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Dark Apprentice (Star Wars: The Jedi Academy Trilogy, Vol. 2) Paperback – June 1, 1994

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Kevin J. Anderson has written twenty-seven national bestsellers and has over 15 million books in print worldwide. He has been nominated for the Nebula Award, the Bram Stoker Award, and the SFX Readers Choice Award.

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As the New Republic takes devastating losses in the ongoingwar with the scattered remnants of the Empire, the galaxy's future depends on three small children -- among them the Jedi twins -- born to incredible powers and perils, as an extraordinary new saga unfolds...
While the New Republic struggles to decide what to do with the deadly Sun Crusher -- a new doomsday weapon stolen from the Empire by Han Solo -- the renegade Imperial Admiral Daala uses her fleet of Star Destroyers to conduct guerrilla warfare on peaceful planets. And now she threatens the watery homeworld of Admiral Ackbar. But as the battle for a planet rages, an even greater danger emerges at Luke Skywalker's Jedi academy. A brilliant student delves dangerously into the dark side of the Force and unleashes the spirit of an ancient master of the evil order that warped Darth Vader himself. Working together, they may become an enemy greater than the New Republic has ever fought... more powerful than even a Jedi Master can face.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 10 and up
  • Grade Level: 5 and up
  • Series: Star Wars: Jedi Academy Trilogy - Legends (Book 2)
  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Del Rey; Reprint edition (June 1, 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553297996
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553297997
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.9 x 6.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (105 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #82,726 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I can't say that I was particularly pleased with the first book in this trilogy, Jedi Search. However, this fact did not stop me frombeing even less pleased with the second entry into the series. Once again, we are treated to a lengthy series of escapades involving incompetant Imperials, grandoise superweapons and, of course, the omnipotent Jedi. Why did I read this series?
I'll start with the Imperials, more specifically Daala. Somehow, despite all the build up Anderson gave her, she manages to come off as little more than a cartoon villian, who dreams up wild plots, pats herself of the back for her supposed cleverness, and then fails miserably. If I wanted to see this type of character, I would turn on a children's cartoon! On a side note, the original idea behind Daala seems a little derivitive of Thrawn (character whose brilliance allows him/her to overcome a prejudiced environment). Sadly, unlike Thrawn, Daala is never able to live up to her reputation.
What the heck is up with the suncrusher? I could live with the Death Star (it was a very original idea the first time). Heck, I can tollerate a second Death Star. However, taking basically the same concept and going one better with it (we destroy stars now, instead of planets) pushes my limit. Especially when said weapon is invencible (it survives supernovas) and has the manueverability of a TIE fighter. Death Star? Who needs it? We can wipe out entire star systems with this little number. And, for good measure, its utterly indestructable. (Of course, we can't have such a weapon in Imperial hands. So, naturally, the rebels somehow get a hold of it. Go figure.)
Kyp. I rarely hate characters in Star Wars (why waste hatred on people who don't exist?), but Kyp annoyed me terribly.
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The second novel in Kevin J. Anderson's Jedi Academy Trilogy is, if anything, even more disjointed than the first. It doesn't feel like a novel so much as a series of interconnected short stories. In that way it comes across as being somewhat aimless, as if Anderson knew where he was going but only had a vague notion as to how to get there.
The plot? Well, what there is of it centers primarily around Luke's efforts to train a new group of Jedi. But lurking in the jungles of Yavin 4, the new home of Luke's Academy, is the evil essence of a long fallen Sith Lord, who is trying to subvert the untrained students toward the dark side. And here is where the novel starts to come apart, because rather than dealing with this threat directly, Anderson has Luke be somewhat wishy-washy about the whole thing. "Oh, my students are being killed in very mysterious circumstances. I think I'll go meditate about the meaning of this a little while longer." Meanwhile, there's more intrigue between the New Republic and what remains of the Empire, Admiral Daala is causing mayhem and destruction in a guerilla war against Republic targets, Leia and Ackbar crash a spaceship into a cathedral, Han and Lando keep using the Falcon as a betting token, and Wedge gets a girlfriend. Oh yeah, and Han & Leia's twins get lost in the most blatant piece of story padding you'll ever encounter.
This novel is all over the place. Much, much too wide a focus. It would have been a lot better if Anderson had cut out some of the incidental stuff and focused more on the ostensibly central point of the books, namely the resurrection of the Jedi as an order. Instead he skips around from one area to the next, with little more than a cursory glance at what one set of characters or another are doing at that particular moment.
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"Dark Apprentice" is the second in the "Jedi Academy" trilogy (following "Jedi Search"), taking place about seven years after "Return Of The Jedi" and roughly two years after the Thrawn trilogy. It actually improves on the impressive "Jedi Search", and in doing so even brings the former up another notch itself (it's amazing how Star Wars installments can do that for their predecessors - I recently rewatched "The Phantom Menace" and was shocked at how much better I liked it (loved it!) seeing it in the hindsight provided by "Attack Of The Clones" and "Revenge Of The Sith"). Of the many Star Wars novels, "Dark Apprentice" is perhaps the champ at juggling the most plots and subplots simultaneously and blending them to perfection - not the slightest hitch in the flow is to be found. Likewise for the large cast of characters. Almost all of the significant surviving characters from the original movie trilogy are present (and some that were previously only glimpsed), the new characters encountered in "Jedi Search" - Qwi Xux, Kyp Durron, Admiral Daala, Gantoris, et al. - play major roles, and a number of characters from other novels and comics from the early-to-mid 90s turn up. Plus brand new characters. Anderson manages to allow as many characters to shine as would normally get a chance in a book more than twice "Dark Apprentice"'s length. Admiral Ackbar and other Mon Calamari characters are pivotal; Ackbar himself is unquestionably one of the three central characters of the volume, and a great deal of the book's strength derives from this first-rate character, who only got a chance to become one of the really big players after the original movies ended.Read more ›
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