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

[Young Jedi Knights #4: Lightsabers]

Paperback Youth Novel
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[Jedi Sunrise]

Volume 2: Jedi Sunrise

Kevin J. Anderson & Rebecca Moesta
Published as:
Paperback Youth Novel (1996, 2003)

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With Brakiss clearly intent on creating a new group of Dark Jedi as well as a "Second Imperium," Luke sees no other choice but to accelerate the training of the current Jedi students. For Jacen, Jaina, Tenel, and Lowie, he decides the time is right for them to build lightsabers. Over the following several days, they do just that. Lightsaber training begins. Suddenly Tenel Ka's lightsaber, built hastily and carelessly, shorts out. And before he can stop himself, Jacen chops Tenel's left arm off.
Already leery of using a lightsaber, Jacen is traumatised by the tragedy. And before he can get a chance to apologise to her, her grandmother scoops her up and takes her back to Hapes, certain that Tenel was not meant to be a Jedi. Only then do the teenagers learn of her royal heritage.
The students are unable to even look at a lightsaber again, let alone use one. Tionne consoles them by telling them the tale of Nomi Sunrider, and how she took up the path of the Jedi. Meanwhile, even as Ta'a Chume (Isolder and Teneniel are on some diplomatic mission) tries to cruelly reconcile Tenel to her royal future, the young girl refuses an artificial arm. Luke decides it is time to tell the children about Tenel's past, and to take them to Hapes to see her.
Meanwhile, at the Shadow Academy, Zekk is falling more and more into evil, as are the Lost Ones. Some of the gang are being trained as stormtroopers, some as Dark Jedi. Palpatine addresses them via hologram, and tells them that they will be the creators of the Second Imperium. Luke arrives at Hapes with the kids, who are ecstatic to see Tenel again. He learns that Ta'a Chume sent her parents away to evade an assassination attempt shortly before she arrived. Jacen and Tenel begin to heal each other's emotional wounds and then an attempt is made on her life.
The group is rushed to Reef Fortress, where Tenel decides that while she will learn more about diplomacy and politics, she will not be what Ta'a Chume wants, she will be a Jedi. The children set out on a waterspeeder, only to run into some killer seaweed. They chop their way out, and learn their speeder was programmed to go there! There is only one possible suspect, Ambassador Yfra.
Zekk is lightsaber training now as well, and he passes his final test, by murdering a Dathomirian student. Brakiss selects him as leader of the upcoming attack on Yavin IV. At night, the Reef Fortress is set upon by Bartokk assassins. The children and Ta'a Chume head out in a waterspeeder and kill off the assassins, then return to find Yfra prematurely announcing Chume's death and martial law. Yfra is arrested, and Tenel's parents, who survived their own attempted murder by Yfra, come to see their daughter at last. She slowly, carefully constructs a new lightsaber. The children, again including Tenel, who will learn to live and fight with only one arm, return to Yavin.

This story occurs approximately 23 years after the Battle of Yavin.

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