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2.63 out of 52.63 out of 52.63 out of 52.63 out of 52.63 out of 5 2.63 (38 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Vonda N. McIntyre Narrator: Anthony Heald Publisher: Random House Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2007 ISBN:
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Princess Leia is dealt a crushing blow when her three children, Anakin and the twins Jaina and Jacen, are kidnapped. Leia's advisers counsel her to wait for a ransom note, but waiting is the hardest thing for a mother to do when her children are in danger. And worse than waiting is her discovery that she cannot sense her children through the Force.

Ultimately, the princess has no choice. She, Chewbacca, and Artoo-Detoo track the kidnappers, following their trail to a disabled refugee ship where the answers provided by Rillao, a mysterious fugitive, only provoke more questions. The refugees' children are also missing and Rillao thinks she knows who has them: a powerful Imperial officer named Hethrir who has his own twisted plans to restore the Empire to its former glory.

Meanwhile, Han Solo and Luke Skywalker are on a separate mission to the planet Crseih to investigate a report of a lost group of Jedi. Crseih is at the mercy of strange quantum effects caused by the death of a nearby star that is slowly freezing into a uniquely perfect crystal. This crystal star causes a disruption in the Force, blunting Luke's power and cutting the Millennium Falcon off from Leia and their home base.

What Han and Luke find on the planet is even stranger than a crystallizing sun: a charismatic alien named Waru who has attracted a following of fanatic devotees through his miraculous healing powers. Is Waru a being of benevolence? Or do his healing arts conceal a darker purpose?

As Leia, Chewbacca, and Rillao follow Hethri trail of treachery across space, Luke and Han draw closer to the truth behind Waru's sinister cult. Ultimately they will face an explosive showdown that could determine not only their own fates and the fate of the New Republic but whether the universe itself will survive.

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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ian | 2/17/2014

    " Poorly written, main characters were two-dimentional shadows of themselves. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Elon | 2/9/2014

    " Another bang-up addition to the already bloated expanded universe. I like that these authors basically write a standard science fiction story and just use names that correspond to characters from the films and suddenly it's an official LucasFilm licensed book. CHA-CHING. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Merida | 2/7/2014

    " This book is so bad. The entire plotline is weird and flawed, with a really, really odd baddie. I'd recommend giving everything SW book by this author a miss. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ari | 1/21/2014

    " This was a really good book. Sometimes its hard to forget that Vader did not kill all jedi, just the good ones. The Solo kids are kidnapped by Hethrir, an evil jedi, who wants to sacrafice Anakin to Waru in-order to increase his, Hethrir's connection to the force. Leia goes after them while Han and Luke go on a mission. Natuarlly at the end all story arcs colide and a great ending. McInryre does a great job of story telling and this book really is a lot of fun. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 John Cook | 1/19/2014

    " The character development of Leia as she attempts to rescue her children from kidnappers is enjoyable to read. Han and Luke are used to good effect as well. It's not a deep, or complicated plot, but it's a good read if you enjoy these characters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Labri | 1/17/2014

    " This book shows the limitations of the Force: never have a Force-activated Lightsaber! Especially when you're in the same area as a crystal star... "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Andrew | 1/14/2014

    " I really didn't like it much, however my MUD did have a well made Creish Station so learning the original backstory was fun. Fun, weird, and convoluted. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jessica | 1/14/2014

    " Another really great piece of Star Wars fiction. This book presented some really unique plot lines, and a new character I loved - which is really saying something for me, since I tend to cling to movie canon with Star Wars stuff. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 John | 12/26/2013

    " Not as good as Timothy Zahn's Star Wars books. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Eric | 12/15/2013

    " It is so terrible, I didn't even understand it or remember it, just that it was bad. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Whitney | 11/30/2013

    " This has always been my favorite Star Wars novel. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Heather Schmidt | 11/21/2013

    " I particularly enjoyed this book. Of course, I love anything involving Jaina Solo, and it was great to see the young Solo children dealing with their kidnapping and getting into mischief. ^_^ "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chris Zink | 10/2/2013

    " A little disappointed with lukes lack of whoop-assage in this one "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dominic | 9/29/2013

    " I always thought Han and Leia's kids names were silly "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Elaine | 8/19/2013

    " I enjoyed parts of it, but the kids were too cute and it was another 'make Luke unable to do anything so he needs to be rescued' book, so I was not as impressed as I hoped to be. Good thing I got the book quite cheaply at a jumble sale. It will be donated again soon. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Carlos Chavez | 7/31/2013

    " Mostly it was a disapointment some spots gave you hope for something interesting but then they never led to anything.The ending was very anticlimactic. Luke plays a minor role as an idiot. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Wesley | 5/19/2013

    " Okay, I'm pretty good at understanding weird and bizarre Sci-fi plots, but this one made my head spin. It did not work as a Star Wars novel and though I actually read this book over 12 years ago, I want that lost time back. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carly | 12/9/2012

    " One of my personal favorites. I always enjoy reading about the Solo twins. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Matt Hartzell | 12/3/2012

    " This was another pretty decent one-off Star Wars story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 John Yelverton | 8/26/2012

    " Great book with the original members of the original trilogy. After reading this book, I really wanted George Lucas to make this into a movie. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 jessie | 7/11/2012

    " Who thought this was a good idea? "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Ryan Koerber | 6/28/2012

    " Possibly the WORST star wars book. Lame lame lame, the only reason to read this book is so ya know exactly what happens in the Star Wars Extended Universe. Don't even think about reading this book unless you love Star Wars and then you'll probably be mad. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Meri | 10/7/2011

    " One of my favorite SW books "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ranger | 10/1/2011

    " It's ok. I little strange here and there. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mauri | 7/15/2011

    " Except for the weird-ass Ultimate Baddie, I enjoyed this. I liked the kidnapping plot and all of the little Jedi kids. But that weird thing...wow. I have no words except for weird. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Donsmaniac | 7/3/2011

    " Without a doubt the most boring star wars book i have ever read!! and i love star wars. stupid plot that starts with strange and gets wierder. piece of rubbish "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Denae | 5/27/2011

    " Even though it only went to three or four characters' points of view, it was a great book and didn't bother with problems that were too big and affected the whole galaxy. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karissa | 4/17/2011

    " loved it especialy the ending i would read more then twice
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  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Eric | 1/31/2011

    " It is so terrible, I didn't even understand it or remember it, just that it was bad. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Daniel | 1/29/2011

    " It's an excellent science fiction novel...but it's a very cold and uninteresting Star Wars novel. Ms. McIntyre doesn't seem to have the same touch with the George Lucas universe that she has with the Gene Roddenberry's Star Trek. Recommended only for completists.
    "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Elon | 1/26/2011

    " Another bang-up addition to the already bloated expanded universe. I like that these authors basically write a standard science fiction story and just use names that correspond to characters from the films and suddenly it's an official LucasFilm licensed book. CHA-CHING. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Whitney | 10/22/2010

    " This has always been my favorite Star Wars novel. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Wesley | 6/22/2010

    " Okay, I'm pretty good at understanding weird and bizarre Sci-fi plots, but this one made my head spin. It did not work as a Star Wars novel and though I actually read this book over 12 years ago, I want that lost time back. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chris | 6/3/2010

    " A little disappointed with lukes lack of whoop-assage in this one "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Carlos | 4/27/2010

    " Mostly it was a disapointment some spots gave you hope for something interesting but then they never led to anything.The ending was very anticlimactic. Luke plays a minor role as an idiot. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Richard | 4/9/2010

    " I read a lot of Star Wars novels in Jr. High. It took a few dozen books before I realized many of them just weren't all that stellar. Ah, well, I'll squirrel away the memories on the internet and free up a book shelf.


    "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lindsey | 2/26/2010

    " A quick, quality read. Fans of the New Jedi Order and Young Jedi Knights series will recognize the entry of Lusa into the Star Wars universe. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Marietta | 11/11/2009

    " This book is so bad. The entire plotline is weird and flawed, with a really, really odd baddie. I'd recommend giving everything SW book by this author a miss. "

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About the Author
Author Vonda N. McIntyreVonda N. McIntyre is the author of several fiction and nonfiction books. McIntyre won her first Nebula Award in 1973, for the novelette “Of Mist, and Grass, and Sand.” This later became part of the novel Dreamsnake (1978), which was rejected by the first editor who saw it, but went on to win both the Hugo and Nebula Awards. McIntyre was the third woman to receive the Hugo Award. She has also written a number of Star Trek and Star Wars novels. Visit her online at VondaNMcIntyre.com.
About the Narrator

Anthony Heald, an Audie Award–winning narrator, has earned Tony nominations and an Obie Award for his theater work; appeared in television’s Law & Order, The X-Files, Miami Vice, and Boston Public; and starred as Dr. Frederick Chilton in the 1991 Oscar-winning film The Silence of the Lambs. He lives in Ashland, Oregon, with his family.