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Fate of the Jedi 7: Conviction by Aaron Allston
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  Darth Skuldren
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@DarthSanith: I loved the Han dialog, Allston was on his A-game with it. Very Happy
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Past the halfway mark, a few more thoughts.

This is already one of the best novels Allston has released since Enemy Lines. The dialog gets better as the story goes on, it's thoroughly entertaining, the characterization of Luke, Leia, and Han feels right for the first time in this series, and most importantly, Conviction is fun. I could say that Backlash was also a bit of fun, but I haven't found myself smiling over a post RotJ novel like this since some point in the NJO.

One of the biggest issues I've had with novels over the last six or seven years is that it feels like the tone of these books has strayed from the source materials a bit too much, and by that I obviously mean the films. I'm only at the 210 page mark, but already Conviction seems to hearken back to the movies, providing a sense of adventure and grandeur that isn't overly weighted down by the gritty, dark realism that we've seen since Dark Nest.

Conviction has me hopeful for the future. It's clear that Allston still has it, the spark that made his Wraith novels, Starfighters of Adumar, and Enemy Lines so compelling and enjoyable. Perhaps he's been held down by the collective planning and direction provided by Troy Denning and the Del Rey brass, but for the first time since LotF the lingering concerns I've had about Allston perhaps losing his touch has completely vanished.

FotJ is a flawed series, to be certain, but Conviction shows that this era has hope. I, for one, am excited to see where Del Rey's return to the Bantam style publishing format of single-author novels, duologies, and trilogies takes us.


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Finished this last night.

I really enjoyed the book!

Planet of Twilight was one of my least favourite books, but this follow-up to it is really cool.

I have no specific thoughts, just that I enjoyed it.
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I completely agree with you Lane. Conviction was really fun to read, and it was refreshing.
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I just finished it last night also Smile. It was a great book i agree and i liked the humor that was added in it ever once and a while Smile
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And, finally finished. A part of me is bummed because I know this book is going to get slagged for merely being associated with Fate of the Jedi. I hope people can look at Conviction in a vacuum, because this was one of the most enjoyable EU novels we've had since NJO ended.


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It will be odd leaping into Ascension next though, because I doubt that book will have the same fun vibe this one had. However, it will be neat reading about the Lost Tribe's High Sith Lord or whatever he's called.
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I loved it for me the second best book of FOTJ so for.

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I will add more tomorrow its getting late here
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Greyknight wrote:
I loved it for me the second best book of FOTJ so for.

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I will add more tomorrow its getting late here
i agree,
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That was hilarious! I literally laughed out loud, myself. Laughing
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I really need to find a copy and read it. I'm missing out!


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I finished a couple weeks ago. Here's entirely too many words about my thoughts on Conviction


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For those of you still keeping score on the Jaina Solo Love Polygon of Doom...


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Finally finished it! Just wanted to say I enjoyed it, very much so. Now, to go back through the pages and read all the spoiler tags that mocked me for all that time...
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Okay. Let's see...

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