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[Young Jedi Knights]
Events that occur between 22 and 24 years after the Battle of Yavin.

[Young Jedi Knights #14: Crisis at Crystal Reef]

Paperback Youth Novel
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Crisis at Crystal Reef
Kevin J. Anderson & Rebecca Moesta
Published as:
Paperback Youth Novel (1998)

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Things are going great for the young Jedi Knights. Peckhum has dropped by to visit, and Zekk has just finished the building of his lightsaber. But for Anja Gallandro, life is anything but great. She is going through spice withdrawal. Almost mad with pain, she steals the Lightning Rod and takes off for Kessel. The kids are not far behind her in the Rock Dragon. Meanwhile on Kessel, Chief Administrator Nien Nunb just barely survives an attempt on his life.
Anja arrives, finds Lilmit, and forces out of him the truth: Czethros had been behind the war on Anobis, and is currently stockpiling spice near the Crystal Reef resort on Calamari. She leaves to sabotage the operation. The Jedi arrive shortly thereafter. In return for Nien’s help, he asks them to look out for any more trouble. They too find Lilmit, and learn where Anja’s gone. Jaina and Lowie stay behind to protect Nien as the others head after her, requesting Ambassador Cilghal’s help.
But there is little they can do when Nien’s own guards give him up to Black Sun operatives. Czethros arrives, now the new owner of Kessel. He plans to use Black Sun to set off sudden coup’d’etats across the galaxy and bring the New Republic to its knees in the coming days. And the two Jedi are in hiding, listening to his plans. They use MTD (Lowbacca's translator droid) to destroy the transmitter Czethros was going to transmit his go-signal from, then rescue Nien.
The other Jedi reach Anja, and learn Czethros’s plan from her. With the unintentional help of a sea creature, the andris supply is destroyed and the Jedi are trapped under the polar ice cap. After Cilghal cures Anja of her withdrawal, the group cuts their way free with lightsabers, the last time Anja will use hers.
Jaina, Nien, and Lowie chase Czethros into the deepest levels of the mines. He has no intention of facing his superiors in Black Sun, and has to be frozen in carbonite to be taken alive. The exhausted Jedi return to Yavin. Luke has a surprise for them: a ceremony of thanks will be held for them by the New Republic. Their training is over, and it is time to prepare for new lives. Anakin has figured out a way to root out the Black Sun cells, so that threat is over. Anja announces she will leave after the ceremony, and Lando hires her as a pilot. The ceremony is a rousing show of thanks to the Young Jedi Knights, as Tionne sings songs of their adventures.

This story occurs approximately 24 years after the Battle of Yavin.

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