Legends
Adult Novel

Dark Tide II: Ruin

By
Michael A. Stackpole
Released
Jun 6, 2000
Artwork by
Narrated by
Anthony Heald
Takes place in
25 ABY
In the
New Jedi Order
era
Collects
Good
7.3
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7.3
An adequate addition to the massive NJO series that continues to raise the stakes.
Community Rating
The second installment in the Dark Tide duology sees various attempts to stop the Yuuzhan Vong: Caamasi Senator Elegos A’Kla seeks peace through diplomatic negotiations, Corran Horn investigates a spore native to the planet of Ithor capable of weakening the Vong’s crab armor, while Jaina Solo makes a military alliance with Jagged Fel and the Chiss Defense Force, as well as Gilad Pellaeon and the Imperial Remnant. The Vong unleash a planet-annihilating force of destruction upon the peaceful planet of Ithor. To save it, Corran Horn must challenge Shedao Shai into an honor-duel upon which the fate of an entire planet hinges.

Publisher's Summary

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. Their ever-changing tactics stump the New Republic military. Even the Jedi, once the greatest guardians of peace in the galaxy, are rendered helpless by this impervious foe—and their solidarity has begun to unravel.

While Luke struggles to keep the Jedi together, Knights Jacen Solo and Corran Horn set off on a reconnaissance mission to the planet Garqi, an occupied world. There, at last, they uncover a secret that might be used to undermine the enemy—if only they can stay alive long enough to use it!

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Jared Mayes - Dark Tide II: Ruin - Adult Novel
Jared Mayes
Legends Lookback Lead Host
From cover to cover, this was a great read. Stackpole once again excellently characterizes all chararacters - but Corran and Jaina in particular. He's among the best at describing space battles and X-wing dynamics. This book is at times heartbreaking, and at times it feels like you're right in the middle of a lightsaber fight or inside an X-wing cockpit. The plot surrounding Corran, Sheddao Shai, Elegos, and Ithor is one of the most memorable moments in the series. The NJO gets a bad rep, but with books as well-written as this it's hard not to love the series. Stackpole takes us on another genuine adventure in a galaxy far, far away.
Andrew Bell - Dark Tide II: Ruin - Adult Novel
Andrew Bell
Video Department Coordinator
As a follow up to the consequential Vector Prime, Dark Tide does a serviceable job in showing the aftermath of the major events that preceded it. As a fan of Corran Horn, I particularly enjoyed this book and seeing how he interacted with a younger, brasher Jedi Knight. Due to the number of unrelated plot-lines, I did find the pacing to be bothersome at times, but overall enjoyed seeing the dynamics of different characters interacting in a way not previously explored.

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