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Crucible: Star Wars (Star Wars - Legends) [Englisch] [Taschenbuch]

Troy Denning
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Kurzbeschreibung

1. Juli 2014 Star Wars - Legends
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

Han Solo, Leia Organa Solo, and Luke Skywalker return in an all-new Star Wars adventure, which will challenge them in ways they never expected—and forever alter their understanding of life and the Force.

 
When Han and Leia Solo arrive at Lando Calrissian’s Outer Rim mining operation to help him thwart a hostile takeover, their aim is just to even up the odds and lay down the law. Then monstrous aliens arrive with a message, and mere threats escalate into violent sabotage with mass fatalities. When the dust settles, what began as corporate warfare becomes a battle with much higher stakes—and far deadlier consequences.
 
Now Han, Leia, and Luke team up once again in a quest to defeat a dangerous adversary bent on galaxy-wide domination. Only this time, the Empire is not the enemy. It is a  pair of ruthless geniuses with a lethal ally and a lifelong vendetta against Han Solo. And when the murderous duo gets the drop on Han, he finds himself outgunned in the fight of his life. To save him, and the galaxy, Luke and Leia must brave a gauntlet of treachery, terrorism, and the untold power of an enigmatic artifact capable of bending space, time, and even the Force itself into an apocalyptic nightmare.

Praise for Crucible
 
“[Troy] Denning opens new pathways of adventure and recaptures the feel of the Star Wars universe and its beloved characters.”—Library Journal
 
“Outstanding . . . an adventure that tantalizes the imagination.”—Roqoo Depot
 
“A fun, fast paced take on some of Star Wars’ most iconic characters.”—The Founding Fields


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  • Taschenbuch: 400 Seiten
  • Verlag: LucasBooks (1. Juli 2014)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 0345511433
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345511430
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 17,2 x 10,6 x 2,8 cm
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  • Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 13.110 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)

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“[Troy] Denning opens new pathways of adventure and recaptures the feel of the Star Wars universe and its beloved characters.”—Library Journal
 
“Outstanding . . . an adventure that tantalizes the imagination.”—Roqoo Depot
 
“A fun, fast paced take on some of Star Wars’ most iconic characters.”—The Founding Fields

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Troy Denning is the New York Times bestselling author of the Star Wars: Fate of the Jedi novels: Abyss, Vortex, and Apocalypse; Star Wars: Tatooine Ghost; Star Wars: The New Jedi Order: Star by Star; the Star Wars: Dark Nest trilogy: The Joiner King, The Unseen Queen, and The Swarm War; and Star Wars: Legacy of the Force: Tempest, Inferno, and Invincible—as well as Pages of Pain, Beyond the High Road, The Summoning, and many other novels. A former game designer and editor, he lives in western Wisconsin with his wife, Andria.

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In Folge der finalen Auseinandersetzung und Enthüllung um die Macht-Entität Abeloth hat Großmeister Skywalker zehn Jedi-Ritter auf die Suche nach dem heiligen Gral aller eingeweihten Machtanwender entsandt - den geheimnisvollen "Planeten" Mortis. Mit der Wiederentdeckung Mortis würde Luke darauf hoffen auch den Dolch von Mortis zu finden, mit dem es eines Tages möglich wäre Abeloth ein endgültiges Ende zu bereiten, sollte sie jemals zurückkehren. Doch zumindest einer der 10 Ritter ist vor geraumer Zeit von der Bildfläche verschwunden.

Währenddessen steckt Lando Calrissian mit seinem neuesten Projekt in Schwierigkeiten und hat die Solos um Hilfe und ein Treffen in einer Cantina gebeten. Doch anstatt Lando treffen die beiden dort nur den Asteroiden-Schürfer Captain Omag Kaeg an, der die beiden zwar in Empfang nehmen soll, aber derzeit über beide Ohren in Spielschulden steckt, was eine Gruppe Mandalorianer auf den Plan ruft...

CRUCIBLE hat es als das chronologisch am weitesten in der Zukunft des Star Wars-Universums angesiedelte Buch nicht leicht. Einerseits droht mit Episode VII ohnehin ein sehr wahrscheinlicher Rollback der gesamten Geschichtsschreibung nach Endor, anderseits hat sich das EU in der Legacy-Ära ohnehin bereits weitest möglich von seinen Ursprüngen in den klassischen 3 Episoden entfernt. Entsprechend dieser Umstände lässt sich vielleicht auch verstehen warum die Rezensionen im Fandom zu gerade diesem Buch derart unterschiedlich ausgefallen sind.
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I love to read Star Wars, and every book I have bought. Will be Read! I have not read this book yet, but I will. Al the reveiws are positive, and I look forward to reading the book. Thank you very Much!
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Action packed 11. Juli 2013
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From the very first chapter to the very end, this book is full of action and kept me excited throughout. As someone who has consumed most of the post-ROTJ books, I absolutely loved this one. There are also some more tie ins to the clone wars Mortis trilogy, so if you haven't watched those episodes, I would recommend it to understand certain parts of the book (they are also just really cool episodes). Also, it probably helps if you have read the Fate of the Jedi Series previously, but that's not absolutely necessary either. There is a good mix of new characters and old friends, and the book does as advertised, focusing mainly on the big three. I don't want to give anything away, so all I can say is I highly recommend this book.
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2.0 von 5 Sternen is this book even finished? 9. Juli 2013
Von Enjolras - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Crucible is a hard book for me to rate. I'm not the biggest fan of Troy Denning's Star Wars books. There's a lot to this book that I didn't like. However, there is a great payoff at the end so I definitely recommend reading it. I will try to keep this review spoiler-free, but with the recognition that I can't properly explain exactly what I liked about the book without at least mentioning the ending.

THE PLOT

At first glance, it's not very interesting. A pair of businessmen, the Columi brothers Marvid and Craitheus Qreph, have an evil plan to take over the galaxy. And unfortunately the actual plot itself never becomes very interesting. Crucible is really about the journey Han, Luke, and Leia take (especially Han). We see a few other characters, including Ben Skywalker, Tahiri, and Vestara Khai, but they're really ancillary.

TROPES

I've been critical of tropes in Star Wars writing for a while and Denning is one of the leading culprits. My Trope Rader went on high alert right on page one, when Crucible opens with a scene in a bar and we learn it reminds Han of that bar in Mos Eisley. The first half is filled with more tropes, including a high-stakes Sabacc game in order to obtain information about the villain, a big bar fight that descends into chaos, etc.

I was pleased that the second half of the book steers away from the common tropes and actually has some original and even interesting elements. We do see another Sabacc game, but unlike any other ever played. Denning also introduces some hard-sci-fi concepts into the book, although he doesn't develop these as much as I would have liked. Finally, the ending is just literally and figuratively out of this world. While I don't think Crucible ever manages to become a great book, I appreciate Denning's willingness to attempt to push the boundaries.

THE BIG THREE

Crucible has been promoted as a final outing for the Big Three (Han, Luke, and Leia). I think it actually works in this regard. I wouldn't be too sad if this were the last book starring Han, Luke, and Leia.

One thing I really appreciated is that Denning actually shows Han, Luke, and Leia aging. We know the characters are in their sixties or even seventies, but up until now we've never actually seen any sign that they're any older than twenty. I personally hated the approach of previous Star Wars books, that "sixty is the new forty." It made the characters stale. If the characters' age were frozen, so too was their character development. We never had to see them struggle with age.

Denning seems to have abandoned this approach. At first I thought Denning was hitting readers over the head a bit too much with the theme of aging, emphasizing the characters' age, wrinkles, etc. However, once it becomes clear that Crucible is at its heart a story about heroes getting old and finding their emotional core, I decided that the emphasis on aging made sense.

Denning is still careful to show that Han, Luke, and Leia are heroes and can still fight, but he also shows that they're old and aren't the same characters they were even 10-20 years ago. Han, Luke, and Leia in this book feel pain, both physical and emotional. They get injured and sometimes they heal, sometimes they don't. The injuries have consequences. If anything, there were a few moments where I thought Denning should have explored the emotional impact a bit more. There are a few events midway through the book that I thought probably should have had larger repercussions on the characters. Fortunately, as I discuss below, Denning really hits this theme out of the part with the ending.

THE VILLAIN

As readers of my reviews know, I think having a good villain in a Star Wars novel is at least as important as having an original plot. Unfortunately, this is where Crucible falls flat. The villains are two businessmen, Marvid and Craitheus Qreph. The brothers are Columi, an alien species that resembles the aliens from many alien abduction stories, with huge heads and tiny bodies. I don't mind that the aliens look absolutely ridiculous and that the Columi anatomy is probably biologically impossible. What does bother me is that I can't respect them as villains.

Denning wants us to view the Qreph brothers as hyperintelligent. Denning has the characters mention that the Columi are known for their intelligence and that the Qrephs always seem like they're several steps ahead. However, we never actually see the Qrephs acting intelligent. They seem very easily tricked and manipulated. They don't even win any major victories n the book. Having spies and Mandalorian goons doesn't make a villain intelligent or special.

Compare this to Thrawn, the model for the hyperintelligent Star Wars villain. In Timothy Zahn's books, we see Thrawn using logic and intuition to deduce the New Republic's strategy. We see him using his brain. Not every villain has to be intelligent. However, the Columi resembled the bumbling Nemoidians in The Phantom Menace far more than they did Thrawn. That's not an insult as I thought the Nemoidians worked well in that movie. Unfortunately, by trying to tell rather than show us that the Columi were intelligent, Denning only emphasized how pathetic the villains really were.

OTHER CHARACTERS

As I said above, Crucible is about the journey of Han, Luke, and Leia. The other characters fade into the background. Sadly, Denning doesn't seem to take as much care writing them. We see them either behave out of character or become one-dimensional caricatures of their former selves. For example, in the beginning of the book, Lando is in a tense negotiation with the Qrephs, who have already threatened him. Lando then lets slip the name of his son, "Chance," but the Qrephs apparently did not understand the reference. Lando then proceeds to tell them that "Chance" is the name of his son. So, Lando, a professional gambler, intentionally gives his enemy leverage and puts his family in danger! Tahiri Veila meanwhile seems to serve merely as Ben's copilot. We see nothing about her that makes her Tahiri (and there's not a single reference to her walking barefoot). Vestara Khai, one of the few good things to come out of the Fate of the Jedi series, is just, well, there. Finally, Jaina Solo fans will be disappointed, as she plays almost no role in the book. In short, Han, Luke, and Leia become more interesting in this book, but it seems like all of the other characters were simply thrown in to support their journey and not as real characters in their own rights.

THE PAYOFF

If I had only read the first three-quarters of Crucible, I probably would have given it 2.5 stars out of 5. Denning isn't known for his ability to conclude stories so I didn't have much hope for the final quarter. However, Denning really does a great job bringing the emotional journey of Han, Luke, and Leia to a conclusion. I'll try not to reveal spoilers but will try to give readers a taste of why they should suffer through the first parts of the book and actually finish it.

One of Denning's strengths as a writer is his ability to explore the nature of the Force and see the "mystical energy field that binds all living things" in a whole new way. The finale of Crucible took this to a whole new level. I don't think it's a spoiler to say that in Crucible we see some of the repercussions from the confrontation with Abeloth from the Fate of the Jedi series and the Clone Wars Mortis Trilogy (so be sure to rewatch those!). I appreciate that Denning does all this without diminishing the mystical nature and wonder of the Force (unlike, say, midi-chlorians). Denning emphasizes this effect by adopting a more abstract writing style, depicting scenes in an almost impressionist style. It's a neat effect and definitely new for Star Wars.

I was also happy with the journey the characters took, particularly Han. While I criticized Denning for not focusing enough on emotional development during the first parts of the book, the ending partly makes up for it. In particular, Denning brings a sort of tenderness to some of the characters that I didn't expect. Obviously with the upcoming Sequel Trilogy movies this won't be the last we see of Han, Luke, and Leia, but Crucible does do a better job than I thought it would of providing closure.

CONCLUSION

There were parts of Crucible that I hated and parts that I loved. The book probably benefitted from my low expectations. I can't say I love the book. Parts of it really were disappointing. It seems like Denning had many ideas he wanted to explore in the book but didn't know how to make it all work. There are a lot of unfinished plot themes and things that seem like they should have had a greater impact on the story or characters, but didn't. However, as I said above, it is worth reading this book because it does lead to an interesting conclusion, albeit this probably isn't the way most fans would want the story of the Big Three to end.

Overall: 2.5 out of 5 stars.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen The Big Three Explore the Nature of the Force 7. Februar 2014
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Luke, Leia and Han are the main featured players in this installment of the Star Wars saga, with Lando Calrissian playing a slight supporting role. We start in a cantina and end up fighting our way out, but apart from the familiar action the lesson we really learn is that Han and Leia still have it but are getting older. This book has been promoted as the final outing for the Three. I'm not sure if that means we've gone as far down the timeline as we're going to go, (allowing for more Big Three books to be issued about earlier adventures),or if there really won't be any more books, set anywhere in time, featuring Han, Leia and Luke. Either way, if this is their swan song, it is quite satisfying, if not a jaw dropping blockbuster.

The villains are pretty lame and the villainy is of a corporate/economic sort, until we get to the end of the book. Then we get the "monolith" and focus on the Force and some free wheeling mysticism. That's actually pretty interesting and is an interesting change from some of the purely action oriented books.

The book works as a standalone so it's a nice pickup for a casual reader. The treatment of the three main characters is consistent with what you might remember from the movies, so it has a comfortable and recognizable feel. I'm not deeply conversant with the Star Wars Expanded Universe, and I was just happy to enjoy a solid read with some old acquaintances.

Please note that I received a free advance ecopy of this book in exchange for a candid review. Apart from that I have no connection at all to either the author or the publisher of this book.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen I really liked this book 11. November 2013
Von Kurt A. Johnson - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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When Han and Leia Solo arrive in the Outer Rim to help out old friend Lando Calrissian, they quickly find out that things are a lot worse than they ever could have imagined. A pair of Columni sociopaths are hatching plots in the Chiloon Rift, plots that have galaxy-wide implications. Their tendrils reach into many places, and they are prepared to take on any foes, including the Jedi Order. But, can anyone stand up to the combined might of Luke, Leia and Han?

Overall, I must say that I liked this book. True, it does harken back to many earlier Star Wars stories, but I did not find that that spoiled the read. Indeed, it was very nice to read a new story featuring Luke, Leia and Han. I liked the Qreph brothers as villains, and thought that the author did a good job of presenting non-force-using villains that were actually challenging. The climax of the story was quite...big, perhaps over-the-top, but I found it exciting and a lot of fun to read.

What can I say? I really liked this book. I liked seeing a story featuring Luke, Leia and Han, and I thought that the book had great action and adventure. I think that it is a really good Star Wars book, and I am very glad that I read it!
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Keep it going!!! 18. September 2013
Von Allmax - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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As Always a great and continueing story line.
Only wish it was not so long between books.
I want more!!!!!!!!!!
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