The world seems eager to get its Star Wars fix as the latest book in the Jedi saga has debuted at number 7 on the bestsellers’ list. This book follows a number of story lines all intertwining to tell a compelling tale of mystery and intrigue.

Gavar Khai is a Sith Saber serving the dark-side being known as Abeloth, a super-Sith of great power. After a Force battle between Abeloth and Darish Vol, the Grand Lord of the Lost Tribe of the Sith, which takes place in a dream, an entire city is melted and Gavar is now being hunted by the Sith.

Luke Skywalker and his son Ben are searching the galaxy for Abeloth and the semi-sentient ship known as Ship. Aiding their efforts is Vestara Khai, a Sith Apprentice. Is she a traitor or a double agent?

Leia and Han Solo are forced underground after being charged with treason and what does Boba Fett have to do with this situation?

All of the action takes place 43 years after the events in the original movie (I have a hard time referring to it as ‘A New Hope) and even though it’s nice to see these characters again, I found the Sith side of this book more interesting.

The writing isn’t forced and the story is well-paced. At times the political talk bogs things down, but never for too long. Christie Golden (Who also penned ‘FotJ: Allies and ‘Omen’), does a commendable job of giving the characters the depth that isn’t found in a lot of other SW novels. My biggest gripe is that there isn’t a single lightsaber duel in the entire book.

The story is anticlimatic, as it seems to be setting up events for the next book in the series, ‘Apocalypse’, but overall, an enjoyable read. I am looking forward to the next one.

Star Wars: Fate of the Jedi: Ascension
By Christie Golden
Hardcover 410 pages
Del Rey Books
Publication Date: August 9, 2011