Star Wars
Jedi Trial

Authors: David Sherman and Dan Cragg
RRP 17.99
ISBN 1 8441 3799 6
Available 04 November 2004

Pors Tonith, ruthless minion of Count Dooku, declares the fate of the Republic sealed. Commanding a Separatist invasion force more than one million strong, the cunning financier-turned-warrior lays siege to the planet Praesitlyn, home of the strategic intergalactic communications centre that is key to the Republic's survival in the Clone Wars. Left unchallenged, this decisive strike could indeed pave the way for the toppling of more Republic worlds... and ultimate victory for the Separatists....

Jedi Trial is set after the events that have been told in Star Wars: Attack of the Clones and sees a swift retaliation to Tonith's actions. But engaging the enemy throughout the galaxy has already stretched Supreme Chancellor Palpatine's armies to the limit. There is no choice but to move against the surging waves of invading battle-droids on Praesitlyn with only a small contingent of clone soldiers.

Commanding them will be Jedi Master Nejaa Halcyon-hand-picked by the Council for the do-or-die mission. And at his side, skilled young starfighter pilot Anakin Skywalker. Shoulder to shoulder with a rogue Republic army officer and his battle-hardened crew, a hulking Rondian mercenary with an insatiable taste for combat, and a duo of ready-for-anything soldiers, the Jedi generals take to the skies and the punishing desert terrain of occupied Praesitlyn to bring the battle to the Separatist forces.

Already outnumbered and outgunned, when confronted with an enemy ultimatum that could lead to the massacre of innocents, they may also be out of options. Unless Anakin Skywalker can strike a crucial balance between the wisdom born of the Force... and the instincts of a born warrior.

Anakin finds that both his skills and commitment to the Jedi code are tested to the limited when he encounters someone who reminds him of his past.

The teaming of David Sherman and Dan Cragg makes for inspirational reading - both authors have impressive military backgrounds and their history allows them to breathe new life into the Star Wars franchise.

One of the most fast and furiously engaging Star Wars novels I have read for some time.

Pete Boomer

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