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The New Jedi Order:
Dark Tide II: Ruin
Attribution information
Author(s)

Michael A. Stackpole

Cover artist

John Harris

Publication information
Publisher

Del Rey

Release date

June 6, 2000

Media type

Paperback

Pages

304

ISBN

0345428560

Chronology
Era

New Jedi Order era

Timeline

25 ABY[1]

Series

The New Jedi Order; Dark Tide Duology

Preceded by

Dark Tide I: Onslaught

Followed by

Agents of Chaos I: Hero's Trial

The New Jedi Order: Dark Tide II: Ruin, the second book of the Dark Tide Duology, is a novel by Michael A. Stackpole, published by Del Rey in June 2000. The cover features a ship that was to be introduced in the cancelled The New Jedi Order: Dark Tide: Siege. The galactic maps printed inside were designed by Daniel Wallace and Chris Barbieri. Narration for the audio version was performed by Anthony Heald.

EditionsEdit

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Publisher's summaryEdit

New York Times bestselling author Michael A. Stackpole continues The New Jedi Order with DARK TIDE II: RUIN, a thrilling Star Wars adventure in which the Jedi Knights must fight their most treacherous battle—against an unrelenting evil intent on devouring the galaxy.…

The alien Yuuzhan Vong have launched an attack on the worlds of the Outer Rim. They are merciless, without regard for life—and they stand utterly outside the Force. Their ever-changing tactics stump the New Republic military. Even the Jedi, once the greatest guardians of peace in the galaxy, are rendered helpless by this impervious foe—and their solidarity has begun to unravel.

While Luke struggles to keep the Jedi together, Knights Jacen Solo and Corran Horn set off on a reconnaissance mission to the planet Garqi, an occupied world. There, at last, they uncover a secret that might be used to undermine the enemy—if only they can stay alive long enough to use it!

Plot summaryEdit

In the book, we are introduced to Yuuzhan Vong Commander Shedao Shai who first appeared in the epilogue for The New Jedi Order: Dark Tide I: Onslaught, and his underling, Deign Lian, who seems to be quite weak for a Yuuzhan Vong. Luke Skywalker and Anakin Solo set off on a quest to find a rogue Jedi named Daeshara'cor, who was infatuated with Miko Reglia, a Jedi killed early in the war against the Vong at the Battle of Helska IV in Vector Prime. Daeshara'cor plans on destroying the Vong out of vengeance, which would lead to the dark side of the Force, by collecting plans for a new space station with enough power capable of destroying the entire Yuuzhan Vong, similar to that of the two Death Stars, the Sun Crusher or the Eye of Palpatine. Meanwhile, Senator Elegos A'Kla plans to make peace with the Vong by letting himself be captured and meet with Shedao Shai, the current leader of the Vong.

After the Battle of Dantooine in the previous novel, the New Republic fights on against the Vong. Jacen Solo, Corran Horn and Ganner Rhysode, along with a few Noghri commandos, travel to Garqi in order to destroy another Vong base. When a fight ensues between the strike team and the Vong and their slaves residing at Garqi, the Vong's vonduun crab armor closes in on them and shuts off their air supply because of a certain spore which the crab armor is allergic to. Corran orders the spores destroyed so the Vong won't know what can breach their armor. However, the Vong discover it otherwise and plan to destroy the main source of the spores at the peaceful planet of Ithor.

Before the Vong invasion begins at Ithor, Shedao Shai realizes through Senator A'Kla that he is friends with Corran Horn, the Jedi who killed Shai's kinsmen on Bimmiel in Dark Tide I: Onslaught. So Shai then kills Elegos by strangling him to death and gives the senator's body parts, coupled with Vong jewels, to Corran in vengeance. When Corran receives the package, he vows vengeance on Shai and plans to kill him. Meanwhile, it is revealed that Deign Lian has ulterior motives in the war as he actually works for Warmaster Tsavong Lah of the Yuuzhan Vong and they plan on Shai's death.

Just before the Battle of Ithor, the Jedi and X-wing squadrons, including the Imperial Remnant now lead by Grand Admiral Gilad Pellaeon, plan on a defense against the Vong. The Chiss Expansionary Defense Force joins the New Republic in the war at Ithor, and Jaina Solo meets their leader, Colonel Jagged Fel. Senators from the Republic, including Chief of State Borsk Fey'lya, come to oversee the battle, along with Leia Organa Solo. Daeshara'cor, now brought back from her vengeance journey against the Vong thanks to Luke Skywalker and Anakin Solo, decides to join the battle.

When the Battle of Ithor finally occurs, many warriors on the New Republic's side and on the Vong's are killed, including Daeshara'cor, who is mortally wounded by saving Anakin from Vong warriors. During the battle, Corran Horn meets up with Shedao Shai via a villip choir and they make a deal: in the next week, the New Republic and the Yuuzhan Vong will temporarily call off the war and then Corran and Shai will duel on Ithor over who gets the planet. The truce is settled immediately, and Anakin listens to Daeshara'cor in a medical unit that it wasn't his fault that she nor Chewbacca, who was killed back in Vector Prime, had died. Daeshara'cor then passes away into the Force.

When the fight between and Corran and Shai comes, Luke and Deign Lian are witness to the fight. In the end, Corran kills Shai by impaling his lightsaber in him and the two Jedi tell Lian to have the Vong leave. However, Lian, who now took over Shai's place of the Vong army, orders the entire planet of Ithor to be poisoned to death. When the New Republic realizes this, they destroy Lian and all the Vong on the worldship known as the Legacy of Torment, but not without a price. After Ithor is destroyed, the Jedi are blamed by the New Republic senate for Ithor's destruction, especially Corran Horn, who is deemed the "killer of Ithor" because of his acts in destroying the planet. For all of this, Corran exiles himself to his home planet of Corellia and will remain there until he is called into fighting the Vong again, and when that time comes, then he knows the war will be out of control for the New Republic.

AppearancesEdit

By type 
Characters Creatures Droid models Events Locations
Organizations and titles Sentient species Vehicles and vessels Weapons and technology Miscellanea

Characters

Dramatis personae

Other characters

Creatures

Droid models

Events

Locations

Organizations and titles

Sentient species

Vehicles and vessels

Weapons and technology

Weapons

Technology

Miscellanea

Yuuzhan Vong religion


Behind the scenesEdit

  • Ruin lists Jacen, Jaina, and Anakin Solo as Jedi Knights in its Dramatis Personae. However, neither Jaina nor Jacen are not Knighted until later in the series with The New Jedi Order: Destiny's Way (except for Anakin, who died in The New Jedi Order: Star by Star), and other parts of the book show them to be apprentices. It could have simply been referring to all Jedi as Jedi Knights, however, they were, as well as their friends all promoted to apprentice Jedi Knights at the end of Young Jedi Knights.
  • This was the final Star Wars novel to be written by Michael A. Stackpole.

Cover galleryEdit

This is a gallery of the different cover variations of Dark Tide II: Ruin.

Notes and referencesEdit

External linksEdit


The New Jedi Order
Novels & eBooks
Vector Prime · Dark Tide Duology: (Onslaught · Ruin) · Agents of Chaos Duology: (Hero's Trial · Jedi Eclipse)
Balance Point · Recovery · Edge of Victory Duology: (Conquest · Rebirth) · Star by Star · Dark Journey
Enemy Lines Duology: (Rebel Dream · Rebel Stand) · Traitor · Destiny's Way · Ylesia
Force Heretic Trilogy: (Remnant · Refugee · Reunion) · The Final Prophecy · The Unifying Force
Short stories
Emissary of the Void · The Apprentice
Canceled entries
Knightfall Trilogy
Related media
"Equals & Opposites" · "Or Die Trying" · Boba Fett: A Practical Man
The New Jedi Order Sourcebook · "Who's Who in the New Jedi Order" · "The New Jedi Order in 100 Easy Lessons"
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