Star Wars: Prophets of the Dark Side (1993) – Paul Davids and Hollace Davids

A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away…

The young adult/tween series christened The Jedi Prince comes to a conclusion with its sixth book this week, that sees the culmination of the Alliance’s conflict with Kadaan the Dark Side Prophet who has installed himself as the new Emperor after doing away with the pretender to the throne, Trioculus (god that name).

This time around, Luke, Chewie, the droids, and Ken head to a remote planet in search of a mushroom that can help cure their captive prisoner, Triclops (again with the ridiculous names) the true son of Palpatine. Once there, they are captured by Kadaan and Imperial forces who are looking for access to the Lost City of the Jedi, hidden somewhere inside Yavin 4, where the rebel senate is gathering.

If they gain access to the city, they will have access to a massive computer that has histories and files on almost the entire galaxy, and can be used to help seize control of it.

Kadaan attempts to tempt Ken to the Dark Side, and does so by revealing his true parentage (shades of Rise of Skywalker, or perhaps the other way around as this story came first)!

There isn’t much of an environmental message in this story like the previous five, probably because so much has to be completed in a short number of pages; the Imperials must be bested, and Han Solo has to marry Princess Leia – and she has a vision of their children…

Light and silly, the only thing that really bothered me once I was into the mindset of the story was that Ken used the Force under Luke’s guidance towards the end of the book, but at no point in other part of the series is he even really counselled on its use, or trained in it.

The dialogue is still simple, but you have to remember who the book is aimed at, and I’m not going to lie, they are kind of fun. Our heroes always have time to get caught up in one quick adventure, even as the authors set up the pieces for a continuing story should the opportunity present itself.

They don’t do much in adding new aliens or anything (other than the Dark Side Prophets) to the continuity of the Universe, and I find it kind of odd that they refer to the Dark Side as being able to create spells as if it’s all magic. Perhaps they aren’t so far off considering the existence of the Night Sisters.

Next time we dive into the conclusion of the Timothy Zahn series, which helped to launch the original Expanded Universe, and brought older readers back to that galaxy far, far away. Until then, may the Force be with you…

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