Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Shadow Academy (Star Wars: Young Jedi Knights, #2)” as Want to Read:
Shadow Academy (Star Wars: Young Jedi Knights, #2)
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

Shadow Academy (Star Wars: Young Jedi Knights #2)

3.58  ·  Rating Details ·  2,731 Ratings  ·  32 Reviews
The Dark Jedi Brakiss--the student Luke Skywalker expelled from his academy--has learned much since he left. Enough to master the dark side of the Force, and enough to establish his own school for training Jedi--the Shadow Academy. Now Brakiss has an even greater task--kidnap the heirs of the Skywalker bloodline, and turn them to the dark side of the Force.
Paperback, 225 pages
Published March 15th 1999 by Berkley (first published 1995)
More Details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Shadow Academy, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about Shadow Academy

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  Rating Details
Dec 13, 2010 Jamie rated it it was amazing
This was the very first Star Wars book I ever read. I had to actually go back and find the first book in the series after I finishe this one. Although the writing isn't perfect I loved the characters and story. Jaina, Jacen and their friends are fantastic characters and Kevin J Anderson and his wife did a great job bringing them to life in this series.

Although this was the second book or the series, it was easy to pick up and read as a stand-alone. However, the entire series is definitely worth
Jul 24, 2007 Jessica rated it really liked it
I'm totally in love with the Young Jedi Knights books. They're so silly, but they were a big part of my childhood, from about age 10-13. I wanted to be Jaina Solo so badly. XD
Jess Neuner
May 02, 2015 Jess Neuner rated it liked it
Poor Lando. He just wants to take his friend's kids out for a fun field trip to see how corusca gems are mined and they're kidnapped by evil dark Jedi on his watch. The leaders of this Shadow Academy are a nightsister from Tenel Ka's sort-of homeplanet of Dathomir and a former student of Luke Skywalker's who would love nothing more than to turn his niece and nephew against him.

The whole lesson of this book was that just because someone is a teacher doesn't mean you should treat them as an ultim
Sarah Graham
Jun 18, 2015 Sarah Graham rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-13-25
On Yavin 4, master Jedi Luke Skywalker has started a school to train young Jedi who are beginning to understand the light side of the force. However, in another part of the galaxy the same is being done for those youth collected by the remains of the Empire. The Shadow academy, ran by dark Jedi Brakiss, is a secret to all but he needs more youth if he and the Imperium that he serves ever hope to conquer the galaxy. To do this he turns to Yavin 4 and those youth who already have started their Jed ...more
Feb 04, 2011 Ley rated it it was amazing
This is the second book in a fourteen book series. It definatly is better then the first book in this series. (Don't get me wrong, the first book is great too.) I love this series because it really gets you familiar with important, key characters in The New Jedi Order.

In this book, the Solo kids are kidnapped and taken to Shadow Academy to be trained as Dark Jedi. But the Solo kids aren't broken so easily.
A decent effort within the constraints of fan fiction and young readers, however the cover art--dominated by a Goth-looking Darksister seems inappropriate for the genre. (Looks like KISS's Gene Simmons in drag. Come to think of it Gene Simmons looks . . . well, never mind.)
Meadow Frisbie
Aug 25, 2010 Meadow Frisbie rated it really liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
Jacen and Jaina are on a field trip with Luke, but suddenly kidnapped by a new enemy of the alliance, forced to train in the Shadow Academy.
Luke must find a way to save them, before they turn...or die.
Mar 09, 2017 Janet rated it really liked it
Exciting for kids
Darryl Dobbs
Feb 16, 2017 Darryl Dobbs rated it liked it
In keeping with my policy of not rating young adult books above or below a 3.0, Shadow Academy is a 3.0 that deserves the rating. Which is actually deserving of a higher rating than Book 1 - a book that deserved a 1.0 or a 2.0. This one kept a fine and quick pace, implemented the burgeoning powers of Jacen and Jaina (but nothing beyond their scope), and had Luke Skywalker play a key role.

A former student of Luke's is now in charge of an academy of Dark Jedi (so the book was obviously released b
Bobby Parker
Jun 21, 2010 Bobby Parker rated it liked it
Shelves: 10-books-june-22
Nearly 20 years after the fall of the Empire, Han Solo and Leia have had twins (Jaina and Jacen) who are now 14. Their twins are training to become Jedi with their uncle Luke Skywalker. On a field trip with Han's friend, Lando, the twins are kidnapped by people who show powers in the dark side. It's up to Luke and another of his studentsto find them before the twins are brought to the power of the darkside on the new dark jedi training academy known as the Shadow Academy.

I think I gave this 3 st
Dominick Owens
Mar 16, 2015 Dominick Owens rated it it was amazing
It was a bit different than the other Star Wars books. This was rated high in my opinion. It is a great story of love and the force. If it was a movie it would have had a sold-out premiere of itself! This book uses words I have never heard of before. This took me a great deal of time because of its grand vocabulary. Though not an Easy book for me, I liked it, and would recommend it for all ages who can read above fifth grade. The author describes the battles, sword sounds and external as well as ...more
Feb 18, 2013 Shaun rated it really liked it
I can definitely tell that these books were meant for teens, but I still really enjoy reading the novels and about the characters. This is an interesting introduction to the Nightsisters and Tenel Ka's life outside of the Academy. I really enjoyed the maturity and antics that the twins and Lowie displayed at the Shadow Academy. Luke was pretty funny as he kept his power in check in front of the Nightsisters. Overall am enjoyable read.
Jan 06, 2010 Wealhtheow rated it liked it
Shelves: sci-fi, ya
The witches of Dathomir, introduced in The Courtship of Princess Leia, are back. And they've started an evil "Shadow Academy" to train Jedi for a resurrected Emperor! And they want Jaina and Jacen to join! Hahhaha, wut? Still, lots of fun, not least because there's a good bit of Luke and some more characterization for Tenel Ka.
May 21, 2009 Z rated it liked it
Shelves: library
Better than the previous book, the twins an Lowie get into a pretty serious situation. Meanwhile, Tenel Ka gets to hang out with Luke and be as awesome as she always is. There was less parroting of quotations from the original trilogy, which was great, too. More reaction from the twins to their indoctrination (we got to see some of this from Lowie) would have been nice, though I recall being horrified by it all when I was younger, so perhaps it was done to the right amount.
Nov 06, 2008 Ari rated it really liked it
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. 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.
Kerri Simpson
Mar 14, 2013 Kerri Simpson rated it it was amazing
Ive read most of these a few times. Id say theyre pretty damn good fanfiction and I love the EU. Im pretty picky about my fanfiction. I still love them. Theyre really good even for being made for a younger audience.
Jacob Thornburg
Jul 20, 2014 Jacob Thornburg rated it liked it
Shelves: star-wars
Like I said about Hard Merchandise, I don't know if I actually like these books, or if they're just not as bad as the Bounty Hunter War trilogy.
The spirit is closer to the original trilogy of movies than the prequel movies. They are fun, and have a lot less talking about parliamentary procedure.
Dec 30, 2014 K rated it it was amazing
Whaley Webster
Mar 19, 2011 Whaley Webster rated it it was amazing
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Amanda Hunsaker
May 31, 2013 Amanda Hunsaker rated it really liked it
Book 2 in the Young Jedi Knights series. fun and easy read. I have loved these books since I was a kid!
Jul 28, 2008 Esperance rated it it was amazing
They get better and better.
Fabio Puzzacacca
Jul 22, 2012 Fabio Puzzacacca rated it it was ok
Come con il primo della serie, mal scritto ma accettabile per la fantasia ( quel che ho appena detto è una scemenza vede che sono di parte?)
Dec 07, 2008 Amanda rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sci-fi
This one was very exciting. Good read.
The Third Place A Teen Library
F AND yjk bk. 2

Based on Star Wars

Science Fiction
Extra 1/2 star.
Jun 20, 2014 Crystal rated it really liked it
found this one slightly slower than the first but still a great book. nice easy book for those who want a quick read
May 25, 2013 Stephen rated it it was amazing
Second Young Jedi Knights book. Jacen, Jaina, Lowie, and Tenel Ka grow stronger in the force as they begin to deal with new Dark Jedi.
(Jen) The Artist Librarian
Dec 10, 2010 (Jen) The Artist Librarian rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Star Wars Fans (Upper Elementary to Adult)
Shelves: my-books, star-wars
Four stars for more of Tenel Ka Chume Ta' Djo's back-story revealed. ;-)
Jekka Jones
Mar 26, 2007 Jekka Jones rated it really liked it
Shelves: sci-fi
My favorite of all the ones I read.
Beth Anne
Aug 24, 2014 Beth Anne rated it liked it
Shelves: 2014
Lots of fun.
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »
  • The Golden Globe (Star Wars: Junior Jedi Knights, #1)
  • Kenobi's Blade (Star Wars: Junior Jedi Knights, #6)
  • Crossfire (Star Wars: Boba Fett, #2)
  • The Evil Experiment (Star Wars: Jedi Apprentice, #12)
  • Queen of the Empire (Star Wars: Jedi Prince, #5)
  • Pursuit (Star Wars: Boba Fett, #6)
  • Showdown at Centerpoint (Star Wars: The Corellian Trilogy, #3)
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
More about Kevin J. Anderson...

Other Books in the Series

Star Wars: Young Jedi Knights (1 - 10 of 14 books)
  • Heirs of the Force (Star Wars: Young Jedi Knights, #1)
  • The Lost Ones (Star Wars: Young Jedi Knights, #3)
  • Lightsabers (Star Wars: Young Jedi Knights, #4)
  • Darkest Knight (Star Wars: Young Jedi Knights, #5)
  • Jedi Under Siege (Star Wars: Young Jedi Knights, #6)
  • Shards of Alderaan (Star Wars: Young Jedi Knights, #7)
  • Diversity Alliance (Star Wars: Young Jedi Knights, #8)
  • Delusions of Grandeur (Star Wars: Young Jedi Knights, #9)
  • Jedi Bounty (Star Wars: Young Jedi Knights, #10)
  • The Emperor's Plague (Star Wars: Young Jedi Knights, #11)

Share This Book

No trivia or quizzes yet. Add some now »