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About the Author

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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Among the many authors who have contributed their talents to the prodigious Star Wars library, Anderson leads the pack in both overall popularity and sheer storytelling power. To follow his best-selling Jedi Academy trilogy, he launches a new saga about the fractured Empire's struggle to regain its lost glory. The once mighty Hutt crime syndicate, now led by Jabba's successor Durga, is staging a comeback. With the help of the Deathstar's original designer, the perpetually executed and resurrected Bevel Lemelisk, a new military juggernaut free of the Deathstar's flaws will soon terrorize the galaxy and give Durga unlimited control. Meanwhile, Luke Skywalker desperately searches for the means to restore the Force's blessings to his newfound Jedi love, Callista, and a still vengeful Admiral Daala is regrouping the many scattered imperial factions for a bold new show of power. Anderson ties these narrative threads together with a series of progressively suspenseful developments that cumulatively speed to a compelling finish. His writing is a chief reason the Star Wars universe remains popular beyond its cinematic origins. He gives a depth to familiar characters and surroundings that two hours of film just cannot. Carl Hays --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Del Rey (October 1, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553576119
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553576115
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1.1 x 6.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (227 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #398,291 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A Customer on August 5, 1999
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I expected to hate this book, but I ended up really liking it for the most part. The plot is generally interesting, with a lot of imaginative details. I especially liked the flashbacks to things that happened during the movies, such as the stories about Admiral Ackbar being an Imperial slave and helping the Rebels steal the Death Star plans.
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.
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By A Customer on January 16, 2001
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Bluntly put, this story is about what you would expect from the Kevin J. Anderson school of Star Wars:slightly tacky writing, overabundant superweapons, lacking villians, and grossly overemphized and exaggerated use of the Force.
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.
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Uh oh. The remnants of the Empire are gathering together to form a threat to the New Republic. Uh oh. There is a giant superweapon being constructed using the original plans and scientists who worked on the Death Star. Sigh. Out of all the possible stories that able to be told in the Star Wars Universe (see the Medstar Duology and the Republic Commando novels for examples), this is the story that Darksaber tells. For Star Wars, one must say "how prosaic". It's all been done before. Two movies and danced around in the novels. This is the best that Kevin Anderson and Lucasfilm could come up with for the novel?

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.

-Joe Sherry
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