The Galactic Republic is rapidly entering a state of chaos.
Hoping to maintain stability, Chancellor Valorum convenes
an emergency trade summit on the planet Eriadu, and asks the
Jedi Knights to protect the delegates from possible terrorist
attack. This assignment soon becomes confused by political
complications, at the heart of which is the power of the Dark
is set just prior to the events of The Phantom Menace.
Yep, that's right, another bridge novel! Still, the author
James Luceno is an excellent writer, his articulation and
fluency making the novel a genuine pleasure to read. The story
has good pace and structure and holds your attention all the
way to the last page. Like the masters Michael Stackpole and
Timothy Zahn, Luceno can deliver an irresistible feast of
action and intrigue.
known characters such as Palpatine, Valorum, Qui-Gon Jinn
and Obi-Wan Kenobi are written with precision and accuracy.
The physical descriptions are perfect, and thanks to Luceno's
colourful writing, add pleasing nuances to the characters.
The dialogue displays the same skill, so much so that you
can 'hear' the voices of the original actors as you read.
novel of distinct merit, Cloak of Deception will not
embarrass your Star Wars literary collection.
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