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Dark Journey: Star Wars Legends (The New Jedi Order) Paperback – Jan 29 2002

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Del Rey (Jan. 29 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345428692
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345428691
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 2.1 x 17.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 136 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars 124 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #201,961 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"The New Jedi Order continues as Jaina Solo struggles with anger and despair after the Jedi Knights' harrowing adventure behind enemy lines.
Though the Jedi strike force completed its deadly mission into Yuuzhan Vong territory, the price of success was tragedy: not everyone made it out alive. In a daring getaway, hotshop pilot Jaina Solo stole an enemy ship, taking along her fellow survivors--and leaving behind a huge piece of her heart.
With the enemy in hot pursuit, Jaina is forced to seek haven in the unprotected, unfriendly Hapes Cluster, where the Jedi are held responsible for a past tragedy--and where the royal family has grim plans for their famous Jedi guest. Even more sinister are the intentions of the Yuuvhan Vong, desperate to capture Jaina for a hideous sacrifice.
Grief-stricken and obsessed with revenge, Jaina is blind to these threats--and to the overpowering evil dangerously close to consuming her. In the coming conflagration, Jaina will be fighting not for victory or vengeance, but fore her very being . . .

About the Author

A former music and history teacher, Elaine Cunningham has written more than a dozen fantasy novels and many short stories. She is best known for the Songs & Swords books, particularly Elfshadow, a mystery in a fantasy setting. She lives with her family in a coastal New England town.

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Format: Paperback
I have not wrote any reviews for the New Jedi Order, but after reading a bunch of reviews for Dark Journey I figured I would voice my opinion.

Just a little back story, I read Vector Prime years ago when it was first released, and even though I really enjoyed it I did not continue the series. This summer I was cleaning out my garage and found a box full of boxs, and there was Vector Prime, I read it again and have read every NJO book in order. I have just completed Dark Journey and will be starting Rebel Dream Enenmy Lines #1 this evening.

Theres been mixed reviews about many of the books in this series (I only read reviews AFTER I have completed the novel) and in my opinion you have to look at the series as a whole not individual books.

Dark Journey to me is a palate cleanser, it was a light read, which I found was a perfect follow up to the intensity and ferocity of Star by Star. It pretty much followed on story line opposed to jumping between multiple arcs. Is it the best book in the, but what it did for me was allow me to catch my breath and clear my head after Star by Star and its brutality (and awesomeness).

The beauty of this series is that each novel is unique, they have their own style and pacing, and this is why I like that multiple authors are involved opposed to one writter taking the helm. I believe in order to review a book in this series you need to look at the series as a whole, and the book that it follows. Everyone will not agree and thats ok, thats the beauty of opinion.
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With the previous book of the New Jedi Order series, Star by Star creating so much havok in the Star Wars Universe, Dark Journey is a welcome reprieve from the massive undertakings described in Troy Denning's novel.
Written mostly from Jaina's perspective, but allowing for Kyp, Jag, Tenel Ka and Lowie to also develop, the novel basically tells of Jaina's wandering towards the dark side after the loss of both her brothers. Becoming nearly obsessed with playing out the role of Yun-Harla the Yuuzhan Vong goddess of trickery, she continually baffles Harrar, the Warmaster's favorite priest, and the commander of Harrar's naval force.
Though the characterization of Jaina was better than most, it still seemed a bit construed and misguided at times, and for a book with a very obvious central character (much like Jacen's, Traitor, by Matthew Stover) it seemed to meander through too many other character's own personal motives. In the end though, Jaina's travels seem well documented, and add a good focusing point for other characters as well, most importantly Kyp and Jag Fel.
Extra points go to Elaine Cunningham for finally pointing out what most readers of the Young Jedi Knights series knew all along - Tenel Ka and Jacen were in love and are meant to be together. I personally enjoyed seeing Lowie and Tenel Ka recieve some more important roles, which they deserved after Kevin J. Anderson's great portrayal of them in the Young Jedi Knights books.
All in all not a bad book by any stretch, though not a great one either.
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Enter woman author #2 in the New Jedi Order series, Elaine Cunningham. Unlike Kathy Tyers, who essentially handles a typical sort of Star Wars story involving all the major characters, Cunningham focuses on Jaina in order to create what she must have envisioned as a women's Star Wars book, by a woman and about a woman. Romance and powerful, consuming emotions take center stage, with Jaina as the sassy vixen around whom it all revolves.
I am a woman, and I am offended by this insult to the maturity and intelligence of my gender.
Where to begin? Cunningham's writing is atrocious. She has neither a sense of continuity nor of how characters should be expected to react emotionally to events. Han and Leia have just lost one, maybe two children, so they joke around and flirt. Then, later, we get a few sentences about how profound their sadness is. How trite, Ms. Cunningham. It's good to know that the Solos were officially upset while fooling around on the Falcon. Similarly, every male in the galaxy seems (completely irrationally) to have the hots for Jaina Solo, who, sassy vixen that she is, is not adverse to indulging their fantasies. The book opens with Star Wars Spice Jaina sitting on Ganner's lap and making lewd comments about it. In the middle, she manipulates the usually practical Kyp Durron with her womanly wiles and unbelievable Force powers. The book closes with a gushingly sentimental Kyp "saving" his soul mate Jaina, who's taken her sassiness a little too far. This is as over-the-top as Moulin Rouge, but with only a fraction of the emotional depth.
Cunningham's treatment of the Force is as simplistic and flawed as her treatment of human emotions. In a series that focuses on questioning the nature of the Force, this novel is completely out of place.
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Format: Paperback
I've been keeping my distance from the New Jedi Order books ever since I heard about the deaths of Chewbacca and Anakin, but I noticed recently that my library had "Star By Star" so I said "What the heck" and took it out. It was reasonably enjoyable, and made Anakin's death a little more tolerable. It would have done very well to include much more interaction between the characters, but it was a solid book on the whole. To make a long story short, I figured I might as well read the rest of the series, and bought "Dark Journey".
I was engrossed but disappointed. Dark Journey starts off well enough, but then the plot just stops. It never got boring, but when I looked back on what I had just read, it seemed like approximately nothing had happened. Jaina's dark side issue was vague throughout the whole book, which was extremely disappointing. As I neared the end, it seemed like the author had suddenly said, "Oh crud, I need to wrap this up soon and I've gone absolutely nowhere!" Suddenly things started happening again, there was a battle, and Jaina had a conversionary experience. All very vague still, but tolerable. The epilogue is satisfying, and conveyed the appropriate sense of relief, though my imagination created more than a few the emotions in this book.
Dark Journey's primary crippling problem is vagueness. Even with my limited skills at narrative, I'm pretty sure I could do better on that count. I'm not sure what Ms. Cunningham was thinking, but Dark Journey just doesn't deliver. My rating is good because the story did have a satisfying emotional flow - if I couldn't quite tell what was going on with the characters, I could get a sense of what they were feeling. Because of this I don't feel entirely cheated... but it's a near thing.
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