Author: Michael Reaves , Steve Perry. Narrator: Jonathan Davis. Abridged: 3 hr 10 min. Format: Digital Audiobook. Publisher: Random House Audio. Genre: Fiction - Science Fiction. While the Clone Wars wreak havoc throughout the galaxy, the situation on the far world of Drongar is desperate, as Republic forces engage in a fierce fight with the Separatists. The threatened enemy offensive begins as the Separatists employ legions of droids into their attack.
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Nowhere is this point more painfully clear than in the steaming Jasserak jungle, where the doctors and nurses of a small med unit face an impossible situation. Even the Jedi abilities of Padawan Barriss Offee have been stretched to the limit.
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Ahead lies a test for Barriss that could very well lead to her death—and that of countless others. The unthinkable has become the inevitable. Whether it kills them or not remains to be seen. From the Paperback edition. There is a great disturbance in the Force.
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Bota has more uses than just medicine, though, as Barriss quickly finds out. She is injured in a battle and decides to take some of the bota in order to heal herself, rather than trusting in the Force to mend her wounds. The Legends canon has not yet explored much of the different between the Cosmic and the Living Force, but relies on you having read the previous material.
What we do glean, though, is that Barriss feels a much stronger connection with and to the Force now. You know when people say that they can taste a color? It is something akin to that: an experience greater than any our senses would regularly be able to grant us. It seems as if this experience is too much for her. After eating some of the bota rather than using her own power to heal herself, she is opened up to the Dark Side. The novel again does not explicitly dive into what exactly the connection is between the bota and the Dark Side, which I find rather disappointing. I do highly doubt that this was connected intentionally, but rather a happy accident.
In relation to the bota, this begins a troubling series of escalating Force powers that Reeves will introduce throughout the rest of his novels. Remember the taozin, the creatures that could be hidden from the Force that Maul and Darsha Assant fought? Now add to them the bota, a miracle drug which bolsters your connection to the Force. I worry that Legends, toward the end even though this was early s felt the need to constantly one-up itself in terms of describing the Force.
Clearly they wouldn't end the story that way, so obviously it's going to end up being Klo. But then, upon their return, Tolk is acting strange in a way that jives well with how we expect the spy to be acting at this juncture. Might she actually be the spy?
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We're given no other reason for her new attitude, so the likelihood is at least considerably stronger than it was at first. Indeed, it's safe to say that that's pretty much the sole reason the whole thing with her and Jos' uncle was included; Reaves and Perry realized that her actually betraying the Republic would be too much of a long shot in the eyes of readers, and they had to take steps to confuse things including, perhaps, the occasional forum post Speaking of Jos' uncle, the change in Tolk's attitude ends up being the result of Kersos telling her Jos is better off if she leaves him alone, which is actually part of an intricate plan to test the depths of Jos' feelings for her.
Anyway, once we find out what's really up with Tolk, it's pretty much a certainty that Klo will end up being the spy which Barriss figures out for herself soon afterward , but simply the fact that they took the time to work this in belies a commendable interest in keeping us guessing. Maybe I'm just gullible, but even after Tolk's situation was cleared up, I still wasn't ready to rule her out as the spy completely.
Yeah, it would've been a shockingly cruel blow to the other characters, but this is Reaves and Perry we're talking about; each author concluded their sole previous Star Wars work with the death of their main protagonist okay, so Dash Rendar didn't really die, but for all we've seen of him since then, he might as well have.
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If anyone was capable of going through with such a gut-wrenching twist, if was these guys. In fact, it was a lot like reading The Unifying Force a year ago. I didn't really expect Tolk to be the spy, but I was just unsure enough to be concerned about it, which is a big achievement in the generally sunny world of Star Wars. But like I said; maybe I'm just gullible. Now that I've addressed all that ad nauseam, there isn't really a lot more I feel I need to say.
And speaking of things I haven't seen, Barriss overcoming the closest thing the EU's ever seen to a drug addiction was a very interesting idea, one that may have deserved more attention. What the ending seems to be implying about the events of the forthcoming Coruscant Nights books is, quite simply, exactly what I was hoping for. Those stories' potential is now through the roof as far as I'm concerned, and Reaves is the perfect man for the job. Now if only we can get a new Perry story bridging the gap between the Black Sun of Medstar and that of Shadows of the Empire or any new Perry story, really , I'll be happy.
I really can't say this enough; why LucasBooks waited six years to invite him back is a complete mystery to me. All the surviving doctors and inhabitants of Rimsoo Seven return to the fold, thoroughly matured from their experiences of Battle Surgeons: the triumphs, the progressions, and of course, tragedy in the death of Zan Yant. The book introduces several new characters, although none really struck a chord with me as well as the original cast other than young Uli Divini, boy genius.
Once again, I enjoyed the introspection a great deal and was happy to see that I-Five finally achieved the impossible and got drunk.
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Good for him. I don? Although I hadn? Excellent work, sir. I had recently gone through a relationship break-up, and was experiencing many of the same feelings and asking the same questions that Jos was, when he was having trouble with Tolk.
From memory, this is the first Star Wars novel that has brought up the emotional themes of depression and suicide, which was great to explore. Given the entire franchise is basically about war, it is strange that depression has not been explored before in characters. Likewise, the theme of drug addiction is a first in a Star Wars story. Sure, we have had spice smuggling, drug peddlers, etc This was an interesting way to test a Jedi Padawan through glimpses of the Dark Side brought by the intoxicating nature of drugs.
I congratulate the authors for bringing all theses new human emotional themes to Star Wars in one book. Coming into this novel, I had read a few negative reviews, stating that it would be just a rehash of the first novel. I couldn't disagree more.
Whilst the first was a great book, I believe that the second was even better, through the character development and plot resolution. I have to agree with Scott, I also too liked the cover art, and a tip of the hat to Scott, a very good pickup with the Michelangelo analogy. I enjoyed the exploration of the traditions of relationships of the Correlian culture. The introduction of Admiral Erel Kersos, the uncle of Jos, was a great way to explore this theme as he provided paternal advice to Jos.
I think it was great storytelling how Kersos was reliving his choices through the eyes of Jos. It would be great to read follow up stories featuring this characters, when they return to Corellia to face prejudice and stereotypes. The subplot featuring the droid I-5 and his relationship with Den Dhur, with the goal of Dhur getting the droid drunk was enjoyably humorous. I believe that elements of humour was a great way to balance a medical wartime story. I found the revelation that the Republic was testing a superlaser that would eventually be a component of the Death Star to be really interesting.
Episode II showed that the Separatists were working on the plans for the Death Star, and now the Republic is working on a superlaser?! Really shows how Palpatine is playing both sides to his own benefit and goals.