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

[Young Jedi Knights #7: Shards of Alderaan]

Paperback Youth Novel
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Shards of Alderaan
Kevin J. Anderson & Rebecca Moesta
Published as:
Paperback Youth Novel (1997)

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After a brief relapse and coma, Zekk comes to in an almost-rebuilt Academy. Han Solo stops by, needing to speak to Raynar. His father Bornan has vanished. Elsewhere, Nolaa Tarkona (Twi'lek leader of something called the "Diversity Alliance") hires Boba Fett (or so they think) to find Bornan for a massive sum.
Haunted by the Dark Side and the memories of what he did, Zekk leaves Yavin for Ennth. Peckhum leaves him the repaired Lightning Rod as a gift. At the same time, Isolder and Teneniel leave their daughter a gift: her very own spaceship, the Rock Dragon. Anakin arrives as well, to help with the Temple reconstruction efforts. With Leia's birthday coming up, the kids decide for the Rock Dragon's maiden voyage to travel to Alderaan, what is left of it, to find a relic to give her as a present.
Zekk finds his homeworld on the verge of disaster, as it's moon travels too close in orbit to the world, wrecking havoc. The last members of the planet's population are evacuating. In addition, when the turmoil ends, they return to start anew until the next pass. Unable to tolerate that kind of horrible cycle, Zekk sets out again.
When the children arrive at the Alderaan system, they hunt for a crystallised piece of Alderaan's core. As they start back, they are suddenly savagely attacked by Boba Fett (actually, it’s his insane daughter Ailyn Vel) in the Slave IV. They take refuge in an asteroid, but ‘Fett’ causes a cave-in and seals them inside, scans their computer, then blasts inside and confronts them, where is Bornan Thul? They do not know, so she intends to hold them hostage until Solo tells him where Thul is. MTD (Lowbacca's translator droid) turns the tables and scans the Slave IV's computer, and the kids’ blast free and warn Han not to approach. As Vel moves in for the kill, the Lightning Rod suddenly shows up and forces her out of the system.
The kids and Han compare notes: Nolaa Tarkona is hiring as many bounty hunters as possible to find Bornan Thul. Zekk announces that he will become a bounty hunter himself. The group returns to Yavin, where Jacen and Jaina present Mom with the crystal core shard.

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

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