December 08, 2005

The Truce at Bakura

While I'm in a Star Wars mindset, I might as well knock off some more reviews to fill in the timeline of the "expanded universe" chronology of books set in the 20 years after the end of "Return of the Jedi". First, before Zahn's "Thrawn" trilogy, is Kathy Tyers' "The Truce at Bakura". In this novel, a race of lizard-like aliens wants to enslave all living things to serve as life-force inside their fighting machines, and Bakura is the system at the spearhead of their invasion.

The enemy proves to be a big enough menace that the still-very-strong remnants of the Empire must temporarily ally with New Republic forces to try to fight off the threat. The events in this book occur just a couple of days after the end of "Jedi", so Luke is still pretty beaten up by his encounter with the Emperor, and everyone is still stunned by the revelations of Luke and Leia's father and other events.

An important plot point in this story is Leia's confrontation with Anakin's spirit, and this book explains her still-going-25-years-later grudge against her father (but I guess it must have abated at some point because she named one of her kids Anakin, and I can't remember her motivation, if that was ever explained). Luke also kinda falls for a politician, but this thread isn't picked up at all by any later books, and he doesn't have another potential love interest until Mara Jade is introduced later.

At the time I read this, I felt it was on par with Thrawn's series. Looking back on it again I'm not sure it deserves such high praise, but it is a good read, in the top third of the Star Wars books out there.

Posted by Observer at December 8, 2005 08:36 PM
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