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10 thoughts on “Jedi Twilight

  1. Jerry Jerry says:

    An interesting blend of space opera and noir.


  2. Crystal Starr Light Crystal Starr Light says:

    Even without the Force, you are still a Jedi Don t confuse this book with the other Twilight book In this new edition to the Star Wars Expanded Universe, Jax Pavan, former Jedi Knight, is scumming around in the Coruscant underbelly, trying to keep out of the limelight and Darth Vader s target sites But when his former master, Even Piell, asks him for one last mission, how can he say no I Liked I opened this book with some trepidation The last two Michael Reaves books I read Death Star St Even without the Force, you are still a Jedi Don t confuse this book with the other Twilight book In this new edition to the Star Wars Expanded Universe, Jax Pavan, former Jedi Knight, is scumming around in the Coruscant underbelly, trying to keep out of the limelight and Darth Vader s target sites But when his former master, Even Piell, asks him for one last mission, how can he say no I Liked I opened this book with some trepidation The last two Michael Reaves books I read Death Star Star Wars and Batman Fear Itself didn t impress me In fact, I rated both two stars I was so sure that Reaves had lost his touch, that the magic of Shadow Hunter Star Wars Darth Maul was gone.Boy was I wrong Michael Reaves brings back his amazing characters from Darth Maul, the Medstar Duology andWe get to learnabout I Five and ponder sentience Are droids slavesor are they property Can a droid attain sentience We see what happened to Den Dhur, reporter of the Medstar Duology The Sullustan friend of I Five makes some of the snappiest remarks, he is impossible to hate Then we have Jax Pavan, Lorn Pavan s Jedi son He has pretty much lived a bounty hunter ish life in the underworld of Coruscant You see him struggle with living alone, without the Jedi and then without the Force Nick Rostu of Shatterpoint Star Wars Clone Wars fame is back I feel for him, his struggle with his limited Force ability and his desire to save his home Also starring is Kaird, a Nediji think bird man , who is a part of Black Sun just to get to his own homeworld Of those listed there are a few others, but I found themperiphery , my favorites are Nick and Kaird I really grew attached to Nick, felt his struggles and understood his past Kaird, I loved how he wasn t your typical, I want to be a big shot for the power kind of guy Nope, all he wanted was to go home.So a bunch of great characters don t mean a whole hill of beans You can have a bunch and still have a lousy story ahem Death Star Not so here The story is fantastic There are just enough weaves, twists and turns I figured out the end, but still, it was pretty darn interesting to keep you on your seat And how Reaves puts all the characters together at the endwell, let s just say that THAT is how Death Star s ending should have been written.And the ending Wowee, talk about a ride You will want to read the last 100 pages in one sitting Trust me, I did I didn t want to be torn away, not at that ending I Did Not Like I really have to pick here to get negatives.Jedi deflect lasers but to shoot lasers out of the sky with blaster bolts Uh huh, sure Light is neither particle nor wave, so firing a light into a light does nothing, sorry.The middle is kinda slow and almost padded I can t even quite remember what happens in it Fortunately, you don t seem to notice it when you are reading, only when you get to the end do you think, Man, that section whatever it was about that was slow I got a little tired of some of the repetition, namely about how Xizor was oh, so good at fighting he was, and he proves it, I just get tired of all the characters saying it.Also, the book is almost marketed as a PI investigator type book Uh, not so much.Dialogue Sexual Situations Violence Invented Star Wars fare.About as sexual as you get is perhaps Twi Lek slaves Very tame.Violence is surprisingly light There are some firefights, some people are injured cuts, scrapes, one person almost dies , and an intense battle between our fighters and feral droids, but on the whole, not many get really messed up.Overall Brilliant work, Michael Reaves Thank you for proving me wrong and showing me that you really haven t forgotten the art of a brilliant novel If the other two in the trilogy are anywhere near as good as this, sign me up Oh, and start writing someFive stars, no questions


  3. Nicole Nicole says:

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here I always liked the idea that some Jedi other than Obi Wan and Yoda escaped the purge led by Palpatine and Vader, and this book explores that idea Jax Pavan is a Jedi knight living in the shadows of Coruscant in the early days of the empire We also meet Laranth Tarak, a Grey Paladin , a type of rogue Jedi who uses blasters instead of a lightsaber I liked both of them and wanted to knowabout them Especially Jax, who is having problems accessing the Force under pressure because he s been I always liked the idea that some Jedi other than Obi Wan and Yoda escaped the purge led by Palpatine and Vader, and this book explores that idea Jax Pavan is a Jedi knight living in the shadows of Coruscant in the early days of the empire We also meet Laranth Tarak, a Grey Paladin , a type of rogue Jedi who uses blasters instead of a lightsaber I liked both of them and wanted to knowabout them Especially Jax, who is having problems accessing the Force under pressure because he s been suppressing his Force connection for fear of Vader detecting him And Vader does want Jax brought in alive, for some unknown reason probably having to do with the fact that Jax and Anakin Skywalker were friends as Padawans.Jax is joined by I Five, a protocol droid with funkier programming than Threepio, and I Five s friend, Den, a Sullustan reporter And then there s Nick Rostu, of the fantastic Shatterpoint, thrown into the mix as a Republic officer limited Force user turned rebel However, there are some other point of view characters and side plots that I didn t really care all that much about Vader s neurotic employee and an assassin trying to get out of Black Sun were not particularly interesting to me Having read books set later in the timeline, I knew the Prince Xizor subplot wasn t going very far


  4. Scott Rhee Scott Rhee says:

    Somewhen between Star Wars Episode 3 Revenge of the Sith and Star Wars Episode 4 A New Hope is the setting for the Star Wars novel Jedi Twilight by Michael Reaves, the first in his Coruscant Nights series It s a fun action adventure that pits a Sam Spade like private detective within the Star Wars universe The result is fun sci fi noir that reminds readers of the pulp influences that helped inspire and infuse the world s that George Lucas created Reaves clearly grew up reading lots o Somewhen between Star Wars Episode 3 Revenge of the Sith and Star Wars Episode 4 A New Hope is the setting for the Star Wars novel Jedi Twilight by Michael Reaves, the first in his Coruscant Nights series It s a fun action adventure that pits a Sam Spade like private detective within the Star Wars universe The result is fun sci fi noir that reminds readers of the pulp influences that helped inspire and infuse the world s that George Lucas created Reaves clearly grew up reading lots of paperback writers His collection was obviously replete with just as many by authors like Mickey Spillane and Ross McDonald as it was with Isaac Asimov and Robert Heinlein.In Jedi Twilight , former Jedi Knight Jax Pavan is forced to go into hiding after Emperor Palpatine s Order 66, what is commonly referred to in the Star Wars universe as The Purge By order of the Emperor, all Jedis were branded as enemies of the state and were to be killed on sight A few Jedis, scattered throughout the galaxy, survived the massacre Unfortunately, they are now the Galaxy s most wanted The Emperor s second in command, Darth Vader, has taken it upon himself to seek and destroy any remaining Jedi.Pavan now moonlights as a private investigator, helping those in the lower levels of Coruscant, the slums beneath the great towers of the rich and powerful When an old Republic Army buddy, Nick Rostu, shows up with news that Pavan s former Jedi Master, Even Piell, is dead, Pavan finds himself on a mission to finish what Piell started Unfortunately, he s not completely sure what the mission is He knows it has something to do with a missing droid, rud to have belonged to an ancient Sith Lord Strangely enough, someone else wants the droid just as badly Darth Vader himself Along the way, Pavan picks up a rag tag team Den Dhur, a down and out reporter looking for his next big story I 5YQ, a droid who possesses the uncanny ability to feel emotions and an accompanying smart ass attitude and Laranth Tarak, a female Jedi who also survived the Purge, who is tough as nails but also has a secret crush on Pavan The plot is relatively lame, but Reaves has fun creating some likable characters While the novel, at times, feelslike an episode of Futurama , with its humorous repartee between the characters, than it does its most obvious source of inspiration, The Maltese Falcon , it is still an entertaining addition to the Expanded Universe There are twobooks in the series


  5. Erika Erika says:

    I expected a lotfrom this book The idea, a Jedi turned P.I after escaping the Purges and finding work in the slimey underbelly of Coruscant s lower levels, sounds great a nice treat and reprieve from the same ol same ol Jedis always doing awesome stuff and saving an oblivious galaxy we always get.Not only did the blurb on the back cover deceive me, the cover art did as well It s completely noir influenced What else was I supposed to expect except Raymond Chandler and Star Wars all i I expected a lotfrom this book The idea, a Jedi turned P.I after escaping the Purges and finding work in the slimey underbelly of Coruscant s lower levels, sounds great a nice treat and reprieve from the same ol same ol Jedis always doing awesome stuff and saving an oblivious galaxy we always get.Not only did the blurb on the back cover deceive me, the cover art did as well It s completely noir influenced What else was I supposed to expect except Raymond Chandler and Star Wars all into one Instead, I find out Jax Pavan the P.I protagonist isn t even a P.I Did the editor even read the book He s a bounty hunter The two are completely different things Not only is he a bounty hunter who we never get to see in action , but he s being hunted by every other character mentioned in the book, all of whom have extremely famous over lords, masters, bosses, rivals, cousins, fathers, hairstylists, etcI think you get the picture.The secret of Jax s sudden tantalizing allure is this his Jedi Master Even Piell has unexpectedly, but plot wise, thankfully, died with an unfinished mission under his belt that he absolutely must get Jax to complete So when Nick Rostu appears also escaping the Purges it scommon than you think with a gnarly new scar on his cheek to save the day with his band of underworld ruffians, who better to pass the message along to than him Now, it s up to Jax to find the stolen Death Star information to help the Rebellion overthrow the Empire or many Bothans will have died in vain Wait wrong storyline Jax must now hunt down a droid gone missing, a droid with information vital to the survival of a secret organization called Whiplash, striking out against the burgeoning Empire from the most bottom of the bottom I think that time I got it right.Oh, and remember Den Dhur and his C 3PO doppleganger I 5YQ from the Medstar duology Last we left them, or, last they left us, Dhur was on his way to make sure I 5 accomplished his former master s dying wish note to self when I die, make sure all the slave, electronic, fleshy, or otherwise, are not left with my dirty laundry missions to take care of his son, gasp Jax Pavan.And just to make the pot a little sweeter, throw in Darth Vader and a random new underling, Haninum Tyk Rhinann, who has a new assignment That s right, you guessed it to find Jax Pavan for some unfinished business Vader has with him We need to have some major bad guy after Jax s hide, otherwise it d be boring He has to be in absolute danger with his fate complicatedly intertwined with that of the galaxy at large for it to be Star Wars.I forgot to mention Xizor s in it too some unrelated subplot with a rival Black Sun member who s vying for the same job opportunity we all know Xizor winds up with Yeah That s not predictable.So with all this chasing and searching going on, Jax boots Nick off the case and runs into Laranth Tarak, another mutilated Twi lek, albeit proud of her distinctive concavities and not ruled in the least bit by vanity Laranth, as we learn, is part of some marginalized Jedi group called the Teepo Paladins in particular, the Gray Paladins, amilitaristic subset of the Teepos The Paladins use uncivilized blasters and out of a fear this preference indicated Dark Side tendencies, the group was ostracized from the Jedi Order They espoused independence from heavy Force reliance and in this day and age, where Jedis are hunted down by any indication of the use of the Force, it s the Grays that are now surviving marvelously Coincidentally, it was the Grays who founded Whiplash, and with her help, Jax proceeds to the very Hutt who robbed him of his bounty when we first met him and then squealed on him, sending stormtroopers since when did they become storm and not clonetroopers to his front door with orders to kill My, what a tiny, close knit web we weave.As it turns out, Vader has beef withthan Jax Pavan Are you really surprised Nick is captured on the pretense of murdering a high ranking representative of the Empire, but really since it s Rhinann who s sent the hired help, it s information Vader wants and not just Pavan himself Everyone s hot on Jax s trail and it seems they ll do just about anything to get to him Even if it means turning him against his friend.In the meanwhile, the Xizor plot finally begins to make sense Kaird that s the guy after Xizor s in the pocket job is ordered to kill Xizor who has been sent to get his hands on the information vital to the survival of the rebellion so Black Sun can win favor with the Empire In other words, his mission find Jax Pavan well, really, find this mysterious droid, but I m sure it s all related.Now that everyone mentioned in this book that could possibly be after Jax is, I won t ruin the end Suffice to say, you ll have to buy it or borrow it and read it to find out what doesn t get resolved in book one Or make predictions I m not sure how hard it is to outguess Star Wars.Reaves is also incredibly critical of humans in Jedi Twilight through Rhinann, an Elomin who takes no pains to disguise his hatred This is all too sophisticated form what I m used to in a Star Wars book At least someone finally realizes the galaxy s made up ofspecies than just humans Why this has never really ever been explored further is beyond me It doesn t make sense for everything to be auto set with humans in mind He also uses this too heavy focus on humans to shift views of how the characters think of droids Well familiar with R2 and 3PO, the rest of us are yawning.Overall, the book was okay I mean, I liked it, sure I ll definitely be picking up the remaining two I m just disappointed they didn t really do a Jedi detective story completely unrelated to any major or well known characters That would have been cool


  6. Jordan Anderson Jordan Anderson says:

    I m gonna keep this review short, sweet, and to the point.Why Michael Reaves never got bigger in the Star Wars world, I ll never know, but for whatever reason, it s a shame.The fact of the matter is that Reaves knows how to tell a damn good story There s no fluff or attempts at making this some deep philosophical thing Instead it s a gritty, tech noir Star Wars tale, set in a place is fans have never gotten enough of Plus, Reaves gets it He knows fans just want a fast, fun story, and Jedi Tw I m gonna keep this review short, sweet, and to the point.Why Michael Reaves never got bigger in the Star Wars world, I ll never know, but for whatever reason, it s a shame.The fact of the matter is that Reaves knows how to tell a damn good story There s no fluff or attempts at making this some deep philosophical thing Instead it s a gritty, tech noir Star Wars tale, set in a place is fans have never gotten enough of Plus, Reaves gets it He knows fans just want a fast, fun story, and Jedi Twilight definitely delivers


  7. Branwen Sedai *of the Brown Ajah* Branwen Sedai *of the Brown Ajah* says:

    I m a Jedi I m sworn to help those in need, to uphold the Jedi Code The Empire has decimated my Order but they havn t won, and they won t win, as long as at least one Jedi remains Even the humblest of beings contains within himself a universe of infinite diversity and wonder Therefore, when you give aid and comfort to just one being, you are, for that moment, the deity of an entire cosmos This book was an action packed journey into Coruscant in the days following the destruction of the JeI m a Jedi I m sworn to help those in need, to uphold the Jedi Code The Empire has decimated my Order but they havn t won, and they won t win, as long as at least one Jedi remains Even the humblest of beings contains within himself a universe of infinite diversity and wonder Therefore, when you give aid and comfort to just one being, you are, for that moment, the deity of an entire cosmos This book was an action packed journey into Coruscant in the days following the destruction of the Jedi Order and the establishment of the Empire It begins with following the paths of different various characters, whose similar paths end up crossing and eventually coming together This book was really enjoyable for so many different reasons There were lots of characters which returned from other Star Wars books, my favorite being Nick Rostu who appeared in the Clone Wars novel, Shatterpoint, as well as the introduction of many new characters to love.My favorite The droid I Five He is a sentient droid who is so courageous and so loyal and so damn snarky that you just can t help but fall in love with him He s so great Seriously, its worth reading this book just for him 3 I also love love LOVED that this book took place on Coruscant Maybe its just me, but I have always wanted to live there Granted, most of the book s events take place in the slums, but even so it is just a fascinating place to read and learn about, and the level of description is just incredible Also despite the dramatic and serious events that take place, there is a level of laughter and fun that occurs also, which is a nice refresher.I would highly recommend this book to any Star Wars fan


  8. Ryan Ryan says:

    One of the things that I ve always loved about science fiction as a genre is how adaptable it is lots of people have had a lot of success meshing sci fi with everything from fantasy Star Wars , to westerns Firefly , to horror the Alien trilogy I kept this in mind as I read Coruscant Nights, which not only combines elements of science fiction and fantasy as all SW stories do , but also mixes in equal parts of film noir as well It s set shortly after the imposition of Order 66 and the fil One of the things that I ve always loved about science fiction as a genre is how adaptable it is lots of people have had a lot of success meshing sci fi with everything from fantasy Star Wars , to westerns Firefly , to horror the Alien trilogy I kept this in mind as I read Coruscant Nights, which not only combines elements of science fiction and fantasy as all SW stories do , but also mixes in equal parts of film noir as well It s set shortly after the imposition of Order 66 and the film Revenge of the Sith, so that makes a lot of sense noir is the kind of thing that thrives after wartime, when the horrors of war force the characters to deal with the darker elements of themselves.The story revolves around a missing droid, and a former Jedi turned bounty hunter, Jax Pavan, who has to prowl the streets of the naked city to find him, in order to fulfill a promise to an old friend from the war What complicates matters for him, though, is that both Darth Vader and the Black Sun criminal organization as represented by a young Prince Xizor also have their designs on the same droid, so it s a race against time to try to find the droid.If you re a fan of this era of the Star Wars saga, definitely check this novel out, as it s a fun read and gives a slightly different perspective on things


  9. Ron Ron says:

    3.5 actually.A better than average SW expanded universe story Enough familiar settings and characters to connect to other stories, but good writing to draw the reader into the tale.Cover art quibble Jax s lightsabre is blue in the story but yellow on the cover The yellows works better, but isn t right Darth s shadow in the background is cute Poor Vader, reduced to a boogie man.


  10. Jared Jared says:

    Star Wars Legends Project 176 Background Jedi Twilight was written by Michael Reaves It was published in June of 2008 Reaves has written or co written 9 Star Wars novels Jedi Twilight is set a few months after Order 66 19 years before the battle of Yavin The main characters are Jax Pavan, Nick Rostu, I 5, and Den Dhur Prince Xizor and Darth Vader both play significant roles The entire novel takes place on Coruscant.Summary After narrowly surviving the slaughter of his fellow Jedi du Star Wars Legends Project 176 Background Jedi Twilight was written by Michael Reaves It was published in June of 2008 Reaves has written or co written 9 Star Wars novels Jedi Twilight is set a few months after Order 66 19 years before the battle of Yavin The main characters are Jax Pavan, Nick Rostu, I 5, and Den Dhur Prince Xizor and Darth Vader both play significant roles The entire novel takes place on Coruscant.Summary After narrowly surviving the slaughter of his fellow Jedi during Order 66, Jax Pavan has gone to ground in the Coruscant underworld, picking up odd jobs as a private investigator while he searches for a way off world Then, his friend Nick Rostu brings him a final message from his former master Even Piell, about a droid carrying crucial intel that can t fall into Imperial hands Naturally, both the Empire and Black Sun are hot on the trail as well Meanwhile, Jax s father s droid partner, I 5, is searching for him in hopes of fulfilling his old friend s last request Jax doesn t particularly want a partner, much less a droid, but he ll need all the help he can get if he wants to complete his final Jedi mission alive.Review Credit where credit is due, Michael Reaves has donethan probably any other Star Wars author to develop and explore the geography of Coruscant, and in that respect he continues to shine here He also brings together a lot of fun characters that I was excited to readaboutRostu, Xizor, Den Dhur, I 5it s a good list And he introduces some fun new faces, as well.That said, this is an incredibly disappointing execution of one of the better ideas I ve ever heard for a Star Wars novel When I hear that Jax Pavan, Jedi son of Lorn Pavan, the infamous information broker protagonist of Reaves s excellent Shadow Hunter my review , is working as a private investigator on Coruscant during the nascent days of the Empire, where he is finally joined by I 5, paying off a reunion that has been dangled across multiple novelsWell, my expectations are pretty high At the very least I m hoping for a solid, gritty detective noir set in an untapped segment of the Star Wars timeline that is teeming with potential.I m not sure, though, in what reasonable sense much of anything that Jax does in this book could be classified as private investigator work The droid that everyone wants is a flagrant MacGuffin, which isn t inherently a problem, except that nothing about it makes sense in terms of what it is, why it s out loose on Coruscant, and why anyone is having trouble locating it.The larger problem is that Jax is easily the least likable character in the novel I feel like he is the living justification of his father s prejudice against the Jedi He s arrogant, snotty, petty, short sightednot great qualities for a private investigator to have, either, by the way Worse, he s a complete jackass to I 5, who is easily the best character in the novel, for absolutely no reason at all It underscores Lorn Pavan s personal tragedy that he s such a great character and the Jedi took his son away from him and raised him to be a tool It s truly a testament to I 5 s restraint that he doesn t at any point say, Thank the Force your father didn t live to see what you ve become Like this bit Jax wasn t particularly concerned about the moral ambiguities of stealing the vehicle Jedi rules were flexible, and could be bent in the service of the greater good Besides, it was a pretty good bet that they were doing the owner a favor The craft was a SoroSuub G 17 landspeeder that had seen better days, and those days hadn t been recent ones He s like the avatar of everything his father justifiably hated about the Jedi.Only slightly less annoying is Reaves recurring habit of taking things he would like to write in a normal novel, but that would be out of place here, and thinly translating them into Star Wars ese, fooling no one It feels like a crutch, like he s unable to move beyond everyday writing cliches and find a new way to say something And there s stuff like this You know what it s called if a tribe of Noghri moves in there Gentrification What I hate about this is that it s an in universe joke aimed at a Star Wars Expanded Universe audience to a point where it doesn t make sense in universe.This is an entire novel of portentous set up with no pay off There are several major mysteries that are hammered on as significant again and again, and none of them come to anything I don t mind that there are a few dangling threads left for the rest of the series to tie up, but all of them I don t want to read a novel that isn t about anything other than being the first of a trilogy, plot TBD I still have hope for the rest of the series, but what a disappointment.C


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Jedi Twilight ➸ Jedi Twilight Free ➮ Author Michael Reaves – Polishdarling.co.uk With the dark ascension of the Empire, and the Jedi Knights virtually wiped out, one Jedi who escaped the massacre is slated for a date with destiny and a confrontation with Darth VaderJax Pavan is on With the dark ascension of the Empire, and the Jedi Knights virtually wiped out, one Jedi who escaped the massacre is slated for a date with destiny and a confrontation with Darth VaderJax Pavan is one of the few Jedi Knights who miraculously survived the slaughter that followed Palpatine s ruthless OrderNow, deep in Coruscant s Blackpit Slums, Jax ekes out a living as a private investigator, trying to help people in need while concealing his Jedi identity and staying one step ahead of the killers out for Jedi blood And they re not the only ones in search of the elusive Jax Hard boiled reporter Den Dhur and his buddy, the highly unorthodox droid I YQ, have shocking news to bring Jax about the father he never knew But when Jax learns that his old Jedi Master has been killed, leaving behind the request that Jax finish a mission critical to the resistance, Jax has no choice but to emerge from hiding and risk detection by Darth Vader to fulfill his Master s dying wishDon t miss the continuing adventures in the Coruscant Nights series, coming this Fall.


10 thoughts on “Jedi Twilight

  1. Jerry Jerry says:

    An interesting blend of space opera and noir.


  2. Crystal Starr Light Crystal Starr Light says:

    Even without the Force, you are still a Jedi Don t confuse this book with the other Twilight book In this new edition to the Star Wars Expanded Universe, Jax Pavan, former Jedi Knight, is scumming around in the Coruscant underbelly, trying to keep out of the limelight and Darth Vader s target sites But when his former master, Even Piell, asks him for one last mission, how can he say no I Liked I opened this book with some trepidation The last two Michael Reaves books I read Death Star St Even without the Force, you are still a Jedi Don t confuse this book with the other Twilight book In this new edition to the Star Wars Expanded Universe, Jax Pavan, former Jedi Knight, is scumming around in the Coruscant underbelly, trying to keep out of the limelight and Darth Vader s target sites But when his former master, Even Piell, asks him for one last mission, how can he say no I Liked I opened this book with some trepidation The last two Michael Reaves books I read Death Star Star Wars and Batman Fear Itself didn t impress me In fact, I rated both two stars I was so sure that Reaves had lost his touch, that the magic of Shadow Hunter Star Wars Darth Maul was gone.Boy was I wrong Michael Reaves brings back his amazing characters from Darth Maul, the Medstar Duology andWe get to learnabout I Five and ponder sentience Are droids slavesor are they property Can a droid attain sentience We see what happened to Den Dhur, reporter of the Medstar Duology The Sullustan friend of I Five makes some of the snappiest remarks, he is impossible to hate Then we have Jax Pavan, Lorn Pavan s Jedi son He has pretty much lived a bounty hunter ish life in the underworld of Coruscant You see him struggle with living alone, without the Jedi and then without the Force Nick Rostu of Shatterpoint Star Wars Clone Wars fame is back I feel for him, his struggle with his limited Force ability and his desire to save his home Also starring is Kaird, a Nediji think bird man , who is a part of Black Sun just to get to his own homeworld Of those listed there are a few others, but I found themperiphery , my favorites are Nick and Kaird I really grew attached to Nick, felt his struggles and understood his past Kaird, I loved how he wasn t your typical, I want to be a big shot for the power kind of guy Nope, all he wanted was to go home.So a bunch of great characters don t mean a whole hill of beans You can have a bunch and still have a lousy story ahem Death Star Not so here The story is fantastic There are just enough weaves, twists and turns I figured out the end, but still, it was pretty darn interesting to keep you on your seat And how Reaves puts all the characters together at the endwell, let s just say that THAT is how Death Star s ending should have been written.And the ending Wowee, talk about a ride You will want to read the last 100 pages in one sitting Trust me, I did I didn t want to be torn away, not at that ending I Did Not Like I really have to pick here to get negatives.Jedi deflect lasers but to shoot lasers out of the sky with blaster bolts Uh huh, sure Light is neither particle nor wave, so firing a light into a light does nothing, sorry.The middle is kinda slow and almost padded I can t even quite remember what happens in it Fortunately, you don t seem to notice it when you are reading, only when you get to the end do you think, Man, that section whatever it was about that was slow I got a little tired of some of the repetition, namely about how Xizor was oh, so good at fighting he was, and he proves it, I just get tired of all the characters saying it.Also, the book is almost marketed as a PI investigator type book Uh, not so much.Dialogue Sexual Situations Violence Invented Star Wars fare.About as sexual as you get is perhaps Twi Lek slaves Very tame.Violence is surprisingly light There are some firefights, some people are injured cuts, scrapes, one person almost dies , and an intense battle between our fighters and feral droids, but on the whole, not many get really messed up.Overall Brilliant work, Michael Reaves Thank you for proving me wrong and showing me that you really haven t forgotten the art of a brilliant novel If the other two in the trilogy are anywhere near as good as this, sign me up Oh, and start writing someFive stars, no questions


  3. Nicole Nicole says:

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here I always liked the idea that some Jedi other than Obi Wan and Yoda escaped the purge led by Palpatine and Vader, and this book explores that idea Jax Pavan is a Jedi knight living in the shadows of Coruscant in the early days of the empire We also meet Laranth Tarak, a Grey Paladin , a type of rogue Jedi who uses blasters instead of a lightsaber I liked both of them and wanted to knowabout them Especially Jax, who is having problems accessing the Force under pressure because he s been I always liked the idea that some Jedi other than Obi Wan and Yoda escaped the purge led by Palpatine and Vader, and this book explores that idea Jax Pavan is a Jedi knight living in the shadows of Coruscant in the early days of the empire We also meet Laranth Tarak, a Grey Paladin , a type of rogue Jedi who uses blasters instead of a lightsaber I liked both of them and wanted to knowabout them Especially Jax, who is having problems accessing the Force under pressure because he s been suppressing his Force connection for fear of Vader detecting him And Vader does want Jax brought in alive, for some unknown reason probably having to do with the fact that Jax and Anakin Skywalker were friends as Padawans.Jax is joined by I Five, a protocol droid with funkier programming than Threepio, and I Five s friend, Den, a Sullustan reporter And then there s Nick Rostu, of the fantastic Shatterpoint, thrown into the mix as a Republic officer limited Force user turned rebel However, there are some other point of view characters and side plots that I didn t really care all that much about Vader s neurotic employee and an assassin trying to get out of Black Sun were not particularly interesting to me Having read books set later in the timeline, I knew the Prince Xizor subplot wasn t going very far


  4. Scott Rhee Scott Rhee says:

    Somewhen between Star Wars Episode 3 Revenge of the Sith and Star Wars Episode 4 A New Hope is the setting for the Star Wars novel Jedi Twilight by Michael Reaves, the first in his Coruscant Nights series It s a fun action adventure that pits a Sam Spade like private detective within the Star Wars universe The result is fun sci fi noir that reminds readers of the pulp influences that helped inspire and infuse the world s that George Lucas created Reaves clearly grew up reading lots o Somewhen between Star Wars Episode 3 Revenge of the Sith and Star Wars Episode 4 A New Hope is the setting for the Star Wars novel Jedi Twilight by Michael Reaves, the first in his Coruscant Nights series It s a fun action adventure that pits a Sam Spade like private detective within the Star Wars universe The result is fun sci fi noir that reminds readers of the pulp influences that helped inspire and infuse the world s that George Lucas created Reaves clearly grew up reading lots of paperback writers His collection was obviously replete with just as many by authors like Mickey Spillane and Ross McDonald as it was with Isaac Asimov and Robert Heinlein.In Jedi Twilight , former Jedi Knight Jax Pavan is forced to go into hiding after Emperor Palpatine s Order 66, what is commonly referred to in the Star Wars universe as The Purge By order of the Emperor, all Jedis were branded as enemies of the state and were to be killed on sight A few Jedis, scattered throughout the galaxy, survived the massacre Unfortunately, they are now the Galaxy s most wanted The Emperor s second in command, Darth Vader, has taken it upon himself to seek and destroy any remaining Jedi.Pavan now moonlights as a private investigator, helping those in the lower levels of Coruscant, the slums beneath the great towers of the rich and powerful When an old Republic Army buddy, Nick Rostu, shows up with news that Pavan s former Jedi Master, Even Piell, is dead, Pavan finds himself on a mission to finish what Piell started Unfortunately, he s not completely sure what the mission is He knows it has something to do with a missing droid, rud to have belonged to an ancient Sith Lord Strangely enough, someone else wants the droid just as badly Darth Vader himself Along the way, Pavan picks up a rag tag team Den Dhur, a down and out reporter looking for his next big story I 5YQ, a droid who possesses the uncanny ability to feel emotions and an accompanying smart ass attitude and Laranth Tarak, a female Jedi who also survived the Purge, who is tough as nails but also has a secret crush on Pavan The plot is relatively lame, but Reaves has fun creating some likable characters While the novel, at times, feelslike an episode of Futurama , with its humorous repartee between the characters, than it does its most obvious source of inspiration, The Maltese Falcon , it is still an entertaining addition to the Expanded Universe There are twobooks in the series


  5. Erika Erika says:

    I expected a lotfrom this book The idea, a Jedi turned P.I after escaping the Purges and finding work in the slimey underbelly of Coruscant s lower levels, sounds great a nice treat and reprieve from the same ol same ol Jedis always doing awesome stuff and saving an oblivious galaxy we always get.Not only did the blurb on the back cover deceive me, the cover art did as well It s completely noir influenced What else was I supposed to expect except Raymond Chandler and Star Wars all i I expected a lotfrom this book The idea, a Jedi turned P.I after escaping the Purges and finding work in the slimey underbelly of Coruscant s lower levels, sounds great a nice treat and reprieve from the same ol same ol Jedis always doing awesome stuff and saving an oblivious galaxy we always get.Not only did the blurb on the back cover deceive me, the cover art did as well It s completely noir influenced What else was I supposed to expect except Raymond Chandler and Star Wars all into one Instead, I find out Jax Pavan the P.I protagonist isn t even a P.I Did the editor even read the book He s a bounty hunter The two are completely different things Not only is he a bounty hunter who we never get to see in action , but he s being hunted by every other character mentioned in the book, all of whom have extremely famous over lords, masters, bosses, rivals, cousins, fathers, hairstylists, etcI think you get the picture.The secret of Jax s sudden tantalizing allure is this his Jedi Master Even Piell has unexpectedly, but plot wise, thankfully, died with an unfinished mission under his belt that he absolutely must get Jax to complete So when Nick Rostu appears also escaping the Purges it scommon than you think with a gnarly new scar on his cheek to save the day with his band of underworld ruffians, who better to pass the message along to than him Now, it s up to Jax to find the stolen Death Star information to help the Rebellion overthrow the Empire or many Bothans will have died in vain Wait wrong storyline Jax must now hunt down a droid gone missing, a droid with information vital to the survival of a secret organization called Whiplash, striking out against the burgeoning Empire from the most bottom of the bottom I think that time I got it right.Oh, and remember Den Dhur and his C 3PO doppleganger I 5YQ from the Medstar duology Last we left them, or, last they left us, Dhur was on his way to make sure I 5 accomplished his former master s dying wish note to self when I die, make sure all the slave, electronic, fleshy, or otherwise, are not left with my dirty laundry missions to take care of his son, gasp Jax Pavan.And just to make the pot a little sweeter, throw in Darth Vader and a random new underling, Haninum Tyk Rhinann, who has a new assignment That s right, you guessed it to find Jax Pavan for some unfinished business Vader has with him We need to have some major bad guy after Jax s hide, otherwise it d be boring He has to be in absolute danger with his fate complicatedly intertwined with that of the galaxy at large for it to be Star Wars.I forgot to mention Xizor s in it too some unrelated subplot with a rival Black Sun member who s vying for the same job opportunity we all know Xizor winds up with Yeah That s not predictable.So with all this chasing and searching going on, Jax boots Nick off the case and runs into Laranth Tarak, another mutilated Twi lek, albeit proud of her distinctive concavities and not ruled in the least bit by vanity Laranth, as we learn, is part of some marginalized Jedi group called the Teepo Paladins in particular, the Gray Paladins, amilitaristic subset of the Teepos The Paladins use uncivilized blasters and out of a fear this preference indicated Dark Side tendencies, the group was ostracized from the Jedi Order They espoused independence from heavy Force reliance and in this day and age, where Jedis are hunted down by any indication of the use of the Force, it s the Grays that are now surviving marvelously Coincidentally, it was the Grays who founded Whiplash, and with her help, Jax proceeds to the very Hutt who robbed him of his bounty when we first met him and then squealed on him, sending stormtroopers since when did they become storm and not clonetroopers to his front door with orders to kill My, what a tiny, close knit web we weave.As it turns out, Vader has beef withthan Jax Pavan Are you really surprised Nick is captured on the pretense of murdering a high ranking representative of the Empire, but really since it s Rhinann who s sent the hired help, it s information Vader wants and not just Pavan himself Everyone s hot on Jax s trail and it seems they ll do just about anything to get to him Even if it means turning him against his friend.In the meanwhile, the Xizor plot finally begins to make sense Kaird that s the guy after Xizor s in the pocket job is ordered to kill Xizor who has been sent to get his hands on the information vital to the survival of the rebellion so Black Sun can win favor with the Empire In other words, his mission find Jax Pavan well, really, find this mysterious droid, but I m sure it s all related.Now that everyone mentioned in this book that could possibly be after Jax is, I won t ruin the end Suffice to say, you ll have to buy it or borrow it and read it to find out what doesn t get resolved in book one Or make predictions I m not sure how hard it is to outguess Star Wars.Reaves is also incredibly critical of humans in Jedi Twilight through Rhinann, an Elomin who takes no pains to disguise his hatred This is all too sophisticated form what I m used to in a Star Wars book At least someone finally realizes the galaxy s made up ofspecies than just humans Why this has never really ever been explored further is beyond me It doesn t make sense for everything to be auto set with humans in mind He also uses this too heavy focus on humans to shift views of how the characters think of droids Well familiar with R2 and 3PO, the rest of us are yawning.Overall, the book was okay I mean, I liked it, sure I ll definitely be picking up the remaining two I m just disappointed they didn t really do a Jedi detective story completely unrelated to any major or well known characters That would have been cool


  6. Jordan Anderson Jordan Anderson says:

    I m gonna keep this review short, sweet, and to the point.Why Michael Reaves never got bigger in the Star Wars world, I ll never know, but for whatever reason, it s a shame.The fact of the matter is that Reaves knows how to tell a damn good story There s no fluff or attempts at making this some deep philosophical thing Instead it s a gritty, tech noir Star Wars tale, set in a place is fans have never gotten enough of Plus, Reaves gets it He knows fans just want a fast, fun story, and Jedi Tw I m gonna keep this review short, sweet, and to the point.Why Michael Reaves never got bigger in the Star Wars world, I ll never know, but for whatever reason, it s a shame.The fact of the matter is that Reaves knows how to tell a damn good story There s no fluff or attempts at making this some deep philosophical thing Instead it s a gritty, tech noir Star Wars tale, set in a place is fans have never gotten enough of Plus, Reaves gets it He knows fans just want a fast, fun story, and Jedi Twilight definitely delivers


  7. Branwen Sedai *of the Brown Ajah* Branwen Sedai *of the Brown Ajah* says:

    I m a Jedi I m sworn to help those in need, to uphold the Jedi Code The Empire has decimated my Order but they havn t won, and they won t win, as long as at least one Jedi remains Even the humblest of beings contains within himself a universe of infinite diversity and wonder Therefore, when you give aid and comfort to just one being, you are, for that moment, the deity of an entire cosmos This book was an action packed journey into Coruscant in the days following the destruction of the JeI m a Jedi I m sworn to help those in need, to uphold the Jedi Code The Empire has decimated my Order but they havn t won, and they won t win, as long as at least one Jedi remains Even the humblest of beings contains within himself a universe of infinite diversity and wonder Therefore, when you give aid and comfort to just one being, you are, for that moment, the deity of an entire cosmos This book was an action packed journey into Coruscant in the days following the destruction of the Jedi Order and the establishment of the Empire It begins with following the paths of different various characters, whose similar paths end up crossing and eventually coming together This book was really enjoyable for so many different reasons There were lots of characters which returned from other Star Wars books, my favorite being Nick Rostu who appeared in the Clone Wars novel, Shatterpoint, as well as the introduction of many new characters to love.My favorite The droid I Five He is a sentient droid who is so courageous and so loyal and so damn snarky that you just can t help but fall in love with him He s so great Seriously, its worth reading this book just for him 3 I also love love LOVED that this book took place on Coruscant Maybe its just me, but I have always wanted to live there Granted, most of the book s events take place in the slums, but even so it is just a fascinating place to read and learn about, and the level of description is just incredible Also despite the dramatic and serious events that take place, there is a level of laughter and fun that occurs also, which is a nice refresher.I would highly recommend this book to any Star Wars fan


  8. Ryan Ryan says:

    One of the things that I ve always loved about science fiction as a genre is how adaptable it is lots of people have had a lot of success meshing sci fi with everything from fantasy Star Wars , to westerns Firefly , to horror the Alien trilogy I kept this in mind as I read Coruscant Nights, which not only combines elements of science fiction and fantasy as all SW stories do , but also mixes in equal parts of film noir as well It s set shortly after the imposition of Order 66 and the fil One of the things that I ve always loved about science fiction as a genre is how adaptable it is lots of people have had a lot of success meshing sci fi with everything from fantasy Star Wars , to westerns Firefly , to horror the Alien trilogy I kept this in mind as I read Coruscant Nights, which not only combines elements of science fiction and fantasy as all SW stories do , but also mixes in equal parts of film noir as well It s set shortly after the imposition of Order 66 and the film Revenge of the Sith, so that makes a lot of sense noir is the kind of thing that thrives after wartime, when the horrors of war force the characters to deal with the darker elements of themselves.The story revolves around a missing droid, and a former Jedi turned bounty hunter, Jax Pavan, who has to prowl the streets of the naked city to find him, in order to fulfill a promise to an old friend from the war What complicates matters for him, though, is that both Darth Vader and the Black Sun criminal organization as represented by a young Prince Xizor also have their designs on the same droid, so it s a race against time to try to find the droid.If you re a fan of this era of the Star Wars saga, definitely check this novel out, as it s a fun read and gives a slightly different perspective on things


  9. Ron Ron says:

    3.5 actually.A better than average SW expanded universe story Enough familiar settings and characters to connect to other stories, but good writing to draw the reader into the tale.Cover art quibble Jax s lightsabre is blue in the story but yellow on the cover The yellows works better, but isn t right Darth s shadow in the background is cute Poor Vader, reduced to a boogie man.


  10. Jared Jared says:

    Star Wars Legends Project 176 Background Jedi Twilight was written by Michael Reaves It was published in June of 2008 Reaves has written or co written 9 Star Wars novels Jedi Twilight is set a few months after Order 66 19 years before the battle of Yavin The main characters are Jax Pavan, Nick Rostu, I 5, and Den Dhur Prince Xizor and Darth Vader both play significant roles The entire novel takes place on Coruscant.Summary After narrowly surviving the slaughter of his fellow Jedi du Star Wars Legends Project 176 Background Jedi Twilight was written by Michael Reaves It was published in June of 2008 Reaves has written or co written 9 Star Wars novels Jedi Twilight is set a few months after Order 66 19 years before the battle of Yavin The main characters are Jax Pavan, Nick Rostu, I 5, and Den Dhur Prince Xizor and Darth Vader both play significant roles The entire novel takes place on Coruscant.Summary After narrowly surviving the slaughter of his fellow Jedi during Order 66, Jax Pavan has gone to ground in the Coruscant underworld, picking up odd jobs as a private investigator while he searches for a way off world Then, his friend Nick Rostu brings him a final message from his former master Even Piell, about a droid carrying crucial intel that can t fall into Imperial hands Naturally, both the Empire and Black Sun are hot on the trail as well Meanwhile, Jax s father s droid partner, I 5, is searching for him in hopes of fulfilling his old friend s last request Jax doesn t particularly want a partner, much less a droid, but he ll need all the help he can get if he wants to complete his final Jedi mission alive.Review Credit where credit is due, Michael Reaves has donethan probably any other Star Wars author to develop and explore the geography of Coruscant, and in that respect he continues to shine here He also brings together a lot of fun characters that I was excited to readaboutRostu, Xizor, Den Dhur, I 5it s a good list And he introduces some fun new faces, as well.That said, this is an incredibly disappointing execution of one of the better ideas I ve ever heard for a Star Wars novel When I hear that Jax Pavan, Jedi son of Lorn Pavan, the infamous information broker protagonist of Reaves s excellent Shadow Hunter my review , is working as a private investigator on Coruscant during the nascent days of the Empire, where he is finally joined by I 5, paying off a reunion that has been dangled across multiple novelsWell, my expectations are pretty high At the very least I m hoping for a solid, gritty detective noir set in an untapped segment of the Star Wars timeline that is teeming with potential.I m not sure, though, in what reasonable sense much of anything that Jax does in this book could be classified as private investigator work The droid that everyone wants is a flagrant MacGuffin, which isn t inherently a problem, except that nothing about it makes sense in terms of what it is, why it s out loose on Coruscant, and why anyone is having trouble locating it.The larger problem is that Jax is easily the least likable character in the novel I feel like he is the living justification of his father s prejudice against the Jedi He s arrogant, snotty, petty, short sightednot great qualities for a private investigator to have, either, by the way Worse, he s a complete jackass to I 5, who is easily the best character in the novel, for absolutely no reason at all It underscores Lorn Pavan s personal tragedy that he s such a great character and the Jedi took his son away from him and raised him to be a tool It s truly a testament to I 5 s restraint that he doesn t at any point say, Thank the Force your father didn t live to see what you ve become Like this bit Jax wasn t particularly concerned about the moral ambiguities of stealing the vehicle Jedi rules were flexible, and could be bent in the service of the greater good Besides, it was a pretty good bet that they were doing the owner a favor The craft was a SoroSuub G 17 landspeeder that had seen better days, and those days hadn t been recent ones He s like the avatar of everything his father justifiably hated about the Jedi.Only slightly less annoying is Reaves recurring habit of taking things he would like to write in a normal novel, but that would be out of place here, and thinly translating them into Star Wars ese, fooling no one It feels like a crutch, like he s unable to move beyond everyday writing cliches and find a new way to say something And there s stuff like this You know what it s called if a tribe of Noghri moves in there Gentrification What I hate about this is that it s an in universe joke aimed at a Star Wars Expanded Universe audience to a point where it doesn t make sense in universe.This is an entire novel of portentous set up with no pay off There are several major mysteries that are hammered on as significant again and again, and none of them come to anything I don t mind that there are a few dangling threads left for the rest of the series to tie up, but all of them I don t want to read a novel that isn t about anything other than being the first of a trilogy, plot TBD I still have hope for the rest of the series, but what a disappointment.C


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