"Dark Force Rising," by Timothy Zahn [Bantam, 1992]

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"Dark Force Rising," by Timothy Zahn [Bantam, 1992]

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10 (Excellent) 107 vote(s) 67.7%
9 21 vote(s) 13.3%
8 11 vote(s) 7.0%
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  1. Kadue Jedi Grand Master

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    Jun 20, 2000
    star 5
  2. Kadue Jedi Grand Master

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    Jun 20, 2000
    star 5
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    Synopsis:
    The dying Emipre's most cunning and ruthless warlord - Grand Admiral Thrawn - has taken command of the remnants of the Imperial fleet and launched a massive campaign aimed at the New Republic's destruction. Meanwhile, Han and Lando Calrissian race against time to find proof of treason inside the highest Republic Council - only to discover instead a ghostly fleet of warships that could bring doom to their friends and victory to their enemies.

    Yet the most dangerous of all is a new Dark Jedi, risen from the ashes of a shrouded past, consumed by bitterness ... and scheming to corrupt Luke Skywalker to the Dark Side.
  3. Drew_Atreides Force Ghost

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    Apr 30, 2002
    star 5
    ...well, been a long time since i read this one..

    Do remember it being my favourite book of the original Zahn-trilogy, though i can't quite remember much other then the final battle against some clones near the end of the book..
  4. Qui Gon Jim23 Force Ghost

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    Jun 11, 2002
    star 5
    Definitely the best of the three in the Thrawn trilogy. Interesting middle act.
  5. peregrine Force Ghost

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    Nov 18, 2000
    star 4
    I absolutely love Dark Force Rising. It's the best of TTT, one of the best novels in itself, and best middle act ever. I especially like Karrde's character development here. Garm Bel Iblis, Lando and Han are also great. But the shining point of the book is, of course, the race for the Katana Fleet. The end battle is still my all-favorite space battle; although it's much smaller in scale than some of the other space battles we saw in the EU.

    My rating for the book is 10.
  6. JADES_FIRE Jedi Master

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    Dec 3, 2001
    star 4
    10 :cool: The best of the Trilogy that got me hooked. :D
  7. Darth Guy Chosen One

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    Aug 16, 2002
    star 10
    The worst of a trilogy is always the middle. However, it still gets a 9.
  8. Alabak Jedi Master

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    May 21, 2001
    star 4
    10.

    It is imo, the best of TTT.
  9. evanchester Jedi Knight

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    May 25, 2002
    star 2
    Darth_Guy-

    So, i guess you think that ESB and AOTC are the worst movies?
  10. Errant_Venture Manager Emeritus

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    Feb 21, 2002
    star 6
    10

    I thought it was very unfortunate how Thrawn completly missed Leia being on Honoghr. She should have been captured there.

    With that said, I think it is a very good book, and certainly a interesting read. I thought Skywalker's reaction to the clones was terrific. The inclusion of the AT-PT is certainly a nice touch, not to mention the entire search for the Katana fleet.

    It is a really good filler book for the final installment of the TTT.
  11. RahrKast Jedi Knight

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    Feb 25, 2003
    star 2
    I give every book of the Thrawn Trilogy a 10! :cool:
    This one is just extremely good, full of suspense, with cool battles, clones and developments in a lot of characters.
    Also, not to forget, the introduction of Niles Ferrier, the starship thief, and of Garm Bel Iblis!
  12. neeldawg66 Force Ghost

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    Mar 21, 2002
    star 8
    10.

    Excellent, well written book. Had the same epic feel as the movies.
  13. Jbrewster1012 Jedi Knight

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    May 9, 2003
    star 1
    10! This book was great! I felt like I was watching the movies, which I think is really good.
  14. YODA_SITH Force Ghost

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    Jan 11, 2003
    star 4
    The same 8 the rest of TTT got. Wasn't as good as it sounded and It feels like a 6 to me beacause I was thinking it was going to be so much better but I gave it a 8 because I know that if I hadn't heard anything I would have liked it more.
  15. Corran10584 Jedi Grand Master

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    Oct 8, 2002
    star 5
    10 - As others have said, this is probably the best book of TTT. It is extremely well written and the character development progresses wonderfully a number of characters, I especially liked Bel Iblis' role throughout this series. I couldn't find anything bad about this book, the characters were great, the action was intense, the storyline was always leaving you wanting more, which you undoubtedly received. Wonderful book and a great addition to this trilogy.

    ~Corran
  16. LaYa_ Jedi Grand Master

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    Jul 21, 2003
    star 5
    10.

    It is awesome! :D
  17. XizorReincarnate Jedi Knight

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    Oct 21, 2003
    star 2
    The entire series is awesome. I'm not sure I can pick a favorite out of the series.

    I would like to ask your opinion about this entire trilogy however.

    Someone on LucasForums recently described the Thrawn trilogy as "dated, cartoonish, and laughable." I heartily disagree with this opinion. What do you think?
  18. Gross-admiral_Thrawn Jedi Knight

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    Jan 12, 2003
    star 2
    XizorReincarnate,
    who was this guy? I'll have a serious talk with him... :D
    Nop. It's not getting any better. Thrawn's Trilogy is the BEST of ALL EU, the best SW BOOKS EVER, they are!

    Although I have to admit that "Dark Force Rising" may be the weakest from the Trilogy, it's still a great piece of fiction.
    The bad things are that it's the interlude before Thrawn's most famous tricks (such as fall of Ukio and the asteroid bombing of Coruscant) and after Thrawn's first victories (which are in HttE). It has a very gripping line connected with the Katana Fleet, however. And the story of Mara Jade in this book is quite a thing to follow.

    DRF rules, Thrawn Trilogy rules. That's it. And it's not getting any better!
  19. Bib Fortuna Twi'lek Jedi Youngling

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    Jul 9, 1999
    star 10
    10

    It's an excellent book. Leia's adventures with the Noghri were very well done.

    I really hate the cover art, though.
  20. darthmace7 Jedi Youngling

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    Oct 15, 2003
    star 4
    10.

    I loved the trilogy, they all get a 10 in my book. This is probably the best of them.
  21. GeithJiseo Jedi Master

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    Dec 13, 2003
    star 4
    5.

    More of the same, only even worse. I can't remember a single memorable scene in the book; everything just blurred together.

    But it didn't suck. It wasn't offensively stupid like The Crystal Star or The Black Fleet Crisis. It's kinda middle-of-the-road, in my opinion. *shrugs*
  22. Chiss_Imperial Jedi Knight

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    Feb 10, 2004
    star 1
    Best Book in the best Trilogy. Some Trilogy suffer from "Bridge Syndrome" but this doesn't. I loved the part were all the soldiers Turn Against frey'lya and obey liea during the Katana battle.
    Deadly book=10
  23. Thrawn1786 Force Ghost

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    Feb 8, 2004
    star 5
    10. A middle book is usually the most difficult to pull off, and this one ended up being my favorite of the whole shebang! 8-} With the exception of missing Leia hiding out with the Noghri, Thrawn seems to be on top of the game plan. Every time Niles Ferrier would enter the picture I felt like chanting "Weasel" ala Bobby Heenan. And finally it's great at the end for Fey'lya's bubble to burst.
  24. DarthShona Force Ghost

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    Jul 29, 2003
    star 5
    10! Definately the best book of the best trilogy!
  25. crashdown Force Ghost

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    Nov 6, 2003
    star 4
    I give it an 8.

    With this book, I was finally starting to get into the trilogy.
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