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Champions of the Force

(Star Wars: The Jedi Academy Trilogy #3)

3.67  ·  Rating details ·  11,806 ratings  ·  153 reviews
Suspended helplessly between life and death, Luke Skywalker lies in state at the Jedi academy. But on the spirit plane, Luke fights desperately for survival, reaching out physically to the Jedi twins. At the same time, Leia is on a life-and-death mission of her own, a race against Imperial agents hoping to destroy a third Jedi child -- Leia and Han's baby Anakin -- hidden ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 368 pages
Published October 1994 by Bantam Spectra Books
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Never again with this series! If I ever, ever get the urge to re-read it again, somebody smack me in my face-ular area.

In all seriousness, I can’t tell if this book was genuinely better than the last one or not, because I sped-read most of it, focused only on the parts that caught my attention, and skipped large chunks of it that seemed stupid or boring. Anyway, it didn’t fill me with rage.

I’m not going to go into huge detail, or really any detail at all, in this review. I have already more than
Crystal Starr Light
Jumbled plot lines abruptly end, making this book feel like a messy Lord of the Rings: Return of the King

We open the final book in the Jedi Academy Trilogy with many open plot threads. Kyp Durron is on the run with the Sun Crusher, Han in pursuit to try to reel the boy back in. Chewbacca and Wedge head off to the Maw Cluster to take it over. Leia is appointed Chief of State, and the Jedi students must find a way to bring Luke back from his Force induced coma and defeat Dark Lord Exar Kun.
Sep 28, 2009 rated it liked it
Star Wars fans might rate it four stars; everyone else probably two.

Shallow re-hash of classic elements from original movies. (Written before second set filmed.) The usual impossible, improbable and silly plot devices.

Flunks high school physics . . . again. After explaining why long hyperspace jumps are increasingly fatal, Anderson proceeds to have people make "direct" and Inner Galactic Core to Outer Core jumps with no casualties. The latter would be improbable to the point of certain death--o
David Orphal
Jul 15, 2015 rated it it was ok
My problem with this series is that there were too many villains who were all too easily defeated. Who's the bad guy?

Is it the slave lord? Mmmmm. Not really?
The imperial Admiral and her 4 star destroyers? Oops! 3 Star Destroy... Nope, 2 Star De... Nope, Damn.
The spirit of the Lord of the Sith? Nope.
The imperial ambassador?
The prototype Death Star?
The new Sun Crusher super weapon?
This apprentice of Luke's? Who is turning to the dark side? Oops! Nope, he just died without a fight.
What about this
Apr 06, 2008 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: star wars fans looking to read every star wars book
Shelves: star-wars
Again, I have some problems with this book. The biggest of the three problems is that there is no definitive plot throughout the book. Stuff just keeps happening to the characters that isn't necessarily connected to anything else that happened. Perhaps one of the most annoying things for me in this book is the complete incompetency of every villian in this entire trilogy. They are all ridiculously dumb. A lot of the actions of the characters were stupid as well. The trilogy could be improved gre ...more
Jul 09, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2015, series, library, sci-fi
An okay finish to this trilogy. Kind of ho-hum after the first two. Also, it leaned a lot on cliches from the original movies - Han said, "don't quote me the odds" every other page it seemed.
Dec 29, 2008 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy-sci-fi
As "Star Wars" books generally go, they are read for their plot and interesting conflicts much more than for artistic merit and technique. This installment is no different--not that that's a negative point. In order to read these, I have to keep this in mind.

I've read a few of Kevin J. Anderson's books in the past, including "Star Wars" and other sci-fi, and this isn't one of his best. I won't cover the plot here, since you can find that on the back cover and elsewhere. But for critical purposes
Sep 23, 2017 rated it liked it
A really nice way to round the series off, enjoyed this much more than book 2
Michael Thompson
Jul 07, 2015 rated it did not like it
This may have been the worst Star Wars book I've read so far. The author, Kevin J. Anderson, has written some pretty good Science Fiction. But not this time. The story was contrived, the characters were not well developed (I didn't care about any of them), their interactions were juvenile; and what happens is easily predictable. It's like Anderson just through this story together on a whiteboard and then filled in the necessary dialogue. It was frustrating reading for me. I actually yelled at th ...more
Dec 16, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2015
FIRST THOUGHTS: Who would have thought a Star Wars book would make me tear up? Not me! But that's exactly what happened with this one. All in all, a fitting conclusion, with a steady pace and intricately woven multiple plots!
Apr 30, 2014 rated it liked it
The final entry in the Jedi Academy Trilogy, Champions of the Force tries, sometimes successfully, sometimes not, to recreate the epic, over-the-top feeling of Return of the Jedi, with fire-fights, Force powers, and space battles. All culminating in the restoration of the Jedi Order.

After the ending of the last book, Dark Apprentice, Jedi Master Luke Skywalker is comatose after one of his young disciples, Kyp Durron, went rogue, and under the influence of the spirit of the ancient Sith, Exar Kun
Jan 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, star-wars
It seems, at the outset of this final book in the trilogy, that Luke, Han Leia and their friends and family are in dire straits. Luke is trapped in suspended animation after his battle with Kyp and Exar Kun. Kyp himself has taken the Sun Crusher and is not using it to annihilate Imperial worlds. Anakin and Winter are in grave danger, and Daala may not be as distant a memory as everyone believed.

It is at their toughest tests though, when people triumph, and this is no exception. Without wanting
Kirstin DeGeer
This series suffered from a severe overabundance of enemies (and plotlines). It meant there were too many small climaxes in the third book. I also felt like the readers were being treated as if they couldn't remember a thing. I understand that it's probably important to review important plot points in subsequent books so that readers don't have to go back and reread before each new book comes out, but this was too, too much. Really the best example of the annoying side of this is that everyone h ...more
Sep 07, 2014 rated it liked it
The Good: This finale of the trilogy was pretty good. I liked the writing style, and the narrative kept me involved.

The Bad: The chapters were rather short, which wasted a lot of space; that's something that often annoys me in books.

Conclusion: Star Wars fans will enjoy this; others won't...but, you already knew that, right?
Jul 24, 2007 rated it really liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
These were the first Star Wars novels I read, and as such, they have a special place in my heart. I can't really judge them objectively, but if I tried, I'd say they're not as technically impressive as Zahn's Thrawn trilogy, but they're still very entertaining.
Jul 21, 2015 rated it did not like it
Shelves: star-wars
Reread review (3/2/18):
[1 Star; -2 stars from initial reading] Just saying but this book's cover should have been BRONZE colored. That way the covers of the trilogy would have been gold, silver, and then bronze. Just like their descending quality! Okay, sick burns aside, let's talk about the book...

This book convinced me that this trilogy is, at best, mediocre. It's not just the stilted dialogue or the inaccurate physics regarding black holes. It's a much more fundamental issue than that. At a v
Dec 15, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: star-wars
This was the book with the most action, especially the end when everyone shows up to where the trouble all began, the Maw Installation.
Good riddance to the Sun Crusher and Death Star prototype in the black hole. No more superweaopns! Although I admit I liked the team of Maw scientist on board the Death Star prototype. Good comic relief with their silly meetings and following the guide book on what to do, even during a battle. *headslap* *lol*
Why did he make Daala live? I just know she'll show up
James Taylor
Jun 05, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: own
Champions Of The Force is the third and final book of the series, and mainly exists to wrap up all of the plot threads. The Jedi students must defeat Exar Kun to bring Luke back from his coma; Kyp is on his rampage with the Sun Crusher; Chewbacca and Wedge go for a Wookie rescue mission in the Maw Cluster; and Mon Mothma's mysterious illness is yet to be cured.

The Exar Kun plot was wrapped up really early in the book and in such a silly and boring manner. I thought that this plot thread was the
Mar 10, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: star-wars
A surprisingly engaging conclusion to Kevin J. Anderson's highly uneven Jedi Academy trilogy. After a disappointing second instalment, Champions of the Force starts strong with some of the most thrilling writing in the Expanded Universe since Timothy Zahn's Dark Force Rising. Anderson has developed one of the most compelling Star Wars villains - or rather antiheroes - in the character of Kyp Durron, giving Darth Vader and Grand Admiral Thrawn a run for their money. And while Durron was left crim ...more
Mar 01, 2018 rated it it was ok
This one started out promising, but weakened as it went. I agree with other posters that it was like he couldn't figure out who he wanted the bad guy to be. I'm fine with multiple bad guys, but this was Batman level of bad guys with the same issue that many Batman shows/movies/comics have; when you have too many characters or villains, the plot weakens because you can't focus on any one in particular. The result is a weak ending to everyone's story instead of a nice fleshed out story for a handf ...more
Jun 03, 2017 rated it liked it
2.5 stars. Better than the second book but still a very frustrating book. The bureaucracy on Maw Installation and the battle with Exar Kun are probably the best parts of the book. Outside of that, the same problems persist. Terrible pacing, inexplicable or non-existent character arcs, awful awful dialogue and characterization, over-the-top violence that took me out of the book. And Lando, for some reason Kevin J. Anderson thought that Lando being that creepy guy at the bar that everyone avoids w ...more
Malcolm Cox
Aug 29, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: star-wars
As before, there is a lot going on in this book. There are many unrelated plots running paralelle to each other, with only the occasional cross over. Despite this, these many threads do seem to have been woven together pretty effectively. As with all tales told this way, it's only natural that the reader will prefer one thread than another but I found even the less interesting threads good enough to be happy about it.
I very much enjoyed Lando's shameless optimism when trying to woo newly reforme
Jamie Manley
Sep 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: star-wars
The first time I read this trilogy about two years ago I probably rated it around two and a half to three stars. Now that I’ve read it again(along with the the first book Jedi search) it’s a solid four stars across the board. Definitely better the second time around.

There are VERY stupid elements to this( the Jedi babies) however reading Jedi search for the first time really helped me get past that because badass Jedi babies aren’t in Jedi search. Thank you very much.

The better storylines in th
Christopher Lutz
Feb 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
Three and a half stars. A bit of a strange ending for a great trilogy overall. Exar Kun, the threat of Kyp Durron, and the Sun Crusher are quickly resolved as the various elements of the Empire introduced are all dealt with one at a time as if going through a checklist. What I expected to be the climax of the final book was resolved in the first half. Just a strange way to go about framing a book. Especially a book based on a movie series. A couple aspects of the plot were a tad weird too, the m ...more
Philippe Yaworski
Jan 25, 2019 rated it it was ok
"The corvettes’ huge engines were twice as large as the living compartments and the hammerhead-shaped control section. Princess Leia had been riding a corvette when Vader’s Star Destroyer had captured her, demanding that she return the stolen Death Star plans, so long ago."

Constant useless references to the movies like this one (Leia isn't even IN the book's scene -.-) + the author not knowing the difference between complement and compliment + overall reading like a Ron Jockman novel without the
Eric  Lecompte
Jul 02, 2017 rated it it was ok
Meh pretty much covers this book. it's fine, it's readable as a story but this is not what one would hope for or expect from the Star Wars EU especially the ending of a trilogy. So many things just happen for the sake of having things happen, and a number of characters are depicted in a way that they never were before and never are after, which surprises me because they are usually spot on with that in the EU for the most part. This series has pretty much put me off reading the rest of his star ...more
Jun 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
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Jan 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, adventure
Have you ever seen that meme about seemingly everything being wrapped up and there being two hundred pages left? Yeah, that's this book. Yet all is not as it seems.

I still stand by my previous statement that the Solos need to run away and change their name.

The character arcs for Ackbar and Kyp are most rewarding. Each of them goes on a journey that borh humbles them and teaches them that each person is needed to fight the war.

I'm not sure, but at the end, were Winter and Ackbar flirting? Or do I
Brendan Pelto
Aug 06, 2018 rated it it was ok
Oof. Better than the rest of the Jedi Academy trilogy, but still bad. The dialogue has improved, but still awful. Famous lines from the original trilogy are repeated ad nauseum.

Leia has still given up on the force, because...women, eh?

The author really wants you to know that Lando likes Mara Jade's curves.

And oh no, there is a 22% complete death star stuck in a maze of black holes, and one star destroyer with a skeleton crew. The champions did not have much of a challenge.
Jan 11, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Again the most interesting elements were Luke and his students, most notably Kyp.
Some more interesting force-lore was developed.

The material concerning Exar Kun was very enjoyable, especially seeing as he has been brought back into canon via a mention in the Solo film.

Not much else to say, I find it difficult to connect to the other story arcs as I came here to read about space wizards and hokey religions.
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