The Crystal Star (1994)
Vonda N. McIntyre
Princess Leia’s children have been kidnapped. Along with Chewbacca and Artoo-Detoo, she follows the kidnappers’ trail to a disabled refugee ship, from which children are also missing. Here she learns of a powerful Imperial officer with a twisted plan to restore the Empire. Meanwhile, Han Solo and Luke Skywalker are cut off from Leia by the death of a nearby star, which has caused a disruption in the Force. They have gone to the planet Crseih to investigate a report of a lost group of jedi. Instead they find a charismatic alien named Waru whose miraculous healing powers have attracted a fanatic following. As Leia follows the path of her children across space, Luke and Han draw closer to the truth behind Waru’s sinister cult. Together they will face an explosive showdown that will decide the survival of the New Republic…and the universe itself!
(RIP Miss McIntyre 1948-2019)
Vector Prime (1999)
R. A. Salvator
More than two decades after the heroes of the Rebel Alliance destroyed the Death Star and broke the power of the Emperor, the New Republic has struggled to maintain peace and prosperity among the peoples of the galaxy. But unrest has begun to spread and threatens 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. And as the Jedi and the Republic focus on internal struggles, a new threat surfaces from beyond the farthest reaches of the Outer Rim – an enemy bearing weapons and technology unlike anything New Republic scientists have ever seen.
Suddenly, Luke Skywalker; his wife, Mara; Han Solo; Leia Organa 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, the power of the Force itself may not be enough…
Dark Journey (2002)
Though the Jedi strike force completed its deadly mission into Yuuzhan Vong territory, the price of success was tragedy: not everyone made it out alive. In a daring getaway, hotshot pilot Jaina Solo stole an enemy ship, taking along her fellow survivors – and leaving behind a huge piece of her heart.
With the enemy in hot pursuit, Jaina is forced to seek haven in the unprotected, unfriendly Hapes Cluster, where the Jedi are held responsible for a past tragedy – and where the royal family has grim plans for their famous Jedi guest. Even more sinister are the intentions of the Yuuzhan Vong, desperate to capture Jaina for a hideous sacrifice.
Grief-stricken and obsessed with revenge, Jaina is blind to these threats – and to the overpowering evil dangerously close to consuming her. In the coming conflagration, Jaina will be fighting not for victory or vengeance, but for her very being…
Jedi Apprentice #2: The Dark Rival (1999)
Qui-Gon Jinn’s past is not at rest. How can he forge a bond with young Obi-Wan Kenobi while he is haunted by the betrayal of his first apprentice – Xanatos? Xanatos was also a promising student…until the dark side of the Force intervened. Qui-Gon thought he was gone forever. But now Xanatos is back. And he wants revenge.
The Jedi Prince Series (1992-1993)
Paul and Hollace Davids
There are six books in all: The Glove of Darth Vader, The Lost City of the Jedi, Zorba the Hutt’s Revenge, Mission From Mount Yoda, Queen of the Empire and Prophets of the Dark Side.
Jedi Prince is the informal name given to a series of Star Wars young reader novels that ‘take up where Return of the Jedi left off’. The Title ‘Jedi Prince’ refers to Ken, the twelve – year – old hero of the series who teams up with Luke Skywalker and the Rebel Alliance to fight the Empire.
The Empire, led by Grand Moff Hissa and Supreme Prophet Kadann attempt to install Trioculus as Emperor, claiming that he is Palpatine’s son. Palpatine’s real son, according to the series, is a madman named Triclops. Both Trioculus and Triclops are mutants who have three eyes.
The series is generally not popular with fans of the movies, who consider them to be silly.
Oh how one or two installments can change everything! The Disney Sequel Trilogy and Chuck Wendig’s Aftermath books make the Jedi Prince novels look like a Tennessee Williams play. Yes Ken’s a Jedi Prince who shows absolutely no evidence of Force sensitivity (it’s never explained why Luke tried to send him to a regular school instead of training him in the ways of the jedi). Yes, there’s the ongoing use of onomatopoeia and acronyms. The code that reads JE-99-DI-88-FOR-00-CE. The Moffrences. The “Dark Greetings”. And Hologram Fun World. But these books remind us that once upon a time, Star Wars was fun and occasionally corny. With the right writers and a little retconning, these books would’ve made a great animated TV show.
Young Jedi Knights (1995-1998)
Kevin J. Anderson & Rebecca Moesta
When The Empire died, they were born—a new hope for the New Republic. The young twins of Han Solo and Princess Leia are now fourteen, and enrolled at Luke Skywalker’s Jedi Academy on Yavin 4. Together with friends both old and new, the future heroes of an already legendary saga begin their training.
The first sci-fi novel I ever read: “Heirs of the Force” (the first in the series where Jacen and Jaina are captured by an injured Imperial TIE pilot). The series was my episodes 7-9 for years. It thrilled me to see a new generation of heroes with their own adventures. I know I’m not the only one who feels this way because action figures were made of Jacen and Jaina (two for her) and fans were upset when Disney chose to create new characters (and reboot the franchise) instead of using our beloved next generation. But if you have no desire to see Episode IX, then you can read “Young Jedi Knights” instead. There are 14 books in all.