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Luke Skywalker and Han Solo return to desert planet Tatooine so Callista can regain the Force and her link and love for Luke. Trio join Leia, Chewbacca, Artoo, Threepio, and new knights. Durga Hutt, galaxy warlord, rebuilds Death Star superweapon as Darksaber. Lovely Admiral Daala and Pellaeon, second to Thrawn, marshal Imperial forces against Jedi.
Mass Market Paperback, 448 pages
Published November 1996 by Bantam Spectra (first published November 1995)
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This was simply horrific. I think my comments made below while reading this atrocity of storytelling should be more than adequate convey my dismay, but I can't resist the temptation to throw a few gifs into a scathing review. So here goes.

Anderson's characterization of the Big Three (Luke, Leia, and Han) is a weak dilution of their portrayal in the original trilogy. Furthermore, these caricatures are set against a weak, convoluted plot, where once again, recycled enemies are threatening the who
Dec 13, 2009 Ron rated it it was ok
Amateurish. Ridiculous improbabilities, even for SW fiction. Two-dimensional characters.
Scott Rhee
Aug 02, 2015 Scott Rhee rated it really liked it
Okay, so it's fairly obvious (to those who have been keeping track of my recent reading list) that I've been on a Star Wars reading kick. My goal (unrealistic as it is) is to eventually have ALL of the Star Wars Expanded Universe novels (post-Episode VI: Return of the Jedi, that is. While I have read a few Old Republic and Clone Wars novels, I'm not as enthralled by them as I am with the New Republic, New Jedi Order, and Legacy novels.) before the new J.J. Abrams film arrives in theaters in Dece ...more
Crystal Starr Light
Something is afoul in the Hutt camp, and the New Republic sends Han and Luke to Tatooine to sniff it out. They discover that Durga has codes for secret New Republic information. Meanwhile, Daala attempts to unify the Empire and strike out at the heart of the New Republic.
NOTE: Years ago, I read this book, and recently listened to the audio version.

I Liked:
I know a huge complaint about this book is how it deals with yet another superweapon (the third for Anderson). While I am no fan of this plot
Captain Quasar
Jun 09, 2016 Captain Quasar rated it did not like it
This is, sadly, a mess. The characters weren't too likable, the new ideas were simply preposterous (the hive-minded mammals were kind of stupid and seemed like a quick idea), and by the end I found myself cheering the Empire on although I knew in the back of my mind the "good guys" would win. Trust me, the protagonists aren't too nice and do some pretty merciless things, killing helpless Imperial underlings and pulling off ludicrous feats. The Jedi, who I have come to despise, manage to escape t ...more
Nov 19, 2014 Bryan rated it liked it
I enjoyed this book quite a bit more than the Jedi Apprentice series that Anderson is so well known for, and far more than the other two books in the "Callista Trilogy". The plot was exciting, while still being believable. Rather than rehashing the Empire or Sith as primary antagonists, Anderson chooses the Hutts, which proves to be a wise choice. Despite Jabba's appearance in the movies we know very little about the Hutt race, and this novel introduced some interesting insights. Unfortunately o ...more
Benjamin Thomas
Aug 08, 2016 Benjamin Thomas rated it liked it
Shelves: sci-fi-adventure
I really enjoyed reading this novel, not for any literary reasons but because it was full of action and tied a lot of other plots together from other books. It was a hard book to put down. The action sequences were better than most I have experienced in SW novels and seemed much more like the movies. I also enjoyed how the author linked events in this book back to other books and the movies through well-written flashback sequences. I had three problems, however. The first was the single-dimensio ...more
Aug 26, 2008 Keith rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: star wars and science fiction fans
Shelves: star-wars, read-2
After reading the Jedi trilogy by Anderson, I was worried that I may find similar problems in Darksaber when I read it again. Thankfully, this book was written much better than Anderson's previous Star Wars books. The plot of this story was very engaging all the way through. There were few chapters that I felt I had to trudge through. Unlike some of Anderson's earlier books, I was very interested in all of the characters and storylines. I would recommend Darksaber mainly to star wars fans and sc ...more
Khepera Bowlin-Jones
Feb 28, 2016 Khepera Bowlin-Jones rated it it was amazing
This is a book written by Kevin J. Anderson that takes place in the Star Wars universe with a galaxy in conflict from the fragments of a dying empire. The Empire’s plans have been foiled by the powerful Jedi named Luke Skywalker, and he has created a group of guardians to protect the galaxy- the New Jedi Order. In his adventures with his sister, Leia, and his friend, Han, he meets a spirit named Callista, who was a Jedi but lost her body. They fall in love and she finds a new body, but doesn’t ...more
Ronald Kelland
Jan 10, 2016 Ronald Kelland rated it liked it
Overall I was mildly entertained by this book, but it is certainly not one of the best of the Star Wars Extended Universe novels. I feel like it deserve a 2.5, but I'll grant it the three stars. The book continues the story arc created in Children of the Jedi and this is largely a better book. There are three main plots - 1) the creation of a Hutt weapon, 2) Admiral Daala's attempts to unite the scattered Empire remnants, and 3) Luke and Callista's efforts to find a solution to her inability to ...more
May 11, 2014 Chance added it
I think the author's purpose of the book was to entertain its reader by taking us on the magic journey through Star Wars. The purpose is obviously stated due to the fictional tale that adds to the lore of star wars.
The theme was really difficult for me to find, so i had to really dig deep to find one and the one i found was that revenge is a dish that is best served cold because one of the characters in the story named Callista is after Admiral Daala and it may have not turned out the way she ha
John Da conceição
Jul 18, 2014 John Da conceição rated it it was ok
The heroes of a story are only as impressive as the villains they face. This fact is what shows Darksaber to be one of the weaker outings of the Star Wars expanded universe.

A lot of people point to the Callista storyline as the weakest point of this story, but I would have to respectfully disagree. The problem with Callista is not Callista; the problem with Callista is Luke Skywalker, or rather her being buttonholed as little more than a romantic interest for Luke. Anderson is just going with w
Darryl Dobbs
Apr 22, 2016 Darryl Dobbs rated it it was ok
Oh boy. Another Death Star-type weapon. And now apparently it can be built in a week or two. Alrighty then, understood. Those aliens who have a hive mind and work quickly in packs can focus on putting together just the Death Star weapon, along with the basics for travelling through space and housing a small crew. And they can do this in a week or two. Boy, Emperor Palpatine must have been an idiot. Why didn't he think of that? Instead, he used Wookiee slaves and built an entire space station in ...more
Victor Espinosa
May 22, 2016 Victor Espinosa rated it really liked it
I miss old Star Wars novels like this one. Kevin nails the characters with this story, and gets a TON of action to happen to just about everyone we know and love from the original series. The pacing is excellent, and I'm honestly surprised Kevin managed to fit so much into this novel. It did a good job with equal parts action and narration. There were really only a few areas that I felt a little confused or thought that details and proper description was missing, but they were so few and far bet ...more
Jul 01, 2011 Mike rated it did not like it
This book is pretty darn terrible. Not even worth reviewing. If you're bored and have nothing else to read...go ahead. But I warned you.
And if you read this book and liked it...good news...the Lucas people will be taking your money for years and years to come in exchange for very bad novels.
Jun 11, 2007 Mauri rated it it was ok
Utterly unremarkable. Part of a sequence that included Children of the Jedi, Planet of Twilight, and the Dark Fleet Trilogy, all of which I forced myself to read, then summarized all six for a friend who was reading them with me (I didn't want her to stop in horror).
Jan 18, 2015 Janice rated it liked it
Shelves: brain-candy
One of my assigned books by one of my students.

It was okay. For boys, there is a lot of action. For the Star Wars lover this seems like it follows the history. It was fun for me to see that Han and Leia were married with children. Of course, the book doesn't dwell on the home life.

We start with Han and Luke on a mission. Luke hopes to encounter the spirit of Obi Wan Kenobe to help his love, Callista, regain her Jedi powers. That doesn't work, so there will be other attempts throughout the story.
Mar 13, 2011 Noelle rated it it was ok
May Callista die.

Right now, I'm upset with Luke because I know what happens later on in the books, so him spending all his time talking about how Callista is his "one true love" is making me really sick.
Jul 30, 2014 Robert rated it it was amazing
Shelves: science-fiction
I had forgotten what a fantaatic book "Darksaber" is! In addition to the standard swashbuckling action one finds in a "Star Wars" novel, it is also both poignant and darkly humours. I was initially disappointed that Anderson chose to stay within the source material of the films (seriously, there are more planets in the universe other than Tatooine, Hoth, and Dagobah.) But, he makes up for this by protraying each setting with such detail that you can close your eyes and are immediately seeing Jab ...more
Sep 04, 2015 Johnny rated it did not like it
So bad. And in a simile I'm sure used in other reviews, this book was as poorly constructed as the Darksaber itself. Barely readable; whining, repetitive characters (wait, has Lemelisk died before?); horrendously childish dialogue, like something written by a 10 year old; terrible use of main characters; and yet another superweapon that fails. No. Rolled my eyes so many times, and I really like most Star Wars books. Just as bad as Children of the Jedi, the other Callista book I've read. Because ...more
Cory Loughmiller
It was a fun adventure that told a new story about Luke, Leia, Han, and Callista, who was introduced in Children of the Jedi by Barbara Hambly. I enjoyed how the author wrote the story. It was exciting and kept me interested all the way to the end. I wanted to know if Callista would regain her force abilities and if she would discern her feelings for Luke. I also enjoyed the introduction of a Death Star that looked like a lightsaber, which was called the Darksaber. It was a fun adventure that I ...more
Ian Reay
Jul 18, 2016 Ian Reay rated it it was amazing
Shelves: star-wars
This is my 2nd time reading this epic novel after back in the late 90's I started reading Star Wars: Darksaber again it was just so refreshing. An absolutely stunning book. The plot is fast-paced and griping, every major Star Wars character (Luke, Leia, Han, Chewie, R2D2, C3PO, Lando) gets ther share of the action, as well as reincorporating many of the characters from other books (Paelleon, Daala etc who is awesome by the way!!!). What I especially found great is how the existing story (set in ...more
Jonathan S. Harbour
Jun 08, 2016 Jonathan S. Harbour rated it it was amazing
Shelves: series-sci-fi
[edit] I read it again. :) So I'll leave my old review intact below.

This is a popcorn novel. Don't expect high drama, complex plots, or serious literature. Just accept it for what it is, and you'll likely love it as much as I do. I laughed out loud several times while reading this, not derisively but because some of the dialogue and scenes are genuinely entertaining. I've read probably all of the old-school Star Wars novels (nothing from the new post-New Republic era), and this is a fun romp thr
Dec 05, 2011 Yves rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Ce livre est la suite directe de Children of the Jedi. Calista est une jedi qui a vécu dans un système informatique et que Luke a ramené dans un corps. Le problème est qu'elle a perdu ses pouvoirs Jedi. Luke part au travers de la galaxie et va aux endroits determinants de sa vie pour voir si Calista pourrait retrouver la maîtrise de la Force. Pendant ce temps, Leia découvre que les Hutts ont construit une nouvelle super-arme et tente de la détruire. On assiste aussi au retour de l'Amirale Daala ...more
Mark Oppenlander
Years ago I read someone's summary of the basic plot of most episodes of the original Star Trek series. It went something like this: The Enterprise stumbles across a strange (yet humanoid) civilization that is dysfunctional in some inexplicable way. While on the surface of a planet (or space station, or asteroid) trying to understand what is going on, the landing party is captured/imprisoned/detained and/or threatened with death. Kirk befriends and/or seduces a young impressionable female of the ...more
Dane Cobain
May 18, 2013 Dane Cobain rated it really liked it
When I was younger, I was a massive Star Wars fan - not uncommon for my generation, because the original films were reissued when I was eight and Episodes I, II and III soon followed. I was also a bit of a reader, as you can probably tell. The result? I delved into the universe (pun intended) of Star Wars books and lost myself for several years.

Darksaber is one of the best, featuring many of the favourites from the original films and a few new characters. Set eight years after Return of the Jedi
Dec 05, 2011 Sebastien rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fan de Star Wars
Recommended to Sebastien by: Dave Adams
Shelves: star-wars
Après le fouillis et la déception qu'était Crystal Star j'ai même appeler mon amis pour me plaindre (désoler j'étais émotionnel, je pouvais pas croire qu'un roman de Star Wars pourrait être mauvais, j'espérais que sa serait le seul, mais la vie n'est pas ainsi faite). Il est partie à rire et m'a dit que donc on était deux à trouver que Crystal Star pourrait servir à se torcher si on manquait de papier un jour (le pire c'est que j'ai acheter Crystal Star 2 ans plus tard pour finir mon contrat de ...more
Gutts Warutare
Jan 31, 2015 Gutts Warutare rated it did not like it
Shelves: star-wars-novels
One of the absolute worst Star Wars novels ever written. And this is coming from someone who LIKED the Jedi Academy Trilogy. Hell, the second book "Dark Apprentice" was the first EU book past the movies that I ever read. But this was just a complete and total mess. I hate Callista, the characterization for pretty much all of the characters is off, the plot is contrived and dull. Totally skippable, which I highly recommend doing.
Joseph Scheller
Jan 03, 2016 Joseph Scheller rated it it was ok
Reading the book I had good few "what if" moments, however the book sadly disappoints in terms of predictability. Many lost opportunities for plot twists and turns. The ending of some sub-plots leave you wondering why they were included in the first place. The book could have been condensed; doesn't have enough content to fill 400 pages. Take a pass on this one, there are many much better books in the Star Wars universe.
Stephen T Shores
Apr 27, 2013 Stephen T Shores rated it liked it
Pros: Lots of action and interesting scenes.
Cons: Ridiculous plots and subplots. I rolled my eyes through this book. I couldn't quite put it down, but I also couldn't believe the bad luck that the villains seem to have. Admiral Daala wins big, almost bringing a unified Empire together once more, only to have it all slip through her fingers once more, like a galaxy-sized pie to the face. It's not funny, and I actually started feeling sorry for her. Luke and Callista hop here and there around the
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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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