Abyss

Abyss

Book - 2009
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Following a trail of clues across the galaxy, Luke Skywalker continues his quest to find the reasons behind Jacen Solo's dark downfall and to win redemption for the Jedi Order. Sojourning among the mysterious Aing-Tii monks has left Luke and his son Ben with no real answers, only the suspicion that the revelations they seek lie in the forbidden reaches of the distant Maw Cluster. There, hidden from the galaxy in a labyrinth of black holes, dwell the Mind Walkers: those whose power to transcend their bodies and be one with the Force is as seductive and intoxicating as it is potentially fatal. But it may be Luke's only path to the truth.

Meanwhile, on Coruscant, the war of wills between Galactic Alliance Chief of State Natasi Daala and the Jedi Order is escalating. Outraged over the carbonite freezing of young Jedi Knights Valin and Jysella Horn after their inexplicable mental breakdowns, the Jedi are determined to defy Daala's martial tactics, override Council Master Kenth Hamner's wavering leadership, and deal on their own terms with the epidemic of madness preying on their ranks. As Han and Leia Solo, along with their daughter Jaina, join the fight to protect more stricken Knights from arrest, Jedi healers race to find a cure for the rapidly spreading affliction. But none of them realize the blaster barrel is already swinging in their direction--and Chief Daala is about to pull the trigger.

Nor do Luke and Ben, deep in the Maw Cluster and pushing their Force abilities beyond known limits, realize how close they are--to the Sith strike squad bent on exterminating the Skywalkers, to a nexus of dark-side energy unprecedented in its power and its hunger, and to an explosive confrontation between opposing wielders of the Force from which only one Master--good or evil--can emerge alive.
Publisher: New York : Del Rey/Ballantine Books/Lucas Books, c2009.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780345509185
0345509188
Characteristics: 332 p. ; 25 cm.

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Chinderixx
Sep 09, 2017

"My apologies, I wasn't sure you were real." -Abeloth

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Chinderixx
Sep 09, 2017

BEN: "Okay, then here's my question: what did Jacen see?"
LUKE: "What Jacen saw on the Throne of Balance doesn't matter-not to you. And you know what's really wonderful about that? It never will."

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Chinderixx
Sep 09, 2017

"It's not about the legacy you leave, it's about the life you live. Remember that, live by that." -Mara Jade

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Chinderixx
Sep 09, 2017

HAN: "Are you crazy?"
LEIA: "I married you, didn't I?"

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Chinderixx
Sep 09, 2017

Abyss is definitely not the typical Troy Denning Star Wars book.
Usually, important things happen at the beginning, middle, and end, filled with space battles in between. Abyss is different because important things are happening throughout the entire book, and there is no space battles. There also wasn't any innuendos that he likes to add in his novels, which was nice.
I found the parts with Luke and Ben in the maw with the mind drinkers/walkers kind of freaky and a little weird, as well as the parts with the newly introduced villain: Abeloth, (who is also just weird).
Even though the parts mentioned above were a little strange, they were interesting, and the other parts of this novel were funny, enjoyable and entertaining. Abyss was definitely an interesting read because it was so different.

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SUMMARY FROM WIKIPEDIA:
Galactic Alliance Chief of State Natasi Daala continues her P.R. war with the Jedi Order as two more Jedi Knights, Yaqeel Saav'etu and Bazel "Barv" Warv, fall under the mysterious Force psychosis. In addition to having Tahiri Veila put on trial for her murder of Imperial Grand Admiral Gilad Pellaeon two years earlier during the Second Galactic Civil War, Daala puts more and more heat on the Jedi for them to give up the insane Jedi they have. So the Solos and some of their own mentally-stable Jedi allies manage to take the delusional Knights that they have over to the Jedi base on Shedu Maad. Beforehand, however, medical healer and Jedi Master Cilghal had managed to narrow down the cause of the Force psychosis: each of the Jedi Knights had been children who were under protection of the Jedi's base in The Maw during the Yuuzhan Vong War. Therefore, whatever the cause of the psychosis was had originated within The Maw.
Meanwhile, within the Maw Cluster, Luke and Ben Skywalker arrive on a mysterious space station called Sinkhole Station, where they meet the Mind Walkers, who were mistaken by the Aing-Tii in the previous novel to be Mind Drinkers. The Mind Walkers are a collection of Force-users who try to leave their physical forms in order to join the Force. The Skywalkers ask the Mind Walkers what Jacen was doing with them, and the Walkers reveal that Jacen left them because he sensed a dangerous presence in the Force. Ben even confirms such a presence which he vaguely remembered as a toddler during his years in the Maw amidst the Yuuzhan Vong War; he shielded himself off from that presence as well as shielding himself from the deaths and horrors of the Vong's invasion of the galaxy. As a result, Luke decides to perform Mind Walking in order to not only contact Jacen from the great beyond, but also to find out what that threat Jacen had sensed was. Ben joins him in this task.
Meanwhile, the Sith squadron of the Eternal Crusader, one of its members being Vestara Khai, find the Sith Meditation Sphere known as Ship on a mysterious world populated by carnivorous plants. The survivors of the Sith squad are rescued from these plants by a mysterious being named Abeloth. However, Vestara comes to find out that Abeloth is not all that she seems, even after she helps the Sith get Ship back. Then, with Abeloth staying behind on her planet, the Sith proceed to complete their previous mission of killing Luke Skywalker.
Back in Sinkhole Station, Luke and Ben Mind Walk to the place that the Mind Walkers call "beyond shadows". There, the Skywalkers meet the late-Anakin Solo, as well as their dead wife and mother, Mara. But in the end, their meeting with Jacen is the most important, even as it is the most tense. Jacen tells the Skywalkers that his motivation for wanting to unify the galaxy during the Second Galactic Civil War was to prepare it for a great threat that he sensed on Sinkhole Station.
With that information they got from Jacen, the Skywalkers return to real life, but are soon ambushed by the Sith squad. However, as individual members of the squad turn on each other, it becomes easy for Luke and Ben to kill nearly every one of them in combat. The only survivor of the group is Vestara Khai, who Luke uses a Dathomiri blood mark on so that she could lead the Skywalkers back to the Sith's homeworld.

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