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Events that occur between 43 and 50 years after the Battle of Yavin.

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Abyss
BOOK STORY
Troy Denning
Del Rey
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1 review [Average review score: 3 / 5]

Synopsis:
Following a trail of clues across the galaxy, Luke Skywalker continues his quest to find the reasons behind Jacen Soloís dark downfall and to win redemption for the Jedi Order. Sojourning among the mysterious Aing-Tii monks has left Luke and his son Ben with no real answers, only the suspicion that the revelations they seek lie in the forbidden reaches of the distant Maw Cluster. There, hidden from the galaxy in a labyrinth of black holes, dwell the Mind Walkers: those whose power to transcend their bodies and be one with the Force is as seductive and intoxicating as it is potentially fatal. But it may be Lukeís only path to the truth.
Meanwhile, on Coruscant, the war of wills between Galactic Alliance Chief of State Natasi Daala and the Jedi Order is escalating. Outraged over the carbonite freezing of young Jedi Knights Valin and Jysella Horn after their inexplicable mental breakdowns, the Jedi are determined to defy Daalaís martial tactics, override Council Master Kenth Hamnerís wavering leadership, and deal on their own terms with the epidemic of madness preying on their ranks. As Han and Leia Solo, along with their daughter Jaina, join the fight to protect more stricken Knights from arrest, Jedi healers race to find a cure for the rapidly spreading affliction. But none of them realize the blaster barrel is already swinging in their direction, and Chief Daala is about to pull the trigger.
Nor do Luke and Ben, deep in the Maw Cluster and pushing their Force abilities beyond known limits, realize how close they are to the Sith strike squad bent on exterminating the Skywalkers, to a nexus of dark-side energy unprecedented in its power and its hunger, and to an explosive confrontation between opposing wielders of the Force from which only one Master, good or evil, can emerge alive.


Chronology:
This story occurs approximately 44 years after the Battle of Yavin.

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Reviews:

Review by Bones, UK, 2010:
"The Fate of the Jedi series continues with Troy Denning's Abyss, which is an altogether more satisfying offering that the previous Omen, but doesn't yet manage to overcome the most persistent flaw of the series.
"In Abyss, the three main storylines set up in
Omen continue, with the Skywalker's quest taking them now deep into the Maw, the Tribe leaving their seclusion on Kesh and the political situation on Coruscant becoming more and more tense as Daala and the Jedi continue to clash.
"I was a bit disappointed with the first of these (the Luke and Ben arc) as so far it has been my preferred storyline. In Abyss, Denning's insistent use of excessive yet benign description bogs down proceedings. He clearly wanted to give a mysterious impression of the quasi-Centerpoint station, but his more quaffable writing style (which I usually enjoy) is here quite inelegant.
"The political situation on Coruscant continues to deteriorate, and there is a particularly nice development involving a pair of Jedi Apprentices who start finding things too much to take. Some of the tension dissipates, however, due to the lack of progression. The Mandalorian threat is mentioned but only just explored. And Wynn Dorvan's choices are a little jarringly suspect given his character in
Omen.
"The last arc (the Tribe storyline) epitomises the problem with the Fate series thus far: it meanders and prevaricates and goes almost nowhere. They spend a huge amount of time searching for Ship on a strange planet, losing large quantities of Sith and in the end, suddenly reacquire him without much difficulty because he suddenly wants to be reacquired. This issue also affects the Coruscant part of the story, with the tensions remaining, but elevating only slightly during the course of the book so as to actually begin to stagnate.
"Whilst a lot of what I've said is quite negative, I nevertheless enjoyed reading Abyss. Much more occurs in this book that in
Omen, but many of the "major" (if such a word applies) plot developments are subtle and take a long time to set up and execute that you don't notice that they're happening.
"The saving grace here is Denning's easy to read and immersive style (description of mini-Centerpoint aside) which allows you to breeze through the book quite happily. But you can't help feeling once finished that you're not quite as satiated as you might like."
Rating: 3 / 5


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