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[The Dark Times]
Events that occur between 19 and 2 years before the Battle of Yavin.

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Jedi Twilight
BOOK STORY
Michael Reaves
Del Rey [US]
Arrow Books
[UK]
Story published as:
Paperback Novel (2008)
e-Book (2011)

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Reviews:
1 review [Review score: 3 / 5]

Synopsis:
With the dark ascension of the Empire, and the Jedi Knights virtually wiped out, one Jedi who escaped the massacre is slated for a date with destiny and a confrontation with Darth Vader.
Jax Pavan is one of the few Jedi Knights who miraculously survived the slaughter that followed Palpatine's ruthless Order 66. Now, deep in Coruscant's Blackpit Slums, Jax ekes out a living as a private investigator, trying to help people in need while concealing his Jedi identity and staying one step ahead of the killers out for Jedi blood. Others search for the elusive Jax too. Hard-boiled reporter Den Dhur and his buddy, the highly unorthodox droid I-5YQ, have shocking news to bring Jax: about the father he never knew.
But when Jax learns that his old Jedi Master has been killed, leaving behind the request that Jax finish a mission critical to the resistance, Jax has no choice but to emerge from hiding and risk detection by Darth Vader to fulfill his Master's dying wish.


Chronology:
This story occurs approximately 3 months after Revenge of the Sith (19 years before the Battle of Yavin).


Related Stories (in chronological order):



Reviews:
Review by Bones, UK, 2010:

"Michael Reaves kicks off his Coruscant Nights saga with Jedi Twilight, which delves deep into the trenches and chasms that form the more undesirable parts of the central world of the Empire.
"The whole feel of this book is very reminiscent of Darth Maul: Shadow Hunter, Reaves' only other solo EU work. This is unsurprising given the similarities of setting, and Reaves clearly enjoys the dingy and melancholy mood that permeates the prose. There are elements of this book that I really rather enjoyed. The liberal use of non-humans is a big plus for me. There is a huge amount of xenodiversity here, in both leading characters and incidental ones, which to me gives the right feel to a Star Wars novel. I often find some of the more human-centric ones irk slightly because they lack such variety. I also really enjoyed reading about elements of Xizor's back story and his devious quest to further his own power. There was, too, a nice little section that compared Vader to Kar Vastor and how differently they are perceived in the Force - I found that quite satisfying.
"There are flaws here, though. The biggest being that the whole book feels like a gigantic prologue. As such, the pace can sometimes feel leaden and whilst the character focuses are nice, they can get a touch stodgy at times. I was mildly unconvinced by the premise of chasing 10-4TO due to its valuable data. Firstly because it had already been done (R2-D2 in Episode IV: A New Hope?) and secondly because it just felt like a flimsy excuse for people to chase around after each other - many of the characters were more than happy to chase the droid without knowing what it was carrying other than "important data". There was also a moment when I felt a continuity error. I'm not the oracle on such things, but I'm convinced that Yevetha are extremely xenophobic to the point of genocide. I found it jarring, therefore, that one was playing arcade games in the Coruscanti underground. Similarly, I found the figure given for the number of Jax Pavans on Coruscant a bit awkward. Unless "Jax Pavan" is the Star Wars equivalent of "John Smith", I found the figure a little too high to be believable, even on a world of a trillion inhabitants.
"I did quite enjoy this book, and I look forward to where it is heading; I especially want to know why Darth Vader is so interested in Jax, since that was another minor gripe I had. An enjoyable extended-introduction to a hopefully satisfying little series."

Rating: 3 / 5

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