This post has been updated with a new blurb for Fate of the Jedi: Ascension. Please BEWARE OF SPOILERS if you choose to scroll down to the bottom of the page.
The back cover blurb for Fate of the Jedi: Ascension by Christie Golden is now online. You can see it below but beware of minor series spoilers (if you're caught up through Vortex, you don't have to worry):
"In this penultimate novel in the bestselling Fate of the Jedi series, Luke Skywalker, his son Ben, and the Sith girl Vestara are in hot pursuit of the dread power called Abeloth, who has joined forces with the Sith in a bid to take over the galaxy. The leadership of the government is uncertain, torn apart by power struggles and infiltrators, while the Sith have a terrible secret that could shake the Jedi Order to its core..."
Also revealed on this product page is the fact that the final three books (Conviction in May, Ascension in August, and Apocalypse next April) will feature "a distinctive look to set these final novels apart as a climactic mini-trilogy for readers."
A final note from the page: "There are more than 660,000 Fate of the Jedi series books in print." Wow!
UPDATE: We have another synopsis for Fate of The Jedi: Ascension, this time from RandomHouse.com. Again, if you're spoilerphobic, you might want to hit the back button...
Christie Golden's Fate of the Jedi: Ascension, book 8 of the 9 book series, is currently scheduled for an August 16, 2011 release.
And now, on to the synopsis...
"How long can the Jedi remain in power? How far will the Sith go to rule supreme? What chance do both stand against Abeloth?
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."