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[This story occurs during the Legacy of the Force era]
Events that occur between 40 and 43 years after the Battle of Yavin.

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Betrayal
BOOK STORY
Aaron Allston
Del Rey
Story published as:
Hardback Novel (2006)
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Reviews:
2 reviews [Average review rating: 2 / 5]

Synopsis:
When a mission to uncover an illegal missile factory on the planet Adumar ends in a violent ambush, from which Jedi Knight Jacen Solo and his protégé and cousin, Ben Skywalker, narrowly escape with their lives; it's the most alarming evidence yet that sparks of political unrest are threatening to ignite into total rebellion. The governments of numerous worlds are chafing under the strict regulations of the Galactic Alliance, and diplomatic efforts to enforce compliance are failing. Fearing the worst, the Alliance readies a pre-emptive display of military might in a bid to bring the rogue worlds to heel before an uprising erupts. The designated target of this exercise: planet Corellia, renowned for the brash independence and renegade spirit that have made its favourite son, Han Solo, a legend.
Something of a rogue himself, Jacen is nevertheless duty bound as a Jedi to stand with his uncle, Jedi Master Luke Skywalker, on the side of the Galactic Alliance. But when the wary Corellians launch a counter strike, the Alliance's show of force and a secret mission to disable Corellia's crucial Centerpoint Station, give way to an armed skirmish. Once the smoke clears, the battle lines are drawn. Now the spectre of full-scale war looms between a growing cadre of defiant planets and the Galactic Alliance that some fear is becoming a new Empire. And even as both sides struggle to find a diplomatic solution, mysterious acts of treachery and sabotage threaten to doom peace efforts at every turn.
Determined to root out those behind the mayhem, Jacen follows a trail of cryptic clues to a dark rendezvous with the most shocking of revelations... while Luke grapples with something even more troubling: dream visions of a shadowy figure whose Force power and ruthlessness remind him of Darth Vader: a lethal enemy who strikes like a dark spirit on a mission of doom. An agent of evil who, if Luke's visions come to pass, will bring untold pain to the Jedi Master, and to the entire galaxy.


Chronology:
This story occurs approximately 40 years after the Battle of Yavin.

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Reviews:

Review by Ewan, Star Wars Books, 2008:
"It is ten years since the end of the Yuuzhan Vong War and the galaxy is dividing itself in matters of self-interest and determinism, but Allston's storytelling is rather one-sided. We are constantly informed of the Galactic Alliance's and the Jedi's side of the story (the Jedi now sworn to protect and serve the Galactic Alliance), with very little of the differing point of view, except where it involves the Corellian born heroes, such as Han Solo and Wedge Antilles. At various points during this book I was thinking to myself, 'Who cares if Corellia wants to break away', sometimes mountains can be made out of molehills.
"The introduction, or should that be re-introduction, of Lumiya, the Dark Lady of the Sith, was one of only a few highlights of the narrative. Having to follow the clue left by Lumiya, Allston allows Jacen Solo and Ben Skywalker (the 13-year-old son of Luke and Mara) to journey across the galaxy trying to unravel the meaning of the tassels. The reader is left in no doubt that the person mentioned in the prophecies contained within the tassels can only be one person, but it is still enjoyable to watch Jacen meander himself into the role he is destined to become.
"Certainly, Allston's strengths lie in the space battle and espionage narratives that he exploited so well in his X-Wing books such as Wraith Squadron and others, and he continues those well in this book, but as the opening book to a new series it lacked a certain sense of wonder. Our heroes are getting old and so it appears are the storylines, have we not trodden these paths before?
"Overall, I was rather disappointed with this book."
Rating:
2 / 5


Review by S-Ash, UK, 2006:
"Following Troy Denning's fantastic Dark Nest novels was never going to be easy. Sadly, Allston's Betrayal suffers under the weight of comparison. Don't feel too sorry for him; like Anakin Skywalker, Allston's stepped onto his own dark path with his yellow-tinged eyes wide-open-setting his story immediately after Dark Nest, using the same characters, and directly referencing Denning's classic.
"If there were more distance from that spin-off spectacular, we might have been more forgiving, but there are just too many odd inconsistencies to make Betrayal truly stand-out. Here, the Jedi act more like bullies than an intergalactic peace-keeping force. Remember the days when Jedi Knights seemed like kick-ass monks - handy with a lightsaber, but still intrinsically good? They belong to a galaxy even further away than we thought; if the prequel trilogy made the Jedi seem more like government officials, Allston gives them an air of aggressive cops, more in love with power than doing the right thing.
"It's just not the mythology that's clumsily handled. Allston's prose is awkward, without the flow of the best Star Wars spin-offs. Apparently obsessed with fashion, our author repeatedly stops the narrative to describe what a particular character's wearing that day. Fine, but when you read 'Mara wore more traditional Jedi robes, in brown and tans, and a red belt that set off her red hair', you may start to wonder if someone's dropped a copy of Vogue between the pages of your new book.
"Actually, that might be preferable - at least Vogue has pretty pictures; all Betrayal has is well, betrayal - a sense that characters you grew up with are being let down."
Rating:
2 / 5


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