I have said for months that I was going to start over reading the Legacy of the Force
books from the beginning since I usually read through them so quickly the first time around.
The first one is “Betrayal” by Aaron Allston. Feel free to comment or question.
I think the first thing that really stood out for me in the beginning chapters of this book was the camaraderie that still existed between the characters, even Jacen. They are still recognizable as the people from long ago. Sure Han and Luke disagree but didn’t they always? Yes, Jacen is a bit different but then he’s an adult and has been through a lot of tragedy. And yet it’s also easy to see the beginnings of his spiral towards becoming a Sith Lord. He has such a detachment and although that is not such a bad thing for a Jedi, it was actually once highly encouraged, it’s made Jacen cold and unfeeling at times. I especially didn’t like this thought:The Jacen of more than a decade ago was gone, as dead as the Anakin of the same era was. He took a deep, slow breath and wondered why he no longer mourned either loss.
Okay, so Jacen doesn’t miss the way he was when he was younger. Understandable, a lot of people feel that way. But no longer mourning Anakin…I took that to mean he no longer misses him and that just seems so wrong
I do enjoy the interaction between Jacen and Ben and Ben bouncing back and forth between being a Jedi and being still just a kid, easily excited over something or asking strange questions. It’s strange reading this now, about how well Jacen and Ben are working together and knowing how wrong things will become in the later books as Jacen’s lies escalate and Ben’s suspicions grow.
The author does a good job describing things, everything from the surroundings to how the Jedi use the Force as when Jacen and Ben were fighting on Adumar.
Poor Zekk, he’ll never quite measure up to Han’s standards somehow. ”A father’s got a right to terrorize any young bantha who’s following his daughter around.”
I can’t even remember how much more Zekk will appear in this book, they’ve all blurred together for me.
It’s a shame Luke and Mara weren’t together with their son more. In a way it’s similar to the other Jedi from long ago being raised in the Temple but at least Ben does have contact with the family. But it does seem to have cut down on the father-son bond between Luke and Ben and it seems odd that Luke Skywalker of all people is seemingly not that close to his own child. I know that’s all partly to do with Ben’s earlier rejection of the Force and Luke and Mara being away so much but it still seems an unusual situation.
I’d also forgotten about Luke’s mysterious figure and how he reminded Luke of Anakin Skywalker.