Star Wars: Fate of the Jedi: Backlash by Aaron Allston. Arrow Books '7.99
Reviewed by Matthew Johns
My first foray into the written world of Star Wars. This novel is set a considerable time after Return of the Jedi and features a much older Luke Skywalker, now an exiled Jedi Grand Master who, along with his son Ben, also a Jedi Knight, pursues an apprentice Sith, whose late mistress had attempted (and failed) to kill Luke Skywalker. Other familiar characters soon join the storyline ' Han Solo and his wife Leia, R2DR and C-3PO, all aboard the Millennium Falcon.
Vestara, the apprentice Sith, lands on a planet populated with many Force Sensitives and Force Witches. She leads Luke and Ben on a merry chase through the forests until they encounter a tribe of Force Witches who are attempting to break with tradition and merge their tribe with one composed of menfolk, who had previously only been treated as slaves in the matriarchal society.
As with any Star Wars storyline, in addition to the light-sabre duels there are the usual political machinations going on behind the scenes in the Galactic Alliance ' attempted assassinations, clever plots and schemes to usurp the current Chief of State and many plays for power from within the Alliance and the Moffs. The Jedi Council finds itself under siege and Han and Leia are called in by the Alliance to act as mediators.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book, and even though it is the fourth in the series, I soon found myself lost in a galaxy far, far away without feeling like I was missing too much by coming in halfway through the story. Allston weaves an excellent slice of Star Wars, making this feel very much like an effortless extension of the films.[...]