Star Wars The Crystal Star

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Hugo and Nebula award-winning author Vonda N. McIntyre continues the bestselling Star Wars saga as the ultimate space adventure unfolds in The Crystal Star.

Princess Leia's children have been kidnapped. Along with Chewbacca and Artoo-Detoo, she follows the kidnappers' trail to a disabled refugee ship, from which children are also missing. Here she learns of a powerful Imperial officer with a twisted plan to restore the Empire. Meanwhile, Han Solo and Luke Skywalker are cut off ...

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Hugo and Nebula award-winning author Vonda N. McIntyre continues the bestselling Star Wars saga as the ultimate space adventure unfolds in The Crystal Star.

Princess Leia's children have been kidnapped. Along with Chewbacca and Artoo-Detoo, she follows the kidnappers' trail to a disabled refugee ship, from which children are also missing. Here she learns of a powerful Imperial officer with a twisted plan to restore the Empire. Meanwhile, Han Solo and Luke Skywalker are cut off from Leia by the death of a nearby star, which has caused a disruption in the Force. They have gone to the planet Crseih to investigate a report of a lost group of Jedi. Instead they find a charismatic alien named Waru whose miraculous healing powers have attracted a fanatic following. As Leia follows the path of her children across space, Luke and Han draw closer to the truth behind Waru's sinister cult. Together they will face an explosive showdown that will decide the survival of the New Republic . . . and the universe itself!  

Leia's children are missing. Han and Luke are looking for a lost enclave of Jedi Knights. So Leia, Chewie, and Artoo-Detoo search for the children themselves. Two parallel quests will lead to a strange crystal star, where a being of astonishing powers is attracting followers in droves--and where a former Imperial officer is planning to resurrect the Empire.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
While this is easily the best of a bestselling series (the five earlier books all made the New York Times bestseller list), its flaws are still obvious. The problem rises from the Star Wars film tradition in which banter was stronger than logic, an arrangement that suffers in print. Leia, former princess, now Chief of State of the New Republic, attempts to rescue her children, who have been kidnapped by Lord Hethrir, leader of the evil organization, the Empire Reborn. Coincidence piles upon improbability at warp speed as scenes shift from Leia to the children to Han Solo and Luke Skywalker, who have left on vacation with See-Threepio. At Crseih Station, located in a system with a double star, one of which is a black hole, the threesome encounter a mysterious being called Waru and the even more enigmatic Xaverri. McIntyre (Transition) draws her characters with skill, especially Han and Leia's daughter Jaina, but she weaves a plot full of holes, suggesting that the world she writes of may be alien to her in more ways than one. (Nov.)
Library Journal
The abduction of her children sends Princess Leia across the galaxy in pursuit of the kidnappers, unaware that her search will coincide with Han and Luke's attempts to uncover a rumored enclave of Jedi Knights on the fringes of former imperial territory. This latest addition to the popular Star Wars series adds a new dimension to the lives of its heroes as the children of Leia and Han Solo, who refuse to remain passive victims, embark on an adventure of their own. The author of Dreamsnake (Dell, 1986) and the "Starfarers" series captures the feel of the Star Wars universe in this fast-paced sf adventure. McIntyre's talent and the popularity of the subject make this essential for libraries. [Previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 8/94.]
Carl Hays
With several Star Trek novels to her credit, award-winning sf veteran McIntyre ventures into the ever-popular Star Wars territory, lending a hard-science veneer to familiar themes and characters by introducing a space-bending, crystalline star. While touring the outer worlds of the New Republic, Leia and Han's children are kidnapped and taken to a remote planet by power-mad Empire loyalist Lord Hethrir. Bent on retrieving them and with a badly injured Chewbacca and the always resourceful Artoo-Detoo joining her, Leia follows a winding, hyperspace trail to an outpost of enslaved children. Meanwhile, unaware of the abduction, Han, Luke, and See-Threepio investigate rumors of lost Jedi knights by voyaging to Crseih Station, where a nearby black hole and an orbiting crystal star put them in constant mortal danger. There Leia's and Han's paths intersect in a struggle to rescue their children, uncover the source of the Jedi rumors, and stop Lord Hethrir before he gains enough power to usher in an Empire Reborn. McIntyre neatly weaves together gripping, edge-of-your-seat action with intriguing, original plot developments and characters that notably include an enigmatic, Force-guided creature named Waru. Star Wars fans will certainly enjoy the book, but McIntyre's superlative storytelling gives it much broader appeal.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780553571745
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 11/28/1995
  • Series: Star Wars Series
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 413
  • Sales rank: 362,048
  • Product dimensions: 4.16 (w) x 6.78 (h) x 1.20 (d)

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  • Posted July 7, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    A strong Princess Leia story

    This is a story that tests Leia's resolve and resourcefulness. It was nice to see the story focus on Leia for a change.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 12, 2006

    The Crystal Star should just fizzle out...

    This book lacks in almost everything. Detail, plot, corrections for all of the errors. I counted a few different times when I ran over basic grammatical errors that anyone should have caught. 'She envied Han his beard'? Something seems a bit off with that. It lacked a lot of continuity also. It jumped from subplot to another without so much as a warning. There were a few redeeming qualities, but I'd be perfectly honest in saying it's best to avoid this book if you're in the middle of reading anything Star Wars. It's not worth the trouble.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 17, 2005

    Ok book, but is this really Star Wars?

    Crystal Star in itself was a satisfying read. There were enough elements in the book to make it enjoyable. However, as a Star Wars book, this book stunk. The main characters (Luke, Leia, Han) did not act like themselves, and there wasn't enough lightsabers and blasters. Also the whole title and main plot of the book was only covered very briefly, right at the end. So in the end, if it's your goal to read all the Star Wars books, then this book won't be on your favorites list. If you're just looking for an ok book and could care less who the characters are then you should like this book.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 21, 2002

    A Major Disappointment

    This was one of the worst Star Wars books I have ever read. McIntyre did not capture the essence of Star Wars. There were many scenes, especially towards the end, where the characters were in a desperate situation, and they stood around talking. However, the most disappointing thing of all was the end, but for anyone who still wishes to read it, I will not give it away. I would not recommend this book.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 21, 2000

    borrow it, don't buy it

    I don't know, I guess the fact that Star Wars is in the title is its most redeeming aspect. Overall, I thought the plot was just a little bit dull from the lack of any good action and quite frankly, I found it a little bit corny at times. Too much of a 'kiddie' book to really enjoy for me. If you want to read it, borrow it from a friend.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 11, 2014

    Awesome

    I like this book because I like star wars.So thanks for sharing your book you published

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 12, 2013

    The Solo kids story

    People complain Han,Luke & Leia are out of character.This book plot is set around the Solo children Jaina, Jacen and Anakin (age 5 & 3.5). Its basically avout them

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 2, 2012

    Very strange and confusing

    It was a ver bizzare but stupid story.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 7, 2011

    ?WHAT THE HELL?

    This made no sence

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 28, 2009

    BORING GARBAGE!

    I forced myself to finish this book. There was not one action scene that I can remember. All a bunch of boring trash with the characters all messed up. I don't even care for the cover. Whatever you do, DON'T BUY THIS BOOK!

    P.S.
    The only reason I would buy it would be to rip it up and throw it in the trash.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 7, 2008

    Out of character

    Like many of the other reviewers noted, the characters - how they acted, thought, spoke 'like Leah's whininess and extreme anger at Chewbacca, and Luke's creepily intimidating Han with his light saber in a dark room' - all seemed very out of sorts. The other Star Wars books do a great job on that aspect, and are even very well written. This was more like an unembellished story than an immersing and descriptive tale. It's the first time I've been really disappointed in one of the Star Wars books.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 2, 2006

    Maybe this isn't Star Wars

    I have read several Star Wars books and enjoyed them immensely. The twins and Anakin were portrayed very well. But the title stated something called the Crystal Star which wasn't given very much depth. Luke was very off. He seemed like a different character totally. The story line was good but lacked the details that it needed. And also there was not much detail on Waru or his cult.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 21, 2005

    As transparent as a crystal...

    Though I have become enthralled with the Star Wars books series, this has been the most difficult book so far to digest. The lack of detail is extraordinary. The author touches upon some major topics: the Empire Reborn, the apprentices of Darth Vader, the ongoing slave trade in the galaxy, the existence of 'world ships,' etc.... Yet, these vastly interesting facets receive almost no attention at all and are lost to the ongoing story. I disliked the fact that the most important politician in the galaxy, the most powerful Jedi in the galaxy and an esteemed New Republic General could simply 'take off' without any mind to the affairs of state or praxeum! There was far too little detail given about Waru also. The most despicable thing of all was the way in which the author portrayed Luke Skywalker! Jedi Master and philosopher 'extraordinaire,' we see him in many scenes losing his temper, playing carelessly with his lightsaber and being drawn into a hoax that even Threepio had reservations about! The saving grace of this work is the three Jedi children (Jaina, Jacen and Anakin). They were portrayed very well.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 12, 2004

    Great book

    This book is one of the best book's I have ever read. It's action packed page after page. I really like how the Solo twins escaped from there captors. I also like how little Anakin Solo befriended Tigris. This book keeps you guessing till the very end. T It kept me guessing page after page. There is cliff hangar after cliff hangar in this book, but it gets all summed up in the end. This book also visit's a friend from Han solo's past. I just like to say that if you want a really really good Star Wars book that will keep you guessing till the very end, then this is the book for you.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 5, 2003

    ok book not great

    tis book was OK it was not the best. i thought i was alittle irritating at times.not bad though good ending

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 14, 2002

    A Very Good Book!!!!

    I loved this story! I liked how the solo kids were in it and how they got away from their kidnappers. You should read it if your a star wars fan! :):):):):)

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 9, 2001

    Crystal Star

    This book takes place a few years after Return of the Jedi. Luke, Han, and C-3P0 journey to Chezic Station after reciving a message from Han's old friend Xavvari. It ends up that Han and Leia's children had been kidnapped by an apprentace of Lord Vader. One of the best books around without Boba Fett... Luke learns that beeing a Jedi isn't all it's cracked up to be, because he gets sick midway in the book.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 20, 2000

    Crystal Star Review

    This is an overall good book. I like how Vonda McIntyre used some of the unknown Star Wars technology in this book. Basically Leia's children, Jacen, Jaina and Anakin Solo are kidnapped by a man named Hethirir, a person still loyal to the Empire who has taken the children as slaves, along with another amount of children who are already on the World Ship that has an artifical planet, and sun and moon, with grass and water as well, it even has its own assortment of creatures. Han Solo and Luke Skywalker are taking a vacation away from the New Republic where Luke has found a weird entity and senses something bad about this entity while Han Solo goes out and wastes most of the money. Somehow it ends up that Hethrir and the three children end up in the small cluster of places that Luke and Han are taking a vacation...sorry won't spoil the end for you...I can't say if they are kidnapped forever or not. You gotta read it for yourself..I give it four stars! =D

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 1, 2000

    *******GREATEST BOOK EVER, EVER!!!!!!!******

    I Love this book soooo much. It made me like Star Wars sooo much more. I love how Jayna Jaken and Anakin were in it so much. It made me wish I was involved in the story myself. This book was soooooo great!!!! cxxxxxx|::::::::::::::::::::::>

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 7, 2000

    Big Disappointment

    Although I enjoy many sci-fi books by McIntyre, this one was TERRIBLE!! It was way too confusing for even the most advanced reader.

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