Coruscant Nights: Jedi Twilight

October 31, 2016 at 6:00 pm (Reads) (, , )

twilightCoruscant Nights: Jedi Twilight by Michael Reaves

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I went into this book thinking that the Coruscant Nights series was a crime noir story set in the Star Wars universe. Neither crime nor noir are favorite genres are favorites of mine, so to say I went into the book with apprehension is an understatement. I went into the Expanded Universe reading project knowing I was going to read a lot of bad along with the good, and I expected this to be among the former.

While I can see the similarities between this story and the crime genre, but it didn’t read or feel like one. The story is about Jax Pavan, son of a character who featured in Reaves’ Shadow Hunter, and I-5YQ, the sentient droid who also featured in that book, as well as in the two MedStar books Reaves co-authored. Oh, and Den Dhur, the Sullustan reporter from that series, also features in the story. I didn’t mind it much, though, since I-5 and Den are memorable, fun characters to use.

The story is about I-5 trying to track down Jax, but it’s also about two criminals competing to take over the Black Sun syndicate, and Vader trying to track down Jax, as well. The most interesting story of the three plots is the one involving I-5 and his team, but the three plots at least converge in a sensible way. I felt like Reaves tried to put too much story into the book, especially with the Black Sun subplot. That storyline didn’t interest me at all, and I found myself not absorbing the details of it, even as I was reading it.

One aspect of the story I liked was how Reaves addressed how unusual it is to encounter sentient droids in the Star Wars universe. Watching the movies, one would expect them all to be as self-aware as C-3PO and R2-D2, but it turns out they’re the anomalies, along with I-5YQ. In fact, Reaves makes a sly reference to the three of them meeting on an older mission. On the one hand, it’s pretty cool; on the other hand, it makes the universe appear to be much smaller than it actually is, since the same characters keep showing up in all the stories.

Jedi Twilight isn’t the worst Star Wars book I’ve read, but it’s not the best, either. I enjoyed it more than I didn’t, though, which is more than I can say for some other books in the EU. I’m curious to see where Reaves will take this story in the next two books.

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