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

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Patterns of Force
BOOK STORY
Michael Reeves
Del Rey [US]
Arrow Books
[UK]
Story published as:
Paperback Novel (2009)
e-Book (2011)

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1 review [Average review score: 3.5 / 5]

Synopsis:
After the Empire's bloody purge of the Jedi, one lone Knight still fights for those who cannot, unaware that he's about to be swept into a cataclysmic battle against the Master of Darkness himself.
Throughout the galaxy, a captured Jedi is a dead Jedi, even in Coruscant's most foul subterranean slums, where Jedi Knight Jax Pavan champions the causes of the oppressed with the help of hard-nosed reporter Den Dhur and the wisecracking droid I-5YQ. But Jax is also involved in another struggle: to unlock the secrets of his father's death and his own past.
While Jax believes that I-5YQ holds some of those answers, he never imagines that the truth could be shocking enough to catapult him to the frontlines of a plot to kill Emperor Palpatine. Worse yet, Darth Vader's relentless search for Jax is about to end in triumph.
The future looming over the valiant Jedi and his staunch pals promises to be dark and brief, because there's no secret whatsoever about the harshest truth of all: Few indeed are those who tangle with Darth Vader and live to tell the tale.


Chronology:
This story occurs approximately 12 months after Revenge of the Sith (18 years before the Battle of Yavin).


Related Stories (in chronological order):



Reviews:
Review by Bones, UK, 2010:

"Patterns of Force sees Jax Pavan continue his day to day challenge of avoiding detection on post-66 Coruscant.
"I was not particularly enamoured with the last book of the series, so wasn't sure what I would find in this instalment of the Coruscant Nights saga. Fortunately this third entry contains several quite interesting points and developments, particularly when compared to the stagnant languishing of Street of Shadows. It was nice to hear some of I-5YQ's back-story and his character develops in interesting (if potentially unorthodox) ways during the course of the story. Reaves also does a relatively good job of playing his cards close to his chest and there is much mystery surrounding the identities of various clandestine operatives. This doesn't always work for him, and there are occasions when it just seems as though the characters are meandering through paranoid allegiance shifts for the sake of filling time, but on the whole, he maintains the air of enigma throughout, especially when desperation begins to fragment the group.
"For me, the biggest plus in this story was Kaj. It was a very fascinating angle to consider: how did Order 66 affect unidentified Force adepts, principally those on Coruscant, right in the thick of the situation. The situation is worsened by the severity of Kaj's plight, specifically the strength of his connection to the Force and, towards the end, we see the probable outcome of discovery for many such beings.
"There were, naturally, negatives. Most of these were gathered at the end of the story, although the main exception would be the prevaricating in the middle of the book. The ending felt rushed. There were several moments when the phrase "deus ex machina" flashed across my mind, most notably when Jax uncovers something that changes his mind about Sal's plan. The whole scene that finalised the book just seemed to be hastily thrown down, with revelations coming thick and fast with only cursory explanations. Also, the Inquisitorial development involving Kaj seemed unnecessary.
"Reaves' prose is often quite uncomplicated and quaffable and this book is no exception. At times it gets bogged down but it generally isn't too taxing. However, it does have loose ends that will hopefully be addressed in the tentatively forthcoming final volume."

Rating: 3.5 / 5

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