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Star Wars Children of the Jedi
     

Star Wars Children of the Jedi

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by Barbara Hambly
 

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In Children of the Jedi,  Barbara Hambly introduces a new character: Callista, a  brave Jedi warrior of long ago who gave her life  to foil one of the Empire's darkest plans, a plot  to destroy a stronghold that was sanctuary for the  wives and children of the Jedi knights. Suddenly,  the

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In Children of the Jedi,  Barbara Hambly introduces a new character: Callista, a  brave Jedi warrior of long ago who gave her life  to foil one of the Empire's darkest plans, a plot  to destroy a stronghold that was sanctuary for the  wives and children of the Jedi knights. Suddenly,  the dreadnought is rearming itself, intent on  destruction. Only Luke Skywalker can feel its evil  presence as well as the mysterious influence of  that powerful woman who should have died decades ago.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
This latest entry in Bantam's successful Star Wars series is a transitional novel. Its pace may be slow enough to disappoint some of series's many loyal readers, but Hambly's (Those Who Hunt the Night) retreading of familiar ground provides a more variegated perspective than usual on several major characters. She offers several solid, well-wrought adventures as well, but they never cohere into a whole worthy of its parts. The subplots are frequently more interesting than the main story line, in which the ruling houses of the recently fallen Empire attempt to revitalize their way of life with the aid of a new type of Jedi knight. A particularly compelling subplot concerns the effort to determine whether the now machine-based consciousness of Nichos, a Jedi Apprentice whose body has died, is still human. While Hambly creates some fascinating alien life forms and plot complications (fans of Luke Skywalker will be especially delighted by a couple of the plot twists here), what she finally offers is more a promise of things to come than a realization of them. Major ad/promo; audio rights sold to BDD Audio Cassette. (May)
Library Journal
Rumors of a lost Jedi stronghold draw Han Solo and Princess Leia to the distant world of Belsavis, while Luke follows the pull of the Force towards a confrontation with a sentient, planet-destroying ship intent on carrying out the deadly orders given to it just before the fall of the Empire. Hambly's talent as a storyteller lies chiefly in her skill at discovering her characters' deepest motivations. In her hands, the heroes of the New Republic take on a maturity and credibility that enhance their already engaging personalities. This latest installment in the continuing series of novels based on the Star Wars universe will make an excellent addition to sf collections.
Arty De Thieu
Hambly joins the circle of sf veterans taking tours of duty in the Star Wars universe and contributes an exciting adventure that rates among the best in the series. When a deranged Drub McKumb nearly assassinates his old friend Han Solo, Luke Skywalker sets off for a distant star system to find the cause of McKumb's breakdown; meanwhile, Han and Princess Leia explore a rumor about a lost enclave of Jedi children. Accompanied by See-Threepio and former Jedi pupil Nichos Cray, Luke stumbles on a massive dreadnought, left over from the war against the Empire and programmed to destroy rebel forces. When Leia and Han visit the isolated planet of Belsavis, they come closer to finding the lost children, whom the dreadnought is tracking down. Hambly brings the Star Wars cast to life, providing gratifying details about Luke's childhood, the quirks of belligerent Gamorreans, and even the human side of an Empire storm trooper. Expect heavy demand for this Star Wars saga; Bantam does, to the tune of some 300,000 copies.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780553572933
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Publication date:
06/28/1996
Series:
Star Wars
Edition description:
Reissue
Pages:
432
Sales rank:
178,300
Product dimensions:
4.24(w) x 6.83(h) x 1.05(d)

Meet the Author

Barbara Hambly (1951) is an American author and screenwriter who works in a variety of genres including fantasy, science fiction, mystery, and historical fiction. She is most well known for her Benjamin January historical mystery series, about a free person of color in antebellum New Orleans. From 1994 to 1996 she served as president of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of American and won the Locus Award for Best Horror Novel for her 1989 novel Those Who Hunt the Night.

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Star Wars: Children of the Jedi 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 43 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Although I will agree that the author's style was confusing at times, I felt that this was a good novel. The situations involving Han, Chewie and Leia introduced some interesting facets to the Star Wars story, such as the Empire's use of torture techniques involving mind-bending drugs, the existence of Jedi that operated apart from the Council on Coruscant (obvious by the fact that they had kids and spouses and by the fact that Callista seemed unfamiliar with figures like Yoda and Obi-Wan) and another 'Emperor's Hand' with an evil prodigy. Irek was a frustrating character in his attitude but was fascinating for his ability to control machines via a brain implant. It was nice to see Leia put such a damper on the evil plans that had formed too. Luke's situation was fascinating as well in that he was pushed to use the more intellectual aspects of the Force rather than just slashing-and-bounding repeatedly. It was intriguing to see that even a Jedi Master can get hurt (physically and emotionally).
ColoradoBR More than 1 year ago
This is a story that introduces Callista to the Star Wars Universe. This story is inconsistant with some of the ideas that were important to the prequel trilogy. I had a problem with Leia's harder edge in her character. It just did not seem like her. Luke's side of the story just seemed a little hokey and the ending was not the exciting end I expected from any Star Wars story. I think that Barabara Hambly is a better Star Wars short story writer than a Star Wars novelist.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Star Wars as a series has delivered some unbelievable books, and is very enjoyable to read, but this book was terrible. It was difficult to follow and the plot lines were boring and tedious. This is the only time with a Star Wars book that I struggled to get through the novel.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Took a while to finish, doesn't keep me interested, hard to follow because it's so boring...only worth reading for the conclusion of Darksaber.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read the sample and it was great!!!! The sample is 69 pages so the real book must be really long. Your friend JET
Guest More than 1 year ago
There's a lot of naysayers about this novel, but for those who know what it's like to meet the one who'll change your life, you understand what Luke is experiencing when he and Callista grow together in this novel.
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JE75 More than 1 year ago
I read this book years ago when it came out and apparently had forgotten most of it. I came back to it because I decided to reread the Star Wars books chronologically. Being a completist is pretty much the only reason to read it. While there are a few interesting parts to it, for the most part it is just boring. I found myself taking way longer to get through it than most Star Wars books. I've read about 70 of them and other than the Bounty Hunter Wars books (AWFUL!), this is the worst I've read so far.
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Not well written at all. Reading the first page is like experiencing the death of the English language.
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I must say I am really not a fan of Barbra Hambly writing style. The plot of the story was ok but it was the delivering of it I had a real problem with. I struggled reading it, having to re-read paragraphs again because it was choppy and the direction of thought was everywhere. The words just didn’t flow…. Luke’s injury throughout the ENTIRE story was tedious and boring….and Luke and Callista relationship was like reading a third grade romance novel: from their dialogue, the silly “dream” on Tatoonie and even the so-call “I love you for you, not the force” (yet I heard he spends the next two novels trying to get the Force back to her..?!). It left me with an impression of Luke as pathetic love sick puppy, not a Jedi Master. Mara Jade was briefly in the story, yet after all Luke and her went through in the Thrawn series, they acted like cold strangers to one another. Leia seemed way out of character and with all the flashbacks and over-analyzing questions left me with…who cares?! As for the other two remaining novels in this series….I think I’ll pass….
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