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[The New Republic]
Events that occur between 5 and 25 years after the Battle of Yavin.

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Champions of the Force
Kevin J. Anderson
Bantam Spectra
Published as:
Paperback Novel (1994)
Audio Book (1994, 2007)
e-Book (2011)

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1 review [Average review score: 3 / 5]

As the New Republic continues its struggle for survival, a scattered but powerful remnant of the shattered Empire seeks to destroy three precious children, among them Han and Leia's Jedi twins, who represent the next generation of Jedi Knights.
Suspended helplessly between life and death, Luke Skywalker lies in state at the Jedi Academy. But on the spirit plane, Luke fights desperately for survival, reaching out physically to the Jedi twins. At the same time, Leia is on a life-and-death mission of her own, a race against Imperial agents hoping to destroy a third Jedi child, Leia and Han's baby Anakin, hidden on the planet Anoth. Meanwhile, Luke's former protégé Kyp Durron has pirated the deadly Sun Crusher on an apocalyptic mission of mass destruction, convinced he is fighting for a just cause. Hunting down the rogue warrior, Han must persuade Kyp to renounce his dark crusade and regain his lost honour. To do it, Kyp must take the Sun Crusher on a suicide mission against the awesome Death Star prototype, a battle Han knows they may be unable to win, even with Luke Skywalker at their side!

This story occurs approximately 11 years after the Battle of Yavin.

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Review by David White, USA, 2009:

"I'd rate the relevance to the E.U. a 5.
"While I thought the book was OK at best, it is an absolute must-read in terms of relevance to the Star Wars Universe. Luke establishes a Jedi academy, many important characters are introduced, and many important events happen.
"The trilogy come to a conclusion, but not with the same bang as the Thrawn trilogy.
"Much of my complaint about this series was Luke's blindness to the goings-on at the academy, the lackluster Qwi Xux - Wedge's romance, and the ho-hum threat of Daala. For a brilliant tactician that was set up in the reading, she got her butt kicked pretty regularly in this trilogy. I just had a hard time buying her as a threat - she was a tragic character at best.
"About my Reviews:
"I've read/own all the adult books except the recent hardcovers and several of the kids books. My reading philosophy is that the books should be read in the order they were published, as skipping around will only cause you to miss nuances and get frustrated at references to previous books. I tend to favor reading about Han over Luke, and like plenty of space battles and swordfights. I also appreciate philosophical discussions of the Force and government, a "Star Wars" feel to books that capture the magic of the original trilogy, and the ability to make new characters/places come alive as well as tying in other characters. I'm in the process of rating all the books, and have tried to generate a genuine bell chart. I have 8 1s, 12 2s, 33 3s, 28 4s, and 16 5s. I'd rate ERAs as: Classic - 2, Bantam - 4, New Jedi Order - 5, Clone Wars - 3, Legacy - 3, and Junior Jedi Knights a 3 despite it being a kids' series."

Rating: 3 / 5
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