Anakin Solo
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Anakin Solo

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Anakin Solo
"I placed quite a burden on Anakin, didn't I, by giving him that name." "He is strong enough to accept that burden, Leia."

Shrouded in the legacy of his grandfather, with whom he shared a name, Anakin Solo was a shining example of what the new generation of Jedi should be. Despite sharing the name with an infamous ancestor, Anakin forges his own path as a Jedi—one that would change the entire galaxy.

Born to Rebellion heroes Han and Leia Solo, Anakin was destined for greatness from the beginning. But his childhood was far from privileged. With Han and Leia wrapped up in saving the galaxy and governing, Anakin was often left to fend for himself, left under the care of C-3PO or Chewbacca. Whereas his older siblings, Jacen and Jaina, had each other, Anakin had a lonelier childhood because they were away at Luke’s Jedi Academy on Yavin IV.

Of course, this didn’t mean that Anakin’s childhood was boring! Between kidnappings and accidentally bonding with a celestial super weapon, to eventually attending the Jedi Academy himself, young Anakin Solo’s adventures are an absolute blast with their own distinct flavor in comparison with that of the Solo twins.

During his stay on Yavin IV, detailed in the Junior Jedi Knights series, Anakin befriends a girl from Tatooine, Tahiri Veila, who will go on to have one of the most emotional and tumultuous arcs in all of Star Wars Legends.

Before they fell in love or were wrapped up in the Yuuzahn Vong War, Anakin and Tahiri were taken in by the ancient Jedi Master Ikrit (not to be confused with Yoda. . . think more rabbit-like). What’s not to love about ‘90s Jedi boarding school?!

As Anakin became a young adult and was thrust onto the stage of saving the galaxy, he took the opposite stance from his brother Jacen regarding the use of the Force in the early days of the NJO. Anakin favored a more aggressive, proactive use of the Force, as was advocated by Kyp Durron, whereas Jacen took a pacifistic stance.

When the Jedi Academy came under attack by the Yuuzhan Vong, Anakin stormed off to the rescue, where he was once again united with Tahiri. Behind enemy lines, Anakin paved his own path as a Jedi by showing that the Vong were beings deserving of dignity and tried to understand them and befriend them rather than simply oppose them and defeat them.

He was truly one of the most heroic characters in all of Legends and his story is powerful from beginning to end.

In this collection you’ll find the story of his birth (and Palpatine’s attempt to transfer his evil essence into his infant body!), his early adventures from Yavin IV to Dagobah, and then finally taking center-stage in the New Jedi Order.

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Legends
Legends
Junior Reader

Junior Jedi Knights #5: Vader's Fortress

Written by
Rebecca Moesta
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Anakin, Tahiri, Ikrit, and Tionne set off to the spooky planet of Vjun—infested with parasitic plants and ghosts of dark siders of the past. They're chasing the rumor that Obi-Wan Kenobi's lightsaber was retrieved by Darth Vader and hidden in his now abandoned fortress. This story is truly one of the long lost gems of Legends storytelling.
Anakin Solo and his friends--including Tionne and the Jedi Master Ikrit--venture into Darth Vader's abandoned fortress on the planet Vjun to recover Obi-Wan Kenobi's lightsaber, supposedly hidden within the deadly walls of the stronghold
Legends
Legends
Junior Reader

Junior Jedi Knights #1: The Golden Globe

Written by
Nancy Richardson
Artwork by
Jacen and Jaina Solo are off on adventures of their own, and now it's time for their younger brother Anakin to begin his training at Luke Skywalker's Jedi Temple on Yavin IV. He befriends a girl from Tatooine named Tahiri and soon discover that they are both having the same nightmare. Believing that the Force is calling them on an adventure, they sneak out of the academy, discover an ancient Jedi Master, and are soon in way over their heads. . .
Beginning his training at his uncle Luke's Jedi academy, eleven-year-old Anakin befriends fellow student Tahiri, and both children are plagued by mysterious dreams that beckon them toward the dark side of the Force.
Legends
Legends
Junior Reader

Junior Jedi Knights #2: Lyric's World

Written by
Nancy Richardson
Artwork by
Anakin and Tahiri journey with their friend Lyric to one of Yavin's other moons—Yavin VIII! There, they must seek to understand an alien culture, battle a vicious monster, and unravel the mystery similar to what they found back on Yavin IV.
While helping their friend Lyric undergo a ritual that will initiate her into the circle of elders, Anakin and Tahiri discover strange cave carvings that explain how to break an ancient curse.
Legends
Legends
Junior Reader

Junior Jedi Knights #3: Promises

Written by
Nancy Richardson
Artwork by
In a way that is redeemed beautifully by Anakin Skywalker's hatred for the sandpeople in Attack of the Clones, in the Junior Jedi Knights we find Anakin Solo befriending Tahiri Veila, who was raised by sandpeople on Tatooine. In this book Tahiri and Anakin go to Tatooine to solve the mystery of the Golden Globe and to discover the truth of Tahiri's parentage. Plus, they battle a Krayt Dragon!
With the help of her friend Anakin Solo, Tahiri, a young girl raised by the treacherous Tusken Raiders, sets out to prove herself worthy and to discover the secret of her past and mystery of her real parents.
Legends
Legends
Junior Reader

Junior Jedi Knights #4: Anakin's Quest

Written by
Rebecca Moesta
Artwork by
In a perfect blend of emotional depth and fan service, Anakin's Quest is the story of Anakin Solo's journey to Dagobah to reckon with his namesake.
Experiencing terrible dreams about a cave on Dagobah, young Anakin journeys to the planet accompanied by Tahiri, R2-D2, and the Jedi master Ikrit, and the group encounters more than they had bargained for
Legends
Legends
Junior Reader

Junior Jedi Knights #6: Kenobi's Blade

Written by
Rebecca Moesta
Artwork by
The Junior Jedi Knights concludes with Anakin taking his leap toward Jedi Knighthood. He's contrasted with Uldiir, a student weak with the Force who steals a Jedi Holocron and Obi-Wan Kenobi's lightsaber, thinking he can shortcut his path to becoming a Jedi. Anakin must follow in his uncle's footsteps in redeeming a lost Jedi in order to become one himself.
When Anakin's classmate and aspiring Jedi Uldir fears he is not learning fast enough, the discouraged youngster steals the Holocron, a powerful and ancient Jedi treasure, and Obi-Wan's lightsaber.
Legends
Legends
Graphic Novel

Dark Empire III: Empire's End

Written by
Tom Veitch
Artwork by
Jim Balkie
The epically creative and groundbreaking Dark Empire saga concludes with a two-issue miniseries from legendary writer Tom Veitch (though this time without Cam Kennedy's trademark watercolor art). The reborn Emperor Palpatine launches his ultimate plan to transfer his essence into the form of Leia Organa Solo's unborn son! Not to mention another powerful superweapon. . .
Emperor Palpatine has a new weapon—one that can annihilate a planet. But he's not targeting a planet—he's targeting the future of the Jedi, Leia's children. It looks like a hopeless situation for Luke Skywalker, who has the critical task of protecting the children. But it's not the first time Luke has found hope where none existed. The finale to the Dark Empire trilogy is collected here.
Legends
Legends
Adult Novel

Vector Prime

Written by
R.A. Salvatore
Artwork by

This novel serves as the springboard for the rest of the New Jedi Order series by introducing the Yuuzhan Vong, an invading alien race bent on conquering the galaxy. Luke, Mara Jade, Han, Leia, Chewie, and the Solo children must familiarize themselves with their new adversaries and their strange technology. However, everything comes to a cataclysmic conclusion when the Yuuzhan Vong threaten to demonstrate their very own planet-destroying capabilities.

This novel is required reading for those looking to learn about the most important stories in the EU. It is the start of a long series, and for fans of the EU, Luke, or the Solo family, Vector Prime and the rest of the NJO series are highly recommended.

Twenty-one years have passed since the heroes of the Rebel Alliance destroyed the Death Star, breaking the power of the Emperor. Since then, the New Republic has valiantly struggled to maintain peace and prosperity among the peoples of the galaxy. But unrest has begun to spread; tensions erupt in outbreaks of rebellion that, if unchecked, threaten to destroy the Republic's tenuous reign.

Into this volatile atmosphere comes Nom Anor, a charismatic firebrand who heats passions to the boiling point, sowing seeds of dissent for his own dark motives. In an effort to avert a catastrophic civil war, Leia travels with her daughter Jaina, her sister-in-law Mara Jade, and the loyal protocol droid C-3PO, to conduct face-to-face diplomatic negotiations with Nom Anor. But he proves resistant to Leia's entreaties--and, far more inexplicably, within the Force, where a being should be, was . . . blank space.

Meanwhile, Luke is plagued by reports of rogue Jedi Knights who are taking the law into their own hands. And so he wrestles with a dilemma: Should he attempt, in this climate of mistrust, to reestablish the legendary Jedi Council?

As the Jedi and the Republic focus on internal struggles, a new threat surfaces, unnoticed, beyond the farthest reaches of the Outer Rim. An enemy appears from outside known space, bearing weapons and technology unlike anything New Republic scientists have ever seen. Suddenly Luke, Mara, Leia, Han Solo, and Chewbacca--along with the Solo children--are thrust again into battle, to defend the freedom so many have fought and died for. But this time, all their courage, sacrifice, and even the power of the Force itself may not be enough. . . .

Legends
Legends
Adult Novel

Dark Tide I: Onslaught

Written by
Michael A. Stackpole
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Picking up where Vector Prime leaves off, Dark Tide: Onslaught gives us our first glimpse into the fallout from the initial Yuuzhan Vong incursion. In an effort to learn more about this foreign race, and with little assistance from the New Republic, Luke Skywalker takes it upon himself to dispatch a number of small teams on various missions across the galaxy involving recon, rescue, and recovery. As is often the case, these missions end up being much more than meets the eye, as the heroes of this New Jedi Order find themselves pushed to their limits...

It is a perilous time for the New Republic. Just when unity is needed most, mistrust is on the rise. Even the Jedi feel the strain, as rogue elements rebel against Luke's leadership. When alien invaders known as the Yunnan Vong strike without warning, the New Republic is thrown on the defensive. Merciless warriors, the Yunnan Vong glory in torture. Their technology is as strange as it is deadly. Most ominous of all, they are impervious to the Force.

Now Luke must wield all the awesome powers of a Jedi Master to defeat the gravest threat since Darth Vader. As Leia and Gavin Darklighter lead desperate refugees in a fighting retreat from Yunnan Vong forces, Mara Jade, Anakin, Jacen, and Corran Horn find themselves tested as never before by a faceless, implacable foe determined to smother the light of the New Republic forever beneath a shroud of darkest evil . . .

Legends
Legends
Adult Novel

Dark Tide II: Ruin

Written by
Michael A. Stackpole
Artwork by
The second installment in the Dark Tide duology sees various attempts to stop the Yuuzhan Vong: Caamasi Senator Elegos A’Kla seeks peace through diplomatic negotiations, Corran Horn investigates a spore native to the planet of Ithor capable of weakening the Vong’s crab armor, while Jaina Solo makes a military alliance with Jagged Fel and the Chiss Defense Force, as well as Gilad Pellaeon and the Imperial Remnant. The Vong unleash a planet-annihilating force of destruction upon the peaceful planet of Ithor. To save it, Corran Horn must challenge Shedao Shai into an honor-duel upon which the fate of an entire planet hinges.

The alien Yuuzhan Vong have launched an attack on the worlds of the Outer Rim. They are merciless, without regard for life—and they stand utterly outside the Force. Their ever-changing tactics stump the New Republic military. Even the Jedi, once the greatest guardians of peace in the galaxy, are rendered helpless by this impervious foe—and their solidarity has begun to unravel.

While Luke struggles to keep the Jedi together, Knights Jacen Solo and Corran Horn set off on a reconnaissance mission to the planet Garqi, an occupied world. There, at last, they uncover a secret that might be used to undermine the enemy—if only they can stay alive long enough to use it!

Legends
Legends
Adult Novel

Edge of Victory I: Conquest

Written by
Greg Keyes
Artwork by
The Yuuzhan Vong war has reached Yavin IV, where the students at the Jedi Academy are in grave danger because the New Republic and Jedi forces are spread thin across the galaxy. Anakin Solo takes it upon himself to come to the rescue. There he is reunited with his childhood friend Tahiri and the ancient Jedi Master Ikrit from the Junior Jedi Knights series. Soon Anakin finds himself behind enemy lines and befriending the unlikeliest of allies in order to save his friend and escape.

No longer content with the destruction the Yuuzhan Vong have already sown, Warmaster Tsavong Lah has demanded the heads of all the Jedi. Now the Jedi Knights are in terrible danger–and none more so than the young students at the Jedi academy on Yavin 4. Already the sympathizers known as the Peace Brigade are in the Yavin system–and a Yuuzhan Vong fleet is not far behind.

At Luke Skywalker’s request, Talon Karrde mounts an expedition to rescue the young students. Anakin Solo has his own ideas. Impatient, and figuring that forgiveness is easier to come by than permission, he takes off for Yavin 4 in his X-wing.

When it comes to confidence, courage, and raw Force talent, Anakin has few peers. But when his friend Tahiri is separated from the other academy kids and captured by the Yuuzhan Vong, even Anakin may be in over his head. For the aliens have a different future in mind for Tahiri, and they will stop at nothing to achieve their horrific ends . . .

Legends
Legends
Adult Novel

Edge of Victory II: Rebirth

Written by
Greg Keyes
Artwork by
Following the events on Yavin IV, Anakin Solo and Tahiri Veila go out of the frying pan and into the fire! Aided by Jedi Master Corran Horn aboard the Star Destroyer Errant Venture, they are captured by Yuuzhan Vong sypathizers. Meanwhile Jacen has to reconcile with this father, Jaina clashes with the infamous Jedi Kyo Durron, and Luke looks to expel the virus from Mara using whatever means necessary—even the dark side. . .

The brutal Yuuzhan Vong are scouring the universe for Jedi to slaughter. With no help from the divided New Republic, the Jedi stand alone against their seemingly invincible foe. Han and Leia Organa Solo risk deadly consequences with their controversial tactics to bolster the Jedi resistance. After uncovering a new Yuuzhan Vong menace, Anakin and Tahiri find themselves wanted for murder by the Peace Brigade. To avoid capture, they jump into hyperspace . . . and into trouble far graver.

Hunted by the Yuuzhan Vong, wanted as criminals by the New Republic, and with unrest stirring within their own ranks, the Jedi find peril everywhere they turn. But even in the midst of despair, while the most fiercest battle of all looms on the horizon, hope arises with the birth of one very special child. . . .

Legends
Legends
Adult Novel

Agents of Chaos I: Hero's Trial

Written by
James Luceno
Artwork by
All wars create loss. Loss of life. Loss of friends. Loss of faith. For Han Solo, the Yuuzhan Vong war has handed him all of those losses together. Heart-broken by recent events, Han does what he knows best and isolates himself from the rest of the New Republic. Determined to live up to his last name, Han sets out on his own on a mission for vengeance. However, as he tries to leave the New Republic behind, he finds himself pulled right back in as he discovers a massive plot to undermine the government. As the fourth book in the New Jedi Order series and the first of James Luceno’s Agents of Chaos duology, this novel set the stage for a new phase of the Yuuzhan Vong war.

Merciless attacks by an invincible alien force have left the New Republic reeling. Dozens of worlds have succumbed to occupation or annihilation, and even the Jedi Knights have tasted defeat. In these darkest of times, the noble Chewbacca is laid to rest, having died as heroically as he lived. A grief-stricken Han Solo is left to fit the pieces of his shattered soul back together before he loses everything: friends, family, and faith.

Refusing help from Leia or Luke, Han becomes the loner he once was, seeking to escape the pain of his partner's death in adventure...and revenge. When he learns that an old friend from his smuggling days is operating as a mercenary for the enemy, he sets out to expose the traitor. But Han's investigation uncovers an even greater evil: a sinister conspiracy aimed at the very heart of the New Republic's will and ability to fight.

Now Han must face down his inner demons and, with the help of a new and unexpected ally, honor Chewbacca's sacrifice in the only way that matters - by being worthy of it.

Legends
Legends
Adult Novel

Agents of Chaos II: Jedi Eclipse

Written by
James Luceno
Artwork by
Han's journey of grief leads him to aid an old friend find his family after being separated by the war. Their quest leads them back to Han's old stomping grounds—Corellia. There they encounter Han's evil cousin, Thracken Sal-Solo, who plots to use Centerpoint Station to eliminate the Yuuzhan Vong fleet. Jacen and Anakin arrive to intervene, as Leia seeks the aid of the Hapans.

A string of smashing victories by the forces of the sinister aliens known as the Yuuzhan Vong has left New Republic resources and morale stretched to the breaking point. Leia Organa Solo, estranged from her husband, Han, oversees the evacuation of refugees on planets in the path of the merciless invaders. Luke Skywalker struggles to hold the fractious Jedi Knights together, even while one of them undertakes a bold but reckless undercover mission.

Manipulating their alliance with the amoral Hutts, the Yuuzhan Vong leave a cunning trail of vital information where New Republic agents are sure to find it--information the desperate defenders cannot afford to ignore: the location of the aliens' next target.

Then Han Solo stumbles into the dark heart of raging battle, thus beginning a furious race against time that will require every skill and trick in his arsenal to win...

Legends
Legends
Adult Novel

Balance Point

Written by
Kathy Tyers
Artwork by
One of the five hardbacks of the New Jedi Order, Balance Point primarily revolves around the Battle of Duro. It also includes interesting points that propel the story into the future—Jacen's vision of the future, Leia kidnapped by Warmaster Tsavong Lah, and Jacen having to cross the precipice into embracing his calling as a Jedi.

In the aftermath of one tragedy, will a young Jedi’s search for redemption lead to yet another?

There is no place else to channel the flood of refugees fleeing the murderous Yuuzhan Vong but the overcrowded planet Duro, poisoned by centuries of technological excess. Fortunately a deal is struck: In exchange for a new home, the refugees will work to restore the planet to health, under the watchful eye of Leia Organa Solo.

While tempers flare between the Duros and the New Republic, Han Solo, his son, Jacen, and the Ryn called Droma arrive to keep the peace. They are unaware that Leia is on Duro . . . and that Luke, Mara, and Anakin are on their way, searching for a missing Jedi apprentice. And none realize that the Yuuzhan Vong have chosen this embattled planet as the next target in their brutal coreward thrust.

Now, as the fragile stability on Duro threatens to collapse into violence, Jacen Solo must face his greatest dilemma: At what point does the use of power become aggression? Whatever he decides, his next step could tip the galaxy’s destiny toward the light or toward darkness–with the life of someone he loves hanging in the balance . . .

Legends
Legends
Adult Novel

Star by Star

Written by
Troy Denning
Artwork by
Star by Star is a major turning point in the New Jedi Order series. A massive strike team consisting of Jacen, Jaina, Anakin, and many other young Jedi must infiltrate a Yuuzhan Vong worldship. They are tasked with taking out a cloning lab for voxyn—vicious beasts bred from the vornskyrs native to Mykyr—who specialize in hunting Jedi. The mission is incredibly hard-fought and has devastating consequences for our heroes, for whom life will never be the same.

It is a solemn time for the New Republic, as the merciless Yuuzhan Vong continue their ruthless campaign of terror and destruction. The brutal enemy has unleashed a savage creature capable of finding—and killing—Jedi Knights. And now Leia Organa Solo faces a terrible ultimatum from the mighty alien foe determined to conquer the galaxy. If the location of the secret Jedi base is not revealed within one week, the Yuuzhan Vong will blast millions of refugee ships into oblivion.

As the battered but still unbroken Jedi scramble to deal with the newest onslaught, Leia's son Anakin lays out a daring plan. A Jedi strike force will allow itself to be "captured" by the Yuuzhan Vong and taken to their stronghold in the realm of darkness, where the Jedi will sabotage the evil empire's deadliest weapons. The leaders of the force are the three Solo siblings. The risks are tremendous. Can the Jedi fight a ruthless enemy without becoming ruthless themselves and falling victim to the dark side?