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Star Wars: Darksaber: Darksaber v. 8 Paperback – 7 Nov 1996

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Product details

  • Paperback: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam Books (Transworld Publishers a division of the Random House Group); paperback / softback edition (7 Nov. 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553408801
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553408805
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 2.4 x 10.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 334,467 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.

DARKSABER

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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Format: Paperback
THE STORY:
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.
WHAT'S GOOD:
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!).
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Kevin J. is undoubtedly a Star Wars legend. The Jedi Academy trilogy was ace, but I found this a bit of a disappointment.
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.
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Format: Paperback
As a previous reviewer rightly observes, Anderson is pretty much top drawer when it comes to Star Wars fiction. This novel is pleasant enough, but not quite in the top flight for him. Personally I quite enjoyed Durga the Hutt and the pompous General Sulamar. Certainly it's comic relief, but nothing wrong with that. Admiral Daala's pairing with Vice-Admiral Pellaeon is undoubtedly the main thrust of the book - I love the scene where she gasses all the petty warlords because they couldn't agree on anything - and it is very well delivered - it's a believable story upon which Durga's malfunctioning space-sabre drapes itself amusingly.
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.
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As soon as a picked up the book I couldn't put it down. It was great to find out what had happened 8 years after 'Return of the Jedi'. At the part where Luke was doing his heroic scene I could hear the Star Wars music playing in my head. And, at the parts where the Empire was approching I could hear the loud theme of the stardestroyers.
After reading this book I want to read every other bok by Kevin J. Anderson.
Sarah Greene (Star Wars fanatic)
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This book was very good, it was fast flowing and was hard to put down. Kevin J Anderson describes scenes and battles well and the tension rarely ever slows down. The book however does seem to rely on having read previous titles in the series after Return Of The Jedi. You may find it a bit strange as there are lots of new charactors in this book which weren't in any of the films. A very good book, but could be better if you know the background of it. Not as good as 'Shadows Of The Empire', but still very good.
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