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Wayne and I break down Heir to the Empire by Timothy Zahn. We discuss Zahn’s ability to write great characters. Some you love, and others you love to hate. We also break down plot and how Zahn truly captures the spirit of Star Wars and is faithful to George Lucas’ vision.
Later we share with you and interview with Paul Kemp author of multiple Forgotten Realms and Star Wars novels, short stories, and more. Mr. Kemp shares with us his favorite characters he has written, if any of his Forgotten Realms characters come from his RPG days, how he would describe his own writting, and I couldn’t resist asking who is crazier Star Wars or Forgotten Realms fans, and much, much more.
One note – early in the podcast I mistakenly say that Crosscurrent by Paul Kemp was connected to the Legacy of the Jedi series, and that is incorrect. As you all know, and I do too, I just misspoke, it is connected to the Fate of the Jedi series.
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Exploring the galaxy one page at a time, Jesse
“Blaster, Thermal Grenades, Flyswatter…What Kind Of War Is This?” or “The Life Cereal Of Star Wars Novels”
Books and Series Mentioned
Dark Nest III: The Swarm War
The Dark Nest Trilogy
The New Jedi Order
I just completed the Dark Nest Trilogy, and there was no reason for me to like this trilogy. There were so many plot points and events that I do not like. Strike one, I am not big into bugs. I do not like them in my house, and I do not like them in my stories. Strike two, as has been well documented on the site, I am not a fan of the unifying force. There was one scene in Dark Nest One: The Joiner King where Luke drew upon his anger and fear to cloak their ship that turned my stomach. Strike three, I am not a fan of a hive mind. That idea has just seemed overdone to me in the Sci-Fi universe. I did not think that Star Wars needed to go there. Strike four, there was its total ignoring of Jacen’s sojourn through the universe studying the force that Jacen tells Luke he will do in The Unifying Force. I was so intrigued by Jacen telling Luke about this plan in The Unifying Force, that was the one thing I was excited to learn about in this series, and it basically ignores it with just a few offhanded mentions. Strike five, the Jedi council, which seemed finally settled after The New Jedi Order was not so settled and we had to read through another Chief of State vs. Jedi debate. Strike six, and the most egregious, is Luke on the cover of Dark Next III: The Swarm War shooting Sith lightning! Let me tell you I still throw up a little in my mouth seeing that. How many strikes do you get before you’re out? Through the grape vine I heard about these issues and could see the cover of Dark Nest III: The Swarm War that I did not think that I would ever read it. I was not interested at all.
In fact I was so not interested that it took my love for reading on a Kindle to get me to read it. I have read every other Kindle Star Wars book, and since I live in small town USA, I had to either drive 45 minutes to the nearest book store, or read The Dark Nest Trilogy, and my laziness won out, and I Kindled The Dark Nest Trilogy, and let me tell, no other book, movie or any other form of entertainment has won me over like this trilogy. There are so many reasons for me to hate this trilogy, but I didn’t…if fact I rank it as one of the best trilogies I have read.
You may be thinking that my expectations were so low that I could not help, but be impressed by this trilogy, but that is not the case. This was not about my expectations. I flat do not like, bugs, hive mind, the unifying force…these are things that bother me, so for me to like things that I do not like, is an incredible writing feat by Mr. Troy Denning, so let’s get to all the things I loved about the final installment of this thrilling trilogy.