by Kevin Anderson
After seeing Kevin Anderson rescue the Callista Trilogy from Barbara Hambly in his book Darksaber, I was ready to read Jedi Search. And what a pleasure it was to read. I now place Kevin Anderson up there with my favorite Star Wars authors, Timothy Zahn, Steve Perry, and Troy Denning.
I loved Jedi Search. I’ve been reading stories that take place after The Jedi Academy Trilogy and missed out on some of the references. This book (and I’m sure the rest of the trilogy) really filled me in. It introduces Kyp Durron, who is referenced so many times in future stories. I can see why, because he’s a great character. Luke, Leia and Han all have interesting roles. We get to see the twins’ reintroduction into Han and Leia’s lives. What realism there is in the interactions of all the family members, including Luke’s role as uncle and Leia’s being mom. The kids really act as kids would. How cute!
I sense that Luke, with all he’s been through, is still and maybe always will be a little naive — always believing in the good in people. Although I haven’t read the rest of the trilogy, there is foreboding, and I’m glad that Kevin Anderson has kept with the character, as I think that is how it should be for Luke.
I know there is great concern about the storyline with another weapon of mass destruction, but I much prefer that over metalmastiff and entechment. The rest of the story was wonderfully written. I finally get to see what the deal over the spice mines of Kessel was. What an interesting story we get from that. And the Maw. That pops up over and over again in other books and now I know why. Wow.
Of all the Star Wars authors, I think Kevin Anderson excels best at action sequences and battle scenes. Whereas my eyes normally glaze over and I file those sections under “battle scene” and move on, I can actually visualize every detail of what’s happening in Jedi Search with ease. I don’t think I’ve ever read scenes like those with such clarity. I was so fully immersed, it was real, I could feel everything. What a moving experience. If you like action sequences, there’s plenty here that’s done well.
If you are working your way through the Star Wars Universe, this is a definite must read book. So much of it is referenced in other books. I didn’t know how much I was missing until I read it. But read not just for “historical” content, read it because it is a genuinely good book.