Friday, March 24, 2006

Dark Apprentice Review

Dark Apprentice (Jedi Academy Trilogy #2)
by Kevin J. Anderson

Review By: Neil Richard

Rating: 3 out of 5

This is a typical sandwich book in a trilogy. Sandwiched between the first book (with all the introductions) and the last book (with all the conclusions), this book does nothing more than set the stage using the characters introduced to play out the last act.

We start out with Ackbar and Leia crashing into and destroying the central building in the peaceful society of the Vors, not to mention killing hundreds of Vors in the process. Admiral Daala attacks the refugee settlement at Dantooine. Ackbar steps down in disgrace. Gantoris builds a lightsaber, attacks Luke, and later dies at the hands of a Sith Lord’s spirit. Kyp helps pilot the Sun Crusher into the heart of Yavin.

From there, all hell breaks loose. Daala attacks again, Kyp goes off the deep end (psychologically), and Luke decides to take a nap (Snow White style).

My bottom line? Like the first book in the series, it’s a decent read but lacks somewhat in the final execution. Sure, the plots are okay and the characters are good, but the action and settings all seem to be a bit recycled. There’s also some good introductions made (like Cilghal) of characters that will be making a stronger impact on the galaxy later. But overall, it’s just an average Star Wars book that does an average job of telling an average story. Don’t get too excited.

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