Literature: Coruscant Nights

The Coruscant Nights trilogy is a series of three books written by Michael Reaves that follow the same core group of characters in the inter-trilogy era.

The first book, Coruscant Nights I: Jedi Twilight, is set two months after Revenge of the Sith. Two books were released in 2008, and the third was released in late January 2009. A standalone followup novel called The Last Jedi, a collaboration between Reaves and Maya Kaathryn Bohnhoff, was released in February 2013. The Coruscant Nights name was originally attached to it but has since been removed.

Several characters from Reaves' and Steve Perry's MedStar books re-appear in this series, which follows Jax Pavan (Lorn Pavan's son), the droid I-5YQ, Den Dhur, Laranth Tarak, and Haninum Tyk Rhinann. The three novels have been released by the Science Fiction Book Club as a hardback three-in-one omnibus edition.

The first trilogy contains the following tropes:

  • Addictive Magic: An unusual variant - Dejah Duare, an empath, is attracted to Jax because of his strength in the Force. When she can't have him, she settles for his rival, who's strong in The Dark Side.
  • Amplifier Artifact: Both the bota and the pyronium qualify as this, and serious effort goes into keeping them out of the hands of Vader.
  • Big Bad: Darth Vader serves as this for the series. Anakin Skywalker was a padawan alongside Jax Pavan, and who'd rather that link to his former life was as dead as the rest of the Jedi Order. Emperor Palpatine is the Bigger Bad - but it's explicitly pointed out that he's too big to be a target for the small band of proto-Rebels.
  • Bounty Hunter: Aurra Sing. While she's happy to take the payment, she admits to herself she'd have hunted down Jax for free, such is her love of killing Jedi.
  • Broad Strokes: Where the books sit in continuity.
  • The Butler Did It: To be exact, the butler droid committed the murder Jax investigates in the second book.
  • The Chessmaster: Prince Vigo, shown making his ascent through the ranks of Black Sun.
  • Continuity Snarl: Even Piell, Nick Rostu dying, Barriss Offee, and other now-impossible elements show up in this book series.
  • Crapsack World: Corus... Er, Imperial Center. Get past the upper levels and it's hundred upon hundreds of stories of wretched conditions, gloom and misery, filled with billions upon billions of sentients living in fear of the totalitarian government and its army of Force sensitive enforcers who are answerable to no-one. Some areas of the underlevels are speculated to have gone without any maintenance for centuries, if not longer. And those are the areas that weren't carpet bombed into oblivion during the Clone Wars...
  • Deadpan Snarker: I-Five, Den, Rhinann... I-Five has an advantage in the deadpan stakes as he's a droid.
  • The Dreaded, The Juggernaut: How Darth Vader is depicted.
  • Evil Former Friend: Vader to Jax.
  • Fanservice: The non-sexual kind. The books are loaded with little-used Star Wars tidbits like the ISB and Inquisition.
  • Femme Fatale: Dejah Duare, a Zeltron empath capable of emitting pheromones to exploit the moods of others. She doesn't much care that everyone knows she does these things; She's good enough at it that she usually gets her way regardless.
  • Forgotten Friend, New Foe: A curious example. Jax Pavan is Darth Vader's best friend in the Jedi Order who we never saw interact with him before he became Darth Vader.
  • Half the Man He Used to Be: Happens to someone who attacks Aurra Sing. He just has time to look surprised before the two halves hit the floor.
  • Improbable Aiming Skills: Laranth can shoot blaster bolts out of the air - Jedi training helps. I-Five rarely misses with his lasers, either, but he's a droid with targeting software.
  • Just a Machine: How Jax initially thinks of I-Five. He eventually realizes he's wrong.
  • The Mafia: Black Sun.
  • Shout-Out: Appearance of a policaman called Pol Haus might be a reference to detective Polhaus from The Maltese Falcon.
  • Villain Decay: Averted with Darth Vader. He's depicted as utterly unstoppable.

The Last Jedi contains the following tropes:

  • Blood Magic: The secrets of Darth Ramage's holocron can only be unlocked by drenching it in the freshly-spilt blood of a sentient being, as Jax discovers.
  • Brought Down to Normal: Jax learns many powerful Sith techniques but loses them at the end.
  • Continuity Porn: This book resolves many of The Clone Wars continuity issues, makes use of the Dathomir witches, stars Inquisitors, and also includes Mandalorians.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: For all of Jax' talents, he knows that fighting Vader will amount to this.
  • Stuffed In A Fridge: Laranth.