Children of the Jedi

Children of the Jedi

Book - 1995
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InChildren 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. From the Paperback edition.
Publisher: New York : Bantam, 1995
ISBN: 9780553089301
0553089307
Characteristics: 345 p. ; 24 cm

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Chinderixx
Jan 29, 2017

Children Of The Jedi has a whole ton of continuity errors, and it's not just with the movies. A lot of stuff in this book was unclear or confusing, and occasionally there was random, unexpected point of view changes.
Luke meets Callista, who seems like a good, strong, likeable character, but their whole romance was just sort of forced and rushed, so them being in love wasn't very convincing. I did like that Barbara Hambly focused on relationships between characters that don't get a whole lot of buddy time together like C-3PO and Luke or Leia and A2-D2. I also liked how she included small things like how Luke finds it intriguing that Cray, (a main character in this novel) could braid her hair without looking at a mirror. Hambly is great at describing setting, and her action scenes were fun to read. (Especially Leia's fight with Irek toward the end).
I think that Children Of The Jedi was different than any other Star Wars novel I have read before, and it was definitely interesting to read something so different. (The cover is pretty awesome!)

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Dec 31, 2016

Note: This book was published in 1995, so in some ways it doesn't fit in with the movies that came out later. My advice is just to enjoy the book for what it is and not worry about the continuity issues. Because there is a lot here to enjoy...

* This is the first time I've read a book by Hambly, and I'm very impressed with her creativity. Some of the original characters she introduces include: an ex-stormtrooper turned hippie, a group of Gamorreans that have been brainwashed to believe they're Imperials, and a pink kitten-like creature named AT-AV.

* I'm also impressed with the sheer amount of action that Hambly squeezes into one book. The overall story is about Luke and Threepio racing against time to deactivate an old Imperial weapon, while the rest of the gang investigates a planet where a group of Jedi and their families once hid from the Empire. During the course of these adventures, Leia has to deactivate a murderous droid, do some Force-assisted astral projection, and swing from vines. Han and Chewie get chased through dark, damp catacombs by zombie-like creatures. And Luke, who is severely injured, has to battle Sand People, rescue prisoners, and blow up a space station.

* Even with all that action and adventure, there is still plenty of room for character development. Leia struggles with her desire for revenge against former Imperials. Han and Leia have some nice romantic moments. And speaking of romance, Luke falls in love with a former Jedi named Callista.

* I enjoy reading about clothing, and this book was very satisfying on that count. With her descriptive writing style, Hambly naturally includes plenty of information about what the characters are wearing. As a petite woman, I can sympathize with Leia's frustration over not being able to wear the types of fashions that are designed for tall, willowy figures.

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Chinderixx
Jan 29, 2017

"It isn't who I think I am, it's who I am." -Luke Skywalker

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Chinderixx
Jan 29, 2017

"And the thing about the dark side is that it's so easy to use-and it gets you what you think you want."-Leia

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Jan 29, 2017

Chinderixx thinks this title is suitable for 15 years and over

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Jan 29, 2017

SUMMARY FROM WIKIPEDIA:
Han Solo and Princess Leia learn of the now-abandoned Jedi stronghold on the planet of Belsavis from Drub McKumb and travel there, only to discover a chilling conspiracy involving a Force-adept, members of the Ancient Houses and the Emperor's Hand who is able to change the programming of droids and mechanicals. Meanwhile, Luke Skywalker, C-3PO, two Jedi students (Nichos and Cray), and a myriad selection of alien life-forms along with a former stormtrooper are abducted aboard the sinister Eye of Palpatine, impossibly reactivated after thirty years. Fighting the effects of massive indoctrination, injury, and the cold manipulation by the ship's artificial intelligence and its horrific security measures, Luke discovers the Eye is bound for the destruction of Belsavis. Racing against time and exhaustion he struggles to rescue his companions; who are being held hostage as the Will has decided they are Rebel Saboteurs, find a way to transport all the ship's prisoners back to their home-worlds, and find a way to destroy the super-weapon. He makes an unexpected ally in the form of Callista, the brave Jedi who sacrificed her life to stop the ship thirty years before, and now exists as a fading spirit in the gunnery computers. Tenderness grows between them, but time is running out, and the destruction of the Eye will mean the final loss of Callista forever. Beyond all hope, Callista is revived as a human when Cray chooses to die and be reunited with her dead lover Nichos and offers her body to the former Jedi. However Callista has lost her Jedi powers.

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