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Jedi Search (Star Wars : Jedi Academy, book 1) by Kevin J Anderson
As the war between the Republic and the scattered remnants of the Empire continues, two children--the Jedi twins--will come into their powers in a universe on the brink of vast changes and challenges. In this time of turmoil and discovery, an extraordinary new Star Wars saga begins While Luke Skywalker takes the first step toward setting up an academy to train a new ord As the war between the Republic and the scattered remnants of the Empire continues, two children--the Jedi twins--will come into their powers in a universe on the brink of vast changes and challenges.
While Luke Skywalker takes the first step toward setting up an academy to train a new order of Jedi Knights, Han Solo and Chewbacca are taken prisoner on the planet Kessel and forced to work in the fathomless depths of a spice mine. But when Han and Chewie break away, they flee desperately to a secret Imperial research laboratory surrounded by a cluster of black holes--and go from one danger to a far greater one On Kessel, Luke picks up the trail of his two friends, only to come face-to-face with a weapon so awesome, it can wipe out an entire solar system.
It is a death ship called the Sun Crusher, invented by a reclusive genius and piloted by none other than Han himself Get A Copy. Mass Market Paperback , pages. More Details Original Title. Kessel Yavin. Other Editions Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Jedi Search , please sign up. Hey Anyone out there that can tell me if there is any good star wars books without the original characters Princess Layia Han Solo Luke Skywalker? See 1 question about Jedi Search…. Lists with This Book.
Showing Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Apr 26, Ashley rated it liked it Shelves: sci-fi , treasure-and-adventure , star-wars , professional-fanfic , nostalgia , space-opera. This was the first Star Wars expanded universe book I ever read, and as mediocre as it is, it's primarily responsible for my obsession with Star Wars and the EU throughout my last two years of high school. Simply by existing, it was awesome back then.
Now, though, I have higher standards. It was fun to revisit this book that I liked when I was sixteen, again, mostly because it existed, but nostalgia was really the only reason I had an This was the first Star Wars expanded universe book I ever read, and as mediocre as it is, it's primarily responsible for my obsession with Star Wars and the EU throughout my last two years of high school. It was fun to revisit this book that I liked when I was sixteen, again, mostly because it existed, but nostalgia was really the only reason I had any fun reading it this second time around.
Jedi Search is the first book by Kevin J. Anderson, professional fanfic writer, in his Jedi Academy trilogy, which picks up after Timothy Zahn's much much much much better Thrawn trilogy. Ostensibly, it's about Luke taking charge and forming a new Jedi Academy, recruiting and searching for new Jedi across the galaxy to come to his new school and reboot the Jedi order. Of course, the situation is also complicated by the presence of the obligatory frustrated Remnant of the Defeated Empire character, who is much better served in the Thrawn trilogy than here.
Here we've got Admiral Daala, a prodigy who's been sequestered in a top secret black hole cluster for ten years doing research for the Empire, and she and her installation have no idea what's been going on in the outside world. Then there's a third plot with Han and Chewie and Kessel that seems designed solely to bring in a key character, but it ends up feeling shoehorned in and coincidental.
Cool that we finally get to visit Kessel, though. Meanwhile all this is happening, Leia is busy having a mental breakdown about Han and her children, all the while stuff seems to be falling apart. My main frustration with KJA as a writer is that he's all ideas, no execution. He had all the bones of a fun Star Wars story here, but the way he writes it just ruins the whole thing.
His dialogue is cheesy and not lifelike at all, his character work is disgraceful, and most of the time character actions occur because something needs to happen in the plot rather than because it's something that character would organically do. Many of the developments are insulting to me as a human person, as a Star Wars fan, and as a woman most of these insults occur in the second two books. This book is the best of the series solely because all of that potential is still there, but by books two and three, it's piddled off, like a bad puppy on your favorite rug. But even by the end of this book, you can see the potential dying.
Let's break it down by the four plot points I mentioned above: The supposed Jedi search: This book is supposed to feature Luke and Co. Lando is wasted on the stupidest plot of all time, finding himself searching for a potential Jedi while attending Umgullian blob races. Yes, blob races. And the guy doesn't even turn out to be a Jedi. At least thirty pages full of a complete waste of time. Luke only finds three himself. And he doesn't even have to work very hard to do it.
It's not satisfying on a story level at all. Not to mention it's apparent while reading these scenes that KJA has no idea how to write Luke as a competent Jedi Master. His Luke can't even figure out how to sense life signs or take a quick walk across lava. It's horribly frustrating. But thanks for misleading me, I guess. Admiral Daala and the Empire: Admiral Daala could have been such a good character. A woman admiral in a notoriously sexist institution like the Empire.
A leader who has been out of the loop for ten years and the universe has moved on without her. A sudden influx of Imperial troops and power revives the efforts of the dying Empire. But none of it was. Daala's characterization was almost exclusively focused on her obsession with Grand Moff Tarkin, who was her mentor, and as she notes almost every time she remembers him, "her lover" as well. Which is icky in the book, and icky on the part of the author. Also, for a supposed military genius, Daala is a moron. She is not good at her job. Lastly, the idea of Maw Installation being hidden in the black hole cluster is good if you don't think about it, but doesn't hold up even remotely if you do.
The time dilation from being near one black hole, let alone a cluster of them, would make every event in this book impossible. Lazy science is lazy. We get Han and Chewie being captured by an old frenemy and forced to become slaves in the spice mines of Kessel, and upon escaping are forced into an even more terrifying situation in the black hole cluster.
It's terrifying, and there be monsters down there. But it also seems like this entire story was developed solely so Han could meet Kyp Durron and bring him into the fold. I suppose you could hand-wave that away by saying the Force works in mysterious ways, but Anderson doesn't even bother to do that! The bad guy at Kessel is gross, and not in a fun way, either.
Like, raping women and eating his own children gross. He doesn't get her. At all. KJA's Leia is a nagging worrywart, whose achievements as a statesman are completely undercut by her unreasonable anger at Han for not being there when their twins return from their two year exile. He pulled it out of his bum for dramatic purposes. It makes zero sense in the Star Wars universe. And 2 Leia would NOT be mad at Han for not being there, and she wouldn't be making comments all the time about him being unreliable and off to sow his wild oats.
Those shouldn't even be issues in their marriage. Leia trusts Han. Han is dependable. Her first assumption should have been that something was wrong and to go looking for him, but KJA needed her in Coruscant, not off on a rescue mission, so instead she acts like a moron. The stuff where she deals with all the diplomatic stuff was harmless, but not exactly thrilling.
It's mostly set-up for the next two books. This first book was okay, but the second two devolve considerably, and aren't worth your time. Seriously, don't bother reading this series unless you are a EU completist. If you're reading it for nostalgia purposes, you'll just be disappointed. There are so many other books, so many other Star Wars books specifically, that you would do better to spend your time on. View all 6 comments. Jul 09, TheTick rated it did not like it Recommends it for: insomniacs and people who hate themselves.
Shelves: star-wars. Painful, painful, painful. I wanted more, had to have it, so I quickly snapped up these from my local bookseller. The smile on my face soon faded as I waded through the first book. None of the characters sounded like I imagined them The worst offenses were against characters that Zahn had created KJA's interpretat Painful, painful, painful. The added subplots were, well lame. Lame is probably the best word to describe every original though KJA tried to shoehorn in. View all 5 comments. Aug 31, Jerry rated it really liked it. The Good: An old-school entry in the Star Wars Expanded Universe, this novel brings the action and heroism you've come to expect from the franchise.
Kevin J. Anderson's writing is fabulous, and the story really took me to a galaxy far, far away. Though the ending wasn't a cliffhanger, I can't wait to see where the trilogy goes from here. The Bad: Minor complaints: one or two profanities, too much advertising in the back, etc. All small potatoes when you consider how good this book was. Conclusion: The Good: An old-school entry in the Star Wars Expanded Universe, this novel brings the action and heroism you've come to expect from the franchise. Stackpole at a local garage sale.
Not only did it inspire me to read more Star Wars novels, it rejuvenated my love for reading, which I had lost years ago to television, movies, and video games. Though I've read the entire Jedi Academy trilogy at least twice before, I felt it deserved at least one more go Jul 15, Crystal Starr Light rated it liked it Shelves: star-wars. Unfortunately, Moruth Doole has no intentions of joining and sends Han and Chewie into the spice mines, where they meet the Force sensitive, Kyp Durron. Meanwhile, Leia holds things together on Coruscant, worrying for her husband, and Luke begins his Jedi Search, finding two candidates, Gantoris and Streen.
I Liked: Kevin J. Anderson is often castigated for his Star Wars entries, but I honestly don't see why. No, his books aren't like Zahn's, but they are still "Star Wars". The settings feel right, the characters are pretty good, and the events as well. While the mission is kinda goofy, it is interesting to see Kessell and its place in the universe. Also, I enjoyed seeing Luke go out to find new Jedi candidates. It's really cool to see the rise of the new Jedi especially with the knowledge of the prequels, something I didn't have when I read the book many years ago.
And I can sorta stretch my imagination to believe that a Maw Installation would have been created for the super-secret construction that occurs. The main characters are done well enough that I don't question them. Han and Chewie play a large role, and they are done well. Luke is, likewise, well done. As for minor characters, Kyp Durron is really interesting. It's neat, particularly knowing where he ends up in the New Jedi Order. Admiral Daala is also interesting. I Didn't Like: I am not sure why Kessell is such a big deal. It almost seems like a place that the New Republic would want to break down, like a drug lab, instead of ally with.
And the sleazy alien who runs it Uh huh, let's ally with seedy characters. Really gives the New Republic legitimacy, eh? Weren't they wondering after a year or two why Tarkin hadn't called? Would it have been so hard to peek out and transmit a "Hey, what's up? Ha, got me laughing in stitches over that one. Leia doesn't do much of anything other than wangst at home about Han being gone.
She vacillates between worry and being mad that he is "off" gambling. Then, she is shy about asking Lando and Luke to look into it. Leia from the trilogy or from the Thrawn Trilogy would have no problem with it. In fact, she'd probably be leading the expedition. Since her kids are dumped off with Winter on the "hidden planet" and she can conveniently leave her job when the plot requires it Luke Skywalker is too powerful.
There is a difference between a Jedi who can hold his own and a Jedi that can do everything. Look at Yoda. The guy walked around with a cane or on a hoverchair. He wasn't perfect. He didn't smash everyone to bits. But if Luke were him, he would be using the Force to walk upside down or something crazy. And then, his complete ignorance of Gantoris' Dark Side. For someone as powerful as Luke, he should be like, "Uh, warning! Qui Xux is the. I despise her. I can't believe she exists. She is too stupid to live. Every single myth about scientists or doctors or people with intelligence is exploited in her.
She is gorgeous, but also naive beyond belief. The Death Star was a mining tool? Uh, take a look at the name, girlfriend. That should be a clue. The World Devastators a roving mining colony? Girl, you need to get out more. I hadn't really liked her the first time I read, and time has definitely NOT made me more sympathetic to her. Lock her up and throw away the key. Stereotypes like "sleazy" Twi'Leks that are only involved in crime crop up. That really torques me. Lando's mission with the blob races is completely irrelevant and tossed in to make sure all the big guys from the movie appear.
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As for the audiobook, large chunks of Daala's history disappear such as her affair with Tarkin and Leia's contribution disappear I believe there were more parts with her on Coruscant besides whining about Han. Also, the reader pronounces words incorrectly. It was grating after a while. Qui Xux is goregous.
Han, Chewie, and Kyp fight their way out of the spice mines of Kessell. The people of Eol Sha have to be moved because their planet is destroying itself. Overall: I know I complained a lot, but the story actually isn't too bad. It's a nice Star Wars romp. I liked Han and Chewie in the spice mines well, not being there, but their adventure there and Luke's "Jedi Search" was pretty darn cool. The Jedi Academy trilogy is probably the best of Kevin J. Jedi Search is a good, though not great, adventure. I agree with you about how Kiro would be a good add to the academy students, and of course, Daala is pure shit, but the concept behind her was later better used in Isard!
Damn he even creates a new super weapon in Darksaber! I think Anderson is pretty great on environmental descriptions. I get a good sense of what Kessel is like, for example. Daala, from the get-go, is a pathetic villain.