Dark Journey: Star Wars Legends (The New Jedi Order) Paperback – Jan 29 2002
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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.See all Product Description
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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 series....no, 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.
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.
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.Read more ›
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.
Most recent customer reviews
Dark Journey was a good book in this series and I do think that it could have been a bit better. It shows what the Jedi can do and can't do. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Sean Talbot
Don't get me started on how horrible this book was. I was appalled that this could even carry the title "New Jedi Order. Read morePublished on March 2 2004 by Alex Wiederspiel
Lots and lots of character development for Jaina Solo. The other characters get some development but not much for anyone else. Read morePublished on Feb. 4 2004 by sithspawn
this was by far the biggest bust in the whole NJO series. There's barely any action, and without Jacen and Anakin, it's not a good book. Read morePublished on Feb. 1 2003
This is an interesting story, although it focuses mainly on Jania Solo. Kyp also has a big part in the book.Published on Jan. 14 2003 by A.J.W.
This is a pretty good entry in the New Jedi Order series. It takes place immediately after Star by Star and is basically about Jaina dealing with what happened on that mission. Read morePublished on Nov. 17 2002 by Amazon Customer
Well I thought it was pretty good, but it might just be that Jaina Solo has always been a favorite character of mine (at least in YJK) But it carried suspence and exitement. Read morePublished on Oct. 28 2002