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As the New Republic takes devastating losses inthe ongoingwar with the scattered remnants of theEmpire, the galaxy's future depends on three smallchildren -- among them the Jedi twins -- born toincredible powers and perils, as an extraordinarynew saga unfolds...

While the NewRepublic struggles to decide what to do with the deadlySun Crusher -- a new doomsday weapon stolen f
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ebook, 368 pages
Published June 28th 2011 by Spectra (first published June 1st 1994)
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Crystal Starr Light
Luke Skywalker has gathered up his troops and headed to Yavin 4 to begin training. Only problem is that his most promising student, Gantoris, is now burned to a crisp and no one is sure why. Meanwhile, a mission fails, causing Ackbar to leave his command in shame, and Daala decides to wreak havoc on the New Republic.
NOTE: I listened to the audio book, and it was abridged so some scenes I may have A) forgotten since I last read the book and B) have not heard because they omitted it from the audio
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Scott Rhee
The second book in Kevin Anderson's Jedi Academy trilogy, "Dark Apprentice" continues the story of Luke's search for Jedi knight apprentices.

Having set up his new academy on planet Yavin, Luke discovers an evil presence lurking in the shadows. After the mysterious death of one Jedi apprentice, Luke finds out that the spirit of a long-dead Sith Lord haunts the planet. He confronts the evil spirit, only to be subsumed by the Dark Side. Stuck in a coma, Luke's unanchored life-force is forced to wa
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Bryan
Much more enjoyable than Jedi Search, but there were still a few moments that made me question the how much research the author did before writing these books. In the Timothy Zahn books, I always felt like the various aspects made sense within the context of the Star Wars universe. Throughout this series, I am constantly noticing elements that do not fit with what has been established before and since these were written. Ignoring some inconsistencies though, the plot of this story was entertaini ...more
Jacob
This book leaves me conflicted. That’ll be the crux of this review, really. In most ways it is a definite step up from Jedi Search, just in terms of pacing and narrative engagment, but at the same time much of what happens doesn’t seem to mesh well with what we’ve been told in the previous book. I think that Kevin J. Anderson wrote it this way to surprise us but it really doesn’t work that way.

I’m speaking of course about the titular dark apprentice who turns to the dark side almost inexplicably
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Matthew Bowers
Astonishingly bad.

Wouldn't it have been smart for Bantam to make sure Anderson had enough story for a trilogy before comissioning one? Unless Champions of the Force is the most densely-plotted book I've ever read, there's no reason whatsoever this trilogy couldn't and shouldn't have been a single volume.

The thing is, there are missed opportunities here that would have fleshed out the story and the characters in satisfying ways that would have made the novel feel less like padding. Why not a fran
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Gabriel
As I write this, I can actually hear Imperial March in my head.

The second instalment of the Jedi Academy Trilogy, Dark Apprentice starts a couple of months after Jedi Search, and deals mainly with consequences of the last book.

The book starts with Leia Organa-Solo, and fan-favourite, Admiral Ackbar flying to the planet Vortex to attend a diplomatic function at a glass cathedral considered sacred to the citizens of Vortex.

But something goes awry, and the ship that they were travelling in crashes
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L.
As usual with most Star Wars novels, there are many different stories taking place simultaneously, each focusing on a few characters, with each story relating to the other stories. The most important characters to the book are Luke Skywalker and Kyp Durron. The most important story is about Luke's Jedi Academy on Yavin 4 where he is trying to train new force adepts to become Jedi so that once again the Jedi order will be the protectors of the galaxy. However, the spirit of an ancient Sith Lord d ...more
Matt Simmons
As in the previous novel, Anderson both succeeds and suffers where everything in the Star Wars universe succeeds and suffers: there are some great characters here, some awesome adventure, some epic battles, and an interesting thinking through the moral complications of power that is smart enough, if not exactly sophisticated. Kyp Durron continues to be an incredibly good character, but Admiral Daala goes from promising and intimidating to just flat-out boring and pointless. We learn a lot of fas ...more
Justin
Hello goodreaders!

This was a great book, in fact the entire Jedi Academy trilogy is fantastic, I won't give it 5 stars, but it was still really good. In establishing the Jedi Academy, Luke Skywalker learns more and more about the Force and how to use it. I really enjoy all the abilities each Padawan has. This series is action packed and drama filled.

This trilogy is worth looking at.

Happy reading.
Lisa
The continuation of the series, in this installment things become complicated by a rogue Imperial force that is attacking planets in the new republic. Also, as Luke continues his training of the new Jedi, things get scary when one of his students is seduced by the dark side and unleashes power beyond his control.
Ron
2.7 stars. Probably Anderson's worst yet.

Several illogical sub-plots thrown in just to trigger necessary plot development. A lot read like filler to bring up the page count. Nice cliff-hanger ending, requiring the reader to read the next book.
Revan97
Star Wars The Jedi Academy Trilogy Volume 2: Dark Apprentice reminds me of Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back in many ways. First of all, it's somewhat darker than Jedi search, just as The Empire Strikes Back was darker than A New Hope. Also I think it took me a little longer to read than the first, which is similar to how Star Wars V is a little longer than episode IV. One of my favorite things about this novel is the Dark Jedi spirit found living on Yavin 4, but I won't go into detai ...more
Leah Webber
Meh. This was, I think, too many stories wrapped into one novel. Also, damn Kyp, jumped the shark a bit, didn't cha?
Megan
This book is set some time after book 1, apparently: anywhere from six months to a year may have gone by since Jedi Search. (Within the first few chapters, Luke observes that it's been 11 years since the Battle of Yavin, while book 1 was 7 years + 3 years since Yavin.) Han Solo has been getting young Kyp Durron a taste of freedom after the ravages of the Kessel spice mines; he and Leia are still adapting to actually raising their two-year-old twins while Leia takes on increasing responsibility u ...more
Brian
Isn't it amazing that characters we liked as a child, when put in a book, usually change into something else? Author will probably say that the character has grown or matured. I feel like they just can't give you that feel of the movie. Or can they? Kevin J. Anderson has not gotten the feel of every character right. Han is not as cool a character in the book. But Lando is. As is the character of Leia. But where he shines is with Luke Skywalker. Now, as blasphemous as it may sound to Star Wars fa ...more
Jaime
The New Republic doesn't know what to do with the Sun Crusher, so they decide on putting it into a planet's core. Which leave it intact for someone (oh, say, a Jedi) can have access to it. I don't know why they didn't put it in a black hole to make it disappear forever. It just goes to show that ANYONE in authority wants to leave options open, even if those options seem impossible.

Mon Mothma is sick. Ackbar drops his title of Admiral after a horrific accident. Kyp Durron reveals the evil on Yavi
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Barb
The story isn’t a bad one, but the writing is just awful. Anderson repeats already tired phrases such as “the power of the Dark Side” and so on, so not only does the novel seem unoriginal, it seems…I don’t even know. I mean, we already know it’s a Star Wars novel, we don’t need to be reminded – over and over – about “the power of the Dark Side.” At least phrase it differently.

He also repeats his own similes – twice he described blast doors on Calamari as a “diagonal mouth.” What, he can’t come u
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Linda
Anger, fear, aggression; the dark side of the Force are they. Easily they flow, quick to join you in a fight. If once you start down the dark path, forever will it dominate your destiny, consume you it will, as it did Obi-Wan's apprentice. *cough* And Luke's too. *cough*

I believe, that it was somewhat better than the first book of the trilogy, but still retains a certain level of mediocrity. It's a good continuation, we get to know the characters better and learn a bit more about what has happen
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Avgdi

This is the second book in the Jedi Academy Trilogy. The first book Jedi Search was decent. Nothing amazing, but still made me curious enough to find out what happens next. But this book was not good, and it took me a long time to get through. The reason it took so long to get through was a) his writing isn't that good, and b) I found the story to be lacking.


Any time there wasn't any dialogue I found myself getting easily distracted. And usually when I read something, but realize I don't know wh

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Mark Oppenlander
This is the second book in the Jedi Academy trilogy. In it, Luke continues to train Jedi recruits on Yavin 4 and in the process, both loses some earlier recruits and gains new ones. Admiral Daala decides to come out of hiding and stage some quick attacks on the New Republic with mixed success. Admiral Ackbar resigns in disgrace from the Rebellion and hides in shame on his homeworld of Calamari. Han and Lando gamble over the fate of the Millenium Falcon. There is a sense of peril around the Solo ...more
Nick
This books was kind of a letdown from the first in the series "Jedi Search." I was hoping for a great story arc and was letdown. I was hoping to see more or Gantoris and his "Dark Man" although we do meet him and see him together I think it was a waste of what Gantoris could of been. Very disappointed.

As for the Sun Crusher, a new doomsday weapon stolen from the Empire by Han Solo and Kyp Durron. I thought that Mr. Anderson uses this weapon terribly wrong. First of I believe no government would
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Ruth
Great story. I didn't like it at first, everything seemd to be working for the bad guys. Han loosing the Falcon and the refugees of Eol Sha being completely wiped out was disappointing... depressing even. But it definately got better. Lando trying to win over Mara is so funny :p. Maybe if I didn't already know she ends up with Luke I could picture that, but nah.
I was disappointed that Admiral Daala was killed off. Would have liked to see more of her, even though I'm not big on the Empire excell
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Jason
It's great this book continues the Jedi Academy storyline, but this book just didn't do it for me. I sort of got lost and bored with the new characters and there wasn't enough action for a Star Wars book. I could have cared less for the chapters in Mon Calamari and the actual Jedi students didn't have enough page time each to get flesh out enough to even want to begin the care about them (or the Jedi students we were introduced to in detail like Gantoris and Streen weren't further fleshed out in ...more
Wuher
Only months after studies began at Jedi Master Luke Skywalker’s Jedi Academy, a dark spirit corrupts students such as Gantoris and Kyp. Dark Apprentice by Kevin James Anderson is book two of the Jedi Academy Trilogy. I found the book to be a good sequel to Jedi Search, and also includes a large cliff hanger ending. Overall, it was a nice read that included early appearances of concepts such as Exar Kun, and the great Sith war.
Yves
Luke décide de fonder son académie Jedi sur la lune de la planète Yavin, où a eu lieu la destruction de la première Étoile de la Mort. Ce que Luke ne sait pas c'est que les temples de cette lune sont des anciens temples Sith ou vit l'esprit de Exar Kun, un ancien Dark Lord. Exar Kun s'attaquera donc aux étudiants de Luke allant même jusqu'à en tuer un et influencer négativement le jeune Kyp Durron. Pendant ce temps, l'Amirale Daala et ses comparses de l'empire échafaudent un plan pour Kidnapper ...more
Dan
Sep 09, 2009 Dan marked it as read-but-do-not-remember  ·  review of another edition
I read a lot of crap spin offs from Star Wars when I was in middle school. I barely remember this series, except that it tied in with the Tales of the Jedi comic series, and the Thrawn Trilogy.

I admired Kevin J. Anderson's commitment to consistency. Even though it is a losing battle against a swirling storm of crap ideas and subpar writing, fueled by the money of maladjusted tween boys.

Also, this trilogy contains a really lame way of "one upping the death star."
Jake
After reading Timothy Zahn's initial trilogy that kicked off the age of Star Wars novels, I stayed clear. Zahn’s novels were fine, but lacked the magic I’d felt in the original three movies. I just doubt any of these books can recapture how those films made me feel as a kid in the early 80s. And I’d rather imagine for myself what the Star Wars universe was like pre- and post- movies than let other writers dictate it for me.

That being said, I did decide to try out this trilogy. And I enjoyed it.
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Ricky Ganci
I could not be more disappointed with this book—it sucked ass. Characterization: terrible. Plot: boring. Action: non-existent. The exposition, if you want to call it that, built to no notable climax, and the story itself just wasn’t that great. I’m so bummed, because the first volume was so excellent. Luke did not come off as a Jedi Master, just a fledgling teacher who didn’t know what the hell he was doing. Subplots with Wedge hooking up with the alien scientist made no sense, and neither did “ ...more
Brian Burriston
Reading out of order, otherwise it might get a better rating - just average story, character depth unimpressive. But good enough that I will look for the others in the series...
Melissa Veracruz
My five star review is based solely on having read it at the age of not-telling.
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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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