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Heirs of the Force (Star Wars: Young Jedi Knights #1)

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Jacen and Jaina. When the Empire died, they were born--a new hope for a New Republic. The young twins of Han Solo and Princess Leia are now fourteen, and enrolled at Luke Skywalker's Jedi academy on Yavin 4. Together with friends both old and new, the future heroes of an already legendary saga begin their training.

While exploring the jungle outside the academy, the twins m
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Mass Market Paperback, 217 pages
Published June 1st 1995 by Berkley (first published 1995)
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Serena.. Sery-ously?
Una... Fanfiction su Star Wars?
Cosa altro stava facendo, esattamente, il mio cervello quando mi ha proposto di leggerlo con un "MA dai, non può essere tanto male in fondo no?"

Darth Vader, maestro, ti prego PERDONAMI! Sono stata debole e cieca ;_;

*Torna a vedersi i film*
Emily Duncan
Don't let the 2-star rating deceive you. This is a Literary Masterpiece that Everyone Should Read.
Stefan
Mar 03, 2013 Stefan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well, Heirs of the Force essentially serves as an introduction to the 14 books long Young Jedi Knights series, which describes the studies of the Solo twins and their friends Lowbacca (a nephew of Chewbacca) and Tenel Ka (a young girl from Dathomir, brought up in the ways of the Singing Mountain Clan) at the Jedi Academy on Yavin IV. As always with the first book in a series Heirs of the Force has the difficult job of establishing the setting and the characters of the upcoming stories, which tak ...more
Hannah
Mar 01, 2016 Hannah rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya, sci-fi
This series is no longer canon, but I was all over it when I was 10-13 or so. In fact, they were the first books I ever camped the library branches and a used book store to acquire. I tried a reread to see how they held up...

I was not impressed. The action and world-building additions were there, but I think I'm a bit more keyed in to writing quality now. And for such a giant universe, there seemed like way too many humans.

One Star Wars book that did hold up for me was Tales from the Mos Eisley
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Shana
Feb 09, 2016 Shana rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is ridiculous and juvenile and talks about brandy colored eyes a little too much and I don't even care I love it I'm gonna read the entire series.
Amelia
Apr 27, 2016 Amelia rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Ok, so as I'm continuing to read the four hundred Star Wars expanded universe books in my house, and I figured I better do these ones before I entirely spoil them by reading the ones that come after.
I think my mom might have actually read us some these when I was really little. Not that I remember any of it.

Anyways, they are NOT good.

The plot could be interesting

The characters could be awesome

But they are NOT well written

This is the opposite of most books I don't like. Usually, the writing is fi
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Rachel
Jan 25, 2016 Rachel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Pretty sure I read all of the contributions to this series. Had a strange introduction that at the time I didn't know was an introduction--in the mid-90s I wrote and followed fanfic about a short-lived kiddie space tv show, "Space Cases." One author penned a delightfully creative and thorough next-generation series that was inspired by this one. Still took me awhile to figure out, and pick up the books.

Basically a creative twist on the kids in boarding school motif, lol. The Solo twins being for
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Amy Rae
I needed something light-hearted and fun to read at night, because I was reading The Great Gatsby during the day and was not about to do so right before I slept (I didn't want melancholy dreams), and Heirs of the Force was perfect. It's the first of Kevin J. Anderson's Young Jedi Knights books, a series of old EU young reader titles about Han and Leia's twin children.

I went in expecting to like the twins, loathe the Chewbacca replacement (his nephew, Lowbacca aka Lowie), and tolerate the prose,
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Cecilia Downey
Apr 04, 2016 Cecilia Downey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love Star Wars, and have never tried the alternate universe. I liked Jaina especially, and I wish we could have heard from her more. We learned almost nothing about Leia as a mother, something I was looking forward to. This book could have been incredible with a better writing style. However, there are very little descriptions, if they describe something once, it is described the EXACT SAME WAY the ENTIRE time, with few exceptions. For example, we learn that the twins have "brandy brown" eyes. ...more
Ari
Mar 19, 2009 Ari rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: star-wars
I read this whole series several times when I was a kid. These were a lot of fun and easy to read. They really helped me along my way to enjoy reading and becoming obessed with Star Wars. This book was really one of the best. We meet alot of charaters that became close frinds to the reader. I feel Anderson was able to identify what i young adult would be lookig for in characters and hit it bullseye. Kudos for a great series.
Kelly
Mar 22, 2016 Kelly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I first read these books when I was in elementary school, and just recently re-read them as an adult; and I am pleased to say, they hold up rather well after all this time. Granted, some sequences are a little campy and the writing comes across as much more simplistic, but I still find them to be a thoroughly enjoyable read, and would definitely recommend them to young and older Star Wars fans alike. It should be noted to anyone reading them for the first time though that these fall in a differe ...more
B. Reese
Jul 06, 2015 B. Reese rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I bought this book when it first came out, and was so excited for it. Jacen and Jaina getting Jedi Training and having adventures? Written by one of my favorite authors at the time, KJA? Count me in!

I had seen their birth in Zahn's book, and I was getting to watch them grow up.

Their first outing was exciting and enjoyable. I even enjoyed Lowbacca and his droid.

I finished this book quickly and wanted more, but the podunk town i lived in didn't ever get any of these at the wal mart, and the comi
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Nathan Burgoine
Jun 12, 2015 Nathan Burgoine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Decent Star Wars fare, with Jaina and Jacen, the twin kids of Han and Leia. This was the first young jedi book, I believe, and the kids end up at an Academy to learn to use their force abilities, and stumble upon a crashed TIE fighter, whose pilot is pretty much el nutso.

I remember being really taken with the twins, who each had a different "flavour" (for lack of a better term) on their use of the Force. I also liked that they were kids who - while capable - definitely had close ties to their f
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Adeline S.
All in all, this was a very good launcher for this series. I read the whole Young Jedi Knights series a few years ago, and decided to re-visit it a few weeks ago. This book brings forth new and exiting characters and adventures and shows that childhood is still alive even in the midst of crisis. The first time I went through the book, I found it boring and thought it droned on, but when I read it again, I couldn't put it down. The only problem was that I found it a bit repetitive. The same few w ...more
Ron
Aug 25, 2016 Ron rated it liked it
Juvenile, but, hey, that's what it is.
Jess Neuner
This series was one of my first forays into the Star Wars universe outside the films when I was a kid. It was less juvenile than the Junior Jedi Knights series, so I had enjoyed it more, even though I'd liked Anakin a bit more than Jacen and Jaina. Heirs to the Force really serves as an introduction to the series, to establish all four of the major characters and their strengths. Jacen is good with animals, despite continually losing his pet crystal snake, Jaina is good with machines and likes t ...more
Jesse Whitehead
This is a pretty mediocre book as these things go.

On the one hand, it’s a story about Jacen and Jaina Solo learning to be Jedi at the Jedi Academy on Yavin 4. On the other hand, it’s mostly poorly written and more than a little silly.

I feel like each of the main characters has exactly one personality trait. Jacen likes animals, Jaina fixes mechanical things, Lowbacca fixes computers (except his little translator droid who somebody thought it was a good idea to model after C-3PO — which brings up
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Ley
Feb 08, 2011 Ley rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of The New Jedi Order or Those Who Want to Read The New Jedi Order
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G-E
Jul 20, 2015 G-E rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned-books
Livre jeunesse basé sur l’univers de Star Wars. L’histoire se passe environ 20 ans après la victoire des Rebelles sur l’Empire. Luke enseigne à l’Académie Jedi aux jumeaux de Leia et Yan Solo ainsi qu’à leurs amis Lowbacca (neveu de Chewbacca) et Tenel Ka.

Le livre se veut une suite des films et tient compte des événements passés et des éléments (planètes, personnages, vaisseaux), ce qui aide à situer au début de la lecture. Les jeunes Jedis apprennent et démontrent l’importance de l’amitié, de
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Kenn
Feb 14, 2016 Kenn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the series that got me into Star Wars. I believe I started with book 3, and I'm glad I did. This was a little too elementary school for me, and it would have been if I read it when it cam out as well. I'm reading this concurrently with the NJO series, so it's cool to see these characters as kids while reading about their grown up adventures.
Cory
Re-read in honor of The Force Awakens hitting theaters last weekend. I loved this series so hard as a kid, and they hold up pretty well, even if the plots remain a little thin and the dialogue a touch wooden.
Beth
Mar 18, 2015 Beth rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I fondly remember reading this in grade school. Jacen and Jaina's adventures at the Jedi Academy with ol' Uncle Luke. I am still sad that this is no longer canon. Long Live the EU!
Crystal
Jun 20, 2014 Crystal rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A quick and easy read for those who are interested in the training a youngling goes through. although meant for a younger crowd, the book is a rewarding read and a great start to the series
Scott Ogden
An okay start to the Young Jedi Knight's series. If you haven't read anything about the Solo twins before, this is a good introduction.
David
Jan 20, 2016 David rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
These will always be how I think of the solo family. Not the force awakened crap
Bluesalamanders
Nov 05, 2012 Bluesalamanders rated it liked it
Shelves: read-2012
Leia and Han's twins are studying at Luke's Jedi Academy on Yavin 4. They make new friends - and discover old enemies.

This was a light, quick read. The characters are surprisingly well-drawn and the plot is straightforward enough that it doesn't hinder that, nor is it bogged down by how many main characters there are. Everything is a bit too pat at the end, but honestly, one only expects so much from tie-in novels. The story is fun, the movie characters are recognizable, everything seems to fit
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Kenneth
The writing in this book is never brilliant, and the plot is predictable, but the characters were interesting, fit the Star Wars Universe, and have potential for further chapters. Keep in mind that this novel was made for children/young adults, so darker themes were shied away from, and most of the action centered around the Solo twins at the high-school-ish Yavin Jedi Academy. "Heirs of the Force" is perfect if readers are interested in learning more about the misadventures of the Solo kids, an ...more
Justin Miller
It was fun to read about the exploits of Jacen and Jaina Solo.
Lauren
Kevin J. Anderson.
Sigh.
Enough said.
I was very young.
Katharyn
I enjoy the Star Wars: Young Jedi Knights series, but this book is not my favorite.

A fun Star Wars teen romp, this introductory book spends too much time setting up who the characters are, and fails to really capture Luke Skywalker & Han Solo as characters (fortunately as this book isn't about them that's not a huge problem).

I'm glad that I started with later books in the series, are less defined by their pastimes of choice.

That said, it wasn't bad and much of the way it was written was to
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Pseudonyms: Gabriel Mesta, K.J. Anderson

He has written spin-off novels for Star Wars, StarCraft, Titan A.E., and The X-Files, and is the co-author of the Dune prequels. His original works include the Saga of Seven Suns series and the Nebula Award-nominated Assemblers of Infinity. He has also written several comic books including the Dark Horse Star Wars collection Tales of the Jedi written in coll
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