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Well, I’m not sure if it’s been deemed “official” yet, but apparently part of the synopsis (the summary of the story on the back of the book) of Revelation has been leaked onto the Internet. It’s already on all the major fan sites, so I decided to post it. Take it with a grain of salt.

In his new mantle as Sith Lord, Jacen Solo’s dark powers reach a peak as he
continues to crush opposition across the warring galaxy and bring his dream
of a new order closer to fruition. But those who once fought at his side now
turn against him, and as his unexpected enemies rally to the confederacy,
Ben Skywalker discovers the full and terrible truth of how his mother died.

Remember: this was leaked on a forum. Not always the most solid source of information. Also, with this being the second to last book in the series, why is Ben  just now coming to terms with the death of his mother? It seems as if the synopsis of Revelation would be a little more… revealing then this. Also, this is only part of a synopsis, judging by it’s size.

Also this week, the cover art of Drew Karpyshyn’s sequel to Darth Bane: Path of Destruction was released this week. It looks like Rule of Two will be the official title of this one, removing suspicion that it was a temporary title.

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Wow, we’re finally back into the swing of things. We’ve got a jam-packed book news for this week, with some juicy spoilers for the Legacy of the Force series and my reviews of all the comic book releases this month. As for the SWAN Book Club Update, discussion is now open for The Last Command, the last book in the Thrawn Trilogy. I do beleive signups are still open for a few more days, so go check out the forums. This is my third book in the club, and I just became a SWAN Sub-Luitenant!

A small note here: Remember those spoilers from Sacrifice I posted a couple weeks back? They were confirmed. Highlight this if you haven’t read it: Jacen kills Mara! I know a lot more, but I don’t want to spoil for you guys too much. No, I haven’t been able to pick it up yet, but of course I’ll have a full review of it when I do!

It’s been a while since I last updated, so I’ll go over all my finds of the past few weeks. I finished Tempest a few weeks back, and I’ll have a review of that up soon. I haven’t yet been able to pick up the rest of the Legacy of the Force books, but it’s been a busy month for comics. In June, I was able to pick up all of Dark Horse’s Star Wars releases: Legacy #13, Rebellion #7 and Dark Times #3. After a few stellar issues, Legacy #13 was a little dissapointing. The story shifted from Cade’s rescue mission to a short stand-alone story about an assasination attempt on the former Emperor Fel. I really enjoyed Rebellion #7. The last few Rebellion issues were a little lame (if I may say so), but the story is really picking up speed. Last but not least, fans were reminded that Dark Times still existed after their nearly four month hiatus. I know that stinks for the big fans of the comic, but I recently found out that is was because Doug Wheatley recently had a son and took a short leave of absense. As for the issue, it was ok. These are definatly the “dark times,” as the issue ended with Bomo discovering his wife was dead and his daughter was sold into slavery. Find the conclusion in issue #4, coming next January!

There aren’t any big releases this month, after we recover from the releases thrown at us in May and June. The only big peice of news for this week is some spoilers from Inferno, the next book in the Legacy of the Force series. If you don’t know, Inferno will be written by Aaron Allstron and is scheduled for release this fall. Ok, maybe it’s not a gigantic spoiler, but here’s the picture that was released on Starwars.com.

That’s it for this week’s Book News. Be sure to check in every day for this week’s Revenge of the Blogger post-a-thon!

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When the battle lines are drawn, and the enemy engaged, pledging your loyalty may mean laying down your life.…

 Our intrepid band of heroes take on the Galactic Empire once again in Allegiance by Timothy Zahn, the events of which take place a few months after A New Hope. Zahn brings his trademark writing style and intrepid ability to portray film characters to the table when he writes what is, in my opinion, one of the best Star Wars Expanded Universe novels ever released.

Zahn creates many separate plots and ties them into an ending of epic proportions. Five stormtroopers, furious after being ordered by they’re commanding officer to gun down civilians, desert the Empire with a ship full of gadgets and start causing trouble for the local pirates-a group dubbed the “Bloodscars”- in a rather large way. Leia is off enlisting planets for the Rebellion and Han, Luke and Chewie are investigating a Pirate group that has been attacking Rebel hyperspace routes.

Some of the best parts of this book, though, are those with Mara Jade. This is the first time we get to see Mara during her time as one of the Emperor’s Hands. For Luke Skywalker’s future wife, an investigation into a governor’s embezzlement of Imperial money turns into a war between corrupt Imperials, space pirates and the Rebel Alliance.

Overall, this was a great, great read. It’s fun, fast-paced and action packed. This book would be great for seasoned fans of the EU as well as people wanting to get into the expanded universe.

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