Moment of Truth dances between appallingly recycled and
stunningly revealing. Anakin and Obi-Wan are solving a dispute
between neighbouring planets (again) when Anakin gets captured (as
in The Shadow Trap) and there are
medical experiments performed by yet another character Watson pulls
out of the Jedi Apprentice
series (as with Didi and Astri Oddo, amongst others). This constant
reuse of ideas and characters is diminishing Watson's writing, which
is unfortunate as she is very good at what she does - but as the
adage goes: there can be too much of a good thing.
"The aforementioned medical experiments, however, add an
unusual element to the story, which does pique the interest for a
while, until you find out who is behind them and the gundark debacle
ties in nicely with the Attack of the Clones reference. But
in my opinion it is the titular "moment of truth" that
really ices the cake. A brief passage at the end of the book makes
this one worth reading - an exchange between Master and Padawan that
is gripping and stunningly written, yet sensitive and more than a
little heart-rending. This one moment in the book was, for me, a
revelatory moment - not quite on a par with "I am your
father" but still truly amazing.
"The same old well written stuff from Watson, heavily borrowed
from previous books, with a tragically moving ending."