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Luke Skywalker and Han Solo, cloaked by the Force and riding with the hostile Sand People, have returned to the dunes of the desert planet Tatooine in hopes of finding what Luke so desperately seeks: contact with Obi-Wan Kenobi.Luke is hoping the old Jedi Knight's spirit will tell him how to help hislove, Callista, regain her lost ability to use the Force.Tormented and hau...more
Paperback, 448 pages
Published November 1996 by Spectra (first published January 1st 1995)
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Chelsea
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...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...more
Captain Quasar
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
Benjamin Thomas
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
Keith
Aug 26, 2008 Keith rated it 4 of 5 stars
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
Chance
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...more
Mike
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.
Mauri
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).
Endor Solo
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.
Ron
Amateurish. Ridiculous improbabilities, even for SW fiction. Two-dimensional characters.
Yves
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
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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...more
Sebastien
Dec 05, 2011 Sebastien rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  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
Steven Jacke
I normally give Star Wars books 3 stars automatically, but this one was so good. I did not care for Anderson's Jedi Trilogy, but this was almost Thrawn-level good.

Han, Luke, and Leia are arguably still the protagonists, but they are not the focus, and that is a good thing.

The secondary characters (Madine, Callista, Wedge, Qwi, Daala, Kyp, Dorsk 81) are the memorable ones here, and I loved it. This book is why the decision to remove the expanded universe from canon is sad.
Stephen Shores
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...more
James
This has three main storylines that run throughout the book and then all converge towards the end. Although the title relates to one of the stories it doesn't relate to the other two and so is a little misleading as by the end of the book I felt that this wasn't the main storyline - the main one revolved around a resurgent Empire fleet.

At this point I haven't read the Heir to the Empire trilogy and so I do not know some of the characters history. I would advise people to read this first before...more
James
Star Wars novels are pretty reliable (and consistent) reads; they're fun, aren't demanding, and make me want to see the movies again (a good thing). Kevin J. Anderson is, form what I understand, a pretty highly regarded author in modern sci-fi (he carries on Frank Herbert's Dune legacy).

So why is Darksaber so much less enjoyable than a typical Star Wars novel?

Well, a few things. The uninvolving story feels tired and familiar (ex: a pointless return to the Wompa caves on Hoth. Really?), the "rom...more
Matthew Bowers
There's no part of this that's good. Once again, Anderson fails on all levels: character, plot, pacing, action, dialogue -- it's all awful. Situations are contrived, the two main plots have nothing to do with one another (structurally or thematically), and the ending is a huge anti-climax that is honestly pathetic in its attempt to mimic the structure and grandeur of Return of the Jedi's finale.

One of the worst books I've read in a while, almost as bad as The Crystal Star (it only edges out Crys...more
Alain Gomez
In my mind, Kevin J. Anderson is the definitive source for good Star Wars books. Most of his work was written back in the time when Star Wars was light, action-packed and just fun. No killing off beloved characters just for shock factor. The hero lived because he was the hero.

Darksaber is a stand-alone novel that takes place in that golden era right after the 4-6 movies. The remnants of the empire attempt to make a grab at power by teaming up with the Hutts to create a more streamlined Death Sta...more
Dustin Gaughran
I saw this rated lower than I think it deserves. I gave it a solid four stars. I really enjoyed 'Darksaber'. It was a fun, original tale keeping with the Stars Wars tradition and style. But at the same time, it was more intense and gritty than maybe you would be used to. The battles aren't necessarily one sided affairs, and no one is left without feeling a loss. I liked that. War is supposed to be hell, and sometimes the bad guys have an impact. So, even though a fair number of people on here di...more
Siobhan Parker
A Quickie Review

Despite all the critical drubbing he seems to get, I usually enjoy the writings of Kevin J. Anderson. Whether it was his Jedi Academy trilogy, or his DC-Comics-based works (The Last Days of Krypton, Enemies and Allies), I almost always thought they were better than others did. However, as much as I hate to say it, this one was yet another disappointment from the Star Wars expanded universe. Only somewhat interesting, a bit hard to follow, lacking in action...that's not what I wan...more
Andrew
This is your typical 1990s Star Wars book - someone is building a superweapon, and Luke (or Lando) is in love with someone. With those expectations understood, this is a decent book. There aren't any events that are essential to further stories.

My main issue with the book is that the enemies (Durga the Hutt and the Imperial remnant) are just too stupid to be believable. The New Republic basically lets one enemy destroy themselves due to dumb errors.
Seth
As is often the case with Star Wars novels, they tend to be a mixed bag. Thankfully however, this one turned out to be much in the spirit of the original movie series (same great characters) while still containing an interesting plot. As with any book, there are plot holes or parts that may seem difficult to believe, but on the whole they are rather hard to notice when you get caught up in the adventure. Kudos to Kevin J. Anderson!
Cary Spratt
My one word to describe this book: Tedious. It starts with Han and Luke talking to a brain in a jar and doesn't get much better. If you are considering reading this book, I suggest you read a synopsis instead and move along.

P.S. This was my favorite part: 'A plantlike alien sold sizzling hunks of bluish meat on a stick; beside it, a fanged carnivore sold sliced vegetables. The two glared at each other with animosity.'

Ari
There is nothing I can say except Meh. This book (actually the whole Callista series) adds nothing to the Star Wars world. It was the most generic Star Wars book ever. All is well in the galaxy, oops theres a problem, everyone goes off on thier own, only to come back for the showdown. And by the way the Hutts are still here and Luke jsut can't catch a break. Anyway, this was the usual Anderson good writng and such.
ThreeRs (editors be praised!)
This might be weird sort of complaint, but I'm going to make it anyway: the focus of the Star Wars series was not romance!

Okay? It just wasn't, Han and Leia's great lines aside. (view spoiler)

So why (view spoiler)...more
Doug
Let's face it, this isn't a classic and aside from Heir to the Empire, no Star Wars book is. Darksaber is one of the first Star Wars books I read. If you're looking for a quick 1-shot story that doesn't involve that much thought, this book is for you. There's plenty of action and all the main characters are there.

This is the kind of book you take with you somewhere to pass the time.
Ethan I. Solomon
I think that this is one of the most underrated Star Wars books out there, especially for people that were interested in the Darth Bane novels and especially Darth Plageius and Sidious. Palpatine's powers and motivations are DEEPLY explored in this novel, and along with KJA's deft navigation of the SW universe this novel truly shines among the many Star Wars novels out there.
Mark
The Hutts are building a Death Star superlaser, Luke has an appointment with an old, one-armed furry friend, and Dorsk 81 pulls off the coolest feat of Force use in possibly the whole EU. I wonder if Darksaber seems better because it's sandwiched between two of the worst books set in the New Republic era.
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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...more
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