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(Star Wars: The Callista Trilogy #2)

3.41  ·  Rating details ·  9,547 ratings  ·  167 reviews
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, 464 pages
Published November 1996 by Bantam Spectra Books (first published November 1995)
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Scott Rhee
Jul 30, 2015 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
Nov 29, 2009 rated it it was ok
Amateurish. Ridiculous improbabilities, even for SW fiction. Two-dimensional characters.
Jul 22, 2011 rated it it was ok
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
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
Mar 29, 2010 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
Sinclair  Duncan-Mercer
Mar 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Such a fun story, one of my favorite star wars novels for it has all of my favorite characters in it!

Some may not enjoy Kevin's writing style but it suits me!

If you are looking for a book to make the world melt away and to get lost in, you should give this one a chance!
Matt B.
Oct 07, 2019 rated it liked it
Woof. I had low standards as a kid. 2.5 stars
Jun 15, 2020 rated it did not like it
For 2020, I decided to reread (in publication order) all the Bantam-era Star Wars books that were released between 1991 and 1999; that shakes out to 38 adult novels and 5 anthologies of short stories & novellas.

This week’s focus: Darksaber by Kevin J. Anderson.


Barely six months after Children of the Jedi introduced Callista, the great love of Luke’s life, Darksaber was released to explain their break-up. We have another great cover by Drew Struzan, although this marks the fourth boo
Philippe Yaworski
Feb 21, 2019 rated it did not like it
I'm only 12% in and this is already a 1 star book.

Here's why :

We spend the first couple of chapters with Han and Luke going back to Jabba's Palace. They discover that he had codes and passwords to access Palpatine's high security computers on Coruscant, and that someone came through the palace before them and now has these passwords.. They go back to Coruscant to (presumably) tell everyone in the New Republic administration about this obvious security risk.

Fast-forward to the chapter I'm curren
Andrew Reed
Finally the EU gets back on track after the previous 2 terrible books (I, Jedi & Children of the Jedi). Although I'm a slightly bored with the original trilogy references (I'm not sure we need a rematch of Luke Vs Wampa). This book is fast moving and has that classic Star Wars feel. The final act is everything I want in a Star Wars novel. Well done KJA. ...more
Benjamin Thomas
Sep 06, 2010 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
Apr 06, 2008 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: star wars and science fiction fans
Shelves: star-wars
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
Sean Mobley
Aug 17, 2020 rated it did not like it
It took me a month to read this book. Not because it was long, but because every night I would pick it up, read a few pages, roll my eyes at the poor writing, then decide I’d read enough and went to sleep. I wanted to like this book, I really did. I wanted to come to the blog and say that Kevin J. Anderson had redeemed himself for the atrocious Jedi Academy trilogy (follow these links for my reviews of books I, II, and III.). But I just can’t.

Darksaber was bad.

Darksaber (1995) was written by
Jun 11, 2007 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). ...more
Jul 07, 2010 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.
Jan 15, 2011 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.
Nov 06, 2012 rated it it was ok
Aug 20, 2020 rated it it was ok
While there certainly are worse Star Wars novels than this one, it is just not really good. None of its storylines are really captivating, the characters are acting strange, and there are a number of weird details that turn this into a rather mediocre book bordering on bad.

Luke and Callista set out on a mission to recapture Callista’s force potential which she has lost during the transition into her new body. I really did not care for this story line all. First and foremost, the whole motivation
Nov 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is commonly known as one of the worst SW novels in Legends, for reasons I still ponder. Is it the best, no. Is it amongst the worse, hardly! It was a HUGE step up from it predecessor Children of the Jedi (which in my opinion is one of the worse novels in Legends, along with The Courtship of Princess Leia). I actually enjoyed this novel, especially the last quarter, which I found thrilling and exhilarating. Without spoiling anything, the final battle, seen through the eyes of several importa ...more
Jonathan Koan
This book was a slog. This was definitely one of the books in the EU/Legends universe that, while being an ok book, was not good for the overall storytelling.

For one thing, Kevin J. Anderson was trying to accomplish too much. He had to tell Luke and Calista's love story, the story about Admiral Daala and Vice Admiral Pellaeon and their story of rebuilding the empire, the story of the Hutts on Nal Hutta/Shadaa, and the continuation of the throughline of the jedi academy. If this book had been 70
Feb 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
These days I am re-reading the Callista Trilogy. Having completed "Darksaber", I am now 2/3 done.
The high school Matthew and the adult Matthew have very different reviews: in high school, I was bored by "Children of the Jedi" to the point I didn't finish reading it and I breezed through "Darksaber" with high enthusiasm. Now, I feel that "Children of the Jedi" is a better book and "Darksaber" is the lesser book. Simply put, "Children of the Jedi" had much better character development and the writ
Malcolm Cox
Mar 01, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: star-wars
This book has received a lot of negative reviews over the years, so I went in with low expectations (particularly following Children Of The Jedi). To be honest, I didn't find it all that bad. There were some silly moments, certainly but taken in the spirit of the story they mostly worked. I enjoyed the Wampa siege and would have preferred to have seen more of that. The rest of the story also flowed reasonably well, if a bit disjointed as it followed all the different story the most ...more
Colin McEvoy
Apr 13, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: star-wars
I was more than a little concerned at seeing so many negative reviews for Darksaber here on Goodreads, especially because the last couple Star Wars books I read weren't exactly my favorites. I've been going through Legends books in chronological order, and while Star Wars is my "guilty pleasure" reading and I don't expect fine literature from it, I had recently suffered through Michael A. Stackpole's irritating I, Jedi and Barbara Hambly's lackluster Children of the Jedi, and feared Darksaber wa ...more
Oct 18, 2017 rated it liked it
Another now redundant expanded universe book read and in fairness this was one of the better ones..unlike many I have read this book got the action balance right and kept a couple of different subplots running to instil interest.
In other ways this book doesn't deviate much from the norm for these books...namely the empire rising again and a new superweapon on the some ways it's the rebels victory and the paucity of the empire that I think damages these can't help but see
Aug 05, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: star-wars, 2020
There are ways to develop a romantic relationship and there are ways of introducing conflict and obstacles into the relationship's narrative. The introduction of Callista was already a hard enough pill to swallow as it is, but the fact that Anderson makes explicit that the only reason Luke and Callista seem invested in maintaining a relationship is because of Callista's former connection to the Force is... well, it's not great.

Despite genuinely enjoying their rapport in Children of the Jedi to
Aug 15, 2017 rated it it was ok
can you believe this book and the mandalorian darksaber both existed at one point in old canon?? thank god this one got thrown out because this book SUCKS

to express how terrible this book is, let me just say that the wampa from ep5 shows up, out for REVENGE, and luke has to fight it

just a very, very shallow book. callista could be so interesting in the right hands and also not dating luke.

Apr 29, 2018 rated it liked it
3.5 stars One of the classics of the "old" (or whatever Disney is calling it now) canon of Star Wars. I found in it Tennessee at a used book store (thank you McKay's!) and gave it a read. Overall, it was an entertaining book, but in the end it had too much going on and thematically it didn't work. The Hutts attempt to build a superweapon based on the Death Star was almost slapstick comedy. Luke and Callista's attempt to regain the Force for Callista was the attempt at romance. I will fully admit ...more
Oct 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
My opinion on this book is that it’s a descent book that I can give sense that it tries its best. For the star it would be 4 stars since it has action-packed battle and adventure that it’s formerly familiar to Star Wars.
Admiral Daala changed since I last saw her in the Jedi Academy Trilogy, she still has some issues that she has from the Jedi Academy Trilogy but she learns from it. These example are 1. She cares for the empire and still loyal to the empire by trying to unified the fractured emp
Ben Briles
May 25, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I feel like Darksaber gets a very, very bad rap. I've heard nothing but bad things about the book since I was made aware of it, so naturally, I kept waiting for it to get terrible. It just never happened! Sure, the whole premise of the Darksaber is a little goofy, but Star Wars is inherently goofy! At least I think so. Many of the things I take issue with in KJA's writing are present, but I didn't find it too hard to look past them for the most part. I think that he consistently tells good stori ...more
Jamie Manley
Sep 09, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: star-wars
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