Adult Novel

Jedi Search

Kevin J. Anderson
Feb 1, 1994
Artwork by
Narrated by
Anthony Heald
Takes place in
11 ABY
In the
New Republic
A solid entry point to a classic and somewhat wacky Legends trilogy.
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Jedi Search is the first novel in the Jedi Academy Trilogy, and it details the beginnings of a new Jedi academy that Luke is determined to build. The book tells stories of Luke’s search for Force-sensitive beings in the galaxy, Leia’s governmental duties and raising her children, and Han Solo and Chewbacca attempting to stop a dangerous weapon.

The book takes place in the years after the original trilogy, under the New Republic. It is an important story in the expanded universe, as it details the beginnings of Luke’s creation of a Jedi Academy and his first step into training the next generation of Jedi, while continuing to detail the clashes between the New Republic and the scattered factions of the Empire.

Publisher's Summary

As the war between the Republic and the scattered remnants of the Empire continues, two children, the Jedi twins, will come into their powers in a galaxy on the brink of vast changes and challenges. In this time of turmoil and discovery, an extraordinary new Star Wars saga begins.

While Luke Skywalker takes the first step toward setting up an academy to train a new order of Jedi Knights, Han Solo and Chewbacca are taken prisoner on the planet Kessel and forced to work in the fathomless depths of a spice mine. But when Han and Chewie break away, they flee to a secret Imperial research laboratory surrounded by a cluster of black holes - going from one danger to a far greater one.

On Kessel, Luke picks up the trail of his two friends, only to come face to face with a weapon so awesome it can wipe out an entire solar system. It is a death ship called the Sun Crusher, invented by a reclusive genius and piloted by none other than Han himself.

Other Books in this Series

Jedi Search
Dark Apprentice
Champions of the Force
The Jedi Academy Sourcebook

Our Verdict

A solid entry point to a classic and somewhat wacky Legends trilogy.

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Andrew Bell - Jedi Search - Adult Novel
Andrew Bell
Video Department Coordinator
Okay so here's the thing. Whenever you read a Legends book that was written in the 90's (before the prequels), you have to take it with a grain of salt. This book has some odd stuff. Some of Luke's understanding of the Force doesn't quite match up with what we're used to. But this is still a really fun read. And it introduces Kyp Durron. And Luke does some really bonkers Jedi stuff. Just go in with an open mind, and I think most will find this book to be worth the time.
Jared Mayes - Jedi Search - Adult Novel
Jared Mayes
Legends Lookback Lead Host
It's hard for me to evaluate the Jedi Academy Trilogy objectively; my lens is tinted with nostalgia. Seminal to the post-ROTJ Legends timeline, Jedi Search kicks off a vastly important trilogy in terms of Legends worldbuilding. While not remotely comparable to the masterpiece that is the Thrawn Trilogy, Kevin J. Anderson develops a number of entertaining characters such as Kyo Durron and Admiral Daala. Plus he establishes Luke's Jedi Academy on Yavin IV—my favorite Legends locale. Ultimately, I think of the Jedi Academy books as not critically and objectively well-told, but as a ton of fun regardless.

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