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The dying Empire s most cunning and ruthless warlord Grand Admiral Thrawn has taken command of the remnants of the Imperial fleet and launched a massive campaign aimed at the New Republic s destruction Meanwhile, Han and Lando Calrissian race against time to find proof of treason inside the highest Republic Council only to discover instead a ghostly fleet of warships that could bring doom to their friends and victory to their enemiesYet most dangerous of all is a new Dark Jedi, risen from the ashes of a shrouded past, consumed by bitterness and scheming to corrupt Luke Skywalker to the Dark Side


10 thoughts on “Dark Force Rising

  1. Alejandro Alejandro says:

    The Force is stronger in the second book DIFFICULT TO SEE THE CLONE WARS IS There s your twice of nothing Enjoy it. This second book is better than the first one, while I still considering quite relevant and important the first book, just lacking of a climax of my taste.However, again, due that the novel was written several years before of that any happened before Episode IV, so it was great to watch all the details and planning done by Timothy Zahn, the author, about the Clone Wars a The Force is stronger in the second book DIFFICULT TO SEE THE CLONE WARS IS There s your twice of nothing Enjoy it. This second book is better than the first one, while I still considering quite relevant and important the first book, just lacking of a climax of my taste.However, again, due that the novel was written several years before of that any happened before Episode IV, so it was great to watch all the details and planning done by Timothy Zahn, the author, about the Clone Wars and events around that era, however, nowadays there are already some timeline mistakes , butwhat is Star Wars without polemic for events that they don t match with some movie anyway Even the movies have mistakes of storyline between each other and they are just six films for now.One good thing is to appreciate, even since the first book, how Timothy Zahn wasn t only telling the story at hand but also planning a bigger scale of narrative, including names, places, events, etc that he d be telling in his future books during the following years now they are already published CRAZY CLONES DREADNAUGHTS And what happens when we ve bent the rules so far that they come around and stab us in the backIn this second novel, of the Thrawn Trilogy, continues the Imperial efforts of stopping the territorial advance of the New Republic along with reclaiming the ones lost after the Battle of Endor.To be able to do that, Grand Admiral Thrawn is putting into motion his plan involving old but quite powerful Dreadnaughts who can make athan fair match of Imperial Destroyers and New Republic Heavy Cruisers.Meanwhile, Luke will realice that this supposed Jedi Master lostthan one screw in the Force At the same time, Mara Jade will faced troubles with her current boss So, fate will make that Luke and Mara would need each other s help in their own situations.New alliances will be forged but old threats will get stronger, a dark force will rise


  2. Evgeny Evgeny says:

    The second part of the trilogy picks up right where the previous one left A minor battle is won by the good guys, but the war is far from over Thrawn continues his relentless efforts to bring back the former glory of the Empire This time his main problem is to findfighter ships, thus the problem of the New Republic is to do anything to prevent him from getting any The intrigues in the Republican Council do not make this task any easier.The biggest discussion point would be characters The second part of the trilogy picks up right where the previous one left A minor battle is won by the good guys, but the war is far from over Thrawn continues his relentless efforts to bring back the former glory of the Empire This time his main problem is to findfighter ships, thus the problem of the New Republic is to do anything to prevent him from getting any The intrigues in the Republican Council do not make this task any easier.The biggest discussion point would be characters Everybody s favorite villain Thrawn suddenly loses quite a few IQ points He was a genius in the first book whose machinations always brought the reactions from the New Republic people he expected and anticipated, but this time he makes one mistake after another allowing the good guys to turn practically hopeless situations into small victories Another favorite Mara Jade has all the personality of a plastic spoon, I am sorry to say She serves her role as a generic Strong Woman kicking everybody s butt, saving desperate situations in the last moment, and being a designated badass, but this is all the praise I can give her On the positive side, the main heroes from the movies becamefleshed out None of them feel exactly like their movie depiction, but as main good characters they can hold on their own I really like Lando who behaves like a human being Han Solo lost his lovable rogue with a sense of humor appeal seemingly irreversibly, but his plotline is one of the most interesting in the book and his acts finally began making difference Leia ended up in an interesting situation with equally interesting alien civilization which really gave her a chance to shine Luke is the only guy who did not impress me much with his mostly stupid decisions He is good with a lightsaber, I got to give it to him With all of the criticism above, why did I give 4 stars to the book Because as a mindless entertainment it delivers Even when the action involved guys protected by the plot armor I often found myself on the edge of the seat reading about a daring escape, or intense land combat Space battles were somewhat anticlimactic, but still not boring by any means So if you are looking for a deep meaningful read with a lot of philosophical undertones which would make you question the very meaning of life, this book is exactly the wrong choice If however you want to be entertained and have fun the first two books are exactly what you are looking for


  3. Alex Alex says:

    Did it take me two books to realise that Zahn can t write worth a damn Ok, no, that took about 50 pages but these novels are apparently so important to the Star Wars expanded universe and so beloved of EU fans that I wanted to give them a fair shot I enjoyed Heir to he Empire well enough as setup, even if its characterisation was crooked and its plotting a little unadventurous However, Dark Force Rising takes whatever potential the series may have had and murders it brutally with a lightsaber Did it take me two books to realise that Zahn can t write worth a damn Ok, no, that took about 50 pages but these novels are apparently so important to the Star Wars expanded universe and so beloved of EU fans that I wanted to give them a fair shot I enjoyed Heir to he Empire well enough as setup, even if its characterisation was crooked and its plotting a little unadventurous However, Dark Force Rising takes whatever potential the series may have had and murders it brutally with a lightsaber to the groin.Zahn doesn t know what to do with this story At all His attempt to be dark like Empire Strikes Back is quite laughable The plot revolves around everyone in the novel trying to find a bunch of lost spaceships that are such an amazing prize because they can be manned by fewer people Yep, you heard that This is Star Wars S.T.A.R W.A.R.S and Zahn invented a bunch of space ships that need smaller crew Hey Timothy Timothy why was the DEATH STAR fucking cool Anyway it all ends on a Dark note because the practically beaten remnants of the Empire are a little less beaten.Well, there s not much makes up for this faux pas I don t particularly recognise the old charcters in Zahn s portrayal, they re just names with a shared history that he occasionally alludes to with a choice quote never tell me the odds said Han Ohhhh Cheers Zahn ahhahahah good one The newer characters are flat like pancakes that don t even have jam or honey on them Which is ridiculous Mara Jade bores me to tears Again, Zahn had the entire universe to fill with cool characters and he creates someone who wants to kill Luke Skywalker because he made her lose her job via killing the Emperor As Emperor s Hand you d think she d expect this Or have a contingency plan Or something You d think she d be badass and kill Luke on a hilarious whim But no, Zahn makes her an incessant whinger Not so great to read about Talon Karrde, Yawn A smuggler with no good dialogue scheming Bothan Feyl Ya or something at least had a plot role and I d have liked to have gotten deeper into political intrigue within the New Republic.Oh, and I m not even going to mention C Boath Evil Jedi extraordinaire who errrr does nothing except preside as court judge to a bunch of farmers I m not even kidding Evil Jedi C Boath who is so badass that he gets Luke to come and visit him and then MAKES HIM be judge to a bunch of farmers And I m not even kidding.The drab, the bland, the dull writing, the boring plotting is too much to really need outlining to a great degree This book is barely Star Wars It s barely Space Opera It s barely a book It s a bunch of bland elements but into a bland blender and blanded up to created a a bland juice blend I don t think I m gonna read the third one


  4. Gavin Gavin says:

    This second book in the Thrawn Trilogy was a slight improvement on the first It had a bitaction and a tiny bithumor The story continues on from where it left off in the first book This time the main story arc sees the Empire and the New Republic in a desperate race to discover the location of the Dark Force, the Katana fleet of nearly 200 Dreadnoughts, that went missing under mysterious circumstances during the Clone Wars The number of ships available could tip the tide of the wa This second book in the Thrawn Trilogy was a slight improvement on the first It had a bitaction and a tiny bithumor The story continues on from where it left off in the first book This time the main story arc sees the Empire and the New Republic in a desperate race to discover the location of the Dark Force, the Katana fleet of nearly 200 Dreadnoughts, that went missing under mysterious circumstances during the Clone Wars The number of ships available could tip the tide of the war in favor of the side that discovers the location and retrieves the ships Princess Leia was the most improved of the characters and she had the most interesting story arc in this installment She sought out the Noghri and attempted to win their loyalty away from Grand Admiral Thrawn The Noghri proved and interesting race and it was great to see Leiaproactive in her actions.Talon Karrde was as fantastic in this installment as he was in the last His wit, charm, and air of mystery are always fun to read about His companion Mara Jade was much improved from the first book She was less whiny and involved in a few interesting action scenes and conflicts Grand Admiral Thrawn remains an excellent villain, but his character was slightly weakened by the amount of blunders he made in this one Luke s story arc wasinteresting this time around He finally had to face off against the Dark Jedi and spent less time drifting around aimlessly in his X Wing Han s character is still suffering His character lacks the wit a roguish charm of movie Han Solo Pairing him with Lando has helped a bit.All in all this was a fun read that was slightly better than the first book Rating 3.5 stars.Audio Note Just like the first book in the series Marc Thompson narrated as was assisted by a host of well known Star Wars sound effects


  5. Kaylin (The Re-Read Queen) Kaylin (The Re-Read Queen) says:

    Because today s the day, isn t it May the 4th be with you


  6. Jerry Jerry says:

    The story that jump started the Star Wars Expanded Universe continues here withaction and intensity Even though I ve read the entire trilogythan once, I m still excited to see what happens next As good as this is, though, it s a painful reminder of how Disney committed an epic fail by relegating these books to legends status instead of making films out of them Hopefully, someday, we ll get to see Mara Jade and Thrawn on the big screen.


  7. JAIME JAIME says:

    Still needsLightsaber I have a feeling the final book in this trilogy is going to be cracking


  8. Nathan Nathan says:

    I don t have a lot to say about this one This book picks up where the first one left off The characters really stay the same Han is still too dry, overprotective, and worried Mara Jade shows a lot of depth Karrde is quickly becoming a great character with a lot of sarcasm And Thrawn is almost too smart for his own good My favorite plot line was actually Leia s and I thought it was extremely fun to learn about her and the Noghri people And the end was full of action that was fun and gripp I don t have a lot to say about this one This book picks up where the first one left off The characters really stay the same Han is still too dry, overprotective, and worried Mara Jade shows a lot of depth Karrde is quickly becoming a great character with a lot of sarcasm And Thrawn is almost too smart for his own good My favorite plot line was actually Leia s and I thought it was extremely fun to learn about her and the Noghri people And the end was full of action that was fun and gripping Overall, I have to say I like this better than the first one, enough to up it to 4 stars I liked the plot and the searching and racing between the two parties I enjoyed the escapes and close calls and felt that it pulled me in slightlyAnd Let s just say, I have a feeling the next one is gonna be the best one of the series Really getting ready for some true full out Star Wars battles D


  9. TS Chan TS Chan says:

    This instalment of the trilogy suffered a bit from middle book syndrome There s just a whole lot of setup going on between the many players as Leia, Luke and Han together with Lando went their separate ways before they are drawn back together with a common goal as they managed to gather information separately about a certain lost fleet Thrawn continued to impress as the main antagonist of the series, without whom the books would pretty much fall flat in my opinion While Luke sometimes grated This instalment of the trilogy suffered a bit from middle book syndrome There s just a whole lot of setup going on between the many players as Leia, Luke and Han together with Lando went their separate ways before they are drawn back together with a common goal as they managed to gather information separately about a certain lost fleet Thrawn continued to impress as the main antagonist of the series, without whom the books would pretty much fall flat in my opinion While Luke sometimes grated on my nerves by being too goody two shoes, a few other characters begun to shine in this book Even though he didn t have much airtime, Wing Commander Wedge Antilles of Rogue Squadron was becoming a character which I really liked Same for Talon Karrde, a smuggler of well deserved great renown Oh, I also docked half a star for lack of Artoo Just sayin


  10. Paul Luttor Paul Luttor says:

    This review applies to all three of the Thrawn Trilogy novelsIt might not be entirely fair to these books that I first started reading them expecting them to be masterpieces touted bythan a few people I know as the very best of Star Wars EU fiction , because to be quite honest, I wasdisappointed than I was impressed with them I say that this might not be fair because in reality, they aren t that bad the plot is certainly interesting enough to hold your attention, especially if you This review applies to all three of the Thrawn Trilogy novelsIt might not be entirely fair to these books that I first started reading them expecting them to be masterpieces touted bythan a few people I know as the very best of Star Wars EU fiction , because to be quite honest, I wasdisappointed than I was impressed with them I say that this might not be fair because in reality, they aren t that bad the plot is certainly interesting enough to hold your attention, especially if you re a Star Wars fan However, there are several aspects of these books that just irked me the entire way through, and ultimately prevent the series from getting anythan a read it if you ve got nothing else better to read recommendation from me.The first and biggest problem with the Thrawn Trilogy is the portrayal of the central characters from the original Star Wars films Luke, Han, Leia, Lando, C 3PO even Chewie and R2 D2 all fall extremely flat when compared to their movie counterparts Han and Leia get the shortest end of the stick, possessing very little of the wit and charm and absolutely NONE of the romantic chemistry that made their characters shine on screen All the pair ever seem to do in these novels is worry about things Leia about the success or failure of her political endeavours, and Han about the well being of Leia Luke comes off as the most faithfully portrayed essentially remaining at the same level of mild stoicism and virtuosity as he was at in Return of the Jedi which wasn t very interesting to begin with C 3PO and R2 D2 are basically just parodies of themselves, and worse, barely contribute a thing to the story despite at least one of them being present at nearly every major event See The Prequel Trilogy Chewbacca and Lando are boring cardboard cut outs This is all made worse by the fact that returning characters seem to feel the need to constantly remember and very often quote parts from the original films, and reflect on how similar or dissimilar that particular event was compared to their current situation It s as though you as the reader are constantly being turned towards and winked at every few chapters, in case you forgot you were reading a Star Wars book.Another big problem is the new characters While thankfully the books are all but saved by the presence of interesting newcomers Talon Karde and Mara Jade despite their being fairly transparent Mary Sues , virtually every single other new character is flat and boring Grand Admiral Thrawn the titular villain of the series would have been an interesting new character if we d ever been given a look at him through his own mind, and not through the eyes of his bland and annoying first officer Thrawn is essentially omniscient whenever there is any kind of trickery afoot he automatically knows that something is up and often exactly what the trickery is, who is orchestrating it, and why even when he would have absolutely no reason to suspect anything normally Again, this would be interesting if we were ever given a look at his supposedly ingenious thought process, but every time it happens, it seems to do so only because the plot needs it to This is very, very lazy writing Jedi Master Joruus C baoth is intriguing as a concept, but is mostly left on the sidelines of the story from the beginning of the first book until very late in the third book, and is given little to do in between The other new characters such as Senator Garm Bel Iblis, Winter, Niles Ferrier, Councilor Fey lya and Ghent are all one note characters with a single defining characteristic each.Finally, author Timothy Zahn s writing style simply isn t very good Particularly when characters are conversing with one another, there seems to be only a few different types of responses which often sound awkward and hard to envision that characters are able to give one another, such as grunted , retorted , countered , and conceded Zahn also uses the word sardonic incorrectly on a few occasions, and by the end of the third book it was really getting on my nerves how often characters tended to mentally cross their fingers , or admit defeat in an argument by simply saying Point Over all, I may have made this book seem awful, but it really isn t As I said, the plot is interesting enough to hold your attention even though the pay offs to established mysteries usually somewhat underwhelming , and its cool to see some of the concepts from the movies expanded upon in greater detail than in the films such as the logistics of using The Force, or how space battles and hyper drive technology actually work in the Star Wars universe Though you may find yourself, as I did, skimming overthan a few redundant character conversations or internal debates For my part, however, I ll definitely try to avoid Star Wars EU books which prominently feature characters from the films as their protagonists, as the discrepancy between screen and page portrayals was the biggest obstacle for me.Hope this review was helpful