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Dark Saber (Star Wars) Audio, Cassette – Audiobook, October 1, 1995
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is brought full circle, taking us back to Luke's home planet, where it all began...
Luke Skywalker and Hah Solo, cloaked by the Force and riding with the hostile Sand People, have returned to the desert planet Tatooine in hopes of making contact with Obi-Wan Kenobi. Luke hopes the old Jedi Knight's spirit will tell him how to help his love, Callista, regain her lost ability to use the Force. Tormented and haunted, Luke cannot rest until Callista is a Jedi in the fullest sense, for only then will the link between their minds and souls be restored. Yet brewing on Tatooine is news that will shake Luke and Hah and threaten everything they value.
The evil Hutts, criminal warlords of the galaxy, are building a secret superweapon: a reconstruction of the original Death Star, to be named Darksaber. This planet-crushing power will be in the ruthless hands of Durga the Hurt -- a creature without conscience or mercy.
But there is worse news yet: the
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I come into this book having put down Children of the Jedi--Hambly is just a terrible Star Wars writer and it was a relief to encounter a solid KJA story. I feel like he unfortunately inherited Callista as a character and had to include her in some way. She's truly awful and doesn't belong.
Admiral Daala is an amazing character and definitely one of KJA's best creations. I love how she makes the empire more inclusive. She also isn't necessarily portrayed as an evil character but simply as an underrated imperial officer who is simply fighting for her country.
This book really feels like the sequel to the Jedi Academy trilogy with the unfortunate inclusion of Callista. If you appreciate it for what it is and like the Jedi Academy trilogy, I think you'll be able to like this one.
Luke's character takes on a supporting as he spends his whole time worried about getting Callista's powers back. I like him more when he's doing something other than that. He's not much of a Jedi Master or even Knight here. If you like a good Luke story, this isn't it.
Han and Leia get to do some diplomatic work. It's always fun to see Han do diplomatic work, because he's so uncomfortable doing it. Anderson does a great job at portraying that.
"Darksaber" does spend a good deal of time on Daala, the building of a new superweapon by Lemelisk, the Hutts, and Madine. I especially liked reading more about Daala, as I find her an intriguing character. She has a strong role in "Darksaber." If you like her character, this is a good book for you.
And the superweapon, it's not really what everyone thinks. Compared to other superweapons, this one may surprise you. It did me, and I liked how it was pulled off in this story.
The one thing I do take issue with is the Jedi Knights' use of the Force in a climactic event, which was much more power than they should ever be able to wield . . . even if they did work together . . . even if it does have the limitations that it did. Sorry I can't get more specific.
"Darksaber" is a refreshing followup to "Children of the Jedi," a terrific second act of the Callista trilogy. Too bad we have to read "Children of the Jedi" to get this one off the ground. If you've already read "Children of the Jedi," this is a worthy one to read. It's much better. I promise.
Happy reading. MTFBWY.