Young Jedi Knights #1
Heirs Of The Force
by Kevin J. Anderson & Rebecca Moesta
Published by Berkley
Scott's Rating: 4 out of 4
Han and Leia's children, Jacen and Jaina, are about to become the third generation of Jedi Knights. As they begin their training, they befriend Lowbacca (Lowie) and his translator droid (programmed by C-3PO), and Tenel Ka, the daughter of the prince and princess from the Courtship of Princess Leia. As they explore the moon of Yavin, they discover a marooned TIE Fighter from the 1st Death Star battle. As they repair the ship and add a hyperdrive, the wounded pilot watches them thinking the war is still on.
This was a really fun story. It was good to see the kids all grown up and learning the ways of the Force. I also like the new characters Lowie and Tenel Ka. This is intended for young readers, but it is a good quick read for adults as well. This is the kind of thing I would like my kids to read some day. It is also good to see Star Wars being introduced to a younger generation.
The problem with having a character that doesn't speak English is that you need some way for him to communicate. They made the translator Droid for Lowie, but he is an obvious copy of C-3PO. I wish a new droid could have been made. Also, why would the kids need a translator when they grew up with a Wookiee? Chewy got along fine! It is still a great book.
Look at yourself in the mirror when trying to say names like Qoorl, Lowbacca, or Tenel Ka. Now THAT's Ugly!