Star Wars: Abyss by Troy Denning

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  1. dgo

    dgo New Member

    May 27, 2006
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    This new book is quite good, it really catches the horror and the mystery that the characters are experiencing, the characterization is great all around, and it flows smoothly. Some passages are mind blowing.

    The villain Abeloth is awesome and horrifying at the same time, I can't wait to see what they do with her, she seems more satanic than the Sith even as she deceives others as a beautiful lady.

    I'd give it a 9.5/10.

    Brief preview/summary/recap:


    The book, ABYSS, is number 3 in the new 9-book "Fate of the Jedi" series, which is set 43 years after the movies. Luke Skywalker created a new Jedi Order and is now 62, his son Ben is 16, they are in exile looking for answers to a few problems. They are still missing Mara Jade Skywalker, Luke's wife and Ben's mother, who was killed by Darth Caedus (Han and Leia's son, Jacen, gone Sith). The Jedi are having trouble with their government, who now are afraid of the Jedi after Jacen Solo went to the dark side and killed many in a new civil war. Other Jedi are also having psychoting breakdowns, because of a Force illness with a mysterious cause.

    But despite Jedi problems, the galaxy is finally at peace, and in the process of uniting again, after the last civil war with Jacen Solo/Darth Caedus divided them...
    (The Empire still exists as a Remnant, but is no longer controlled by the Sith or that evil. The Galactic Alliance is the government that the Rebels founded that the New Republic turned into. There is also the Confederation, which is basically Corellians and the Hutts and the Corporate Sector. There is also the Hapan Consortium too, which is ruled by a friendly and beautiful but powerful Jedi Queen, Tenel Ka, the former girlfriend of Jacen Solo before he turned to the dark side and the mother of their daughter Allana Solo.)

    Han and Leia Solo are grandparents, raising their orphaned daughter Allana, after her father (Han and Leia's son, Jacen Solo) turned to the dark side and was killed unredeemed as the sith lord Darth Caedus by his twin sister Jaina Solo the sword of the jedi. (Han and Leia also had another son, Anakin Solo, who was killed as a teenager while saving his friends). Han, Leia, Jaina, and Allana are trying to help the infected Jedi from the government, who keeps freezing them in carbonite instead of trying to cure them. Jaina Solo, now Han and Leia's last surviving child, is in her 30's and just got engaged to Jag Fel, the new head of the Empire.

    A lost tribe of the Sith has emerged, which had been stranded on a planet for 5000 years, and has grown in number to the thousands (they don't follow the Rule of Two). They are determined to retrieve a mystical ship, and kill Luke and Ben Skywalker.

    But the real villain, Abeloth (the lady in the mists), has other plans for the Lost Sith Tribe and for the two Skywalkers, and is more powerful and more evil than anything ever before encountered in the galaxy, breaking out of the prison of black holes it has been contained in for the past 30,000 years...

    Family Tree (for those who might still be confused and not know that stuff has happened in Star Wars after the movies)

    Luke Skywalker and Princess Leia are the twin children of Darth Vader/Anakin Skywalker and Queen Padme Amidala.

    Luke Skywalker married former Imperial agent Mara Jade, and they had one son, Ben Skywalker. Mara was killed by Jacen Solo/Darth Caedus.

    ---Ben is a Jedi Knight, 16 years old now

    Princess Leia married Han Solo, and they had three children (their two sons have died), and they have one grandchild so far:

    1---Jaina Solo, the female twin, who's in her 30's, called the "Sword of the Jedi," she was forced to kill her twin brother after her fell to the dark side, she's now engaged to Jag Fel (the new ruler of the Empire, and future Emperor) which will make Jaina Solo the future Jedi Empress

    2---Jacen Solo, the male twin, who turned to the dark side and became Darth Caedus to save the galaxy and bring peace, he's now dead, killed by his twin sister

    -----------*Allana Solo is Jacen's 8 year old daughter, her mother is Queen Mother Tenel Ka of the Hapans, but she now lives with Han and Leia to have a "normal" and safer childhood

    3---Anakin Solo, named after his grandfather Anakin Skywalker, he was the youngest and died saving his friends from an extragalactic invasion force when he was 16, about thirteen years ago
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  2. dgo

    dgo New Member

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    Han Solo and Leia Solo:

    Mara Jade Skywalker, Luke's wife:

    Luke Skywalker and Mara Skywalker, when their son Ben was an infant:

    Luke Skywalker, after the death of his wife:

    Ben Skywalker, around 16 years old:

    Jacen Solo, aka Darth Caedus, Han and Leia's oldest son turned to the dark side, before his twin sister was forced to kill him:

    Jaina Solo, Sword of the Jedi, Future Empress:


    Anakin Solo, Han and Leia's son, as he was when he died at 16 to save his friends:
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  3. cbs_24

    cbs_24 OT Supporter

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    umm WTF? i used to read those young jedi knight books that centered around the Solo twins and Anakin. Let me get this straight? Jacen turned to the dark side and died?!? and anakin is dead?!? FUCK YOU STAR WARS. you won't rest till my childhood is destroyed.
  4. dgo

    dgo New Member

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    Chewbacca died too, to save Anakin Solo and as many civilians as he could

    After the Young Jedi Knights series ended, we got:

    THE NEW JEDI ORDER series (19 books, 25-30 years after the movies, 1999-2004)
    -Yuuzhan Vong invade from another galaxy, they're alive but not in the Force, they hate machines as abominations and only use biotechnology, even their spacefleets are living creatures
    -because they can't be felt in the Force, the Luke's Jedi can't use the Force to protect the galaxy from them
    -Chewbacca dies (the Yuuzhan Vong create a black hole to cause a moon to launch into the planet he's on)
    -Anakin Solo dies (sabotaging a Vong project, dying to save his friends)
    -Tahiri is tortured and implanted with a Vong personality
    -Jaina has a brief skirmish with the dark side, temporarily goes blind earlier too
    -Leia is tortured, has all the hair pulled out of her body, Jacen rescues her from the Warmaster Tsavong Lah
    -Mara is saved from a sickness, with help from the ghost of Obi-wan, gives birth to Ben Skywalker
    -Coruscant falls
    -half the galaxy is invaded
    -Yuuzhan Vong plan to kill or enslave all lifeforms in the galaxy, remake it into their own lost galaxy
    -Ackbar dies
    -Raynar disappears
    -Jacen is trained by Vergere to discover a new way in the Force
    -Jaina kills Warmaster Tsavong Lah
    -New Republic allies with the Empire, Chiss, Hapans, Hutts to form the new Galactic Alliance
    -Jacen, Luke, Mara find a powerful ally in Sekot
    -Yuuzhan Vong slaves begin to rebel, because of Luke's Jedi
    -the Vong fall into a trap, full scale rebellion, Luke chops off the Supreme Overlord's head
    -Jacen rescues Jaina, finds enlightenment, and kills the real mastermind by surrendering to the will of the Force thanks to guidance from the ghostly voice of Anakin Skywalker, his grandfather
    -Yuuzhan Vong are driven to Sekot to repent, spared by Luke Skywalker to be redeemed in exile
    -Jacen leaves to go on a journey to learn from all the Force Cultures in the galaxy

    THE DARK NEST TRILOGY (3 books, 35-36 years after the movies, 2005-2006)
    -5 years later, Jacen returns from Force Journey, he's different, but has lots more tricks
    -border dispute between Chiss and Killiks
    -Jacen has a daughter, Allana, with Tenel Ka
    -Jacen tortures Tenel Ka's grandmother to death, after she tries to kill her granddaughter Tenel Ka and great-granddaughter Allana
    -Jacen sees a vision of the galaxy burning in eternal war, tricks Jaina into starting a war earlier, so the vision doesn't come true
    -Jacen nearly dies saving Mara's life
    -Luke rescues Raynar from the Killik hive mind
    -the eternal war is prevented, the war Jacen started ends
    -Jacen takes Luke's son Ben as an apprentice

    LEGACY OF THE FORCE (9 books, 40-41 years after the movies, 2006-2008)
    -Jacen is convinced by Lumiya, Luke's evil ex-girlfriend and Darth Vader's surviving secret apprentice, that he can only bring peace to the galaxy and save Luke's life by joining the dark side and learning the ways of the Sith
    -Jacen starts secret police as Corellia forms a new Confederation and the Second Galactic Civil War begins
    -Ben assasinates Chiefs of State, under Jacen's order, while 13 years old
    -Jacen told he won't be true Sith Lord until he kills someone he loves
    -Jacen thinks he has to kill Ben as his sacrifice
    -Mara learns truth, ambushes Jacen, Jacen kills her in self-defense and says her death was his sacrifice and names himself Darth Caedus
    -he does a military coup, become Chief of the Galactic Alliance
    -he burns the Wookiee homeworld
    -nearly turns Ben to the dark side when he learns that Jacen killed his mother, Jacen/Caedus tortures Ben, Luke rescues Ben
    -Ben comes back to the light, Luke and Jedi stop supporting Jacen and the Galactic Alliance, Jedi become third side in the war
    -Tahiri becomes Jacen/Caedus' Sith apprentice, with hopes the dark side can bring back Anakin Solo
    -Jaina trains to kill her brother with Boba Fett and the Mandalorians
    -Luke may go to the dark side if he confronts Jacen himself, sends Jaina
    -Daala comes back to fight Jacen/Caedus, Tahiri kills Pellaeon, Moffs take over the Empire and join Jacen
    -Jaina kills Jacen/Caedus, as he tries to save his daughter Allana's life from the Imperial Moffs
    -Ben redeems Tahiri
    -Tenel Ka fakes Allana's death, so she can live a normal and safer childhood away from Hapan politics, sent to live with her grandparents Han and Leia
    -Luke gets Moffs to surrender so they can end the war, put's Jag Fel as the new leader of the Empire (Jag is Jaina's boyfriend, later becomes the good Emperor and starts dynasty of Jedi Emperors with Jaina)
    -Daala is elected leader of the Galactic Alliance

    MILLENNIUM FALCON (1 novel, 43 years after the movies, 2008)
    -Han, Leia, Allana uncover a mystery and an adventure as they trace the history of the mysterious ship (Allana is now 8 years old, Han is over 70, Leia is 62)

    FATE OF THE JEDI (9 books, 43-?? years after the movies, 2009-2011, ongoing)
    -this series
    -Daala exiles Luke Skywalker for failing to prevent his nephew Jacen's fall to the dark side
    -other young Jedi are going insane from a Force sickness
    -Han and Leia help Lando save Kessel
    -Daala freezes Corran Horn's children in carbonite, wants to put Jedi under government control for the public good or disband them
    -Luke and Ben decide to see why Jacen changed during that 5 year journey, go to retrace his steps, travel to the non-Jedi/non-Sith Force Cultures of the Aing-Tii and Baran Do
    -Jaina agrees to marry Jag Fel, the Jedi-appointed leader of the Empire
    -the Lost Tribe of the Sith emerges
    ........(this is where ABYSS comes in about)
    ........story continued

    LEGACY (137-??? years after the movies)
    -long time later
    -Luke Skywalker is long dead, a Force Ghost to his great-grandson Cade Skywalker
    -good Empire controlled the galaxy, until new Sith usurped the throne and turned it into the new Sith Empire (all have Darth Maul like body tattoos)
    -after a war over the Sith sabotaging and framing the redeemed Yuuzhan Vong, the Jedi go into hiding again, the Galactic Alliance is defeated, the good Emperor (a descendant of Jaina Solo) goes into hiding
    -Cade's father Kol Skywalker is killed during a Sith attack, Cade has mysterious ability so that HE CAN STOP PEOPLE FROM DYING (what hsi ancestor Anakin Skywalker really wanted to know)
    -Cade was orphaned, raised by pirates, is now a drug-addicted bounty hunter
    -begins to train in the Jedi ways again, then captured by Sith and learns some Sith ways, but doesn't go to dark side, rescued by his friends and his mother (who is secretly an Imperial Moff)
    -Cade sets trap for the Sith Emperor, kills him, but an even worse Sith Lord takes his place
    .........story is continuing
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  5. Mr 20Valve

    Mr 20Valve OT Supporter

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    i read all the Star Wars EU books as they were released right up until the first few books of the New Jedi Order series where it got astoundingly shit & i had to stop or i would've ended up hating Star Wars forever.

    sounds like I did myself a favour.

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