Forbidden to intervene in Jedi affairs, Luke is on a desperate mission to uncover the truth behind Jacen's fall to the dark side - and to learn what's turning peaceful Jedi into raving lunatics.
But finding answers will mean venturing into the mind-bending space of the Kathol Rift and bargaining with an alien species as likely to destroy outsiders as deal with them. Still, there is no other choice, and no time to lose, as the catastrophic events on Coruscant continue to escalate.
Stricken by the same violent dementia that infected her brother, Valin, Jedi Knight Jysella Horn faces an equally grim fate after her capture by Natasi Daala's police. And when Han and Leia Solo narrowly foil another deranged Jedi bent on deadly destruction, even acting Jedi Grand Master Kenth Hamner appears willing to bow to Daala's iron will - at the expense of the Jedi Order.
But an even greater threat is looming. Millennia in the past, a Sith starship crashed on an unknown low-tech planet, leaving the survivors stranded. Over the generations, their numbers have grown, the ways of the dark side have been nurtured, and the time is fast approaching when this lost tribe of Sith will once more take to the stars to reclaim their legendary destiny as rulers of the galaxy. Only one thing stands in their way, a name whispered to them through the Force: Skywalker.
©2009 Christie Golden; (P)2009 Random House
"Series fans will enjoy this entry and the continued exploration of the huge and mysterious Star Wars galaxy." (Booklist)
I had listened to the first book (Outcast) in this series (Fate of the Jedi) just prior to Omen and I found Omen a big disappointment. The writting quality is very poor in places and there is little or no character development and the plot is an almost total rehash of Outcast the first book in the series. There are one or two major plot developments but they are handled so badly that I almost feel that this book could be skipped and readers of the Fate of the Jedi series wouldn't miss it. I hope the next book in the series returns to the quality of Outcast. Wish I had kept my credit and used it to buy the next Fate of the Jedi book (Abyss) instead.
"A necessary evil"
Okay. I follow Star Wars and have read most of the novels in the SW Universe. The book was palatable because a) it continues to develop the story line and b) once again my favorite characters were brought to life by a *great* narrator. However, this series in general is beginning to become predictable. A couple more Jedi go nuts and Luke/Ben visit one more world and learn one more of Jacen's force abilities. *Yawn* The book could have been longer and could have developed the story line deeper. I also think that suddenly fabricating a new Sith race is.... kind of shallow. ( As was done by releasing "Lost Tribe of the Sith: Precipice" in May 2009.)
"A nice continuation of the story!"
I don’t really understand the criticisms of this story. Some complain that it feels like filler or some incomplete set-up for the next in the series. But really, what do you expect when you get into a 9-part series that was written as one continuing story? You're not going to get all the answers and conclusions in Part 2!!! Others have complained about the narration which really surprises me. Yes, it sounds a little funny when the adult male narrator does a “little girl voice.” But what do you expect? That’s part of listening to an audio book with one narrator! I say his performance is outstanding!
As for the story itself, this is a nice continuation from part one. The new alien world we are introduced to is very interesting and has a story line you can wrap your teeth around. The evolution of the father/son relationship between Luke and Ben is very well done and touching. I’m stoked to learn more about “Ship” and what its capabilities are. So far it's really spooky in all the right ways. I like how the force is emplained in a new light that makes you think it may be less simple than a "light side" and "dark side." At the same time, it does't trample on what we already know about the force as "canon."
2 books in and I’m loving this series! I’ve never read a Star Wars novel before and may have had some prejudices again people who have, but I think I’m becoming a convert!
I love the way Marc Thompson does Star Wars, and the addition of the sound effects and music really makes you feel like you are in the story and watching it on the big screen.
Personally I like all of Marc's characters. I have listened to a few of the books he has narrated such as Deceived, Fatal Alliance, The Thrawn Trilogy 20th anniversary, and Reven, and the one thing I am impressed with is his ability to have so many different characters where none really sound the same.
This is a great series all together, I would suggest starting from the first book and listening all the way through as I did because it was very enjoyable. The end of each book leaves you hungering to find out what will happen next. This is the book that first introduces the sith to the story, and the way it was done is great.
I did not read the printed version. However, some of the sound affects were annoying. And on the other hand, the sound affects were pretty neat.
I like it.
The book was well read and l like the way he changed the tone of his dialogue when appropriate.
Made me laugh at times with references to the original Star Wars movies.
I would recommend this to any Star Wars fan.
"Action filled fun"
At the top
No becuse talking breaks lets thing sink in
Marc Thomson is a great narator
"Felt like "Filler" material"
The most enjoyable aspect of this audio version was the layered sound effects and music (although sometimes repetitive) that accompanied the narration and sometimes even set the pace for the moment on hand. A few 'scenes' actually felt like the listener was imeressed in the action with blaster bolts, explosions, lightsabers clashing, and ambient sounds about.
Narrator Marc Thompson was decent overall, but some of the voices like Han and Ben were downright annoying. Ben especially so, as he sounded like a whiny little nerf-herder throughout most of the book. And Han's voice couldn't be taken seriously by me which detracted me from getting involved with his character.
While a neat addition to audio books, the often 're-used' sound effects, music scores. and few quirky voice impersenations lend this 3 stars in my opinion. And then begs the question "Why do certains actions call for a sound effect in one chapter, but not another" making the sounds therefor inconsistent throughout.
My biggest problem with 'Omen' is the fact that nothing real important seemed to happen....at all. The story focuses mostly around Luke & Ben in one prong and Han & Leia in another...with a few other threads that seem to drag out with no real impact. Ben & Luke's story seems oddly remiscient of what they did the last time...just substitute the names of those they interact with....boring. Han & Leia stay closer to home, trying to resemble a family with their grandaughter, and Jaina and Jag go on a date. No other meaningful characters are introduced or fleshed out.
The most interesting aspect happened near the beginning when another Jedi appears to go mad...but nothing really becomes of this either, other than..once again...(get ready)...public sentiment begins to mistrust the Jedi. Really? Again? Come on...get original.
Oh, and there's a 'mysterious' dark presence in the force....again.
I think you can skip this book and move to the next without missing much,
SW fate of the jedi omen is a great book with a colorful cast of characters an excellent narator
and a solid plot that will keep u on the edge of your seat for many hours to come. each chapter focusing on a diffrent character and keeps u guessing and wanting to skip a few chapters so you can find out what happens nextto that character, but as soon as you start the next chapter you will want to know what happens to that character next until you realize the book is book is done. overall a great book rating: two thumbs way up 5 starts out of 5 :D
"The story over the performance"
Once again, as with book one of the series, the performance of this audio book nearly derails the story. The voicing of certain characters is cartoonish at best and incredibly annoying at worst. The most annoying award goes to Alana Solo, who comes off sounding like the spoiled brat grandchild of Han and Leia. Coming in at a close second is Ben Skywalker. To portray him as this very clich?d sounding 16 year denies his position as a Jedi Knight and his life's experiences. Perhaps the writing is to blame for that as well, but young Skywalker comes across sounding like some kid who is annoyed that he can't go out skateboarding.
The story in these first two books has hooked me and makes up (mostly) for the performance. This book even more so than the first. The newest parallel story line introduced here (where the book gets "Omen" from) is so intriguing that I wish a book was written solely on that story. None the less, I look forward to this series continuing.
Note to the authors of Star Wars fiction: Please, for the sake of all things good, enough is enough with these not-so-subtle and pointless references to the movies. It is a cheap, almost cynical way to hook the readers. I think that it undermines your abilities as authors. Surely you can create asides or references or conversations that do not require such a crutch. Please, make it stop.
"Wasn't bad, could have been much better"
I wasn't happy with the ending. Too many loose ends. Kind of unsatisfying considering how good the rest of the book was.
"Better than Outcast"
I was luke-warm on this series after listening to Outcast, but gave Omen a chance. Very glad I did. Once again, Marc Thompson gave an outstanding performance, and you can easily imagine the characters that you know and love. The production values (sfx and music) nicely enhanced the story telling, as well. The story itself was a lot more like an investigative mystery than Outcast and nicely built on the foundation it laid.
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