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Jedi vs. Sith: The Essential Guide to the Force

Ryder Windham


Tommy Lee Edwards and Chris Trevas

Publication information

Del Rey

Publish date

November 27, 2007







Jedi vs. Sith: The Essential Guide to the Force is an entry in the Essential Guide series of books, covering aspects of the Force. It is written by Ryder Windham and was released on November 27th, 2007. It is the first Essential Guide to contain original material (as opposed to a revised and updated version of a previous book) since the original Alien Species guide in 2001.

As with both Alien Species guides, The New Essential Chronology and the Galactic Phrase Book and Travel Guide, this book "exists" also as an in-universe publication, written by Tionne Solusar.


Official Site summary

Learn the history of the Jedi and their enemies—from the most ancient battles of light versus darkness chronicled within the recesses of long-lost Holocrons to more contemporary conflagrations recounted by heroes such as Obi-Wan Kenobi and Leia Organa Solo. Discover the myriad ways to contemplate and use the Force, wield a lightsaber through different forms of combat, and for the truly brave, tread the path of the dark side and study the secrets of the Sith.

Publisher's summary

The Ultimate Guide to the Absolute Power at the Heart of the Star Wars Galaxy

The Force, in the immortal words of Obi-Wan Kenobi, "surrounds us, it penetrates us, it binds the galaxy together." The fortunate few who are able to tap into this extraordinary power have studied and cultivated the full spectrum of its potential - either embracing its virtuous qualities or succumbing to its evil temptations. The Jedi seek to bring peace and englightenment to the galaxy, while the Sith hunger only for conquest and control.

This comprehensive one-of-a-kind overview chronicles the known history of the Force and its wielders down through the ages, from the founding tenents of Jedi and Sith teachings to the landmark events and legendary figures that have shaped the struggle between the light and dark sides. In firsthand accounts by Obi-Wan Kenobi, Yoda, Luke Skywalker, Leia Organa Solo, Darth Bane, Darth Vader, Count Dooku, Emperor Palpatine, and a host of other Jedi Masters, Sith Lords, scholars and sages, Star Wars: Jedi vs. Sith: The Essential Guide to the Force spans the breadth of available knowledge, including

PLUS - More than one hundred brand-new full color illustrations!

No Star Wars library is complete without this definitive guide to understanding the Force. Remember: The Force will be with you...always.


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  • Author Acknowledgements
  • Introduction
  • Time Line

Part One: History and Holocrons

The Holocrons

Significant Battles

Return of the Sith

Part Two: The Jedi

Jedi Evolution

Force Sensitive Abilities

Jedi Spirits

Detecting Jedi Powers

The Force as a Source of Energy

Force Anomalies


  • Lightsaber Construction
  • Improvised Lighsabers
  • Archaic Lightsabers
  • Waterproof Lightsabers
  • Training Lightsabers
  • Dual Phase Lightsabers
  • Illustrious Lightsabers
  • Sith Lightsabers
  • The Seven Forms
  • Vaapad
  • The Marks of Contact
  • On Winning and Losing

Part Three: The Dark Side

Dark Jedi

Dark Side Disciples

Under Exar Kun's Influence

Luke Skywalker on the Dark Side

Part Four: The Sith

The Darth Title

Gatekeeper of the Telos Holocron

The Dark Side Compendium

Part Five: Other Force Using Traditions

Part Six: The Chosen One



About the Author

About the Illustrators


Much of this book included direct quotations from previously published sources. These included:


By type
Characters Creatures Droid models Events Locations
Organizations and titles Sentient species Vehicles and vessels Weapons and technology Miscellanea


Droid models



Organizations and titles

Sentient species

Vehicles and vessels

Weapons and technology



Under the section entitled The Reformation of Revan, an article written in-universe by Deesra Luur Jada, the following statement is made: "Increasingly, I feel like nothing more than a necrologist, dispatching weekly obituaries to the archives on Ossus." However, the guide does not mention that the Great Jedi Library on Ossus was thought to have been destroyed during the Sith War.

The book incorrectly states that Quinlan Vos retrieved Darth Andeddu's Holocron in 23 BBY. The correct date is 21 BBY.

The book takes place almost immediately after the funeral of Mara Jade Skywalker, after she is killed by Jacen Solo.

External links

  • First Look: Essential Guide to the Force on (backup link on
  • Random House page
  • Illustrations preview 1
  • Illustrations preview 2
  • Illustrations preview 3
Essential Guides
First generation
Characters · Vehicles and Vessels · Weapons and Technology · Planets and Moons · Droids · Chronology · Alien Species · Episode I (cancelled)
Second generation
New Characters · New Vehicles and Vessels · New Weapons and Technology · New Chronology · New Droids · New Alien Species
Third generation
The Force · Atlas · Military

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