I am just about half way through Destiny’s Way, the latest book in the New Jedi Order series. If you’re a Star Wars fan you really owe it to yourself to read this series. I’ve talked about it a lot in the past so I’m not going to harp on it too much. Each time I mention it though I get mail weeks later from people thanking me for introducing them to these books.
I know there are a lot of you out there reading these books along with me so I’m gonna go ahead and talk a bit about them here. I got a lot of mail about Traitor from people who didn’t like it and wanted my opinion. To get my opinion you have to go back to Star by Star which I thought was an amazing book. Star by Star is NJO at its best. It places us in the thick of the Vong war and surrounds us with our favorite characters. I actually felt let down by the next book in the series Dark Journey because it really seemed to take us out of the action. It focused on Jaina and in doing so really left us hanging as far as the stories that were set up in the previous book. Next we got Rebel Dream and Rebel Stand which picked up the story where Star by Star left off and both were outstanding. Then there is Traitor. For me personally I liked Traitor for two reasons. One, I think that you can’t really appreciate Dark Journey without Traitor. They are basically two halves to the same story and together they give you a much better picture of Jacen and Jaina then we ever had before. They are really coming of age stories in which these children who have shared a special bond since birth are finally separated and forced into adulthood. The other reason I like Traitor is because of the character vergere. She is one of the most interesting characters to come along in years and her relationship with Jacen was written superbly. I can understand why people would feel disappointed with these books though as they take us away from the main action. They are asides to a story arc that we have been following for over two years now. However I think that they are necessary to set these characters up for the books that remain. It’s obvious that both Jacen and Jaina have very important roles to play in the coming war. Dark Journey and Traitor laid the foundation that the future of these characters will be built on. Just my two cents.
I will give a more detailed report on Destiny’s way once I finish it. So far the book has been absolutely thrilling. Watching all these various stories finally come together has been great. The book is truly a turning point for the series and I envy Jon Williams for getting the opportunity to tell this pivotal story.
Speaking of Star Wars, I sent a mail to Lucas Arts PR asking what I would have to do for the opportunity to preview Clone Wars and Bounty Hunter. Obviously these are titles that I am very excited about and I’d love to be able to cover them here on the site. Keep your fingers crossed.