->"''You're wrong! You have made your own Order vulnerable. The [[TitleDrop fate of the Jedi]] now rests with leaders who are weaker and less experienced than you. That decline will continue until the Order is locked in a hopeless struggle with its government and all but helpless. Then it will die again.''"
-->--'''[[http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Koro_Ziil The Hidden One]]'''

''Fate of the Jedi'' is a nine-book novel series in the StarWarsExpandedUniverse, set about two years after ''Literature/LegacyOfTheForce''. Like that series, it's being written by three rotating authors: Creator/AaronAllston, Christie Golden (who replaced Karen Traviss after she dropped out), and Creator/TroyDenning.

ALongTimeAgoInAGalaxyFarFarAway Jedi started having delusional breaks from reality and lashing out with TheForce. At the same time, rumors developed of a new breed of Sith emerging into the galaxy, poised to conquer (as usual) and generally cause problems. Our hero, Luke Skywalker, was basically unable to stop any of this, and public opinion swung against the Jedi in general, to the point where he was exiled from Coruscant; however, this dovetailed with neatly with the fact that someone needed to investigate these new Sith. As he and his son Ben traveled, they experienced continued run-ins with Vestara Khai, a Sith apprentice with definite [[DatingCatwoman chemistry]] with Ben, and evidence that there something deeper and darker than them--an EldritchAbomination that could spell doom for the entire galaxy...

[[http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Fate_of_the_Jedi To Wookieepedia!]]

* ''Outcast'' (2009)
* ''Omen'' (2009)
* ''Abyss'' (2009)
* ''Backlash'' (2010)
* ''Allies'' (2010)
* ''Vortex'' (2010)
* ''Conviction'' (2011)
* ''Ascension'' (2011)
* ''Apocalypse'' (2012)

Also contains a tie-in series, ''Lost Tribe of the Sith'':

* ''Lost Tribe of the Sith: Precipice'' (2009)
* ''Lost Tribe of the Sith: Skyborn'' (2009)
* ''Lost Tribe of the Sith: Paragon'' (2010)
* ''Lost Tribe of the Sith: Savior'' (2010)
* ''Lost Tribe of the Sith: Purgatory'' (2010)
* ''Lost Tribe of the Sith: Sentinel'' (2011)
* ''Lost Tribe of the Sith: Pantheon'' (2011)
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Tropes used in the novels:

* AbortedArc: The way that [[spoiler: Jaina breaks up with Jag]], only for the relationship to instantly get repaired the next book, makes it obvious that the authors back-tracked due to fan backlash.
* AchievementsInIgnorance: By ''Abyss'' Raynar has recovered enough from his [[Literature/DarkNestTrilogy joining with the Killiks]] to the point that he doesn't need to stay in the Jedi Temple's asylum anymore. He just didn't realize it without a little prodding.
* ActionGirl: Jaina, naturally. Also, Tahiri, once she becomes an agent for Jag.
* AcquiredSituationalNarcissism: Relatively minor example, but soon after Kenth Hamner is promoted to acting head of the Jedi order, he starts calling himself ''Grand'' Master Hamner.
** Explained quite well as an attempt to gently remind the other Jedi that he has been placed in charge (it is technically his rank, after all). He also realizes why it fails to help him any; The Jedi being very individualistic, they hold more value in actions then titles, and when they start to disapprove of his recent actions, his emphasis on the title does more harm then good.
* AHandfulForAnEye: Done twice in ''Backlash'', once semi-successfully by a Dathomiri against Luke and once very successfully by Dyon.
* [[spoiler:[[AllYourBaseAreBelongToUs All Your Jedi Temple Are Belong To Us]]]]: Subverted. [[spoiler: The Jedi leave Coruscant, and the Sith move into their temple. But [[LizardFolk Barabels don't abandon their nests]].]]
* AmplifierArtifact: The Codex
* ApocalypseMaiden: Ben, in Jacen's vision.
* ArcWelding: ''Apocalypse'' ties in elements from ''StarWarsTheCloneWars'', explaining that [[spoiler:the Father, the Son, and the Daughter, who may have been [[{{Precursors}} Celestials]], once lived on Abeloth's planet in the distant past. Abeloth herself started out as a mortal woman, known only as the Servant, who came to ingratiate herself with the family of Force-wielders and eventually joined them as the Mother. However, her mortality prevented her from staying with her beloved family forever and in a fit of madness, she drank from the Font of Power and bathed in the Pool of Knowledge, forever corrupting herself and transforming into the Dark Side entity known as Abeloth. The Father cursed her for her selfish deed and departed for Mortis with his family, leaving her alone to wallow in her misery and loneliness for millenia. The Son and Daughter later enlisted the help of the Killiks to create Centerpoint and Sinkhole Stations, as a means of keeping Abeloth sealed.]]
* ArmorPiercingQuestion / ArmorPiercingSlap: How Vestara got Rhea to realize that Abeloth had the Sith search team under her thrall.
* AscendedToAHigherPlaneOfExistence: It's believed that the Celestials were once physical beings that managed to find a way to ascend into pure Force entities, or maybe it was the other way around.
* ASimplePlan: Han and Leia just wanted to take their [[spoiler:grand]]daughter pet shopping. Instead, they wind up with a Jedi going insane and alien predators getting released and running amok.
** Although they do end up with a pet [[spoiler:nexu]].
* AuthorExistenceFailure: While not a literal example since he survived, Aaron Allston's heart attack delayed Backlash's release for several months.
* BackToBackBadasses: The cover of ''Ascension''.
* BadassGrandpa[=/=]NeverMessWithGranny: Han and Leia still have galaxy saving adventures whilst raising their granddaughter.
** Grand Lord Vol is very old, very evil, and the most powerful member of the Lost Tribe of the Sith. He's so badass that he actually manages to MindRape ''Abeloth''.
* BadassNormal: Many.
** Boba Fett, who's not afraid to pick a fight with Abeloth.
** The Void Jumper space marines, who are capable of taking out Sith Warriors with superior tactics and firepower.
** Dorvan, who manages to [[spoiler:resist repeated torture and MindRape by the Sith and Abeloth and ''stay sane'']].
* BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor: Ben warns Vestara that drinking from the Pool of Knowledge is not a good idea, since there are things that better left unknown.
* TheBeautifulElite: The Lost Tribe Sith tremendously prize physical perfection, to the point where even a small scar like Vestara's could potentially halt her advancement, and giving them an additional layer of elitism on top of the normal sith beliefs in TheMagocracy and SocialDarwinist. A Sith culture behaving this way is a bit of a continuity problem [[FridgeLogic when you think about it]]: It has been well established that EvilMakesYouUgly with TheDarkSide, and this notion is explicitly reinforced in the [[DarthPlagueis Darth Plagueis]] novel.
* BelligerentSexualTension: Between Ben and Vestara.
* BewareTheSuperman: Brought up a few times in regards to the Jedi.
* BigBad: Abeloth.
* BigBadDuumvirate: In ''Ascension'', [[spoiler:the LostTribe allies with Abeloth [[DealwiththeDevil despite the costs.]]]]
* BigDamnHeroes: In ''Vortex'', Luke and Ben end up getting surrounded by an army of Sith. Then the Jedi reinforcements arrive to save the day.
** Subverted in ''Conviction'', [[spoiler: Luke [[TheChessmaster tricks]] Vestara so that she'll lead the Sith into an ambush.]]
* BitchInSheepsClothing: Daala, actually. By ''Conviction'', she has reverted back to her old self from the books ''Jedi Search'', ''Dark Apprentice'', and ''Champions of the Force''. This qualifies as FridgeBrilliance, because her persona from ''Literature/LegacyOfTheForce'' and subsequent books was nothing more than a disguise she projected through conscious effort. Pressure and time simply caused her disguise to completely fall apart.
* BlatantLies: Vestara's story about how she got her scar. (She was born with it.)
* BloodierAndGorier: Parts of ''Apocalypse'' read like something out of ''FinalDestination''.
** Special mention goes to the "goo fountains".
* BlueAndOrangeMorality: How the Aing-Tii view the Force compared to Jedi and Sith. They don't see a light side and a dark side. They see a whole rainbow.
* BodySurf: Abeloth gains the ability to control multiple bodies at once, but her presence tends to ruin the bodies of non-Force users.
* BrainBleach: {{Invoked}} in ''Conviction''.
-->'''Ben''': "Dad, if I never see another underground water pumping station or one more droch, I'll be happy."
-->'''Vestara''': "We still have plenty of cans of droch spray."
-->'''Ben''': "Yeah, but do we have any bottles of [[DiscussedTrope brain bleach]]?"
* [[spoiler: BrokeYourArmPunchingOutCthulhu: Besides the fact that the FinalBattle left Luke near-death and comatose, it is repeatedly implied that they have [[FromASingleCell only temporarily dealt with]] Abeloth.]]
* BusCrash: [[spoiler: Remember [[Literature/TheCallistaTrilogy Callista]]? It seems that Luke discovers her ''as'' Abeloth on Abeloth's planet, only to discover that Callista had gone to the planet years ago and wound up being utterly devoured by Abeloth.]]
* ButterflyOfDoom: On Nam Chorios, the fact that the planet is laced with sentient Force-sensitive crystals means that any active use of Force powers means a powerful and destructive Force storm will form somewhere on the planet..
* CardboardPrison: Boba Fett, while breaking [[spoiler:Daala]] out of prison, lampshades this by pointing out all of the inherent security flaws in most modern prisons and takes advantage of all of them.
* TheCassandra: Since they were raised in an environment that encourages plotting and backstabbing, the Sith are too paranoid to trust anything Luke says.
* TheChosenOne: Allana seems to be headed this way with the frequency of people having visions of her sitting on the Throne of Balance (i.e. having some big part to play in leading the galaxy).
** Anakin Solo however deconstructs this idea in ''Abyss''. He feels it isn't fair for anybody to place all their hopes on one person.
-->'''Anakin''': Every Jedi Knight has to be his own light, because the light shouldn't go out when one Jedi dies.
** In ''Vortex'', Taalon sees the vision of Allana and is scared out of his mind of the idea of the galaxy being ruled by a "Jedi Queen." Even Abeloth seems determined not to let this future come to pass. In ''Conviction'', [[spoiler: a Sith strike team attempts to assassinate Tenel Ka because they (correctly) fear that she is or will be the mother of the Jedi Queen]].
** By ''Ascension,'' Abeloth has decided to do everything to become this Queen, as a stepping stone to godhood.
*** In ''Apocalypse'' it's revealed that [[spoiler: The Throne of Balance is actually where the being in charge of the Force itself sits. It's not just stepping stone to get to godhood, it ''is'' godhood.]]
* ChronicBackstabbingDisorder: The Sith constantly suffer from this, since it's actively encouraged within their society.
* CliffHanger: End of ''Omen'', ''Backlash'', ''Allies'', and ''Ascension''.
* ComatoseCanary: Played straight as a rail with Daala's conversation with a comatose Admiral Bwua'tu.
* ContagiousPowers: Each of the insane Jedi has exhibited powers that had been learned by Jacen Solo during his five-year sojourn after the NewJediOrder, however, it appears to have been stated that each Jedi never had the opportunity to learn the power from him or the people who taught him.
** [[spoiler: As of ''Abyss'', this is no longer true. The latest insane Jedi displayed the power to alter the molecular composition of metals in order to penetrate them, something Jacen Solo never did. The link with Jacen seems to have been a RedHerring.]]
* ContinuityNod: In the ''Literature/JediAcademyTrilogy'', Lando bought the spice-mining operation on Kessel, and now he's trying to expand the operation by transporting the energy spiders that make the spice to other worlds, but the spiders keep dying. Han, who had a bad encounter with the spiders in the same trilogy, says "''Good!''"
* ConvenientComa: Admiral Bwua'tu falls into a coma after being attacked by fake Jedi, just so he can't actually tell anybody said Jedi were fake. [[spoiler: Becomes an ExploitedTrope after he recovers, providing a good cover for meetings of the counter-conspiracy.]]
* CorruptChurch: Many see the Jedi Order as this.
* CorruptCorporateExecutive: A Kuat businesswoman is trying to manipulate the events of the series to oust Daala and revive the Empire.
* CorruptPolitician: A staple of the series, but Daala in has virtually no principles.
** Utterly and totally averted by Wynn Dorvan. Leia explains that he was once a minor bureaucrat who discovered his bosses were skimming funds. Rather than secure a cut of those ill-gotten gains, he risked his life to report the corruption to Leia, who was Chief of State at the time. And during the series proper, he repeatedly demonstrates that he's both a steady hand and a good man. [[spoiler: Thankfully, the series ends with him in charge.]]
* DarkActionGirl: Vestara.
* DarkHorseVictory: [[spoiler: Who gets elected to lead the galaxy? A nobody turned terrorist leader, though he doesn't stay Head of State for long.]]
* DeadpanSnarker:
** Ben, though Vestara also has her moments.
** C-3PO, after several decades of exposure to Han Solo.
--> During our association, Captain Solo's sanity has been questioned an average of three times per month. By the psychiatric care standards of many conformist societies, that fact alone would qualify him for a cell in the Asylum Block. (''Omen'')
** Allana also seems to have picked up some of Han's snarking ability, and manages to combine it with Leia's wit.
* DeathWorld:
** The world Abeloth was stranded on was populated with [[WhenTreesAttack aggressive]] [[ManEatingPlant flora]] and [[EverythingIsTryingToKillYou everything was trying to kill the Sith search team]]. This happens anywhere Abeloth stays for more than five ''seconds''. Her world even reverts back a more normal world once she departs. Animals eat plants instead of the other way around, turns out [[spoiler: this is how she feeds and grows stronger.]]
** Nam Chorios is another one: on top of the freezing temperatures, winds, and droch bugs/plague, the heroes can't use the Force without causing devastating storms.
* DemocracyIsBad: The Galactic Alliance is a bad joke. Their head of state is a former imperial admiral once tasked with protecting the R&D installation that built the prototype for the weapon that destroyed Alderaan, who later went to war against the New Republic and was basically installed in her position by the military, and the legislature somehow accepted all of this, implies that there are not many sane politicians running things. By the end of the series things are looking a lot better.
* DeusExMachina: This, being invoked in order to stop Abeloth in the ancient past, is discussed in ''Apocalypse''. In the time of the novels, [[spoiler: a Killik hive attempts to exploit this, but it turns out to be a mistake.]]
* DeusExitMachina: Luke and Ben are both unable to deal with Daala consolidating her power because they are elsewhere. [[spoiler: Of course, where they are may be more important.]]
* DidWeJustHaveTeaWithCthulhu: Subverted: The Tribe ''think'' this mysterious woman is their friend, but she isn't.
** Played straight in ''Ascension''.[[spoiler: The Lost Tribe spend three days, preparing to celebrate Abeloth's visit (including a parade and a {{masquerade|Ball}})]]]]. [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] by Abeloth:
-->'''Abeloth''': [[{{Irony}} A masquerade. How fitting]].
* DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu:
** In ''Allies'', [[spoiler: Luke apparently manages to kill a literal EldritchAbomination with some Sith assistance.]] Unfortunately, it gets better.
** In ''Conviction'', [[spoiler: Luke does more permanent damage to her, by removing Callista, and causing one of the other people she absorbed to kill himself.]]
** In ''Apocalypse'', [[spoiler: Abeloth is finally defeated, but she's not fully dead yet, just severely weakened.]]
* DidYouJustRomanceCthulhu: Abeloth has a thing for Luke. It is explained in ''Conviction'': [[spoiler: Callista was partially intact]], influencing Abeloth's actions in different ways. [[spoiler: After Luke helps Callista to die, this obsession ends.]]
* DistantPrologue: To the [[StarWarsLegacy Legacy]] comics. Sets up and hints at everything from the Empire becoming a major player again to the One Sith.
** The ending Apocalypse makes this very clear. [[spoiler: Darth Krayt arrives to aid in the final battle against Abeloth and it is explained that Jacen's actions were not done to prevent the rise of the "Dark Man" but to stop his daughter from standing by his side. With the Dark Man all but said to be Krayt and the text's discussion that the future may have only been slightly altered or postponed, the set up for Legacy is firmly established.]]
* TheDogBitesBack: In ''Vortex'', [[spoiler: Taalon beats up Vestara several different times to advance the Sith agenda (as he sees it). After she sees that he's turning into an EldritchAbomination, she kills him.]]
* TheDreaded: Even Ship is afraid of Abeloth.
* DrivenToSuicide: Cha Niathal.
* [[AnimalWrongsGroup Droid Wrongs Group]]
* [[spoiler:DyingAsYourself: Thanks to Luke's use of mnemotherapy, Callista is freed from AFateWorseThanDeath within Abeloth, regains her connection with the Light Side, and passes smiling.]]
* DynamicEntry: Boba Fett makes an appearance in ''Conviction'' when he [[spoiler: breaks Daala out of prison]].
* EldritchAbomination: Abeloth.
* EldritchLocation: Abeloth's home planet. Plants eat animals, animals photosynthesize, and it seems to be the location of Force purgatory. And it's in the middle of a black hole cluster. Can't forget that.
* EmotionEater:
** Abeloth gains her power by feeding off peoples' negative emotions.
** The mutated Dream Singer feeds off of the terror created by the nightmares it causes.
* EnemyMine:
** In ''Allies'', [[spoiler: the Jedi and Sith team up to try and take down Abeloth.]]
** In ''Ascension'', [[spoiler: this is reversed, with the Sith allying with Abeloth.]]
** In ''Apocalypse'', [[spoiler:Tahiri and Boba Fett team up to kill one of Abeloth's avatars, while Luke and the Sith Stranger ([[ComicBook/{{Legacy}} Darth Krayt]]) team up to kill Abeloth in the Mindwalker realm.]]
* {{Expy}}:
** Freedom Flight is an analogue to the real life Underground Railroad.
** Haydnat Treen is an expy of Viqi Shesh from NJO, except instead of collaborating with the Yuuzhan Vong, she is working for Imperial hardliners.
* EvenEvilHasStandards: Vol, the Grand High Lord of the Lost Tribe of the Sith. In ''Ascension'', he comes face to face with Abeloth's true form, recognizing her for what she is and the evil that she represents. Far from trying to take control of it or enslave it like the Sith had planned up until that point, he roundly rejects any chance of alliance in horror at how evil she truly is, culminating in a mental duel that results in Abeloth being wounded almost as badly as she was in her encounters with Luke.
* [[spoiler: EverythingsDeaderwithZombies: The Sith Ghouls empowered by Abeloth in Apocalypse. Their attacks leave patches of dead skin and are especially deadly to a Stomper marine's armor.]]
* EvilVsEvil: [[spoiler: The battle between the Sith and Nightsisters at the end of Backlash.]]
* FailedASpotCheck: In ''Ascension'',[[spoiler: Luke, Ben and Jaina search Korriban for Sith and don't find them.]] Although, this is something of a ForegoneConclusion.
* FailsafeFailure: Subverted. While planning for a possible coup against Daala, the Jedi learn that they can lock down the entire Senate Hall on command by tricking the security system into thinking the Hall is under attack by the Yuuzhan Vong. Even though the Yuuzhan Vong are no longer a serious threat, nobody bothered to remove the program. Similarly, [[spoiler:Daala]] is broken out of prison thanks to exploiting several failsafes in the prison security system, such as vents not being sealed in the event of a gas attack so that the gas can be vented out.
* FaceStealer: How was Abeloth able to take [[spoiler: Callista]]'s form and mess with Luke? Because she devoured her several years ago. She also devours several other characters in the course of the story.
* FanNickname: Ever since a certain [[http://www.theforce.net/latestnews/story/FOTJ_Ascension_Excerpt_On_SWcom_139020.asp excerpt from ''Ascension'']] was released, Gavar Khai has been called "Space [[http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/discussion.php?id=girv250p0jrqnjre7xo8ffqb Fabio]]."
* FetchQuest: The Aing-Ti send Luke and Ben out to recover some of their holy relics that their religion prevents them from touching. Luke and Ben ponder the FridgeLogic as to how they collected the relics in the first place.
* FirstKiss: Ben and Vestara in ''Ascension''.
* ForegoneConclusion: A minor example. The end of this particular story arc, as well as the fate of most characters by the end of it, is all up for grabs. However, this happens to mark the first appearance of The One Sith in the novels, and ''they'' are going to triumph at some point in the future.
** Since Luke has several direct descendants living by the time of ''StarWarsLegacy'', it's pretty much a given that Ben will live long enough to have at least one kid.
* FourIsDeath: Not ''Backlash'' itself, no. Nor do any villains come in fours. But chapter 4 of ''Ascension'' definitely qualifies. [[spoiler:Abeloth destroys the City of Glass.]]
* [[spoiler: FromASingleCell: Despite her two remaining manifestations being destroyed and being beaten up in the SpiritWorld, Abeloth is described as shrinking into a miniscule force presence. In the epilogue, a group has been sent on a quest to retrieve the Dagger of Mortis to finish the job.]]
* FromBadToWorse: All of Ascension just seems to pile things getting worse on top of each other. First, [[spoiler:the Lost Tribe's capital city is wiped out by a vengeful Abeloth,]] then Abeloth and her Lost Tribe cronies vanish into the galaxy, leaving Luke and co. out of luck. ''Then'' the Jedi leave Coruscant, only for it to be revealed that [[spoiler:the Lost Tribe's already there, and starting to take over, but fortunately the Jedi know about it.]] What they ''don't'' know is that [[spoiler:Abeloth is also there, using taking over of the Galactic Alliance as a stepping stone to her [[TitleDrop ascension]] to godhood.]]
* GambitPileup: This series may be the definitive example from the ''StarWars'' canon. We've got [[PresidentEvil Daala]], [[LostTribe the Sith]], [[StarWarsLegacy the other Sith]], [[EldritchAbomination Abeloth]], [[AristocratsAreEvil Moffs]], [[TheRevolutionWillNotBeCivilized Freedom Flight]], and the Force knows how many others working each other behind the scenes at the same time.
* GlasgowGrin: Vestara has a small scar at the edge of her mouth that serves as a compact one of these.
* GallowsHumor: This conversation:
-->'''Han:''' "Nobody move! This is a holdup!"
-->'''Leia:''' "Han!"
-->'''Han:''' "Oh, right. My mistake. Nobody move, this is a coup."
* GeneralRipper: The series points out why it's an ''extremely'' bad idea to put one (like Daala) into a position of power. It becomes extremely apparent when losing her position makes her revert to her former self.
* GlamourFailure:
** Some people can see through Abeloth's illusions.
** In ''Vortex'', the local populace is tricked into thinking they're infected with a virulent plague through a Force illusion, but Luke is knowledgeable enough to see right through it.
** In ''Conviction'', some GenreSavvy smugglers Abeloth runs into don't take any of her crap, including turning on and locking up the people that she influences.
* [[GodSaveUsFromTheQueen The Force Save Us From Daala]]
* GoodbyeCruelWorld
-->This has been done with honor, without error, and by my own choosing. [[spoiler: Niathal]] out.
* GoodFeelsGood: In ''Ascension'', Vestara says this is one of the reasons she wants to [[spoiler:become a Jedi]].
* GuysSmashGirlsShoot: Luke and Ben tend to fight with their [[LaserBlade lightsabers]], while Vestara and Jaina tend to fight with [[ShockAndAwe force lightning]] and from [[OldSchoolDogfight a starfighter]], respectively. For example, in ''Vortex'', [[spoiler: Vestara throws her lightsaber to an unarmed Luke and then starts shocking Abeloth.]]
* [[MadnessTropes Insanity]]: Force Psychosis; it really doesn't fit any one trope, it's more of a mix. In short; it causes Force-sensitives to go completely nuts and think everyone is an impostor. They also [[WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity gain high-level Force powers]], but that's [[InvertedTrope after the fact]].
* [[SeanConneryIsAboutToShootYou Han Solo Is About To Shoot You]]: The cover of ''Vortex''.
* HeliumSpeech: Ben decides to annoy his father near the end of ''Outcast'' with this jaunty little piece:
-->Where fields once grew, a road runs through, and buildings hide the sun,\\
Where grass of green could once be seen, are only gray and brown.\\
My childhood home, while I did roam, became a place of sadness.\\
Now I return, my heart does yearn for times of light and gladness.
* HeelFaceRevolvingDoor: Vestara. Discussed by Luke and Jaina:
-->'''Luke''': You want me to take a Sith who's trustworthiness seems to depend on the time of day, the season, and the phases of whatever moons happen to be nearby, on [[spoiler:a potentially dangerous mission to the Sith homeworld?]]
* HeroWithBadPublicity: Played with when Han attempts to act menacing but his reputation gets in the way. Han would like people to think he is dead serious when he threatens them with a blaster. But as the person he is threatening reminds him, Han Solo has been a galactic hero and household name for several decades now nobody believes he will shoot unarmed bystanders. Naturally he is right, much to Han's annoyance.
* HiddenDepths:
** Wynn Dorvan is shown to be an extremely skilled sabacc player after he wins a sabacc tournament against hundreds of the best players in the galaxy.
** In ''Conviction'', Han proves that he actually knows how to manipulate people into doing what he wants without having to actually shoot them. Leia is extremely impressed.
*** Even before that, in ''Vortex'', he played Daala like a fiddle, and even had to hide his confidence so that he wouldn't give his plan away.
* HiddenElfVillage: Quite a few actually. The Sanctuary of the Baran Do Sages, the Aing-Ti world, Sinkhole Station for the Mind Walkers, the island community for the Fallanassi, and Kesh for the Lost Tribe of the Sith.
* HopeSpot: The middle of ''Ascension'': Luke is back on Coruscant and is leading the Jedi Order once again; Moff/Senatorial conspiracy is falling apart; all three villains (Abeloth, Daala and Lost Tribe) are on the run with few resources left; Vestara chooses to become a Jedi and [[OnlySaneMan Wynn Dorvan]] is about to be elected Chief of State. And then it all goes to hell.
* HumansAreUgly
-->'''Luke''': Tell you what, if you think it's wrong for you to think of them as ugly, just think of how you look to them. Short, squat, unlined skin, a nose that puffs up like a rodent, tiny little mouth with jagged white things in it, a horrible shrub-like growth on your head.
-->'''Ben''': This, from the man who's worn a bowl-cut hairstyle almost all his adult life.
* HurricaneOfPuns: In ''Conviction'', Threepio [[spoiler: has a bomb implanted into him by Sith assassins]]. After it's discovered and removed, R2 can't stop making puns at Threepio's expense.
* {{Hypocrite}}: Let's just say that there are a few.
* InsaneTrollLogic: A hallmark of Force Psychosis.
* InterspeciesRomance: Daala (Human) and Nek Bwu'atu (Bothan).
* ItsAllMyFault: Saba blames herself for [[spoiler: Kenth Hamner's death]].
* JumpedAtTheCall: Vestara's reaction to a strange ship appearing in the sky promising to teach her how to be a Sith master.
** The trope later gets taken UpToEleven and combined with UndyingLoyalty, resulting in entire battalions of {{Space Marine}}s volunteering to help StormTheCastle.
* KarmicDeath: In ''Allies'', [[spoiler: Captain Faala is killed in the Mind Walker realm when the angry spirits of her old enemies drag her to her death]].
* KarmaHoudini: Cha Niathal. Daala tries to avert this (even though she admits she would only give her a show trial), but Niathal avoids even that [[spoiler: by killing herself]]. Haydnat Treen is a borderline example; she is never brought to justice within the series, but her crimes do come to light, and her political career is over.
* KillItWithFire: Han uses a flamethrower and really enjoys doing so.
* KlingonPromotion: [[spoiler: Saba to the title of Grand Master.]]
* LampshadeHanging: So Dorvan is [[spoiler:pro-Jedi ''and'' pro-Daala]]? This inherent contradiction is remarked upon by all his supporters.
* LaserGuidedKarma: [[spoiler: Javis Tyrr]] gets his comeuppance in ''Allies'' when [[spoiler: Dorvan finds and publically reveals evidence of him illegally spying]].
* [[spoiler: LesCollaborateurs: Most of the Lost Tribe of Sith, for Abeloth.]]
* LikeAnOldMarriedCouple: Ben and Vestara, Discussed in ''Conviction'', between Mayor Snaplaunce and Luke.
-->'''Snaplaunce''': He and the girl, are they a couple?
-->'''Luke''': No.
-->'''Snaplaunce''': They argue like one.
-->'''Luke''': So you are a couple with every one of your political opponents?
-->'''Snaplaunce''': Oh, well struck, Master Skywalker.
* LostTribe: The Lost Tribe of the Sith, obviously.
* LudicrousGibs: ''Apocalypse'' describes the results of being squashed by a piece of building, split in two lengthwise by a lightsaber, splattered on the floor due to a malfunctioning transport tube, and being caught in the fiery disintegration of a flying vehicle.
* MamaBear:
** Mirax Horn gets her moment when she slaps Colonel Wruq Retk so hard, it knocks him unconscious. This is because he's got her carbonite-imprisoned children hanging on the wall like trophies. And, to add to this, Retk is a [[http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Yaka Yaka]].
** Leia, of course. Jag even Lampshades it when he comments on how he feels sorry for the poor bastard who attempted to assassinate them and put Allana in danger. [[spoiler: She even beheads a Sith who was threatening Allana without a second thought.]]
* [[spoiler: MesACrowd: Abeloth]]
* MindRape: Abeloth's mental probing. When she attempts this on Vol, he counters with some MindRape of his own.
* MoreTeethThanTheOsmondFamily: Abeloth's true form.
* MythologyGag: This isn't the first time where Luke and several other force-sensitives have to deal with [[DarkEmpire a dark side entity who inhabited various bodies in order to maintain her power.]]
* NegativeSpaceWedgie: The Kathol Rift and the Maw Cluster.
* NewPowersAsThePlotDemands: Part of Force Psychosis involves the crazy Jedi knowing Force skills they never used before.
* NiceJobBreakingItHero:
** It's implied that Centerpoint Station, which our heroes destroyed in ''Literature/LegacyOfTheForce'', was the thing [[SealedEvilInACan keeping the can Abeloth was trapped in sealed]]. The Kessel situation may have also been caused by Centerpoint's destruction.
** ''Apocalypse'' reveals that [[spoiler:Jacen's previous actions in ''Literature/LegacyOfTheForce'' by trying to change the future were what freed Abeloth from her prison]].
** Retroactively compounds what was already a NiceJobBreakingItHero moment from ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsTheCloneWars''. [[spoiler: By getting The Son and The Daughter killed, The Father and Anakin Skywalker removed the forces that were keeping Abeloth from becoming a major galaxy-threatening problem]].
** Adding to the above, the Jedi theorize that [[spoiler: the deaths of The Son and the Daughter has disrupted the Force and may be the reason why the galaxy has stuck in a state of near constant war since the Prequel era.]]
* [[spoiler:NiceJobFixingItVillain: When Daala escapes prison, so does Tahiri.]]
* OedipusComplex: Several fans see shades of this in Ben, regarding his relationship with Vestara.
* OhCrap: When the Jedi Council starts tracking down Sith pirate attacks and realize they're building an entire ''fleet''.
* OneWingedAngel: Abeloth has three or four forms.
* [[OncePerEpisode Once Per Book]]: Up until ''Vortex,'' each book has one or several Jedi develop Force Psychosis.
* OnlyOneName: ''Backlash'' seems to make a point of noting this in the case of Zekk.
* OnlySaneMan: Dorvan, who realizes what's at stake and tries to rein in Daala's excesses. When he realizes Daala has [[VillainousBreakdown gone beyond the breaking point]], he decides to resign rather than work for her.
** The victims of Force Psychosis believe themselves to be this.
* OpenSecret: [[spoiler:All of the Jedi Masters and quite a few Jedi Knights already know about the "secret" Barabel nest under the Temple.]]
* PapaWolf: Corran's children (Valin and Jysella) are imprisoned in carbonite thanks to their going crazy and Mr. Horn himself is ''not'' happy.
* {{Paparazzi}}: Javis Tyrr; all right, so he's only one guy, but he more than fits. Also plenty of unnamed ones in ''Outcast'', especially after Valin's rampage.
* PeoplesRepublicOfTyranny: Despite Leia arguing in ''Literature/LegacyOfTheForce'' that attaining the post of Chief of State of the GFFA through any means other than election (which is what her son [[GalacticConqueror Jacen]] did) is unconstitutional, Daala is basically installed in the position by military leaders. This is only emphasized by an aversion of the GoodRepublicEvilEmpire trope. The previous and current leaders of the Empire, Gilad Pellaeon and Jagged Fel, are often shown as being far more benevolent and trustworthy leaders of their authoritarian state than Daala is of the nominally democratic GFFA.
* PhilosophicalParable: For a while, each book had Luke and Ben visiting a different locale to learn about Jacen's fall, and the episodes tended to resemble this. ''Backlash'' downplayed this: while Jacen did train with the Witches of Dathomir, that plot point was not present in the novel. ''Allies'' averted this trope entirely, while ''Vortex'' and ''Conviction'' don't even mention Jacen's motivations.
* PointlessDoomsdayDevice: It turns out Centerpoint Station wasn't [[EldritchAbomination so]] [[NiceJobBreakingItHero pointless]].
* PoweredArmor: Some of the Void Jumper SpaceMarines, called "Stompers", wear suits of these. It backfires [[spoiler: when the [[EverythingsDeaderwithZombies Sith ghouls]] get to them.]]
* ThePowerOfLove[=/=]LoveRedeems: Jaina [[InvokedTrope invokes]] this while vouching for Vestara:
-->I don't want to get too sentimental here, Uncle Luke, but don't underestimate [[ThePowerOfLove the power of love]]. It's [[LoveRedeems pulled two family members back]] from the Dark Side already. Ben's sixteen, but he's not a fool.
* {{Precursors}}: A ''lot'' of hints as to the Celestials.
* PraetorianGuard:
** Daala's use of the [[ProudWarriorRace Mandalorians]] is surprisingly similar to how Roman Emperors used vikings, in what was known as the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Varangian_Guard#Varangian_Guard Varangian Guard]].
** In ''Ascension'', [[spoiler: Tahiri becomes TheAtoner, and looks like she's going to be one of the first [[StarWarsLegacy Imperial Knights]]]].
* PresidentEvil:
** While not exactly ''evil'' (at first), Chief of State Daala certainly has her qualms about the Jedi and won't hesitate to use government resources to put them in line. There is, however, quite a bit of irony to her running the galaxy from a planet (Coruscant) that she once hatched a plot to destroy. Fortunately, she is not as brilliant of a strategist as her reputation makes her out to be.
** [[spoiler: Head of State Abeloth plays this straighter than Daala, at one point threatening to decimate Coruscant's population because they didn't help keep the Jedi away from her. And she partly ''succeeds'' too.]]
* ProperlyParanoid: After the assassination attempt on [[spoiler: Admiral Bwua'tu]], Daala is (correctly) convinced that somebody is trying to frame the Jedi for it, because in her mind, if the Jedi ''really'' wanted to kill him, they would not have failed. Plus, they wouldn't be crazy enough to try and fake a failed assassination attempt.
* PsychicAssistedSuicide: In ''Vortex'', [[spoiler: Abeloth and the Fallanassi (who are under her control) drive dozens of Sith mad with Illusions. This causes some of them kill themselves.]].
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: Mayor Snaplaunce and Wynn Dorvan. The latter [[spoiler: eventually becomes Chief of State]].
* ReassignedToAntarctica: Borleias, once one of the most strategically valuable planets in the galaxy due to its proximity to Coruscant, is now home to a small outpost where military careers are sent to die.
* RecycledInSpace: In ''Conviction'', the conspirators' plot to remove Daala is suspiciously parallel to that of the conspirators in Shakespeare's ''Julius Caesar''.
* TheReveal:
** The Lost Tribe of the Sith had assumed that the Sith had long ago conquered the galaxy while they were stuck on Kesh. ''Ship'' sets em straight. Their reaction? Let's go out and set things right by conquering everything!
** Some part of Abeloth is no one else but [[spoiler: Callista]].
** In ''Ascension'': [[spoiler: The slave revolts are being caused by Imperial conspirators.]]
* RuleOfThree: In ''Conviction'', Lieutenant Jevon Thewles' apartment is being raided:
-->'''Jevon''': "Can I get up?"
-->'''Jevon''': "Can I get up?"
-->'''Jevon''': "Can I get up?"
-->'''Guard''': "Yes, sit up."
-->'''Jevon''': "Can I get dressed?"
* SacrificialLamb: [[spoiler:Kani, who volunteers to go speak with the Mandalorians outside the Temple, reasoning that they won't feel threatened by an unarmed teenager. Unfortunately for her, this means that their leader has no qualms about unceremoniously shooting her dead in public.]]
* ScrewTheRulesIHaveSupernaturalPowers: Discussed between Luke and Daala. Of course, the Force can't really be a witness later..
* SealedEvilInACan: Abeloth, hidden in the Maw.
* SecretPolice: In ''Allies'', it's implied that Daala is seriously considering using the Mandalorians as a covert "peacekeeping" force by sending them to conflict zones on the payroll of GA front companies to put them under the guise of protecting corporate interests. Then in ''Conviction'', she starts doing it openly, [[spoiler: which means that eventually no one of importance really protests when the Jedi remove her from power]].
* SelfMadeOrphan: In ''Ascension'', [[spoiler: Vestara kills her father. Her mother was already killed earlier when Abeloth destroyed the Sith capital.]]
* SequelHook: The final novel reveals that [[spoiler:there is a ''second'' major Sith faction separate from the Lost Tribe]]. Also, [[spoiler:Abeloth isn't truly dead, and [[DeaderThanDead the only way to truly kill her]] is to find the Dagger of Mortis]].
* ShapedLikeItself: Boba Fett's disguise. He even changes his body language so people will think someone's impersonating him.
* ShoutOut:
** In ''Allies'', Ackmena is an abolitionist, in honor of the late Bea Arthur. In the same book, Dyon knocks someone out by [[Franchise/StarTrek grabbing the neck and pinching]] (the author of ''Allies'', Christie Golden, has contributed some books to the StarTrekNovelVerse).
** In ''Conviction'', when at a bar, Moff Lecersen orders a drink called the "[[Series/DoctorWho Sonic Screwdriver]]".
** Ben's line: "What if you're Luke Skywalker today and Darth Starkiller tomorrow?" 'Starkiller' was the original last name assigned to Luke in early drafts of ''StarWars''. It's been referenced in [[VideoGame/TheForceUnleashed various]] ways in much of the EU.
** Luke and Ben's visit to the Hidden Ones' sanctuary is an intentional reference to the underworld of Greek mythology.
* ShipSinking:
** While Zekk's [[TheBusCameBack bus came back]], we learn that he is working with a Hapan agent last seen in ''Literature/LegacyOfTheForce,'' and that he is involved with her.
** Appeared to happen [[spoiler: to the Jaina\Jag ship. However, they made up one book later.]]
* SidetrackedByTheAnalogy: In ''Abyss'' Saba compares Daala and the Jedi to animals on her homeworld. Kyp gets confused as to what each animal is and they spend about a page clarifying.
* SpaceMarine: The GFFA's troops.
* SpellMyNameWithAnS: In ''Allies'', Dyon Stadd, Kyp Durron, and Gilad Pellaeon's last names are consistently misspelled Stad, Durran, and Pallaeon. Also, the plurals "Jedis" and "Siths" are used.
* SpiritWorld: Where the Mind Walkers go when they use their eponymous power (which seems to be some sort of astral projection), which may or may not be the [[http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Netherworld_of_the_Force netherworld of the Force]]. Evidence towards the former is the fact that [[spoiler:Mara appears to be in some sort of purgatory after the events of ''Sacrifice''.]]
* StabTheScorpion: Variation: [[spoiler:At one point in the duel, Darth Krayt force drains Luke Skywalker and Abeloth, indicating that he turned against Luke. It is later revealed that the force drain was in fact simply his attempt at holding down Abeloth alone, Luke was only caught in it because he was in close proximity to Abeloth when it hit.]]
* StarCrossedLovers: At the end of ''Ascension'', Vestara considers her relationship with Ben to be this.
* TheStarscream:
** Yuvar Xal in true Sith fashion.
** The Moffs. Even lampshaded by Jag in ''Apocalypse'' when he opens a public speech by mentioning that, when he accepted the job of Imperial Head of State, he didn't expect to survive as long as he did.
* StartOfDarkness: Luke and Ben's quest is to figure out just when Jacen had his.
* StatingTheSimpleSolution: Surprisingly enough, ''Taalon'' advocates just executing Luke when Abeloth manages to capture him, but is quicky overruled.
* StealthInSpace: Conversed for Stealth-X fighters, in ''Backlash''.
* StockholmSyndrome: PlayedForLaughs with a Bothan secretary in ''Conviction''.
-->(Han tries to get the secretary to help by threatening him.)
-->'''Secretary''': Forgive me, General. But I won't help you, and you won't sell me. You're a hero of the Alliance.
-->'''Han Solo''': Leia, I swear, I hate having a good reputation. I ''hate'' it!
* StormingTheCastle: [[spoiler: The Jedi built [[AllYourBaseAreBelongToUs their temple]]'s defenses a little too well.]] TheCavalry only [[spoiler: turn it into a battle of attrition.]] [[FromBadToWorse And that was before]] the [[spoiler: [[EverythingsDeaderWithZombies sith ghouls came out to play]].]]
* StuffedIntoTheFridge:
** In ''Allies'', we ''finally'' find out what happened to [[spoiler: Callista]], and what happens to [[spoiler: Akanah]].
** About [[spoiler: Callista]], in ''Conviction'', [[spoiler: she's actually in [[AFateworsethanDeath a fate worse than death]] and gets to [[DyingasYourself die free from Abeloth, thanks to Luke]]]].
* TakeMeToYourLeader: After blasting his way through a room's lock, and stunning the guards:
-->'''Han Solo''': Take me to your leader. {{We come in peace|Shoot To Kill}}.
-->'''Leia''': Han.
-->'''Han Solo''': Sorry, Leia. Sometimes I can't help myself.
* TakeThat:
** There's specifically a Kyp Durron reality show. Kyp says, "There goes my social life."
** Also, the series seems to be one huge plot thread pointing that in retrospect, making Daala the Galactic Alliance Head of State was pretty much a very ''bad'' idea.
-->'''Moff Getelles''': Natasi Daala has been an erratic officer, a laser cannon with a malfunctioning actuator if you will, since she was an ensign in the Imperial Navy, and her recent actions bear out this diagnosis.
* TeleportersAndTransporters: The Aing-Tii can use the force to teleport themselves and objects. Mostly notably they use it and [[{{Seers}} Flow-walking]] to navigate the rift where they live. They end up teaching Luke how to do this.
* ThanatosGambit: [[spoiler: Kenth]] does one in ''Vortex''.
* ThatManIsDead: The philosophy of the Baran Do sages who retreat into their sanctuary. Their old life on the surface is over and dead, so they must take a new name.
* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: Luke gives one to the Barran Do sages and the Hidden One about how hiding away in their caverns is not living in tune with the Force. He didn't do this to insult them, but to point out the problems in their philosophy.
* TheOnlyOneAllowedToDefeatYou: Ben defeats a Baran Do Sage because if Luke did so, that would imply the Jedi's inferiority to the Baran Do Sages.
* ThisIsGonnaSuck: The moment Raynar Thul tells the Killik Queen that Abeloth has escaped, the Queen goes crazy and begins ordering her drones to prepare for the coming apocalypse.
* [[spoiler: TheyDo: It took them over fifteen years to get there, but Jaina and Jag finally get married.]]
* TitleDrop: See the Hidden One's rant at the top of the page.
* TooDumbToLive: During the [[spoiler: Jedi coup]], a cameraman breaches the security line around the Senate Hall and starts moving forward to get a better shot as the security officers, busy trying to hold off an angry mob, yell at him to stop since he's about to walk into range of the giant automated laser cannons designed to shoot intruders. A security officer is forced to shoot the cameraman with a stun bolt to keep him from getting vaporized.
* TragicVillain: Vestara sees herself as this after [[spoiler: she commits murder to save Ben from toxic fumes.]]
* TrashOfTheTitans: The Mind Walkers in Sinkhole station are so busy meditating that they don't clean up anything ever.
* TwoLinesNoWaiting. Luke and Ben try to find the truth about Jacen. Daala's not cut out for administration, to put it mildly. Then there's the Lost Tribe of the Sith. And Abeloth. And Force psychosis. And Jaina and Jag's engagement. And minor plots along the way, like Allana going to a petting zoo or the current slavery storyline. Lot of stuff going on.
* UltimateShowdownOfUltimateDestiny: An in-universe example occurs [[spoiler: towards the end of Backlash--The Sith do battle with the Nightsisters]].
** Also in ''Backlash'', a card game is featured that's based around this concept.
* UndyingLoyalty: [[spoiler: Nek Bwu'atu]] uses this to whip up TheCavalry, who JumpedAtTheCall.
* TheUriahGambit: Tahiri's prison warden was a close friend of Pellaeon, so in order to get revenge on her, he deliberately places her within the general prison population, which mostly consists of criminals that the Jedi have put away, some of them having been personally arrested by Tahiri herself. She's also warned by her attorney to watch out for security droids that might suddenly "malfunction" around her.
* [[spoiler: UtopiaJustifiesTheMeans: Saba as Chief of State?]]
* VillainWithGoodPublicity: Chief of State Daala certainly fits.
** HeroWithBadPublicity: She's the one that pins the blame for Jacen's fall on Luke Skywalker and forcing him into a self-imposed exile from the Jedi Order. Subverted in that the Jedi Council wishes him luck with his quest to investigate Jacen's FaceHeelTurn, and his son Ben joins his father on the quest.
** In ''Ascension'', the Sith try their hand at this, getting a hold of the media.
* ViolationOfCommonSense: See DarkHorseVictory above.
* TheVirus: Abeloth.
* [[WalkingTheEarth Walking The Galaxy]]: Luke and Ben.
* WeakButSkilled: Dyon, who lacks the Force powers necessary to become a Jedi, but makes up for it thanks to his skills with a blaster.
* WellDoneSonGuy: Ben and Vestara, both.
* WellIntentionedExtremist: Daala. Admiral Bwua'tu in ''Allies'' thinks that she's doing wrong things for the right reasons. [[spoiler: Five minutes later, he's attacked by false Jedi.]]
** This is also the reason, alongside the PapaWolf trope, why Jacen Solo became Darth Caedus.
* WhamEpisode: In ''Ascension'', the Senate votes [[spoiler:a disguised Abeloth]] as the new GA Chief of State.
* WhatTheHellHero
** Daala forces Luke to accept exile by threatening to have Kyp Durron extradited to the Imperial Remnant to stand trial for war crimes, namely [[Literature/JediAcademyTrilogy blowing up Carida with the Sun Crusher]].
** Abeloth-possessed [[spoiler: Akanah]] just loves to point out how much the Jedi have screwed things up.
* WhyAmITicking: [[spoiler: Threepio]] in ''Conviction''.
* TheWomanWearingTheQueenlyMask: While not an actual queen, Daala shows shades of this as she begins chafing under the pressure of being the Galactic Alliance Chief of State.
* WomanScorned: [[spoiler: What Ship says will [[TookALevelInBadass make Vestara into a Sith Lord]].]]
* WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds: Abeloth's primary motivation for her atrocities was desiring to be loved, as she feared losing her family (which was largely her own fault in the first place that she did lose The Ones as her family). However, by the time of the current time in the novels, she's ''long'' abandoned the Woobie aspect of her.
* WorkingTitle: ''Fate of the Jedi's'' working title was ''Star Wars Odyssey''.
* YouCannotGraspTheTrueForm: Abeloth, though it's speculated that she ''might'' be a Celestial. The Aing-Tii Prophet's predictions corroborate this.
** [[spoiler: Both Luke and Vestara can see her true form (from Wookieepedia): "...that of a woman with a large full lipped mouth so broad that it reached from ear to ear, stubby arms that protruded no more than ten centimeters from her shoulders, and hands that had [[CombatTentacles long, writhing tentacles for fingers]]."]]
** According to Lost Tribe mythology, Abeloth might be a Destructor, a race of powerful beings that regularly exterminate all life in the galaxy.
** The Killiks try to describe what Abeloth and the Celestials are, but aren't very good at it, citing that it's something mortals simply can't comprehend.
*** Abeloth started out as a mortal though.
* YouNoTakeCandle: C-3PO's translation of Keshri. Justified, as the language had never been heard before by the galaxy.
* YourTerroristsAreOurFreedomFighters: Even said so.
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