Star Wars: Darksaber: Darksaber v. 8 Paperback – 7 Nov 1996
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From the Back Cover
Acclaimed author of the Jedi Academy trilogy, Kevin J. Anderson, is back with a blockbuster novel, returning to Luke Skywalker's home planet of Tatooine.
Luke returns home with Han Solo, hoping to make contact with Obi-Wan Kenobi. Instead, what they find is disturbing news: the Hutts, criminal warlords of the galaxy, are building a secret superweapon, a reconstruction of the original Death Star superlaser, to be called Darksaber. This planet-crushing power will be in the ruthless hands of Durga, a creature without conscience or mercy. And there is trouble on another front: Admiral Daala is very much alive and, in league with Pellaeon, is marshalling forces to destroy the Rebels. Soon they and Luke will face the ultimate test of their power - one in which all the temptations of the dark side of the Force beckon...
About the Author
Kevin J Anderson
Kevin J. Anderson is the author of more than twenty science fiction and fantasy books, including the Star Wars Jedi Academy trilogy. He is also editing the Star Wars Cantina Trilogy and is the author of the visual book The Illustrated Star Wars Universe. He lives in northern California.
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Eight years after 'Return of the Jedi', Durga the Hutt has undertaken construction of the Darksaber, a superweapon, based on the Death Star, that could see the Hutts controlling the New Republic. Meanwhile, Jedi Knights Kyp Durron and Dorsk 81 discover that the Empire is gaining strength once more, under the command of Admiral Daala and Vice-Admiral Gilad Pellaeon.
This book is high on my list of contenders for the best Star Wars book ever. There are various story threads, each of which is intriguing and action packed. I loved how Anderson handles the tired old 'superweapon' plot, with the Hutts making something of a pig's ear of the whole thing. There's a rare bit of character development for Luke as he returns to the sites of his past (Hoth and Dagobah) in an attempt to revive his beloved Callista's Force-powers. Also, the Jedi students finally get to see a bit of action beyond lifting rocks, becoming interesting characters in their own right. Admiral Daala is much changed from the Jedi Academy book, here she is an intelligent and potent leader whose character plays well against Pellaeon (Thrawn's right hand man). Plus, she gets her hands on a Super Star Destroyer! There's a bit of development to the Star Wars universe as whole as we get to see Vader and Palpatine through flashbacks from the Death Star's designer, Wedge proves that he's now a match even for Admiral Ackbar as a leader and one of the characters from the films dies. The best bit of the book, however, involves Luke, Callista and a group of hunters trying to defend Echo Base from rampaging Wampas (a scene originally written as part of 'The Empire Strikes Back'), who're led by a certain had-his-arm-lightsabered-off wampa (whose rather annoyed at Luke, for some reason!).Read more ›
Some of the story is great, but the Hutt's new Superweapon plot is poorly conceived, and far more compelling is the story of Daala and Paelleon's fight to destroy the Jedi.
The up and coming Jedi, including Kyp and Dorsk 81, are the best part of the book, and it rounds of nicely, but the tiredness of the doomsday weapon and the shambolic Durga the Hutt character spoil it.
What I was less keen on was the lumbering relationship between Kip and Dorsk 81 (a rather stale "bromance") and the equally limp "romance" between Luke and Callista.
Still, it is mostly very compelling and well worth the read.
After reading this book I want to read every other bok by Kevin J. Anderson.
Sarah Greene (Star Wars fanatic)
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