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Dark Apprentice

Book - 1994
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Publisher: New York : Bantam, c1994
ISBN: 9780553297997
0553297996
Branch Call Number: SCF ANDERSON
SCI ANDER-K
Characteristics: 354 p. ; 18 cm
Alternative Title: Dark apprentice

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Chinderixx
Dec 03, 2016

"Grand Moff Tarkin once said that setbacks are merely an opportunity for us to do twice as much damage the second time around." -Admiral Natasi Daala.

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Dec 03, 2016

"Exar Kun! I'm the one you're trying to teach. Don't waste your time with him."-Kyp Durron

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"Many eyes see what one alone cannot."-Leia

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Dec 03, 2016

This review does contain some spoilers. The second book in the Jedi Academy Trilogy has a good title and an awesome cover, but it's unnecessarily long and has a rushed ending. The book makes you believe that the Dark Apprentice is Gantoris in the beginning, but once it reveals that it's Kyp Durron, you just want to start yelling, "No Kyp! No!" Mara shows up again, and she joins Luke's academy for a couple chapters then decides to drop out. (Not at all surprising). I know that the original idea was to have Lando and Mara end up together, which explains why he's trying to impress her so much. But I don't even think that she's even good enough for him. While Daala is moaning about Tarkin, her failures and blowing stuff up, we get a lot of Admiral Ackbar and more "It's a trap!" jokes. The whole middle section of this book is really long and it only starts to pick up at the very end. So, I didn't think that "Dark Apprentice" was a bad book, but I do think that Mr. Anderson could have made it much shorter.

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Dec 03, 2016

Chinderixx thinks this title is suitable for 13 years and over

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Dec 03, 2016

SUMMARY FROM WIKIPEDIA: While the New Republic struggles to decide what to do with the deadly Sun Crusher—a new doomsday weapon stolen from the Empire by Han Solo—the renegade Imperial Admiral Daala uses her fleet of Star Destroyers to conduct guerrilla warfare on peaceful planets. And now she threatens Mon Calamari, the watery homeworld of Admiral Ackbar and important shipyard for the New Republic. But as the battle for a planet rages, an even greater danger emerges at Luke Skywalker's Jedi academy on Yavin 4. A strong but untrained student named Gantoris delves dangerously into the dark side of the Force and unleashes the spirit of the ancient dark side master Exar Kun, who instructs him in the creation of a unique, three crystal lightsaber that can be focused to extend beyond the normal length to that of a spear. The spirit of Exar Kun also tries, with disastrous consequences, to entice him toward the dark side. Although unsuccessful, this sets the stage for another of Luke's students, Kyp Durron, to face the same choice as Gantoris. Working together, they may become an enemy greater than any the New Republic has ever fought...more powerful than even a Jedi Master can face. Kyp Durron begins his Jedi training with Luke Skywalker during this story, but first, he is being treated to the time of his life by Han Solo. Han felt that because Kyp had been in the mines most of his entire life, that he deserved to have a little fun. When he does get to the Jedi Praxeum, he starts learning the ways of the light side of the Force, astonishing all the other students with his extraordinary talent and his aptitude for Force-training; unfortunately, he also starts learning of the dark side of the Force after Gantoris' death (Gantoris had been corrupted by the spirit of Exar Kun, but turned against him; in revenge, Exar Kun burned Gantoris alive). Exar Kun's spirit began tempting Kyp. Kyp's power increases considerably, and he is tainted by the dark side and the lies Kun told him of the history of the Jedi Order. After a violent disagreement with Tionne over ancient history (involving the fall of Exar Kun), Kyp assaulted Skywalker; with the dark aid of Kun, Kyp ripped Luke's soul from his body, placing him into a coma. With his strength in the Force, Kyp reached out and guided the Sun Crusher from the heart of the gas giant, Yavin, and set out on a mission of vengeance against Admiral Daala and the Imperial Remnant. He knows that his brother, Zeth Durron, is still part of the Empire and he sets course for Carida, intending to rescue him by force if need be.

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