star wars edge of victory 1Greg Keyes
Del Rey
2001

No longer content with the destruction the Yuuzhan Vong have already sown, Warmaster Tsavong Lah has demanded the heads of all the Jedi. Now the Jedi Knights are in terrible danger—and none more so than the young students at the Jedi academy on Yavin 4. Already the sympathizers known as the Peace Brigade are in the Yavin system—and a Yuuzhan Vong fleet is not far behind. At Luke Skywalker’s request, Talon Karrde mounts an expedition to rescue the young students. Anakin Solo has his own ideas. Impatient, and figuring that forgiveness is easier to come by than permission, he takes off for Yavin 4 in his X-wing. When it comes to confidence, courage, and raw Force talent, Anakin has few peers. But when his friend Tahiri is separated from the other academy kids and captured by the Yuuzhan Vong, even Anakin may be in over his head. For the aliens have a different future in mind for Tahiri, and they will stop at nothing to achieve their horrific ends…

And the saga of The New Jedi Order continues, with several Jedi Knights dying at the hands of New Republic citizens reacting to the Yuuzhan Vong’s demand that all the Jedi be brought to them in exchange for no further conquering of planets in the galaxy. Of course, the New Republic turns its back on the Jedi completely ignoring a blatant invasion of Yavin 4 and an attempt to capture the Jedi at the temple, many of which are young children. Anakin Solo then flies in on his own to stage a rescue, first of the many children, then of his best friend who is having hideous tests done on her physiology and psychology, which will leave her scarred inside and out. Then he’s “recruited” by a shamed Yuuzhan Vong warrior looking for revenge on the person who made him the way he now was, and along the way, they gain a deeper understanding of each other’s respective cultures, resulting in everyone becoming friends and having tea and scones.

Okay, obviously I made up that last bit. But some insight was made, which may make things more interesting as things progress. Edge Of Victory I: Conquest focused on Anakin Solo’s journey as a Jedi in the middle of a war that’s all but hopeless. Of course, the devastation itself–especially to the ancient Jedi temple on Yavin 4–is really levelling things in the beloved Star Wars expanded universe. The action is good, the story moves along at a good clip, and as per usual I was rather satisfied with the story. Maybe I’m easily amused, I don’t know, but so far the overall New Jedi Order arc have been very decent thus far. On to part II of the duology, then…

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