On the planet Tython, the ancient Je’daii order was founded. And at the feet of its wise Masters, Lanoree Brock learned the mysteries and methods of the Force—and found her calling as one of its most powerful disciples. But as strongly as the Force flowed within Lanoree and her parents, it remained absent in her brother, who grew to despise and shun the Je’daii, and whose training in its ancient ways ended in tragedy.
Now, from her solitary life as a Ranger keeping order across the galaxy, Lanoree has been summoned by the Je’daii Council on a matter of utmost urgency. The leader of a fanatical cult, obsessed with traveling beyond the reaches of known space, is bent on opening a cosmic gateway using dreaded dark matter as the key—risking a cataclysmic reaction that will consume the entire star system. But more shocking to Lanoree than even the prospect of total galactic annihilation, is the decision of her Je’daii Masters to task her with the mission of preventing it. Until a staggering revelation makes clear why she was chosen: The brilliant, dangerous madman she must track down and stop at any cost is the brother whose death she has long grieved—and whose life she must now fear.
Judgemental Jedi and How they Almost Destroyed Themselves
They story was OK but as I progressed through the book, I hated how they portrayed the Je'daii and grew to really dislike Lanoree Brock. Should have ended the book with Lanoree dying with a hole in her chest after being shot by her brother Dale.
As the story progressed the Je'daii and Lanoree are portrayed as self righteous and judgemental in my opinion. By the end of the book, even though I knew it wouldn't end this way, I was cheering for the villan Dale, Lanoree's brother.
Throughout Dale's life, he's been judged by the Je'daii Order, his Jedi Parents and worst of all Lanoree his Je'daii sister. Him rejecting the force and trying to find his own path, is that such a bad thing and while he tries to tell all the Je'daii around him, including his sister, that his path is different and his life does not include the Force, they ignore his wishes and continue to push, judge him and worst of all without permission, read his mind, invade his privacy, impose their will, put thoughts in his head and because of his wished being ignored, being judged and being made to feel his path is the wrong path if it did not include the Force, the Je'daii, Lanorree and his parents create a monster and threat to their own Galaxy. Because of this, they turn him into a murderer at a young age, because of this, they set him down a path of destruction.
I actually wonder to myself what the story might have been like if his parents, Lanoree and the Je'daii accepted the fact that he didn't want to pursue the Force and start down a path of nurturing his other skills and interests in science and fully accepting the person that he was and not trying to make him the person that they wanted him to be, but then there would be no villan and no book to read I guess.
A better ending would have been, even though Lanoree stops Dales from using the device, it awakens the Dark Side of the Force within Dale and book turns into a Trilogy of Books about Lanoree chasing Dale across the Galaxy and the Je'daii coming to terms that the start a great evil that they have to face and the path of destruction it leaves is of the Je'daii's own doing.
I gave the low rating because I think the story could have been much greater that what it was and did not like with how they portrayed the Je'daii and Lanoree...IMO the real villans of this story.