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You know what they say: build a better a Death Star and the Hutts will beat a path to your door. Poor Bevel Lemelisk, the inventor of the Empire's signature moon-size battle station, has done just that, and now he's in the service of Durga the Hutt (only a marginal improvement over working for Emperor Palpatine, who was in the habit of gruesomely executing Lemelisk, only to recombobulate him into a newly cloned body).
It's eight years after the battle of Endor, and the Hutts are hoping to make a galactic power play using Lemelisk's latest project, a sort of cylindrical Death Star superlaser-on-steroids, dubbed Darksaber. But the newly empowered Rebels and the recovering Empire aren't sitting idle. As the book opens, Han and Luke are sneaking their way across Tatooine's Dune Sea, dressed in Tusken drag. Luke's looking to commune with Obi-Wan to learn how to save his Jedi squeeze, Callista, recently rescued from the innards of the ship computer on Palpatine's super-duper Star Destroyer. Meanwhile, the ranks of the Imperial Fleet swell under the charismatic Admiral Daala. Will Luke help Callista touch the Force again? Where will Daala's fleet strike a blow against the New Republic? Will Lemelisk's new invention hold together long enough to save his own hide? The skilled Kevin J. Anderson sure makes it fun to find out.--Paul Hughes
Well worth the price of admission Years have passed since Luke Skywalker turned Darth Vader back from the Force's dark side. The Rebel Alliance has recaptured Coruscant, where Leia Organa Solo (now married to Han, and mother of three small children) leads a sometimes weary life as chief of state. Luke spends most of his time on Yavin 4, training a new generation of Jedi knights in the ways of the Force. Yet as DARKSABER opens, Master Skywalker leaves his "Jedi Academy" for a return to Tatooine, the desert planet of his boyhood. He wants to contact his dead mentor, Obi-Wan "Ben" Kenobi, one more time; and he's desperate enough to attempt this despite Ben's warning that it cannot happen again. His motivation? Callista, the woman he loves. This former Jedi knight from the old era now inhabits a new body, but somehow transferring into it from the computer core of the dreadnaught Eye of Palpatine robbed her of her powers. Luke hopes that Obi-Wan may know how those powers can be restored, because until that happens he and Callista cannot share their lives fully.
What follows is a galaxy-spanning romp, with the narrative's viewpoint switching from character to character in frequent (but never disconcerting) transitions. Sometimes we're looking through the eyes of Bevel Lemelisk, designer of both the Death Star and a new, under-construction superweapon called Darksaber. Sometimes we're inside the head of Admiral Daala, Empire loyalist commander. Sometimes we're with Luke, sometimes with Leia, sometimes with cloned Jedi knight Dorsk 81. While there were a few awkward moments for me, since I only dip into the Star Wars novels occasionally and this book is a sequel to its author's earlier Jedi Academy Trilogy, I nevertheless enjoyed the adventure. The characters that were new to me, introduced in earlier Star Wars novels but not present in the films, fit into the established universe quite seamlessly; and the characters I already knew stayed true to their personalities. My one real criticism is finding some passages a bit "over the top" in the sadism department. That's a matter of taste, but - in my mind, at least - it does mean this isn't a suitable book for younger Star Wars readers. The author does have some interesting things to say, with all the subtlety I expect from really well written science fiction, about the nature of mortality and the doubtful benefits of transcending its limits. Overall? Well worth the price of admission.
A Good Book In Only Some Areas I gave it a 5 only for the character of Bevel Lemelisk and his slight character building. I wish that the book spent more time developing his character rather than wasting good ink on the character Callista (Luke's whiny hang on girlfriend). I liked the whole Daala plot, she seems more believable here than in The Jedi Academy series but yet I like anything with the Imperials in it. I think the slight humor in this book was good. It was lacking a solid plotline but that is what happens when half or more of the book is spent on a useless character as Callista, the same goes for character developement. Overall, the book is good, if you leave out Callista's role in it, and if you leave out the missed chances to build up on the character of Bevel Lemelisk. Bevel Lemelisk actually tied into a lot of the other EU plotlines prior to this book and it seemed that his time in Darksaber had to be cut short to make room for Callista. In this book, Callista was the ultimate superweapon used against plotlines and character developments.Kevin J. Anderson creates another excellent Star Wars novel Darksaber (1996.) A Star Wars novel by Kevin J. Anderson.
INTRODUCTION: The Star Wars film series is, without question, the greatest science fiction series of all time. George Lucas captured the minds of people young and old across the world. But as anyone knows, there are only a limited number of films, and for many people, this just wasn't enough. And thus, the Star Wars Expanded Universe was born. The Expanded Universe consisted of comic books, video games, novels, and other media. Many of the stories focused on the characters in the films, many focused on unknown characters from the same universe. Among the authors who tried their hands at creating Star Wars novels was Kevin J Anderson. He was a fairly notable science fiction author, and the middle of the nineties, he wrote several Star Wars novels. One of his best-known Star Wars projects was the Jedi Academy Trilogy, which received heavy praise from critics and readers alike. Not too long after, he wrote Darksaber, a follow-up that occured eight years after Return Of The Jedi, between two Barbara Hambly novels. Read on to see how novel measures up!
OVERVIEW: Darksaber takes place eight years after Return Of The Jedi. It occurs between the novels Children Of The Jedi and Planet Of Twilight (those two novels are by Barbara Hambly.) Essentially, at the end of Children Of The Jedi, Luke met the Jedi Knight Callista, who he fell in love with despite the fact that she had lost her powers in the act of converting her soul into a new body. Now, the New Republic is facing a new threat. The crime lord Durga The Hutt has joined forces with Death Star designer Bevel Lemelisk. Together the twosome begins work on a superweapon, which is basically a reworking of the superlaser the original Death Star had. If that isn't bad enough, Admiral Daala (from the Jedi Academy Trilogy) is still alive, and she has joined forces with Pellaeon, Grand Admiral Thrawn's old subordinate. Durga and Lemelisk work on their new superweapon while Daala and Pellaeon make efforts to reunite the remnants of the Empire, who seem to be wasting more time fighting each other than the New Republic. With not one, but two new galactic threats, the New Republic enters one of its greatest battles yet. The fighting will be so intense, that in the end, one of the New Republic's most revered persons will not survive...
REVIEW: I loved the Jedi Academy Trilogy, and I was looking forward to what Anderson had to offer up after it. Darksaber does not fail to please. To put it simply, if you liked Anderson's previous work, you're probably going to enjoy this novel. Likewise, if you didn't like that work, you probably won't like this one either. However, I fall into the former camp. Anderson has a ton of excellent concepts, beautifully combining the classic Star Wars characters and technology with new examples. Some Star Wars books are so poorly written that I practically have to force myself to read them, while some are so good that I have a hard time putting them down. Darksaber is definitely the latter. I'm shocked to see so many people bash the book, as I found it to be very entertaining. The only think I don't like is that, timeline-wise, this one takes place between two mediocre Barbara Hambly novels, making it a diamond in the rough of sorts. But on its own merits, Darksaber is about as good as Star Wars novels get.
EDITION NOTES: This novel remains very popular, so it's not surprising to see that its books are still in print and readily available. If you want to read them, most bookstores carry them, so they shouldn't be too hard to come across.
OVERALL: In the end, Darksaber rules. Where many Expanded Universe authors have failed, Anderson succeeds with flying colors. If you're just getting into the Expanded Universe, I recommend starting where the movies left off and working your way through all of the stories up to this one before reading it. Trust me on that one. Overall, any Star Wars fan should get a real kick out of Anderson's novels. Highly recommended!