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Bloodlines: Star Wars (Legacy of the Force) [Anglais] [Poche]

Karen Traviss

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29 août 2006 Star Wars: Legacy of the Force - Legends (Livre 2)
A new era of exciting adventures and shocking revelations continues to unfold, as the legendary Star Wars saga sweeps forward into astonishing new territory.

Civil war looms as the fledgling Galactic Alliance confronts a growing number of rebellious worlds–and the approaching war is tearing the Skywalker and Solo families apart. Han and Leia return to Han’s homeworld, Corellia, the heart of the resistance. Their children, Jacen and Jaina, are soldiers in the Galactic Alliance’s campaign to crush the insurgents.

Jacen, now a complete master of the Force, has his own plans to bring order to the galaxy. Guided by his Sith mentor, Lumiya, and with Luke’s young son Ben at his side, Jacen embarks on the same path that his grandfather Darth Vader once did. And while Han and Leia watch their only son become a stranger, a secret assassin entangles the couple with a dreaded name from Han’s past: Boba Fett. In the new galactic order, friends and enemies are no longer what they seem. . . .

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Chief of State's reception suite, Senate Building, Coruscant, ten days after the raid on Centerpoint Station.

The worst thing about being thirteen years old was that one moment you were expected to be an adult, and the next everyone treated you like a child again.

Ben Skywalker – thirteen and confused about what was expected of him – sat trying to be patient in the reception of Chief Cal Omas's offices in the Senate building, taking his lead from his cousin Jacen Solo. It was the kind of office designed to make you feel like you didn't matter: a whole apartment could have slipped into the space between the outer doors and the wall of Omas's personal office. Ben almost expected to see tangled balls of misura vine rolling across the spotless pale blue carpet, driven by a distant wind. He couldn't see the point of all that empty space.

But the Senate building had been occupied and changed out of all recognition by the Yuuzhan Vong, Jacen said. Architects, designers and an army of construction droids had taken years to wipe away all traces of the Yuuzhan Vong invasion and restore the building to the way it had been. Ben tried to listen in the Force for the echoes of the aliens and their weird living technology, and thought he heard unrecognizable sounds. He shuddered and tried to occupy himself with the holozines stacked on the low greelwood table.

The 'zines were all very dull current affairs weeklies and political analysis, and one of them displayed an image of Jacen. Ben picked it up and activated it, smiling at the next image of a rotating Centerpoint Station, which didn't look quite so good in real life since he had helped sabotage it.

It's good to feel part of something important.

The holoreport featured clips of Corellian news of the raid on Centerpoint, but it didn't mention Ben, and he wasn't sure if that upset him or not. Some recognition would have been nice; but the Corellian sources that were quoted were pretty rude about Jacen, calling him a traitor and a terrorist. The reporter's voice seemed to fill the room even though the volume was set to minimum and the carpet and tapestries on the walls muffled the sound.

The report wasn’t very kind about Uncle Han, either. A middle-aged man Ben didn’t recognize was telling the reporter what he thought. “So he calls himself a Corellian. But forget that bloodstripe on his uniform pants – it might as well be a big yellow streak down his back, because Han Solo is just a Galactic Alliance puppet. He’s betrayed Corellia by sitting on his backside doing whatever his Alliance buddies tell him to. And his son’s just the same.”

Jacen seemed embarrassed. Maybe he was more upset for his dad. Ben would have been.

"You should use an ear-piece to listen to those privately," said Jacen.

"But you're famous." Ben offered him the holozine. "Want to see?"

Jacen raised one eyebrow and seemed more worried about his meeting with Chief Omas. "Fine, but I could do without Thrackan Sal-Solo using me to humiliate my father in front of Corellia. You realize he gave all this information to the media, don't you?"

"Yeah, of course I do. But if we're not ashamed of it, why does it matter? We did the right thing for the Galactic Alliance. Centerpoint Station was a threat to everyone."

Jacen turned his head very slowly with that half-smile that Ben had learned meant he was impressed. "But a lot of worlds are taking Corellia's side now. So do you think those stories do any harm or not?"

Ben could always spot a test now. He knew he had to say what he believed: there was no point trying to be too clever. He wanted to learn from Jacen so badly that it burned him up. "Some worlds will always go against the Alliance anyway. So we might as well let the people on our side know we're taking action. Makes them feel safer."

Jacen nodded approvingly and Ben felt a little Force touch somewhere in his mind as if Jacen were patting him on the head. "That's very perceptive. I think you're right."

"Everyone will know you're doing your best to stop a war, anyway." Ben put the holozine back on the table and glanced at the rest of the titles. "There seem to be more pictures of you than anyone."

Jacen's smile faded for a moment and he glanced towards the doors of Omas's office, looking as if he was willing the head of the Galactic Alliance to finish his meeting and come out. Ben began to pick up what had caught Jacen's attention: there was a definite sense of conflict, of people arguing, and it was almost as clear as hearing it if you knew how to listen in the Force. Ben did now. Jacen was a good teacher.

Ben concentrated on Jacen's face. He looked a lot older lately. Sometimes he looked almost as old as Dad. "What's happening?"

"Heavyweight politics," said Jacen, barely audible.

He put his fingers almost to his lips, a very discreet gesture; it wasn't obvious to anyone else – anyone else in this case being only the aide at the desk outside Omas's grand double doors – but Ben took the hint. Be quiet.

He was suddenly worried about letting Jacen down. Chief Omas wasn't a stranger; the man knew his father, and Ben had been brought to meet him at a state celebration -- pretty much all Ben remembered of that affair was feeling very small in a sea of tall people having conversations he didn't understand. But Ben wanted to be seen as Jacen's apprentice, not as Luke Skywalker's son, the heir to the dynasty as one of the guests had called him. It was hard being the son of two Jedi Masters who everyone referred to as "legends". Ben had lost count of the times he had felt invisible.

"Chief Omas won't keep you, Jedi Solo," said the aide, tilting her head slightly towards the closed doors of Omas's office itself. "He's with Admiral Niathal at the moment."

I'm invisible again, thought Ben.

He composed himself and sat down with his hands folded in his lap, a mirror of Jacen's own posture. He tried to count the number of different species of animal depicted on the huge tapestry that covered part of the wall opposite. What he had first thought was just a mass of random color was actually thousands of overlapping images of every animal he could imagine from across the galaxy – across the whole Galactic Alliance.

Eventually the doors parted and Niathal strode out, radiating annoyance. Chief Omas appeared in the doorway behind her and forced a smile. "Ah, Jacen," he said. "I'm sorry to keep you. Won't you come in? And Ben. I'm glad you could make it, too."

Niathal glanced at Jacen as if she didn't recognize him. He acknowledged her with a slight bow of his head.

"Admiral," he smiled. "A pleasure to see you."

Niathal turned a little more to the side, the equivalent of a very frank stare for a Mon Calamari, a species with side-set eyes, and scrutinized both of them. "You did a very fine job at Centerpoint Station, sir. And you, young man."

My name's Ben. But he had learned a little diplomacy now. "Thank you, ma'am."

Omas beckoned Jacen forward and Ben followed meekly. Omas did not make the tired comment that Ben had grown since he'd last seen him, nor did he look past him when he was talking to Jacen. The Chief met his eyes. It was both unsettling and exciting to be treated as an adult; Ben concentrated hard on what was being said.

Omas sat behind his desk rather than in the chair opposite them, as if he were taking cover. "So what brings you here, Jacen?"

"I have a proposal."

"Go ahead."

"Crippling Centerpoint Station only bought us time with Corellia. We might have a few months at most before it's operational again, and then we're back where we began but with a much more aggrieved Corellia that's gathering more support."

"Is this an extrapolation from what you see in the Force, Jacen?"

"No, it's just obvious to the point of inevitability."

Ben felt Omas teeter on the edge of reacting. It was as if the two men were having an argument without any of sign of it in their words or their voices.

"Go on," said Omas.

"Now is the only time we'll have for pre-emptive action, before any real opposition to the Galactic Alliance has chance to organize. Corellia, Commenor and Chasin need complete dissuasion, very public dissuasion to make a point to other governments about the need for unity – and a complete neutralization of their capacity to fight a war. The destruction of their shipyards."

Ben was glad Jacen had said destruction. It was the first clue he'd had of what dissuasion actually meant.

"This," said Omas slowly, "is not unlike another conversation I've just had."

The way he said conversation made it clear what he'd been arguing about with Niathal. So she wanted to take action, exactly as Jacen did. "We've slapped Corellia and made a martyr to a cause," said Jacen. "An armed martyr to an armed cause."

"But Corellia has seen what we're made of, and that'll make them think twice."

"And we've now seen what they're made of," said Jacen. "And I have thought twice. If you give me command of a battle group, I can destroy the main shipyards and put an end to this now. If Corellia can be brought to heel, it sends the message that no single planet is bigger than the Alliance."

"You're asking me to declare war, Jacen, and that's something I'd never get Senate backing to do. And I know where the Jedi Council stands on this."

"War's coming anyway. If you draw a weapon on a Corellian, you'd better be pre...

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Karen Traviss is the author of two Star Wars: Republic Commando novels, Hard Contact and Triple Zero, as well as City of Pearl, Crossing the Line, and The World Before. A former defense correspondent and TV and newspaper journalist, Traviss has also worked as a police press officer, an advertising copywriter, and a journalism lecturer. She has served in both the Royal Naval Auxiliary Service and the Territorial Army. Since her graduation from the Clarion East class of 2000, her short stories have appeared in Asimov’s, Realms of Fantasy, On Spec, and Star Wars Insider. She lives in Devizes, England.

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3.0 étoiles sur 5 A readable and sometimes enjoyable chapter in a poorly conceived series 9 octobre 2006
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This second installment in the new 9-volume Legacy of the Force series proves one thing - even a good writer can't make up for a silly plot.

Legacy started poorly in the first volume with a premise for which there is no evidence, namely that the Galactic Alliance (GA) is now more like the old Empire than the New Republic, running roughshod over member states, creating a general air of mistrust and indirectly fomenting ideas of rebellion and secession. When Corellia decides it's had enough, Luke Skywalker suddenly looses his good sense and sends a Jedi snatch-squad to kidnap Corellia's leaders so that they can then be bullied into not leaving the GA. How's that for implausible?

But it gets even worse in Bloodlines. Not only aren't we given any additional background information about why now everyone suddenly despises the GA, the characters start to act even more out of character, especially Luke and Mara, who despite the very obvious evidence that their nephew Jacen Solo is turning to the dark arts, do nothing to secure their son Ben Skywalker from training with the budding Sith Lord. They're also complicit in continuing to support the GA in bullying the Corellians. In the story's other major thread, Jacen is appointed colonel of an antiterrorist unit and spends his days rounding up and interrogating Corellians living on Coruscant. All the while he continues to explore his new powers, killing a "terrorist" while interrogating her and traveling through time to meet his grandfather, none other than Anakin Skywalker, aka Darth Vader. Perhaps in the next volume he'll be able to visit Corellia by flying through space.

Fortunately, we've got Karen Traviss writing Boba Fett into the story and for a time at least diverting us from the improbable main plot.

Now 71-years old, the dying mercenary needs the help of the Kaminoan scientists to arrest a fatal condition. But the cloner who can help him has fled Kamino and if Boba is to ever to get help, he's going to have to first find him. Which is made all the more difficult when the new president of Corellia, Thrackan Sal-Solo, makes Boba an offer he can't refuse, a huge pile of cash to assassinate his cousin and chief political rival, Han Solo.

As regular readers of the Star Wars novels are aware, Traviss is the new authority on all things Mandalore, having written quite an extensive back history and even the rudiments of a language for her two Republic Commando novels and her Boba Fett novella. The former military journalist's command of detail in this world of clone warriors and mercenaries imparts a certain depth and confidence that makes these sections more compelling than the palsied main plot. They also have a sad charm about them, as Boba begins to reflect of his mortality and experience for the first time regret for having long ago abandoned his family.

Besides a well-drawn Fett, Traviss provides some clues as to what happened in the intervening years to some of the characters in her Republic Commando series, and she also gives us for the first time a partially developed Ben Skywalker. Until now he's been just a kid and mostly Luke Skywalker's kid. But Traviss here for the first time makes Ben into a young man with his own personality, who begins to come into his own as an apprentice in Jacen's antiterrorist unit, using his Force powers on raids to sniff out people and munitions. This is one character I'm now interested in seeing how Troy Denning will handle in the forthcoming volume, Tempest.

I don't expect, however, no matter how well he writes Ben, that Denning will be able to rescue us from a poorly developed premise. I think we're now too far in to see any hope of saving what has revealed itself as a thinly disguised and poorly conceived retelling of the film saga, a story about a boy of enormous talent, trained as a Jedi and lured to the dark side in the belief that only the power he can find there will prevent his loved ones from suffering.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 The book is well done, the story less so. 7 septembre 2006
Par M. Flegal - Publié sur
I'm a big fan of Ms. Traviss' work, especially her clone commando novels and short stories. While I liked this book, I thought that it was the weakest of her Star Wars works.

Part of this was the decision to put Boba Fett in the book. I like Fett well enough although I've never been a huge fan. He's very good in this book but he simply feels out of place here. Had it been a Boba Fett novel, it would have been great. As it was, it felt like it was taking pages away from the core story.

The other problem is one that I hope will be rectified soon in the series. There will be some spoilers here, so be warned.

Apparently, everyone in the galaxy has gone stupid. Jacen is well on the way to the dark side and only Fett has figured it out. Luke knows that Jacen is going dark and yet doesn't pull his own son away from him. It seems that the authors want to keep Jacen "secret" for a bit longer but it is making the characters look absolutely blind.

OK, the complaining is over and if you've stuck with the review so far you're probably trying to figure out why I gave it four stars. The fact is, the book is really, really good. The portrayal of Jacen turning into a Sith Lord is simply outstanding. The reader is watching him turn evil and it's completely believable that in his arrogance he is capable of justifying evil as being for the greater good. What is especially nice is that there is an actual progression to his descent that is believable. What's more, he's turning into a villain who is believable yet one that the reader really wants to watch get his rear handed to him. After rather uninspiring villains like the Vong and insects we're finally getting a villain worthy of Star Wars.

In addition, the characters are written correctly, they FEEL like Luke and Han and Leia. Considering how often they have felt off in the various novels that's a welcome change.

So, overall it's a good, solid read and well worth picking up. Heaven knows it's a heck of a lot better than the NJO so far. It does make me long for a full-on Fett novel and the tantalizing hints about what happened to some of our clones from her other novels have got me itching for the next two clone commando novels.

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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Bloodlines 29 novembre 2006
Par Ted Michel - Publié sur
I don't usually write reviews, but after reading some for this book I feel compelled. First off, I just want to say that some of these long winded "reviews" seem more like some college essay. I personally want to know what somebody thinks of the book, I don't want a long summary of the plot line.

Okay, second, I loved this book! Like many people I've loved Boba Fett from the start. Karen Traviss is an awesome author and I love her work. The Boba Fett e-novella was great. I only wish it was a tad bit longer. For true Star Wars fans who've read nearly every book like me will love this book. Period. Boba has come full circle. He was a shadowy, mysterious man, and he's developed. He realizes he can no longer be a loner. He's missed out on some things in life.

Some last thoughts: History repeats itself! I think its fitting that Jacen is becoming a Sith Lord. Those who read the New Jedi Order series and the Dark Nest Trilogy will remember some of his behavior that has led him down the dark path. He believes he's doing the right thing for the right reasons, just like Anakin believed. However Jacen thinks he's better off because he's not following the same path as his Grandfather... yet. Yoda said it best, 'Hard to see the Dark side is.'

Humans in the Star Wars galaxy don't age like us. Two minor characters in The Truce of Bakura were over 130 years, and they were considered old! I believe in Bloodlines, Karen Traviss indicates with Boba's thoughts that he should be in his prime, but that fact that he's dying rapidly is the handicap here.

Now, I'm off to buy Tempest!
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2.0 étoiles sur 5 Boba Fett! Where?? Everywhere! 8 septembre 2006
Par R. T. Duprey - Publié sur
Bloodlines is an odd book.

It's not bad, and certainly brings in the angst and confrontation that have been simmering in the previous books, but that's not really the issue. I've not seen a book quite so focused on something obviously close to the author's heart.

Boba Fett, while the subject of much cult adoration, is not someone I would choose to be the main or even secondary character in a full length novel. Boba is admired because he's a cipher. Ciphers are best left with their mysteries uncovered, or referred to in ambiguous ways, not laid bare and dissected.Without revealing anything, I don't think I'll ever be able to watch Return of the Jedi again without thinking what a softie that Mandalorian is. Canderous is rolling in his grave!

Althogh this book is a nice change from the Denning automatonry that is The Dark Nest, Allston did it better, cleaner, and more nuanced- all while keeping that good ol' feeling of the Original Trilogy in the EU. Not an easy feat. Sometimes this book does manage it, but more often it clings to the new 'edgy' feel that they strove so hard for (and most often failed to reach) in the New Jedi Order series. Edgy is great, but trying for it just means that it isn't there organically, and I could feel the sweat pouring off the pages.

I for one cannot help but feel a little guilty in revelling in the endless internal dialogue and character-driven "third-person", but it gets old fast and feels out of place in a space opera where so many technological and political things are happening.

It's like watching the one camera on Anakin's face during the battle of Geonosis. What else is going on? This also becomes redundant when the dialogue proves what's just been said inside the characters's skull, something that happened rather a lot between many characters.

I'm sorry, Traviss, but it seems like adding Boba was a move to make the book feel more like the prequel books, which I and a lot of other NJO readers do not partake in (though that is of course not always the case). Between his intense shoe-gazing and Jacen's, I feel as if I were in Revenge of the Sith remastered for the EU, which I guess this is, but I wish it weren't so forced.

All in all, I really did enjoy this book, but its problems keep me from trusting it completely.
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2.0 étoiles sur 5 Old Men Can Dance 18 septembre 2006
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So I just finished reading Bloodlines, the new entry in the "Legacy of the Force" or something along those lines.

Normally I tend to stay away from Star Wars books because the whole New Jedi Order thing killed the enjoyment of the Expanded Universe for me. Too long and too many changes.

This book attempts to roll back the clock on all those changes and even further roll back to the older generations of Star wars. For example, the Jedi Temple rebuild on Croscant.

The book has a few things going on. The Alliance versus Corellion is one of the big ones. The fight is about the Corellion forces arming themselves. After the New Jedi Order, it should be apparent that almost all systems and planets should be arming themselves.

I'd like to say that the author has done some parallels to terroism in our own world but if so, the author has done a bad job on them. Things like focusing on certain racial groups, discrimination, round ups based on race, etc...

Next up is characters. I'm not a fan favorite follower of any characters from the EU, but I've read numerous books. If I said that I felt that many of the characters here were not who they were even remotely in previous books, I don't think I'd be off.

Luke's son Ben isn't portrayed too bad but not really a lot of development with him going on outside of what I'd call typical 'growing pains'.

The older characters in the series, Han and Luke, are well, old men who act easily as if they were still in their prime, their age only coming up when compared with their youth in terms of their physical fitness or appearance.

Boba Fett. This is the reason I picked up the book. Good old Boba right on the cover. Boba is a whiner. Never before had I seen Boba written with a near obsession about his dead father. I don't know if the writer just saw Attack of the Clones or what but every other line is, "I miss my daddy. Damn jedi take everything from me.". Where's the vomit smiley I tell you?

The pacing wasn't too bad and some things get resolved even as other things are set up for the next book and some of the action sequences aren't too bad and I'm kinda curious to see how they're continue to evolve the EU now that it's out of the "New Jedi Order" area but as a first book to read in a long while, consider me unimpressed.

Perhaps I'm just burnt out on things I remember being fairly upbeat being made into `realistic' versions of themselves?

Did I just miss the 'good' qualities of this book or ?
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