I gave this book 4 stars because I reserve 5 stars for really groundbreaking books with outstanding plots. In the Star Wars Universe, I have given 5 stars only to I Jedi (also by Stackpole), Vision of the Future, and the uproariously funny Star Fighters of Adumar. Onslaught isn't quite in that category. Mr. Stackpole is adding to an established story arc and must work within the confines of the arc. He does a tremendous job of making the plot and characters become true to the Star Wars name. This book focuses mostly on Luke and Mara, the Solo Children, Corran Horn, and Princess Leia. For those readers who missed Han Solo in this book, be patient. Han gets two books of his own soon. Jim Luceno (former writing partner of the late Brian Dailey, author of the Early HS trilogy) will be writing books 4 and 5 of the New Jedi Order. Han will get his day. In Onslaught, Stackpole shows more about the new villains, and makes them seem very alien and threatening. These...
That the pages be turned slowly is important, as this is much briefer than previous books, carefully, because if 2 pages stick together you could literally miss an entire appearance of a long time mainstay of the Star Wars History. The additional time spent on the organic weaponry of The Yuuzhan Vong, is brilliant. I don't know where the credit should be given, but whether from one author, a collaboration, or Mr. Lucas, this part of the new series I find fascinating. This book opens a variety of issues that are going to need to be resolved. To the extent these details are shared, I believe the reader can get a better idea of where this whole new series that started with Vector Prime may be heading. The book resolves very little if anything, and really sets the stage for a variety of future plot lines. Additionally it strongly reinforces the mood that Vector Prime began. This is a more violent, more graphically depicted part of the Star Wars Saga. It also...
Michael Stackpole is a great sci fi writer. 'I, Jedi' was great, and this novel solidifies him as a boneafide Star Wars novelist. His descriptions of landscapes, alien worlds and technology vividly paint pictures within your head without going overboard like other authors. What makes Onslaught a unique book is: 1) This book begins a story arc that seems to fit in between Vector Prime's overall story arc. Though it can be read alone, probably best if you read Vector Prime first to understand some events. 2) It is hard to describe, but this is a great novel with no real plot resolution or end. This novel seems to almost to be a prelude to an actual novel not yet out--meaning that there are numerous events taking shape all across the Star Wars universe, almost shot like small vignettes, and only towrds the physical end of the novel do things start shaping up getting ready for hopefully the next one. 3) The Vong (enemies) here have no central characters unlike the...
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