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Darksaber (Star Wars) Mass Market Paperback – October 1, 1996
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That said, this book has some serious flaws, the greatest of them being, of course, Callista's continued existence. Actually, it seems like she was okay in "Children of the Jedi" and "Planet of Twilight," but here she is a personalityless twit with the intellect of a six-year-old. All she does is cling to Luke--I thought I was going to be sick if I read anything else along the lines of "Callista gazed adoringly at Luke." And we're supposed to believe that a Jedi Master is in love with this idiot? In general, Anderson is not very good with characters, and he wisely sticks with action scenes for the most part. Among other problems, his writing style can be annoying--he uses way too many bad similes. Right on page 1 is one of the worst--"Waves of heat rippled like cloaking shields"--and it continues from there. He also has the annoying habit of referring to characters as "the golden droid," "the olive-skinned alien," and such--why not just use their names? The plot could be unrealistic at times--the good guys have way too easy a time getting into the Darksaber and the Knight Hammer. Don't these things have defense systems?
Overall, I would recommend reading this book, but you might not want to eat beforehand, as the Luke/Callista scenes can be rather nausea-inducing.
Kevin J. Anderson writes a fast paced tale, but the devolpment and ideas are lacking. I grow tired of the constant use of superweapons as plot centers in the Star Wars universe. This was no different. Worse was the title weapon failing to work. One of my greatest frustrations, though, is the character of Daala. While she is constantly refered to as a grand tactician, she manages to lose in situations where the odds are tipped in her failure. I like the original idea behind her, a female with skill, competance and command in a sexist environment. But Kevin J. Anderson either has no idea how to portray those attributes or else simply belives in the rumors of her relationship with Tarkin. This breeds another problem in Pellaeon. His portrayal in Tim Zahn's Star Wars novels makes it very unrealistic that he would be serving under Daala since all I've rfead suggests him to be far and away a superior tactician, adding to my previous theory that KJA has no idea how to portray tacticians. Thirdly is the overplay of the force. As with KJA's previous Star Wars novels, the Jedi are vastly exaggerated in their abilities. Never is this exaggeration better exemplified than when the Jedi trainees hurl seventeen star destroyers across lightyears of space. Still, on a fast-paced action level, where the "good guys" always win and the "bad guys" always lose this is a fair read. Consider what type of story you are looking for before you buy this.
Oh, well. Here's the deal: The Hutts are gathering components to build said superweapon, the title weapon. Remnants of the Empire, Admiral Daala and Pallaeon (second in command to Grand Admiral Thrawn) are pulling together various warlords to strike at the heart of the New Republic and hurt the New Republic bad. Luke Skywalker is seeking to find a way to restore the Jedi Powers of his love Callista. Leia, Han, and Chewbacca are investigating the Hutts to find out what the Hutts are planning. This all comes together with a major threat to the New Republic.
If it wasn't for the fact that this book is much of the same old same old for Star Wars fiction Darksaber wouldn't be that bad. Kevin Anderson has crafted a fast paced classic feeling Star Wars novel. The word "classic" is used here in the sense that the style is reminiscent of the original Star Wars trilogy. So, the action is fun and there are quips and back talk and little guys vs the Big Bad, but the novel just felt like a retread. It is a tired story. Anderson's writing isn't strong enough to overcome a story that does not add anything significant to the Star Wars Universe. It's middle of the road Star Wars. Nothing special to see here. Not truly worth the effort.
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This is great! I'm a huge Star Wars movie fan, but have never picked up one of the books before. I thought it would read slow for some reason and didn't think I'd like it, but I... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Nikki T
Yet another super weapon, but that's not the main issue. Anderson rushes his books moving from one cool event to the next. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Adam French
This wasn't bad; it did keep my interest. I've seen the movies, but I am not a fanatic; I'm casual when it comes to Star Wars. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Andrew
This was the first Star Wars novel that I read way back when, so my opinion of the novel may be colored somewhat by nostalgia. However, I really enjoy this novel. Read morePublished 15 months ago by ZadNostrom