If the previous book in this series seemed to be doing little to take the story on, it’s not a criticism you can level at Last Stand on Jabiim. This third volume continues to explore the Star Wars mythology’s Clone Wars, during which the Jedi of the Republic try to stop their enemies taking over the galaxy, effectively bridging the gap between the Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith movies.
Unlike previous volumes, the entirety of this book is concerned with Anakin Skywalker, the young Jedi who will go on to become Darth Vader. However, we get some significant insights into his character, binding elements of his future self with occurrences in his past to help make sense of what triggers his conversion to the dark side.
Ben Kenobi, Anakin’s master, is removed from the equation and, although we know he’s ultimately going to survive, Ostrander and Blackman still manage to create a meaningful cliff-hanger to sit at the end of the book.
This volume is a fascinating insight, offering rich background into the transformation of Anakin into Darth Vader that no fan of the recent films will want to miss. And if you weren’t a fan of the latest films, we maintain that this action-packed series is still better than the movies anyway.
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