This series has the longest. titles. ever.
I finished a book in less than three weeks! Yay! On my way to gaming tonight I finished the last three pages of Star Wars: The New Jedi Order: Force Heretic II: Refugee by Sean Williams and Shane Dix.
Which of course meant the other half-hour there, and the hour back home I had nothing to read, other than game rules. Yeesh.
Anyway, this book was good. Williams and Dix are fine writers. I never felt bored or anything, as the pace was decent, the plot was suited to the overall Yuuzhan Vong story arc, the action was sparce but good. I think the dialogue was pretty good here, heavier on politics with a touch of the philosophy that has tended to be part of the New Jedi Order stories, especially surrounding Jacen. A couple of small twists and shockingly-good surprises in the story, which really make me want to keep on going and see what comes up in the next book.
The Force Heretic trilogy follows three subplots: Han, Leia, Jaina, Jag and 3P0 running around making sure the galaxy stays strong and united against the Vong invasion; Luke, Mara, Jacen, Danni and Saba off hunting for Zonoma Sekot, the living planet that might help win the war; and Nom Anor, disgraced executor seeking retribution by spreading a pro-Jeedai (Jedi) heresy among the Shamed Ones caste. I think these three plots are great, keeping all of the characters in the action, while slowly-but-surely bringing the entire story arc to an end. What that end will be, I have no idea. Will any more major characters die? Will they take back Coruscant? And many more questions to be answered.
Star Wars: The New Jedi Order: Force Heretic II: Refugee goes back to the bookshelf. Now, I can either move on to the last book of this little trilogy, and the third last book in the New Jedi Order series, Reunion, or I can continue my Star Wars-other-Star Wars-other pattern. Originally I told myself I would speed up the Star Wars books, as I want to guarantee that I finish the NJO books by the end of the year. But now that I’ve finished this book in much less time than usual, I might not have to. Hrm. I’ll decide tomorrow, I guess. Toss a coin, or something.
*Cover image has been borrowed from Wookiepedia, the Star Wars Wiki.