and is only one step from becoming a true Sith. Boba Fett looks for his daughter, finds his granddaughter. At least one of the ARC's[from RC] is alive, so Fett is trying to find him to find the anti-aging gene therapy he must have used. Ben is falling sway to to Jacen, but sees the evil in what Jacen is doing. The book ends without anything being wrapped up[of course, it is a 9 book series]. Jacen has come to think he must kill Tenel Ka and their daughter to become a Sith Lord able to save the galaxy from war. He is truly warped. I have no idea where this series is going to go. If LotF ends up being all Eastern and Everything is Right, Nothing is wrong, then I will be done with StarWars when this series ends. ( )
  BookstoogeLT | Dec 10, 2016 |
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  Lunapilot | Jul 19, 2016 |
My Review: 7 - Good Read

So this was both a weird but interesting read. Weird because I basically had one book between this and Betrayal (a fluke of jury duty and a DNF), so I hadn't had a long enough break to process the previous Star Wars book. But it was interesting because at this point in the publishing chronology, it's Traviss' first book after Republic Commando: Triple Zero, and this book, which takes place YEARS and YEARS later, seems to foreshadow events to come after RC: TZ. I say seems to because Boba Fett's storyline refers to what happened to a particular Kaminoan scientist years back, and that same scientist is the same that Skirata's wanting to hunt down at the end of the last RC book. And there's also a mysterious Mandalorian whose name, translated, means "little saber" and I so think I know who that refers to, even though I haven't yet met the character. So that was a lot of fun, to guess what I might be reading about in future RC books.

Yes, you may have seen me mention Boba Fett. Honestly, there's a part of me that's super-tired of fandom's obsession with this bounty hunter, but I did like K.W. Jeter's The Bounty Hunter Wars trilogy back in the day, and if anyone can make me give a fig about Boba Fett, it's Karen Traviss. I'm very, very partial to her writing style and storytelling methods, and I'll be damned if Boba Fett's storyline in this book wasn't the most riveting and interesting.

We also get Jacen's, Ben's, Luke's, and Han's POV (huh… no female POVs that I recall) to varying degrees of success: I liked how Traviss handled Jacen's, erm, transition and made it more believable (though what happened with Habuur? I wish he'd been mad instead). I also really liked her portrayal of Ben (for the most part: I'm still having trouble swallowing his fear of his father). Han's POV was solid, and Luke's…. Luke and Mara's storyline at the moment just frustrates me, because I feel they're slaves to the larger narrative dictated not by Traviss, but by Lucasflim. But we'll see. I really, really wished we'd gotten Jaina's POV, because if anyone can figure out Jaina's character and get her right, it's gotta be Karen Traviss. Yeah, I may live to regret saying that, but allow me to be optimistic for now, okay? Also, and this may be my ignorance in military matters showing, but I'm not sure a Colonel is supposed to or even be expected to follow another Colonel's orders, nor do I believe one Colonel can court-marshal another. Obviously, I could be wrong, but that rubbed me the wrong way. Technicalities aside, though, it was supposed to rub me the wrong way, so there is that.

Anyway, it's a promising installment, even despite my misgivings with the overall arc. We'll see how the rest goes…. ( )
  devilwrites | Mar 27, 2013 |
The Good: Boba Fett. Fett's presence increases a book's awesomeness by at least 100%. Since his storyline is fully half of the book, it makes for a heck of a lot of awesome. Nearing the (possible) end of his life, Fett is attempting to reconnect with the family he once had. This leads him to confront his ignorance of his father's culture and the society he leads. I think we can look forward to a unification of sorts in Mandalore, and the emergence of Mandalore as a nation/state.

The Bad: How to say this without spoilers? A certain character (CC) is turning to the Dark Side. This is such a tired plot I can't believe an entire series has been built around it. That the series creators chose this particular character for the role leads me to believe there is a cruelty streak running through whomever is responsible for this travesty.

The Ugly: Karen Traviss, whose Republic Commando books I love, shows a disturbing lack of understanding for so many thing. First, on the matter of CC's turn. If I were to ask young adults to explain why bad people do bad things, their responses would probably resemble the logic used to manipulate our character. I would expect a 30-something war veteran to roll his eyes at them, not say, "Hmm, you have a point." In case any readers need their moral compasses readjusted, let me share a little wisdom with you: the only way to impose order on a galaxy with trillions upon trillions of sentient beings, is to kill anyone who disagrees with your worldview*. Not even the Expanded Universe has enough cemeteries, crematoriums, or any other body disposal systems to accommodate that body count. Our CC understood this while fighting the Yuzhan Vong (It's the type of system they wanted to establish, after all); so seeing CC turn and embrace this new 'destiny' on the heel of the Vong War is disconcerting, to say the least.

Second, character development: Traviss does a mostly wonderful job with the Mandolorians (of course). Caveats: I thought the revelation at the end of Fett's storyline was a bit obvious, but it didn't ruin anything for me. Also, do not ever put the words "how come" in Boba Fett's mouth. "How come" is slang lazy people use when they mean 'why,' and Boba Fett is not one of those people.

This is the lesser of her sins, however. Truly horrifying was her depiction of Han Solo as a dithering old man. "Han had never killed in cold blood." Really? I beg to differ, and I also must insist that killing someone who has hired hit-men to murder your family is not "in cold blood." Luke Skywalker gets a bit of the same treatment, but since I never thought he is portrayed all that well in the books I just brushed it off.

Conclusion: The journey Fett is taking looks like it's going to be fascinating. His portions of the story definitely carried the book. The other storyline? Truthfully, I am so dismayed by the turn this is taking that I am only continuing the series because I'm both a series complete-ist, and a die-hard Star Wars fan.

*This is actually the only way to establish that kind of order and control, regardless of how many people you want under your thumb. Kill until everyone is cowed and subdued, or you run out of people.
  AngelaB86 | Jan 16, 2012 |
For Star Wars fans, this book can probably be reviewed in just two words: Boba Fett.

He's one of the best-known characters in the Extended Universe, and Traviss writes him incredibly well. There wasn't a single scene with Fett in that I can remember that would have scored below 10/10. The author should be particularly proud of those scenes.

On saying that, the Prologue is odd. It's from Fett's point of view, and I'd still give it full marks, but it wasn't the same style of the rest of the book (which I'm glad of, since I'm not a huge fan of first person books). It was... Interesting.

Another character that I thought she wrote particularly well was Ben Skywalker. Traviss captures the emotion of him seeing Jacen not being as perfect as he thought in a highly realistic way.

Unfortunately, the same can't be said of Jacen himself. He keeps doing things, not entirely in keeping with his character of the previous book, with no explanation for the actions. This is particularly true of the event mentioned above in which he falls in Ben's eyes. It is something which has major repercussions for the book, and it really needed some explanation on Jacen's part.

The other characters are all done fairly well, although I would have liked to have seen more of Jaina, and Admiral Pellaeon, the second of which was a favourite character of mine in the first book.

There are some difficulties in series written by different authors, which is the style of writing. In most cases the series can feel disjointed. In this first change of authors in the series, I barely noticed that it was a different author.

The only indication was that Traviss uses more of the expanded universe than Allston did, which was in someways difficult. Jaina is upset with Jacen in this book, because of something that happened with the Chiss. I haven't read anything else with Jacen and Jaina and I'd assumed that the Audiobook I listened too had missed something important. But it became such an issue that I became sure that it was deeper. According to Wookiepedia (The Star Wars Wiki), the issue between Jacen and Jaina was covered in the Dark Nest Trilogy.

I felt that if there had been any sense of animosity between the two in Betrayal, I would have accepted this easily. However, the apparent return of the emotions could have done with an explanation.

And that's the only thing that the back lacks, and that's motivation for a few of the events and feelings that occur. It's not many, but enough so that it doesn't get as high a score as betrayal (Except on Amazon, where I round it up to 5 stars).

But it's a brilliant book despite this, and Boba Fett and his family are fantastic. I was a bit nervous about it not being by Aaron Allston, but Kathy Traviss has impressed me. If you liked Betrayal, you have no reason not to read Bloodlines. If you haven't started the series, so far you won't be disappointed if you start. I still whole-heartedly recommend this series. ( )
  AdamBourke | Jan 7, 2011 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0345477510, Mass Market Paperback)

A new era of exciting adventures and shocking revelations continues to unfold, as the legendary Star Wars saga sweeps forward into astonishing new territory.

Civil war looms as the fledgling Galactic Alliance confronts a growing number of rebellious worlds–and the approaching war is tearing the Skywalker and Solo families apart. Han and Leia return to Han’s homeworld, Corellia, the heart of the resistance. Their children, Jacen and Jaina, are soldiers in the Galactic Alliance’s campaign to crush the insurgents.

Jacen, now a complete master of the Force, has his own plans to bring order to the galaxy. Guided by his Sith mentor, Lumiya, and with Luke’s young son Ben at his side, Jacen embarks on the same path that his grandfather Darth Vader once did. And while Han and Leia watch their only son become a stranger, a secret assassin entangles the couple with a dreaded name from Han’s past: Boba Fett. In the new galactic order, friends and enemies are no longer what they seem. . . .

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A new era of exciting adventures and shocking revelations continues to unfold in this second original novel in a brand-new multibook epic featuring Luke, Mara, Han, Leia, their children and allies. Original.

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