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

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Anakin Solo

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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Dark Empire III: Empire's Endamazon button
Graphic Novel
Legends

Dark Empire III: Empire's End

September 10, 1997
Tom Veitch
11 ABY
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. . .
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Junior Reader
Legends

Junior Jedi Knights #1: The Golden Globe

October 1, 1995
Nancy Richardson
22 ABY
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. . .
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Junior Reader
Legends

Junior Jedi Knights #2: Lyric's World

January 1, 1996
Nancy Richardson
22 ABY
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.
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Junior Jedi Knights #3: Promises

April 1, 1996
Nancy Richardson
22 ABY
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!
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Junior Reader
Legends

Junior Jedi Knights #4: Anakin's Quest

May 1, 1997
Rebecca Moesta
22 ABY
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.
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Junior Reader
Legends

Junior Jedi Knights #5: Vader's Fortress

July 1, 1995
Rebecca Moesta
22 ABY
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.
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Junior Reader
Legends

Junior Jedi Knights #6: Kenobi's Blade

September 1, 1997
Rebecca Moesta
22 ABY
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.
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Adult Novel
Legends

Vector Prime

October 5, 1999
R.A. Salvatore
25 ABY

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.

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Dark Tide I: Onslaughtamazon button
Adult Novel
Legends

Dark Tide I: Onslaught

February 1, 2000
Michael A. Stackpole
25 ABY
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...
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Adult Novel
Legends

Dark Tide II: Ruin

June 6, 2000
Michael A. Stackpole
25 ABY
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.
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Adult Novel
Legends

Agents of Chaos I: Hero's Trial

August 1, 2000
James Luceno
25 ABY
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.
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Agents of Chaos II: Jedi Eclipseamazon button
Adult Novel
Legends

Agents of Chaos II: Jedi Eclipse

October 3, 2000
James Luceno
25 ABY
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.
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Adult Novel
Legends

Balance Point

October 31, 2000
Kathy Tyers
26 ABY
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.
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Adult Novel
Legends

Edge of Victory I: Conquest

April 20, 2001
Greg Keyes
26 ABY
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.
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Adult Novel
Legends

Edge of Victory II: Rebirth

July 31, 2001
Greg Keyes
26 ABY
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. . .
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Adult Novel
Legends

Star by Star

October 30, 2001
Troy Denning
27 ABY
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.
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