Last night on the way to Meeplemart I finished the penultimate volume in the New Jedi Order series, The Final Prophecy, by Greg Keyes.
I must say, I think this was the most captivating book of the series. The pace was fast, the two main plots exciting, and the action plentiful. I have to look back and see if I enjoyed Keyes’ other contributions to the NJO series as much as this.
Of course I don’t want to give away too much of what happens, but I’ll say a few things. The book follows two main storylines: Tahiri and Corran Horn picking up some well-known Vong, and Wedge leading the Battle of Bilbringi.
The first storyline is the main one,w here the two Jedi are contacted by Nen Yim (the heretic shaper), Nom Anor (in his Prophet disguise) and Harrar (the curious priest). The three each want to travel to Zonoma Sekot to discover its secrets, whether it holds some long-lost key to Yuuzhan Vong history, is the living planet of legend, and why Overlord Shimrra is so afraid of it. The two Jedi travel to Couruscant (Yuuzhan’tar), secretly get in, contact the rogue Vong, and escape again in a half-organic, half-constructed ship originating from Sekot. They get there, and things heat up.
The second storyline follows Wedge Antilles commanding part of a three-prong attack on Bilbringi, which ends up being a disaster because of new Vong technology that somehow disrupts the HoloNet communication lines. Wedge and his battlegroup are on their own and have to fight an increasingly-losing battle. Jaina and Twin Suns is also in the battlegroup, and is part of the action.
We don’t see much of Luke and the gang on Zonoma Sekot, but we do see a little of Han and Leia, who get involved in trying to help Wedge.
Otherwise there are some awesome space battle scenes, a bit of scientific talk, some Vong-human cooperation, some hidden agendas and backstabbing, new secrets revealed and lots of other great action. I really enjoyed this novel and I am both elated and saddened to finally be on the last book of the NJO series.
So, Star Wars: The New Jedi Order: The Final Prophecy goes back to the bookshelf, and off comes the last book, The Unifying Force. This is big news, as after three years of reading a mix of Star Wars and other books, I am finally finishing this series. I will be putting Star Wars books on the shelf, literally and figuratively, for a bit as I have a tonne of other books I need to read, including a heck of a lot of steampunk-themed books. I will probably throw a Star Wars novel into the mix in the coming year, but I’m not sure yet.
Thanks for reading.
*Cover image taken from Wookiepedia.