Review: Patterns of the Force (Star Wars: Coruscant Nights)
By Michael Reaves. ISBN 978-0-345-47758-3. The Coruscant Nights cycle of books promised an intense literary noir set in one of the least explored time periods of the Star Wars universe. Instead, readers have been stuck with uninteresting plots crippled by a lackluster cast of characters. Michael Reaves improves on the formula a bit with Street of Shadows, which refocuses on the game of cat and mouse between Jedi-in-hiding Jax Pavan and Darth Vader. The beginning of the book seems as dull and directionless as its predecessor, but the story picks up steam toward a genuinely engaging finale. A couple problematic characters are fleshed out with surprising depth, while a few of the most irritating check out of the story altogether. As the showdown between Jax and Vader draws nearer, the novel finally begins to explore the new questions faced by a Jedi no longer tied to the strict orthodoxy of the Jedi institution. The overall result is a fun bit of filler that leaves the door open for a far more interesting fourth act down the road.