*** I felt I just needed to do this again...
The turning point of the entire Star Wars saga is at hand...
I just had to read this again. I can't find the right words to describe how awe-striking this book is. Matthew Stover has such a great talent that I won't be surprised if he becomes the next J.K. Rowling. This is a true Star Wars book... and one of the best ever written.
The civil war in the galaxy is near the end. Chancellor Palpatine was abducted and two Jedi Knights were sent to rescue him. Thus the Republic falls... and the Empire rises. As Stover says, this is the story of love and loss, brotherhood and betrayal, courage and sacrifice, and the death of dreams.
Stover wrote a piece of art I never thought words can do. Words never failed him, since he always find the best ones. Though it is true he did not write the heartbreaking story, he molded it into a way that made me addicted to it as much as I was addicted to The Hunger Games. It shows the movie in more depth; what's to come and omitted are shown. In the end, he gave hope to the depressing ending and was inspirational enough to make readers shed a tear. Though new Star Wars fans may be lost, I find the EU references great.
The way he wrote the characters are excellent. He describes everyone just as they are, and how their emotions played so well in the story. Anakin, especially him, seemed to be now a better person than he was in the movie, and I felt sorry for him. Padme was shown as smart, cunning, and unafraid, yet tender and soft-hearted. I can almost understand why her fate was the way it is.
It is hard to find flaws in such an amazing book, but I do find the Battle of Coruscant a bit too long. Some scenes needed to be removed, like Yoda on Kashyyyk, for the sake of the pacing.
In conclusion, I recommend this book to everyone, whether you like Star Wars or not. Finding the flaws are near impossible. I thought about this book everyday since I first read it... and now, the words are still sticking in my mind. "The dark is generous, the dark is patient, and the dark always wins. But in the heart of the strength lies one weakness- one lone candle is enough to hold it back. Love is more than a candle. Love can ignite the stars."