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Darksaber (Star Wars) Mass Market Paperback – October 1, 1996
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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
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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.