Old Friends: Jaina Solo, Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, Chewbacca, Jacen Solo, Tenel Ka, Lowbacca, Tionne, Raynar, Em Teedee, Peckhum, Brakiss, Tamith Kai, Zekk, Emperor Palpatine, Qorl, Norys, R2-D2, Admiral Ackbar, Lando Calrissian.
Synopsis: This is it-the final battle. Luke Skywalker's Jedi Academy on Yavin 4 against the Shadow Academy. I looked at this book in the Science-Fiction section of Waldenbooks and thought that it would be an insane book-one that is action packed to the core. But be aware, it isn't that great. The plot is overrated. You'll see what I mean when I attack this book's flaws in the review below...
Review: Luke Skywalker's Jedi Academy is being attacked by the Shadow Academy in this book. It is the final battle against the Shadow Academy. With Yavin 4's shield generator destroyed, they are forced to fight against this dangerous threat. If they suceed in fighting off the Shadow Academy, the New Republic will have a new age of Jedi to protect them. If not, it could mean defeat of the New Republic...
*SIGH* There's Emperor Palpatine's name on the Old Friend's list, where he doesn't belong. The book was OK, I suppose. I know from where I'm reading that the Jedi will win though, because the Dark Jedi at the Shadow Academy were poorly trained, very cocky, and stupid, saying such things like "drop your lightsabers, you don't even have a chance," and "I feel like I could take on the whole Rebel Alliance myself," and so on. It's ridiculous. Because of that, it wasn't as climatic as I expected it to be. The book stayed alive the entire way, which is good though. But parts of this book really annoyed me, as I have implied.
With such a poorly trained rag tag group, I don't understand how much of a threat it could really be to the entire New Republic, let alone the Jedi. The plot is overrated, and the magnitude isn't as high as it seems. Oh, and I mentioned something about stupidity? Brace yourself, because there's more of it. Tamith Kai, one of the most "powerful" Dark Jedi in the Shadow Academy, has no respect for her opponents, and it is displayed in the book. Here's a part of the book in which her stupidity is displayed, in an encounter with Tenel Ka:
The Nightsister's violet eyes flashed, and she shook her head mockingly. "Why not surrender now, weakling girl?" she said. "This is hardly a test of my abilities. Ha! A one-armed child who dares to think she can be a threat to me."
"You talk too much," Tenel Ka said. "Or do you intend to use your foul breath as a weapon against me?"
Indeed. Tamith Kai DOES talk too much, and so do the other blooming idiots of the Shadow Academy (save for Brakiss, he didn't talk too much, only a little). That annoyed me, I say it again. And while reviewing this, I'm not through with attacking the flaws in the book! Tamith Kai also says this to Tenel Ka:
"You waste my time, child. Why don't you save us some trouble and just lie down and die?"
That is THE MOST STUPIDEST QUESTION ever asked. There Tamith Kai is, talking too much. It's no wonder the Shadow Academy will be easy to fight off. One thing I like to see in action packed books is smart opponents that present a problem that is actually dangerous. It's not displayed in here. And by the way, I don't think it's likely that Jaina Solo would outsmart Admiral Ackbar, who has at this time been an Admiral for the Rebellion for 20 years. It's displayed in this book. I understand that Kevin and Rebecca are making a series for kids, but really-he's blown up the plot in this book too much. There you go...I've given this book a rating of 2. I'm done ranting and raving for today-goodbye!
Title: Jedi Under Siege