Take Five with Christie Golden, Author, ‘Star Wars: Fate of the Jedi: Ascension’


Christie Golden is the contributor for this week’s Take Five, a regular series where we ask authors and editors to share five facts about their latest books. Her book, Star Wars: Fate of the Jedi: Ascension, is available now.

As Luke and Ben Skywalker pursue the formidable dark-side being Abeloth, the Lost Tribe of the Sith is about to be sundered by an even greater power—which will thrust one Dark Lord into mortal conflict with his own flesh-and-blood.

On Coruscant, a political vacuum has left tensions at the boiling point, with factions racing to claim control of the Galactic Alliance. Suddenly surrounded by hidden agendas, treacherous conspiracies, and covert Sith agents, the Jedi Order must struggle to keep the GA government from collapsing into anarchy.

The Jedi are committed to maintaining peace and ensuring just rule, but even they are not prepared to take on the combined threats of Sith power, a deposed dictator bent on galaxywide vengeance, and an entity of pure cunning and profound evil hungry to become a god.

Christie Golden:

1. Wynn Dorvan’s beloved pet Pocket was created in response to a casual request by fellow author Troy Denning. Troy wanted to make a quick reference to a trendy pet known as a “chitlik,” and asked me to have the then-unnamed Dorvan, known only as “Daala’s assistant,” own one of the popular critters. I gave Wynn Pocket, and both of them took on lives of their own.

2. The Indigo Tower restaurant is named after my beloved black cat Indigo, to whom I had to say a loving farewell in late July of 2010.

3. Moff Vanysn was, appearance-wise, modeled after David Niven.

4. I watched documentaries on Pompeii to visually research the volcanic eruption later in the book.

5. Ship may actually be my favorite character.

  • Mathjedi

    Just read Ascension. It is well written and I’ve enjoyed reading it.
    I like the development of Vestara’s character and more knowledge about Wyn Dorvan. Also the descripton of the culture of The Lost of the Sith was great.
    There are more than enough plots, subplots and twists to keep your mind busy.
    It surprised me there was a key player suddenly killed without any info how and where it happened. Perhaps is this an intentional gap for an e-book or comic?

    And Del Rey, can we make a deal, no two deals?
    1. Just one big monster kill a book (beacuse nothing beats the rancor) and -now that I’m wiriting
    2. No more horror Star Wars books like Red Harvest or Death Troopers. One horror cliche after another is so boring and an insult to reader and the capable writer. I bought them to complete my Star Wars books collection.
    Keep up the good work!

  • Tom Carney

    Ascension was a book I waited a long time to read, since it takes forever to release each book. The book was great till you got to about the 2/3 mark. Again they make the Jedi look like they can’t fight their way out of a paper bag. I am tired of Luke not getting to show us just how powerful he really is, he is always hurt or injured before every major battle so he is never at his peak. The end of book was so predictable, Vestara is going to turn on Ben, Abeloth has taken over Coruscant in minutes, The Jedi open the doors for the Sith etc etc…

    Just once it will be nice for the Jedi to see a problem coming and be prepared for it. I hope the fact that the bugs are brought back into the mix in the next book doesn’t mean the story line is going to move away from Luke.

    The book and the series are enjoyable, but it is time for the Jedi to look like the warriors they are,and have to be to protect the universe.

    Now I wait till next April for the next book of the series.