This book picks up speed as the Fate of the Jedi series is coming to an end. Meanwhile the Jedi are losing faith in acting Grand Master Kenneth Hammer, wait and see approach. I great book, which picked up the pace of the series.
This one wasn't my favorite addition of this series, but I still liked it.
It seems that throughout the "Fate of the Jedi" series, Troy Denning will have the enviable task of following Christie Golden's mediocre entries. All three scenes are highlights not just of the book, but of the entire "Fate of the Jedi" series so far. He also continues the "Fate of the Jedi" tradition of having everyone act maddeningly out of character in order to move the plot forward. It earns a little chuckle each time Denning (and Golden and Allston for that matter) tries to write unironic scenes where Daala mopes around wondering why everybody is mad at her in a wierd attempt to make her sympathetic. Which brings us to probably the single largest problem with not just this book, but the entire "Fate of the Jedi" series. There are basically three main villains: Daala, the Lost Tribe of the Sith, and Abeloth. In a galaxy that was invaded by and eventually repelled the likes of the Yuuzhan Vong, it seems that a little more would be expected before you were instilling crippling fear in that galaxy's defenders. There is a scene where Lando is talking to some Jedi and he urges them that when they go to fight Abeloth, they'll need EVERY JEDI AVAILABLE in order that they can DEFEAT THE MOST HORRIBLE THREAT THE GALAXY HAS EVER KNOWN!! Other than one very well written fight scene at the end of this novel, what exactly has Abeloth done to scare everyone so much? The entire backbone of the "Fate of the Jedi" series is the threat posed by Abeloth. All the fretting and gnashing of teeth just rings so extraordinarily hollow that even when Troy Denning pulls off great action scenes, they loose a bit of their effect when you reflect on what everybody is fighting about.
Im still having a blast with this series, and my opinion of Troy Dennings Fate of the Jedi: Vortex is pretty much the same as the previous oneentertaining but certainly not groundbreaking literature!
Thanks to my local library, I was able to get my hands on Troy Denning's "Vortex," the sixth in the "Fate of the Jedi" series. At the end of book 5, Abeloth was dead, the crazy Jedi were cured and the Lost Tribe of Sith and the increasingly unstable Daala were the main threats. Not to mention those who swim in the dark side waters on her jungle prison planet (pretty sure she's NOT the planet now, which is at least something...though the planet seems to be partly to blame) also become like her, but in a more minion-y type of way. And now Abeloth is trying to "restore" the dark future Jacen Solo went all Sith Lord to prevent. Jacen's daughter Allana (a.k.a. Amelia Solo war orphan) is now the future Jedi queen upon the Throne of Balance and Abeloth wants to eat her or become her or something icky to make sure the bad guys keep showing up for work. She wants to betray the Jedi and seduce Ben to the dark side, but she also really cares for Ben. She sounds really cute. Back on Coruscant, the Jedi are preparing to make war on Daala because it seems like she's becoming the tyrant that nearly everyone thought she would be, using Mandalorians to suppress slave uprisings on distant worlds and persecuting the Jedi. Then, when the Jedi have finally had enough of Daala, acting Grand Master Kenth Hamner goes rogue to defend the status quo--trying to keep the Jedi from launching their Stealth X's--and gets himself killed in battle with Saba the Barabel Jedi Master. She didn't even kill the Admiral in this series of books. The Jedi rebellion against Daala is handled with some good planning and cleverness. I'm still slogging through book one of "The New Jedi Order" (a.k.a. the Yuuzhan Vong are VERY boring) series.
The Jedi are also being hunted by a tribe of Sith, and a Force powerful monster called Abeloth. There's a lot of action and fighting, as well as political maneuvering and complicated plots.
It was really hard to put down because I cared so much for these characters and I needed to see them through.