Vector Prime by RA Salvatore

(7.0/10)

Set: 25 ABY

The Galactic Empire has ended the war with the New Republic, but the galaxy is far from peace. Unrest is spreading everywhere, and threatens to destroy the New Republic's tenuous reign.

Into this fragile moment comes Nom Anor, a mysterious and charismatic firebrand who is sowing seeds of mistrust and anger through his call for a simpler time. Little do his followers know the truth which hides behind his words.

When ExGal 4, a scientific outpost on Belkadan, discovers an odd comet-like object coming through the vast distance between the galaxies, astrophysicist Danni Quee takes it upon herself to investigate. She journeys to the Helska system, unaware of the danger which threatens the survival of the entire galaxy: the Yuuzhan Vong.

Jedi Masters Luke Skywalker and Mara Jade Skywalker, along with the Solo's and Chewbacca are thrust into the middle of the danger once more, forced to fight with all they have to save the galaxy.

But this time, the Force itself may not be enough.

NOTE – this review contains significant spoilers, and should not be read if you do not want to be so spoiled.

NOTE – for a brief overview of what the New Jedi Order series is, check out my article here.

The beginning of the New Jedi Order series immediately brought about a grimmer cast to the Star Wars universe that helped realize a linkage to our own world. Though some might enjoy the escapism to a world where good values always win, sometimes the realistic needs to take centre stage so as to help our enjoyment. This is one thing that I believe the New Jedi Order series helped create.

It is twenty-one years since the Rebel Alliance destroyed the second Death Star over Endor, and the New Republic is still in turmoil. With so many planets and peoples making up the New Republic, it was always going to happen, and conflicts arise like insects in summer.

Into this turmoil and conflict step the Yuuzhan Vong, a terrible race that are the antithesis of the New Republic, hating technology and at one with nature, believing any who rely on machines to be infidels and worthy of destruction and conquest.

And that is exactly the tone of this book. Conquest. The Yuuzhan Vong want the New Republic, and by the end of the book they’re not looking like they’re going to fail anytime soon. A set back is suffered, but they are so different and antagonistic that the New Republic do not know how to deal with them.

And neither do the Jedi.

Luke Skywalker is trying to hold his Jedi together, but they are almost as fractious as the New Republic is, with each Jedi sure he knows the way to bring the Jedi back to the glory and prominence it once held prior to the Emperor.

But the Yuuzhan Vong will be in their way, and are unlike anything the Jedi have fought before.

The cast of characters is substantial for this novel, with new and old characters coming together to form a cast that will suffer much over the next 19 novels. Characters like Danni Quee and Miko Reglia are introduced and help understand what is going on from another perspective.

SPOILER ALERT!

This book’s climax however has nothing to do with the story being told and everything to do with the death of an old friend. Presumably to ensure that readers understood that no one was sacred anymore, Chewbacca is killed off towards the end of the book. It is a heroic death, one that if you don’t see it coming you will be taken off guard. Add to this the illness that is affecting Mara Jade, and one must wonder who will live to see the end of the NJO series.

SPOILER ALERT END

All in all I really enjoyed this book, and would definitely recommend it to any Star Wars fan. You’ll get sucked in and want to see what is going to come next. And I suggest you let yourself, because there is nothing quite like being sucked into a series that you know runs for at least 19 novels.

Review by

All reviews for RA Salvatore's Star Wars: New Jedi Order series


Vector Prime
7.0

The Galactic Empire has ended the war with the New Republic, but the galaxy is far from peace. Unrest is spreading everywhere, and threatens to destroy the New Republic' [...]


Onslaught: Dark Tide I
8.0

It is a perilous time for the New Republic. Just when unity is needed most, mistrust is on the rise. Even the Jedi feel the strain, as rogue elements rebel against Luke Sky [...]


Ruin: Dark Tide II
7.0

The alien Yuuzhan Vong have launched an attack on the worlds of the Outer Rim. They are merciless, without regard for life—and they stand utterly outside the Force. T [...]

More RA Salvatore reviews


The Companions
5.5

As Drizzt's fate hangs in the balance, he reflects on the lives of the trusted allies who stood by his side throughout his early life--the friends now known as the Comp [...]


Gauntlgrym
8.5

Drizzt joins Bruenor on his quest for the fabled dwarven kingdom of Gauntlgrym: ruins said to be rich with ancient treasure and arcane lore. But before they even get close, [...]


Neverwinter
6.3

With the last of his trusted companions having fallen, Drizzt is alone--and free--for the first time in almost a hundred years. Guilt mingles with relief, leaving Drizzt un [...]


The Highwayman
7.0

Long ago, in a distant land, a lonely young man struggles to discover who he is and where he belongs. He carries the blood and magic of two people, a sword of unimaginable [...]


Homeland
9.5

Drow ranger Drizzt Do’Urden, first introduced in The Icewind Dale Trilogy, quickly became one of the fantasy genre’s standout characters. But Homeland first rev [...]


Exile
9.0

As I became a creature of the empty tunnels, survival became easier and more difficult all at once. I gained in the physical skills and experience necessary to live on. I c [...]


Sojourn
9.5

After abandoning the perils of the underdark, Drizzt Do-Urden, the renegade dark elf, battles to survive in the harsh surface world and to gain acceptance from the surface- [...]


The Crystal Shard
7.1

Ten-Towns is in peril. The mage Akar Kessel has set in motion events leasing to the discovery of the crystal shard, a magical device that might be capable of utterly defeat [...]


The Orc King
7.2

An uneasy peace between the dwarves of Mithral Hall and the orcs of the newly established Kingdom of Many-Arrows can't last long. The orc tribes united under Obould beg [...]


The Pirate King
8.0

Captain Deudermont has sailed to the pirate city of Luskan on a mission--a mission to once and for all defeat the true power behind the corrupt city: a wicked lich and his [...]


The Ghost King
5.6

When the Spellplague ravages Faerûn, Drizzt and his companions are caught in the chaos. Seeking out the help of the priest Cadderly–the hero of the recently rei [...]

12+

Vector Prime reader reviews

7/10 from 1 reviews

Write a reader review

There are currently no reader reviews for this book. Why not be the first?

Your rating out of 10

Books you may also enjoy

Fatal Alliance

by Sean Williams

Tassaa Bareesh, a matriarch in the Hutt crime cartel, is holding an auction that’s drawing attention from across the galaxy. Representatives of both the Republic and [...]

Series: Star Wars: The Old Republic
Published: 2010

Score: 90

Our rating: 9.0 | 0 positive reader reviews

12+

The Krytos Trap

by Michael A Stackpole

The Rebels have taken Coruscant, but their problems are far from over. A killer virus called Krytos is wiping out the indigenous population, and a counter-revolution is exp [...]

Series: Star Wars: X-Wing: Book 3
Published: 1996

Score: 90

Our rating: 9.0 | 0 positive reader reviews

12+

Master & Apprentice

by Claudia Gray

An unexpected offer threatens the bond between Qui-Gon Jinn and Obi-Wan Kenobi as the two Jedi navigate a dangerous new planet and an uncertain future.A Jedi must be [...]

Series: Star Wars
Published: 2019

Score: 90

Our rating: 9.0 | 0 positive reader reviews

12+

Vision of the Future

by Timothy Zahn

The Empire's master plan is under way. The New Republic is on the verge of civil war and the rumor that the legendary Admiral Thrawn has returned from the dead is rally [...]

Series: Star Wars: Hand of Thrawn: Book 2
Published: 1998

Score: 85

Our rating: 8.5 | 0 positive reader reviews

12+

Star Wars - Imperial Handbook: A Commander's Guide

by Daniel Wallace

Set in-world, Star Wars: The Imperial Handbook shares the knowledge of a newly promoted Commander in the Imperial Military, providing a comprehensive overview of the Imperi [...]

Series: NA
Published: 0000

Score: 83

Our rating: 8.3 | 0 positive reader reviews

12+

Death Troopers

by Joe Schreiber

In the time immediately following the destruction of the Death Star and the years between the Battle of Yavin and the foundation of the Rebel Base on Hoth, the Empire's [...]

Series: NA
Published: 0000

Score: 80

Our rating: 8.0 | 0 positive reader reviews

12+

Star Wars - Book of Sith: Secrets from the Dark Side

by Daniel Wallace

The Sith have existed in the galaxy for centuries, lurking, waiting for their chance to seize control. In his quest for domination, Darth Sidious tracked down five pivotal [...]

Series: NA
Published: 0000

Score: 80

Our rating: 8.0 | 0 positive reader reviews

12+

Star Wars - The Old Republic: Annihilation

by Drew Karpyshyn

The Sith Empire is in flux. The Emperor is missing, presumed dead, and an ambitious Sith lord's attempt to seize the throne has ended fatally. Still, Darth Karrid, comm [...]

Series: NA
Published: 0000

Score: 75

Our rating: 7.5 | 0 positive reader reviews

12+

Star Wars: The Clone Wars

by Karen Traviss

The raging Clone Wars illuminate dark motives and darker destinies until one question must be answered: Does the end ever justify the means? It’s time the Jedi found [...]

Series: Star Wars
Published: 0000

Score: 71

Our rating: 7.0 | 1 positive reader reviews

12+