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Jedi Search (Star Wars: The Jedi Academy Trilogy #1)

3.59 of 5 stars 3.59  ·  rating details  ·  10,525 ratings  ·  159 reviews
As the war between the Republic and the scatteredremnants of the Empire continues, twochildren--the Jedi twins--will come into their powers in auniverse on the brink of vast changes and challenges.In this time of turmoil and discovery, anextraordinary new Star Wars sagabegins....

While Luke Skywalker takes the firststep toward setting up an academy to train a neworder of Je
ebook, 368 pages
Published June 28th 2011 by Spectra (first published February 1st 1994)
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Jul 09, 2007 TheTick rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: insomniacs and people who hate themselves
Shelves: star-wars
Painful, painful, painful. I was smack in the middle of a revival of my love of Star Wars thanks to Timothy Zahn's Thrawn Trilogy. 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...they said things they wouldn't say, did things that I KNEW they wouldn't do. The worst offenses were against characters that Zahn had created...KJA's interpretat ...more
I really liked this book and am looking forward to reading the next one in the series! I thought the writing was good and the storyline is really interesting. I would definitely recommend this book to any Star Wars Fan.

The only thing I noticed that was funny was the author focuses a LOT on Admiral Daala's hair. Every scene with her, something is mentioned about her hair. I just found that a little odd but funny. Anyone else notice that?

Overall, this is a good book!
Kevin J Anderson is given the chance to contribute to one of the biggest and most beloved science fiction universes ever created, and he comes up with blob races. A significant portion of the book is dedicated to blobs. Racing. More impressively, the entire blob subplot ends up amounting to nothing more than Lando Calrissian on vacation. The entire section could be removed without affecting the plot of the novel. This is probably the worst of several uninspired decisions made in this book.

It was on page 15 of this book that I realized that this simply would not be a book I enjoyed reading:

"During the previous year of violent strife, Luke had been whisked away to the resurrected Emperor's stronghold in the galactic core, and there he had allowed himself to learn the dark side. He had become the Emperor's chief lieutenant, just like his father, Darth Vader."

You see I really enjoyed the Star Wars movies of my childhood, and also really enjoyed Timothy Zahn's Trilogy of books that b
Better than what I've come expect from Anderson. oh, the usual cliques and short cuts are there, but there's also a real story.

Every reader understands the significance of the red in Kyp's aura. Why doesn't Luke? Trying to increase the drama, authors often dumb down their characters to the point of silliness.

Cover art sucks. Were these Star Wars book covers done by competing grade schoolers?
Leah Webber
Better than I thought it was going to be. Of course, I have just finished the Courtship of Princess Leia, and really anything could have topped that one.

A fun jaunt through the Kessel system, home of the famous Kessel Run for Han Solo. He's kind of the star of this book, and he goes through a lot. The villians he faces are sufficiently bad, although I found Admiral Dalla a little wanting. She might redeem herself in the next two books, though, since this is a trilogy and she's obviously the main
Crystal Starr Light
Han and Chewie are out to Kessell to win its support for the New Republic after the events of Dark Empire I (Star Wars) (I haven't actually read that comic, but I've heard a lot about it). 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.

Scott Rhee
The events of Kevin Anderson's "Jedi Search" take place many years after the events of "Return of the Jedi". Princess Leia is married to Han Solo, and they have three children. What used to be the Rebel Alliance is now the New Republic, a fledgling democracy of many united worlds that has replaced the Empire. Remnants of the Empire still linger throughout the galaxy, however, in the form of rogue Imperial Star Destroyers and hidden Imperial outposts, so the New Republic still finds itself occasi ...more
Mark Oppenlander
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As is the case with any genre of writing, there are some authors who can really get it done for their readers and some who can't. The whole time I was reading Timothy Zahn's excellent Thrawn Trilogy, I kept finding myself being pleasantly surprised at how much I was enjoying the storyline and at how well Zahn conjured the spirit of those familiar characters while rendering new characters who flow seamlessly into the already well-established storyline from the films. Zahn's dialogue made me feel ...more
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."
There really isn't much I can say about this, other than the fact that I am simultaneously amused and appalled that my twelve-year-old self liked this book so much. In fairness, it's not that Anderson is a bad writer, though his characterisation makes me want to smack him frequently; it's just that I could only contain my laughter up to the time he describes one of the characters looking out at the city of Coruscant bathed in starlight. You know. Coruscant. The planet the entire surface of which ...more

I was never really into Star Wars as a child. I remember hearing about the supposedly final movie coming out when I was nothing more than a sprog, and it was only a couple of years ago that I saw both trilogies from start to finish.

Jedi Search is part of the Star Wars Expanded Universe, a massive collection of over 600 novels, dozens of video games, hundreds of comic books, a couple of TV shows, and much, much more, most of which has now been declared non-cannon by Di
J. Aleksandr Wootton
I loved Star Wars as a kid. I'm pretty sure I read every Star Wars novel published prior to the release of The-Prequels-Which-Shall-Not-Be-Named in 1999, and I still own a few of the best. I'm going to review the first book of each of 4 sets that I think are worth your time to read.

[In general, if you're wondering where to start with Star Wars novels, a good rule of thumb is that if it was originally published by Bantam Spectra, it's probably worth the risk. Once Del Rey re-acquired rights to t
Matt Simmons
I've read more than a few Star Wars novels, and while some would make for great scifi, no matter the setting, some are just bad, no matter the setting. But the vast majority aren't great books, but simply entertaining expansions of the Star Wars saga. This is one of those. Jedi Search is a solid, enjoyable read and fun adventure precisely because it's a part of the Star Wars universe, and it brings us back into contact with those characters and situations we know and love. Anderson is a fine sto ...more
John Da conceição
I mean, Timothy Zahn is a tough act to follow and it must be said that Anderson gives it red-hot go.

While lacking some of the intricacy of Zahn's trilogy, Anderson still provides some of the thrills and spills that are par for the course in the Star Wars Expanded Universe.

This book is a set-up basically: a new villain, a new quest for Luke.

I'm never quite sure what to make of Admiral Daala. As a villain it seems that her point-of-difference is primarily that she is female...and sadly this seem
Jessica Petree
This book was really pretty good. It has a three prong story focusing on Han Solo going to Kessel, Leia as she tried to balance being a mother and politics, as well as Lando, hunting down a possible Jedi candidate in a blob racing/gambling arena, as well as Luke and Lando trying to rescue Han later after he disappeared.

Lando going to blob races was hilarious - yes, it's just like what it sounds - blobs of goo bred for racing and traversing and obstacle course. I wish such was real. I'm a huge f
Ian Reay
I really enjoyed this new addition to the Star Wars series. It jumped right to the action in the first chapter. Han and Chewie go to Kessel as representatives of the New Republic and get shot down and subsequently enslaved in the spice mines, where they meet eighteen-year-old Kyp Durron, who has spent the last ten years there. Luke has recieved permission from the New Republic to set up a Jedi academy, and he goes off to search for potential candidates. Now that the Solo twins, Jacen and Jaina, ...more
I picked this book up because it was easily available (in the pantry of my office :P) and also because I wanted to find out what the big deal about Star Wars was.
Loved it :) Looks like I'm gonna be a fan soon :D (or wait.. am I already?)
Is this a great book? No. Did I read it three times? Yes. But that's 'cause I loved me some Luke/Mara Jade. They're not bad- better than most of the SW fiction out there, but kind of average for the canon storyline.
This review is for all three books of the series:

A few years ago I picked up Timothy Zahn's two famous Star Wars series (The Thrawn Trilogy and The Hand of Thrawn Trilogy) which I read back in high school. It was a bit of a nostalgia trip, and so is this one. I remember liking some of the early Star Wars books, this being one of them, so I figured it was worth a reread too. However I'm afraid I was disappointed. In fact right from the first page I was unimpressed with the writing, the characters
This was a pretty good book as far as Star Wars novels go. Han's adventures in the spice mines and Lando's search for Tymmo were rambunctiously entertaining. And after almost suffering a nervous breakdown trying to find something redeeming about Luke Skywalker and the Shadows of Mindor, it was refreshing to read a novel that was written well. However, I wish Leia had played a more important role in the story, and these all-powerful doomsday weapons get more and more ridiculous as one works her w ...more
The Jedi Academy trilogy was the first major effort to follow the outstanding-beyond-words Timothy Zahn trilogy that relaunched the Star Wars frenzy in the early 90s. As such, Kevin Anderson had a VERY tough act to follow and there is inevitably a bit of a let down for readers coming straight from the Zahn books. That said, Anderson is a pretty decent author who does a good job keeping the books exciting with interesting story lines and good action scenes. So if you're looking for an entertainin ...more
Unlike old Star Wars: Expanded Universe books by other authors such as Timothy Zahn, the Jedi Academy Trilogy does not stand the test of time well. The characterization is inconsistent with the already established characters. The situations often don't make sense, with people jumping to conclusions that are highly illogical and only work to serve the plot. (Not all of that is to be blamed on Kevin J. Anderson, as some of the ludicrous situations in Jedi Search were established in earlier Expande ...more
I've been meaning to review every Star Wars book in the realcanon for years now, but I was mostly waiting until my life was in order. Well, life is not getting in order, and now that there are so many questions out there about Star Wars canon, canon novels, Star Wars books, etc., it seems more important than ever to get a start on this. In order to review properly, I decided to re-read my first favorite.

Jedi Search, the first book of the Jedi Academy Trilogy, was published in 1994, and Kevin J.
I think I've only read this once before, years ago. I'm glad to have the chance to reread how Luke began the Jedi Academy.

I remembered the nub thing to determine if someone is Force sensitive. I wish it came up more often in later novels. I know it has in fanfic.

The crystal sheet thingy that detects is someone is Force sensitive is something I forgot. I think Kevin J. Anderson was making too much happen in less than 100 pages.

Blob racing? I feel like this is a Galaxy of Fear book :P

Ah. This is t
Wow, I was actually caught off guard when I cracked the cover of this book because I skipped ahead in the timeline long enough that somewhere along the way Emperor Palpatine was resurrected, Luke studied the dark side alongside him and then the old bastard died again. It turns out this happened in the Dark Empire comic, which I only have a vague recollection of. It doesn’t affect much as the streamlined summary I just gave sums up everything and it isn’t really mentioned much anyhow.

The plot rev
Apr 16, 2009 Lori rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Lori by: Joseph
Shelves: star-wars
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Jedi Search has been my first non-Timothy-Zahn Star Wars novel experience and I don't completely know what to make of it. Overall I think this book suffers from the same syndrome as the Prequel Trilogy - it's good, but not good enough to match some of its predecessors. I've certainly read worse books in the sci-fi scene, but regarding Star Wars, it does not live up to expectations set by Thrawn books, though it might just be my preference of one author's style over another's.

The storyline is ver
The Jedi Academy trilogy occurs about 7 years after Return of the Jedi. It consists of:-
Jedi Search
Dark Apprentice
Champions of the Force

Plot ***Spoilers***

Jedi Search
The story begins with Han Solo and Chewbacca on a diplomatic mission from the New Republic to the spice mines of Kessel.

Unbeknownst to them, Moruth Doole had taken over the space mines, and was convinced the Falcon with Solo and Chewbacca aboard was a spy ship, a prelude to invasion to seize control of the extremely lucrative spice
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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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