In a stunning turn of events, Luke Skywalker and his son, Ben, joined forces with members of the Sith armada sent to kill them - and turned their combined might against the monstrous being Abeloth. But with Abeloth gone, the Sith reverted to form, making a treacherous attempt on Luke's life.
Luke and Ben have no time for retaliation. A new and even more insidious threat is rising. Unless the Skywalkers survive to sound the alarm, the galaxy will suffer as it has never suffered before. But the reinforcements they need remain grounded on Coruscant, where the political battle of wills between the Jedi Council and Galactic Alliance Chief of State Natasi Daala has reached a boiling point.
Now Luke and Ben must go on the run, taking along the inscrutable - and dangerous - Sith apprentice Vestara Khai. With a host of Sith warriors in hot pursuit, the Skywalkers soon find themselves trapped on the moon Pydyr, caught between their former allies and a mob of angry Fallanassi. A new truce may be their only hope.
©2010 Troy Denning (P)2010 Random House
"Best Star Wars book in a long time"
At last a fate of the Jedi book where the Jedi act like the Jedi we know and love. Luke and Ben's story is magnificent and the rest of the Jedi finally decide it's time to stop being Dalaa's punch bag. There is so much well written action in this book that after the fairly slowly pace of the FOTJ series so far that it almost feels like a different series. I only hope that the remaining books in the series continue with the momentum built up in this book. Also Vortex works great as an audiobook - the reading, voices and sound effects are atmospheric and done very well.
This was the best book of the series so far -- its a long book but always interesting, good pace and high levels of action.
The standards of voice and sound effects are very high and this potentially takes this audio format beyond the experience of reading a print book in my view as one can relax and be immersed in the action and engage the imagination.
When the audiobooks are as well done as this, in many ways it is an experience that nothing else can re-create. In movies, you can't approach the complexity of plot for example. I would say this quality of writing and production is the future.
The unabridged format is a massive improvement on earlier Star Wars novels put to audio which were heavily abridged, leaving you feeling disappointed.
However, the unabridged format does show up books which are slow in pace or low in quality. In this case, that is not an issue and I'd recommend this definately.
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