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Children of the Jedi

Star Wars (Star Wars)

By Barbara Hambly

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Format: Paperback / softback, 432 pages
Published In: United States, 01 November 1996
In "Children Of The Jedi," Barbara Hambly introduces a new character: Callista, a brave Jedi warrior of long ago who gave her life to foil one of the Empire's darkest plans, a plot to destroy a stronghold that was sanctuary for the wives and children of the Jedi knights. Suddenly, the dreadnought is rearming itself, intent on destruction. Only Luke Skywalker can feel its evil presence as well as the mysterious influence of that powerful woman who should have died decades ago.

About the Author

Barbara Hambly is the author of Patriot Hearts and The Emancipator's Wife, a finalist for the Michael Shaara Award for Excellence in Civil War Fiction. She is also the author of Fever Season, a New York Times Notable Book of the Year, and the acclaimed historical Benjamin January series, including the novels A Free Man of Color and Sold Down the River. She lives in California.


Luke Skywalker battles more intergalactic villains.

This latest entry in Bantam's successful Star Wars series is a transitional novel. Its pace may be slow enough to disappoint some of series's many loyal readers, but Hambly's (Those Who Hunt the Night) retreading of familiar ground provides a more variegated perspective than usual on several major characters. She offers several solid, well-wrought adventures as well, but they never cohere into a whole worthy of its parts. The subplots are frequently more interesting than the main story line, in which the ruling houses of the recently fallen Empire attempt to revitalize their way of life with the aid of a new type of Jedi knight. A particularly compelling subplot concerns the effort to determine whether the now machine-based consciousness of Nichos, a Jedi Apprentice whose body has died, is still human. While Hambly creates some fascinating alien life forms and plot complications (fans of Luke Skywalker will be especially delighted by a couple of the plot twists here), what she finally offers is more a promise of things to come than a realization of them. Major ad/promo; audio rights sold to BDD Audio Cassette. (May)

EAN: 9780553572933
ISBN: 0553572938
Publisher: Image Books
Dimensions: 17.98 x 11.02 x 2.41 centimetres (0.20 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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Adam on
Another volume in the starwars saga
definatly worth reading for th content to the storyline of luke and of the saga on the whole with the introduction of a new caractor
and who doesnt like another ghost from the past rearing its ugly head?
this got me laughing at many points along the story
however i was let down by the writing style that made it hard to keep track of where you are and just plane slow to read
and at some times i had to force myself to read it but not put it down

still a graet read
Luke on
Possibly one of the worst Star Wars novels out there, Children of the Jedi is a painful read. Not due to Hambly's writing style (as the third book of the cycle Children of the Jedi starts, Planet of Twilight, also by Hamlby, is a good read), but because of how contradictory to today's established canon it is. Also, the plot is somewhat thin (though quite different). As Leia travels to Belsavis to try to find the lost Children of the Jedi, Luke becomes trapped aboard an ancient dreadnaught, the Eye of Palpatine.

Still if you are willing to overlook it's flaws, Children of the Jedi is an ok read (but not something you wont want to put down), an an essential part of a true fan's collection. The story continues in Darksaber, by Kevin J. Anderson.

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