Traitor

Traitor

Book - 2002
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From the depths of catastrophe, a glimmer of hope

After the capture of Coruscant, the mighty heart of the New Republic, a stunned galaxy fears that nothing can stop the Yuuzhan Vong. Still, that crushing defeat produces one small miracle: Jacen Solo is alive. Yet he can scarcely imagine himself in stranger circumstances.

The young Jedi Knight is in the care of Vergere, a fascinating creature of mystery and power, her intentions hard to fathom, her cruelties rarely concealed. But this master of inscrutable arts has much to teach the young Jedi . . . for she holds the key to a new way to experience the Force, to take it to another level--dangerous, dazzling, perhaps deadly.

In the wrong hands, the tremendous energies of the Force can be devastating. And there are others watching Jacen's process closely, waiting patiently for the moment when he will be ready for their own dire purposes. Now, all is in shadows. Yet whatever happens, whether Jacen's newfound mastery unleashes light or darkness, he will never be the same Jedi again. . . .
Publisher: New York : Ballantine Books, 2002.
ISBN: 9780345428653
034542865X
Characteristics: 292 p. ;,18 cm.

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Chinderixx
Dec 15, 2016

"Is it what the teacher teaches, or what the student learns?" -Vergere

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Chinderixx
Dec 15, 2016

"Warriors win battles without murdering the weak." -Jacen Solo

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Chinderixx
Dec 15, 2016

"In the New Republic, education doesn't hurt this much."-Jacen Solo

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Chinderixx
Dec 15, 2016

"Really, this Force business, you're better off without it. If you're a good boy, I'll give it back when you grow up. "-Vergere

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Dec 15, 2016

I decided to read this because I heard that this was the beginning of Jacen's turn to dark side. Since I have read some of the other books from The New Jedi Order and Legacy of the Force, I thought it might make more sense. For being a smaller book, there is surprisingly a lot I can say about it. I'll start off first with things I found interesting. There are only five main characters in this story and Luke, Han, and Leia are not part of the cast of characters. They are not actually in this book, but Traitor is the only New Jedi Order book that doesn't include them. I noticed from reading other Star Wars books by Matthew Stover like Shadows of Mindor and the Revenge of The Sith novelization that he writes epilogues that are almost identical to the prologues. In this book, Stover writes a prologue that is used again in the end with more added onto it, which you realize in the end is incredibly important to the whole story.
During this whole novel, you see people who are crazy and start going crazy. Jacen is one of those people. In the beginning, he seems strong and resists the Nazi-Aztec torture the Yuuzhan Vong put him through and you're almost sure that he is going to find a way to escape the pain he is in and the place the Yuuzhan Vong are keeping him. He does escape both of those but not in the way I had hoped he would. Vergere, who is probably the most important character is this book, has her own agenda and gets Jacen to listen and think about her confusing riddles and Shakespearean questions. Because of this, Jacen starts going crazy, and begins to do dark side things.
Even though Jacen's slow turn to the Dark side is sad, and some parts of this book are sometimes confusing or unclear, I did actually like this book. I think that it was very interesting and well written, and I think that this book has a much deeper meaning than being just about Jacen and his slow descent into darkness.

darthtrevhat Sep 16, 2010

My favorite Star Wars Novel.

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Dec 15, 2016

Chinderixx thinks this title is suitable for 15 years and over

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