Tenel Ka Djo
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"My lineage is tainted by generations of bloodthirsty, power-hungry tyrants."

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Tenel Ka Djo

Mother. Friend. Jedi. Dathomiri Force witch, matriarch to millions. Queen. Lover. 

Tenel Ka Djo came from the fusion of two independent matriarchal cultures, as told in The Courtship of Princess Leia. She went on to train alongside Jacen and Jaina Solo at Luke Skywalker’s Jedi Academy on Yavin IV in the Young Jedi Knights series. With her origins in such a foundational book from the old-school days of Legends, she went on to become one of the most powerful women in the galaxy with the power to shape the fate of billions. 

And that’s just scratching the surface.

When you’re the one-and-only heir of a rancor-riding, reptile-hide-wearing warrior princess and the near-perfect prince in an extremely wealthy royal family that commands a fleet of Battle Dragons, how could you possibly be an even more interesting and endearing character? 

Somehow, Tenel Ka does exactly that. And despite her royal status, her journey is not always pleasant, either.

Perhaps known most famously for having one of the most memorable lightsabers in all of Star Wars—an emerald blade with the hilt of a RANCOR TOOTH (which is now available at Galaxy’s Edge)—Tenel Ka was one of the significant original Jedi to emerge from the ‘90s EU. Famously, she lost her arm in a practice duel with her classmate Jacen in Lightsabers, thus making her a great icon of representation for the physically challenged in an era lacking in representation—in addition to a strong female Jedi in a galaxy drowning in Skywalker men. 

She went from a sideline character to accompany the Solo twins to a fully-fledged woman of power who went on to play a pivotal role in galactic events. As her relationship with Jacen Solo matured beyond adolescence, she found herself in murky waters—especially as his actions compromised her internal compass and forced her to either stand with him or stand by her values. 

Tenel Ka is a truly remarkable and inspiring character who is the favorite of many Legends fans—especially those who watched her story develop from Dathomir to Yavin IV to Hapes and beyond. 

In this collection, you’ll find the first six stories in the Young Jedi Knights recommended, as they form a single cohesive story arc. That’s not to say you shouldn’t read all 13, though! 

Beyond that, Tenel Ka plays only a cursory role in The New Jedi Order, especially in comparison with her former fellow students, Jaina and Jacen. After that, though, she features prominently in the Dark Nest Trilogy—and thankfully not so much with the whole mind-controlling insects plot. 

That’s where her story moves into adulthood as she is clearly no longer the teenager we knew on Yavin IV. She is even more important to the plot of Legacy of the Force (even getting her own cover art), where her decisions and loyalties will decide the fate of countless lives. . .

All in all, her story is a shining beacon of both the weirdness and the beautifully heartbreaking elements of Legends continuity and one that benefitted from decades of authors picking up the baton with her journey, and one of the most meaningful characters worth investigating in all of Star Wars.

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Books in this Collection

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Junior Reader
Legends

Jedi Shadow (Young Jedi Knights #1-3)

April 1, 2002
Kevin J. Anderson, Rebecca Moesta
23 ABY
This volume collects the first three Young Jedi Knights books, Heirs of the Force, Shadow Academy, and The Lost Ones. The series propels Jacen and Jaina Solo into the spotlight as they train to become Jedi at Luke's Jedi Academy on Yavin IV. But when you're an heir to the Skywalker legacy, there's never a dull moment! Jacen, Jaina, their friends Tenel Ka Djo, Lowbacca, and Em Teedee go from one crisis after another—whether it's being captured by Imperials or crash-landing in the untamed jungle on a training exercise.
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Junior Reader
Legends

Jedi Sunrise (Young Jedi Knights #4-6)

December 1, 2003
Kevin J. Anderson, Rebecca Moesta
23 ABY
The second collected paperback is comprised of Lightsabers, Darkest Knight, and Jedi Under Siege. It rounds out the first major story arc of the Young Jedi Knights series, as Jacen, Jaina, and the students at Luke's Jedi Academy on Yavin IV face off against the Dark Jedi Brakiss, his apprentice Zekk, and the Shadow Academy.
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Junior Reader
Legends

Fall of the Diversity Alliance (Young Jedi Knights #7-11)

January 1, 1998
Kevin J. Anderson, Rebecca Moesta
24 ABY
The third collected volume of Young Jedi Knights books consists of The Shards of Alderaan, Diversity Alliance, Delusions of Grandeur, Jedi Bounty, and The Emperor’s Plague. Following Jacen and Jaina Solo along with their friends Tenel Ka, Lowbacca, Raynar Thul, and Zekk on Luke’s Jedi Academy on Yavin IV, these adventures see the group travel beyond the walls of the temple to find themselves mixed up in a number of in-way-over-their-heads issues. Anti-human terrorists, Boba Fett, and a deadly bio weapon all threaten our young heroes on their quest to becoming fully-fledged Jedi Knights.
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Junior Reader
Legends

Under Black Sun (Young Jedi Knights #12-14)

June 1, 1999
Kevin J. Anderson, Rebecca Moesta
24 ABY
The final collection of Young Jedi Knights books contains Return to Ord Mantell, Trouble on Cloud City, and Crisis at Crystal Reef. Similar to the stories surrounding the Shadow Academy and the Diversity Alliance, these books are independent adventures, and yet follow an overarching plot as well. The unifying thread is encounters from echoes of the Solo family’s past. From The Han Solo Adventures by Brian Daley, Gallandro the gunslinger’s daughter is gunning for the group, armed with a lightsaber! From there, the trainees vacation on Cloud City, where all is not as it seems. Finally the series culminates with an epic chase from the spice mines of Kessel to the depths of Crystal Reef. .
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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

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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Adult Novel
Legends

Dark Journey

January 29, 2002
Elaine Cunningham
27 ABY
Jaina Solo must deal with the fallout of the catastrophic mission to Myrkyr in Star by Star, as well as navigate the complicated love triangle in which she finds herself. Torn between her grief and multiple potential suitors, she must find herself in the midst of a dark downward spiral. This book also sees the return of several of the major players from The Courtship of Princess Leia, as Hapan politics once again catches up to the Solo family.‍
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Adult Novel
Legends

Destiny's Way

October 1, 2002
Walter Jon Williams
28 ABY
One of the five original hardcover tentpole books of the New Jedi Order, Destiny's Way is a pivotal book in the grand scheme of galactic politics. A new government is forming to better handle the galactic shakeup that has come at the hands of the Yuuzhan Vong. Luke Skywalker positions the Jedi to be major players in galactic events and inducts a new class of Jedi Knights into a now fully-formed Jedi Order. But disparate factions within the government propose various solutions to the Yuuzhan Vong problem—including biological warfare that would exterminate the Vong in their entirety.
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Adult Novel
Legends

The Unifying Force

November 4, 2003
James Luceno
29 ABY
The Yuuzhan Vong near ultimate victory in their quest to conquer the galaxy. The floundering Alliance is on the brink of total collapse. Meanwhile, some of its greatest heroes have vanished in its most dire time of need. However, an uprising from among the Yuuzhan Vong’s own ranks and a strange new toxin known as Alpha Red offer a small ray of hope. As the final moves of the war are made, Luke, Han, and Leia are desperate to stop the Yuuzhan Vong and save their galaxy once and for all...no matter the cost.With this novel, James Luceno takes readers on one final ride in the climactic conclusion of the lengthy New Jedi Order series.
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Adult Novel
Legends

The Joiner King

July 26, 2005
Troy Denning
35 ABY
Where do you go after a 19-book series like the New Jedi Order? Into a hive of mind-controlling space bugs, obviously! Troy Denning goes full-throttle on this incredibly off-kilter sci-fi series. Jacen is dark and broody, Leia training as a Jedi, and a crazed Dark Jedi Alema Rar on a rampage.
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Adult Novel
Legends

The Unseen Queen

September 27, 2005
Troy Denning
36 ABY
Troy Denning pulls out all the sci-fi stops in his Dark Nest trilogy. The Dark Nest, harboring thieves and pirates and plotting to assassinate Mara Jade, must be stopped. The Unseen Queen makes the war personal. Jaina and Zekk struggle to break free of the Killiks’ influence, the Jedi find themselves at odds with the government they’re sworn to serve, Luke and Leia learn more about the events surrounding the downfall of their parents and the truth of Order 66, and Jacen takes an irrevocable step down the dark path as he gets tangled up in family drama on Hapes and is targeted by the Dark Nest.
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Adult Novel
Legends

The Swarm War

December 27, 2005
Troy Denning
36 ABY
In the explosive conclusion to the Dark Nest trilogy, Denning delivers on decapitations, epic lightsaber fights, character drama, biological warfare, assassination attempts, subterfuge, and so much more! The trilogy sees many of the major characters undergoing permanent change—Luke Skywalker assumes the mantle of Grand Master of the New Jedi Order, Jacen Solo commits to his own path of following his own moral compass and burying the lies of what really happened on Hapes, Leia becomes a fully-fledged Jedi Knight, and several of the younger Jedi are banished for their dark actions during this messy war. It bridges the gap between the New Jedi Order and the Legacy of the Force series in a way that is uniquely Star Wars Legends.
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Adult Novel
Legends

Bloodlines

August 29, 2006
Karen Traviss
40 ABY
In this solid entry in the Legacy of the Force series, a number of storylines intertwine, revolving around the Solo family. Jacen continues down the dark path he began down in this book’s predecessor, Betrayal, under the influence of a dark side Force user from Luke’s past, Lumiya. Meanwhile, Han and Leia seek to intervene in the pending Civil War that threatens the Galactic Alliance by returning to Han’s homeward of Corellia. Upon returning, they find out that Han’s estranged cousin, Thrackan, has a bounty out for Han! Another major plot point in this book is concerning an aging Boba Fett, whose past has caught up with him and who might have to team up with an old nemesis in order to get a job done. For both Fett and the Solos, they will have to reckon with the idea of legacy. This book relies heavily upon numerous elements of the Legends universe, including the New Jedi Order, the Corellian trilogy, the Mandalorian culture fleshed out in Karen Traviss’s Republic Commando series, and even the old Marvel comics!
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Adult Novel
Legends

Tempest

November 28, 2006
Troy Denning
40 ABY
The third entry in the Legacy of the Force series revolves around the planet Hapes and Jacen's lover, Jedi and Queen Mother Tenel Ka. Because of her loyalty to Jacen, she has sided with the Alliance against Corellia. But she faces opposition from within as the cutthroat political rivals on Hapes hire bounty hunters to eliminate her. Han and Leia go to Hapes to reason with Tenel Ka, unknowingly stepping into a flashfire that will incurr the wrath of Jacen, who blames them for the upheaval. Troy Denning seizes the opportunity to weave deranged Dark Jedi Alema Rarr into the plot. She looks to assassinate Jacen, but is secretly sought after by Jagged Fel, who is exiled by the Chiss.
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Adult Novel
Legends

Sacrifice

May 29, 2007
Karen Traviss
40 ABY
In order for Jacen Solo to complete his transformation into a Sith Lord, he must make a drastic sacrifice. His former Jedi Master, Mara Jade Skywalker, investigates his turn to the dark side. Jacen continues his negative influence over Ben Skywalker by tasking him with an assassination. Karen Traviss picks up plot threads from her Republic Commando series by sending Boba Fett on a quest for a cure for complications with his compromised clone body. He teams up with Null ARC Jaing Skirata and Darman's son Venku.
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Adult Novel
Legends

Inferno

August 28, 2007
Troy Denning
40 ABY
Inferno is a critical turning point in the Legacy of the Force series. Darth Caedus sends troops to arrest Han and Leia Solo, Ben Skywalker looks for his chance to strike, and the great forests of Kashyyyk are burned to the ground! It's jam-packed with the action, heartbreak, and deception that makes Legacy of the Force such a great series.
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Adult Novel
Legends

Fury

November 27, 2007
Aaron Allston
40 ABY
Darth Caedus, formerly Jacen Solo, kidnaps his daughter, Allana, from Hapes, threatening her life if her mother Tenel Ka doesn’t pledge Hapes to the Galactic Alliance. Tenel Ka turns to the Jedi for help rather than caving in to Caedus’s pressure. Meanwhile, Han and Leia track down the ever elusive Dark Jedi Alema Rar. As Caedus continues his domination, he turns his sights on obtaining a super weapon: Centerpoint Station.
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Adult Novel
Legends

Revelation

February 26, 2008
Karen Traviss
41 ABY
Legacy of the Force continues in this entry from the infamous Legends author Karen Traviss. And it wouldn't be a Traviss book if it didn't have Mandalorians! Jaina Solo trains under Boba Fett himself to learn the skills it will take to defeat Darth Caedus.
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Adult Novel
Legends

Invincible

May 13, 2008
Troy Denning
41 ABY
In the final, explosive conclusion to the incredible Legacy of the Force series, we see Jaina Solo go toe-to-toe with Darth Caedus. But it's not a 400 page lightsaber battle—Invincible brings absolutely every player to the table and lays it all on the line. Anything and everything you could want in a Legends book is here, complete with massive space battles, infiltration missions, Jedi strike teams, emotional gut punches, kidnapping, and of course one heck of a lightsaber duel.
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