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The New York Times bestselling Star Wars series The New Jedi Order enthralls readers with its epic drama and thrilling adventure. Now readers will pierce the very heart of darkness. . . .

It is a solemn time for the New Republic, as the merciless Yuuzhan Vong continue their campaign of destruction. The brutal enemy has unleashed a savage creature capable of finding—and killing—Jedi Knights. And now Leia Organa Solo faces a terrible ultimatum. ...
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Overview

The New York Times bestselling Star Wars series The New Jedi Order enthralls readers with its epic drama and thrilling adventure. Now readers will pierce the very heart of darkness. . . .

It is a solemn time for the New Republic, as the merciless Yuuzhan Vong continue their campaign of destruction. The brutal enemy has unleashed a savage creature capable of finding—and killing—Jedi Knights. And now Leia Organa Solo faces a terrible ultimatum. If the location of the secret Jedi base is not revealed within one week, the Yuuzhan Vong will blast millions of refugee ships into oblivion.

As the battered but still unbroken Jedi scramble to deal with the newest onslaught, Leia’s son Anakin lays out a daring plan. He will lead a Jedi strike force into the heart of enemy territory in order to sabotage the Yuuzhan Vong’s deadliest weapons. There, with his brother and sister at his side, he will come face-to-face with his destiny—as the New Republic, still fighting the good fight, will come face-to-face with theirs. . . .

Features a bonus section following the novel that includes a primer on the Star Wars expanded universe, and over half a dozen excerpts from some of the most popular Star Wars books of the last thirty years!
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A new book in the successful "New Jedi Order" series, created jointly by Del Rey and Lucasfilm, this adventure pits the children of old favorites Luke, Leia, and Han against alien invaders. Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780307795571
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 6/28/2011
  • Series: Star Wars: The New Jedi Order Series , #9
  • Sold by: Random House
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 640
  • Sales rank: 65,920
  • File size: 6 MB

Meet the Author

Troy Denning
Troy Denning is the author of the New York Times bestseller Waterdeep (under the pseudonym Richard Awlinson) and nineteen other novels, including Pages of Pain, Beyond the High Road, and, most recently, The Summoning. He lives in southern Wisconsin with his wife, Andria.


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Chapter 2

A mere kilometer beyond the transparisteel wall, the antenna-strewn horizon plunged away into a bottomless abyss of tumbling asteroids and drifting stars. Tiny blue halos winked into existence and slowly swelled into the backlit rectangles of enormous cargo barges returning with loads of durasteel from outlying fabrication plants. Crew transports laced the darkness with long tails of ions, racing from task to task on more than a hundred orbiting dry docks, and enormous welding droids traced ship skeletons in brilliant spark storms.

On the way in, Han Solo had counted nearly five hundred war-ships under construction in the old Bilbringi Shipyards. They were mostly escorts,
corvettes, and other small stuff that could be finished in a hurry, but there were also two Imperial-class Star Destroyers. While these huge ships probably would not be ready before the Yuuzhan Vong captured the facility, the hulls were nearly closed and the drive units already mounted. Clearly, young General Muun was a Sullustan with a plan, just the sort of careful deskpilot who always impressed Coruscant Command—and seldom failed to exhaust Han’s limited supply of patience.

Wishing he could use one of those Jedi calming techniques his son Jacen was always talking about, Han forced an insincere smile and turned toward the center of the room. Leia sat on a small couch with the general, her face glowing with the same stunning brown-eyed intensity that had caught Han’s eye so long ago. Though he would never understand how she had kept that fervor burning so brightly through thirty years of service to the galaxy, it had become a mooring for him, the one constant that never seemed to change through so many decades of struggle, loss,
and death. Now, when occasionally her legs—healed from her near-fatal ordeal on Duro but still sometimes weak—tired and stumbled, the pain of almost losing her made his heart stop, and he swore he would never, ever shut her out again.

". . . hundred thousand lives are at stake, General," she was saying.
"The Vray are a gentle species. Without an escort, the evacuation convoy will be defenseless against the Yuuzhan Vong."

"And how many lives will the New Republic lose if Bilbringi falls before the fleet is completed?" Muun asked. His heavy Sul-lustan jowls rippled gently as he spoke, but his feelings remained otherwise hidden behind his flat mask of a face. "Whole worlds will perish, and that will mean millions."

"She’s only asking for twenty ships," Han said.

The general turned his black eyes on Han. "She is asking for five cruisers and fifteen corvettes—a quarter of Bilbringi’s defense, and the
Yuuzhan Vong are already probing our outer security posts." "We’re letting you keep the Dauntless." Han spoke in his most reasonable tone.
"And the other ships will be back in a week stan-dard. . . two, tops."

"I am sorry, no." Muun shook his head and started to rise.

A buzz sounded from the secure comm station on the general’s desk.
C-3PO, who had been standing behind the couch, raised his head and inquired, "Would you like me to take that for you, General?"

Muun nodded. "Unless it’s urgent priority, I’ll reply in a few minutes."

"Thanks, Threepio," Han said. Any interruption would only reduce their chances of getting the escort. He dropped into a seat opposite Muun.
"You seem to be forgetting who you’re talking to, General."

Leia’s brown eyes flashed in alarm. "Han—"

"It wasn’t so long ago she could have demanded the ships," Han continued. "If anyone deserves—"

"I know what the Princess deserves." Muun reluctantly re-turned to his seat. "I studied the history vids at the academy."

"History vids?" Han growled. "So they activated you when? About last year?" He glanced through the transparisteel dome at the bustling dry docks. "You must have had some test scores to get a command like this."

An indignant shudder ran through the Sullustan’s jowls, but before he could reply, C-3PO spoke again.

"Excuse me for interrupting, but there is a Yuuzhan Vong emissary asking to see Princess Leia."

"What?" Han and Leia asked together.

"Tell him no," Han said.

And Leia asked, "How did he find me?"

C-3PO spouted a millisecond of digital squeal into the comm station. The reply came a moment later.

"The Yuuzhan Vong emissary refuses to reveal that information to the picket officer, but he does swear in the name of Yun-Yammka to do you no harm. He wishes to discuss the fate of some refugees."

"No," Han said.

to the Yuuzhan Vong, he was determined not to lose his wife. "Or maybe you’ve forgotten Elan and the bo’tous attempt—or how close you came to losing your legs last year on Duro?"

"I haven’t forgotten," Leia said evenly. She turned to their host. "But
I’m sure General Muun wants to hear how the Yuuzhan Vong knew I was here—almost as much as I do."

The Sullustan nodded. "Indeed."

"You can’t let a Yuuzhan Vong into Bilbringi!" Han said, realizing that
Muun was his best hope of preventing Leia from taking such a risk. "The ship counts alone—"

"Will be of use to our enemies only if they are accurate." The Sullustan did not even look in Han’s direction. His jowls lifted into a sort of stiff grin, and he said to Leia, "We have been waiting for just such an opportunity."

"Then it is my pleasure to give it to you." Leia turned to C-3PO. "You may relay to the Yuuzhan Vong that we will grant him safe passage."

"As long as he presents himself unarmed and unmasked," Han added glumly.
Leia’s Noghri bodyguards, waiting in the corridor outside Muun’s office,
would like this even less than he did, but they stood no chance at all of changing her mind. "And if there’s any funny business—" "He has already promised honorable conduct," C-3PO replied. "Though, if you ask me, a Yuuzhan Vong’s promise is worth precisely as much as a Jawa’s."

General Muun stepped over to his desk and opened a comm channel to his security chief. "Commence Operation Restbreak. This is not a drill."

Han and the two bodyguards spent the next two hours converting one of the base’s old Imperial interrogation chambers into an interview room he considered safe enough for his wife. The main safety feature was the transparisteel panel through which the discussion would be held, but there were also the biosensor arrays

Leia flashed him a scowl, then said to C-3PO, "Tell him I’ll send instructions shortly."

"Have you gone spacesick?" Han knew he would never win this argument,
but he had to try. Having already lost his best friend to monitor the
Yuuzhan Vong’s body state, the negative air pressure to confine any poisons he might release to the original room, and a "void button" that would open the chamber to the near-vacuum outside.

General Muun’s preparations were just as thorough and twice as fast. He had barely given the order before the orbiting dry docks began to fall dark and still, making the shipyard look more and more abandoned. By the time the picket ship appeared above the planetoid, only three dilapidated dry docks remained in operation, skeleton crews scurrying about their work as though rushing to put the final touches on half a dozen inconsequential corvettes. The vast majority of the dry docks were not even visible, and the few that could be seen contained only half-built craft that appeared to have been abandoned in the haste of an over-early evacuation. Whether or not the general deserved his command at such a young age, Han had to admire his cleverness; based on what could be seen from the surface, the Yuuzhan Vong would be in no hurry to attack the Bilbringi Shipyards.

C-3PO announced the emissary’s arrival, then a dozen guards entered the interrogation chamber with their charge. The Yuuzhan Vong had been afforded few diplomatic courtesies; something that looked like an artificial eye had been confiscated and now rested in a security officer’s hand, and in place of his own clothes, he wore a thin fleet watchcloak with the hood up. In his hands he carried a spongelike creature that resembled the villips Yuuzhan Vong used to communicate over long distances, though this one was larger and more gelatinous. The shipyard science officers had screened the creature for every known form of Yuuzhan Vong attack and con-firmed it to be an organic communication device, but Leia’s Noghri bodyguards, Adarakh and Meewalh, insisted on performing their own inspection, sniffing, prodding, and squeezing the thing until Han thought it would burst. He put his hand over the void button anyway; until someone could tell him how an overgrown proto- zoan could send messages across the galaxy as efficiently as the HoloNet, he wasn’t taking anyone’s word for anything.

Once everyone was satisfied, the escorts pushed the emissary into the room’s single chair, then left and locked the door.

Leia stepped to the transparisteel. "I am Leia Organa Solo."

"Yes, we have met before, on the planet Rhommamool." The emissary’s voice was throaty and arrogant, and it instantly caused Leia’s face to go white. He set his creature on the table and peeled back his hood,
revealing a smashed Yuuzhan Vong face with one empty eye socket. "And at
Duro, we even worked together for a time."

"Cree’Ar?" Leia’s hand dropped instinctively to her lightsaber— the one
Luke had made for her years ago. Tsavong Lah had destroyed her other lightsaber on Duro. "Nom Anor!"

"You have an excellent memory." The Yuuzhan Vong glared at Leia coldly.
"How is your son Jacen? And Mara, is she still in remis-sion? As you know, I have a special interest in your sister-in-law’s condition."

Han felt the void button tickle his palm and realized he was dangerously close to pressing it. "Keep talking, fella." During the fall of Duro,
Nom Anor had attempted to kill Mara and Jaina, tried to orchestrate the deaths of Leia and Jacen, and before that he had infected Mara with a deadly disease that had required more than two years to overcome.
"There’s nothing I’d enjoy more than vaccing you."

Nom Anor’s smile remained snide. "Before you hear what I came to say?
Besides, I do not think Leia Organa Solo the type to break a promise of safe passage."

"My promise, not Han’s," Leia said. "And his self-control isn’t what it used to be. How did you know I was here?"

"With the Vray evacuating, where else would you look for a convoy escort?" Nom Anor gestured at the creature on the desk.

"If I may?"

"The Vray have been evacuating for weeks," Leia said, continuing to press for an answer. Han doubted Nom Anor would tell them if there was a spy inside Bilbringi, but what was left unsaid would prove just as useful to General Muun. "We’ve only been here a few hours."

"We are, of course, watching Bilbringi—and that is really all I am going to say on the matter." Without asking permission this time, Nom Anor coaxed his creature awake with a brief stroke. "Tsavong Lah wishes you to see this."

The creature melted into a flat disk, then began to glow with yellow bioluminescence. The light coalesced into a long starship with a blocky stern and the distinctive hammerhead bridge of one of the Corellian
Engineering Corporation’s large civilian cruisers. Judging by the lack of efflux from the ion drives and the open doors of its docking bay deck, the ship was standing dead in space.

"The starliner Nebula Chaser," Nom Anor said. "The image is current."

Han’s heart leapt into his throat. The Nebula Chaser was the ship Mara and Jaina had gone to meet. The mission was supposed to be simple, a quick rendezvous in a safe sector and then home— but something had clearly gone wrong. He put on his best sabacc face and forced himself not to look in his wife’s direction.

"Very impressive," Leia said. Though she had to be just as worried as
Han, her voice remained dry and mocking. "You’ve learned to transmit holograms. I’ll look forward to your holo-dramas on the ’Net."

"The Yuuzhan Vong have made living light for centuries," Nom Anor snapped. "I am showing you this ship because the war-master thought you might wish to trade."

Here it comes, Han thought. He moved his hand away from the void button,
not trusting himself to resist if Nom Anor announced the Yuuzhan Vong had his daughter.

"Tsavong Lah thought wrong," Leia said. Her voice was a little too cold,
the only hint of the ice ball that had to be filling in her stomach.
"I’d rather trade with a Hutt."

"The Hutts do not have what you want." Nom Anor stabbed a clawlike finger into the hologram. "There are ten thousand refugees aboard, and their peril is your doing."

"I doubt that. If this is what Tsavong Lah wished me to see, our business is done."

Leia turned her back on Nom Anor and stepped away from the transparisteel. It was all Han could do not to remind her that their daughter’s life might be at stake, but he held his tongue, knowing she was only trying to undermine their opponent’s confidence.

She made it as far as the door before Nom Anor called, "You can save them." He rose to peer over the living light. "Just tell me where to find the Jedi base."

Leia glanced at Han, clearly wondering whether Nom Anor meant they could save the refugees or Jaina and Mara, then said, "There is no Jedi base."

Nom Anor sighed theatrically. "Princess Leia, you discredit me again in the eyes of Tsavong Lah." He let his chin slump. "I advised him you would never sacrifice so many to save so few, but he believes you are willing to sacrifice more—much more—to protect the Jedi."

As Nom Anor spoke, a salvo of plasma balls streaked into the hologram and erupted against the shieldless starliner, opening flash-melted holes in the durasteel hull. Dark clouds of speck-sized flotsam and atmospheric vapor began to jet into space, and another salvo of plasma boiled into view. Many of the balls entered through the same holes as the previous fusillade and tore through the ship’s interior bulkheads.
The clouds darkened as more flotsam poured into the cold vacuum, then the image shifted, magnifying the breach area and revealing the specks to be the tumbling, pressure-ruptured bodies of the ship’s passengers.

"Truly, the wisdom of Tsavong Lah is as boundless as the galaxy itself."
Nom Anor rolled his one good eye as though sharing a joke, then gestured at the starliner. "They are dying because there were Jedi aboard. If the
Jedi do not want more to die, they will surrender within one of your standard weeks."

"More?" Han knew it was exactly the question Nom Anor wanted him to ask,
but he could not restrain himself. He had to know what had become of
Jaina. "How many more?"

"Your scouts will confirm that our fleets have surrounded the world of
Talfaglio; for the next week, all refugee ships are being held in orbit.
If the Jedi surrender, the convoy will be allowed to leave. If the Jedi do not, it will be destroyed." Nom Anor glanced down at Han’s hand,
which was hovering over the void button, then added, "As they will if I
fail to return."

"You expect the Jedi to surrender?" Han asked. He was too relieved by
Nom Anor’s failure to mention Jaina or Mara to feel any real outrage at the deaths of ten thousand strangers. Maybe he should have felt guilty about that, he didn’t know, but all that mat-tered at the moment was that Jaina and Mara were safe. "Won’t happen, fella. I might as well get things started."

Han locked gazes with Nom Anor and lowered his hand toward the void button, grinning crookedly and taking his time to give Leia a chance to stop him. The Yuuzhan Vong met his gaze with a sneer and did not look away, even when Han’s palm touched the button. He paused there, waiting for Leia to stop him, but she said nothing. Han glanced over and saw her glaring at the emissary, her brown eyes burning with raw rage.

"What are you waiting for?" she demanded.

"Really?"

Leia nodded. "Do it."

The edge in her voice unsettled Han, and it occurred to him that Nom
Anor might have failed to mention Jaina or Mara for another reason—a reason Leia had already thought of. It was entirely possible the pair had been aboard when the Nebula Chaser was destroyed, and the Yuuzhan
Vong simply did not realize who they had killed.

Han pushed the void button, and a seal hissed open along the edge of the ceiling panel. Nom Anor’s one eye grew wide.

"Are you mad?" He jumped to his feet. "You’ll kill millions!"

Leia reached over and depressed the void button again, stopping the ceiling panel where it was. "Not us, you."

The air continued to hiss out of the chamber, causing the image of the
Nebula Chaser to flicker out of existence as the villip creature curled in on itself. Nom Anor glanced at the ceiling, then back to Leia, his gruesome face slack with surprise. She waited until he pressed his fingers to his ears, then hit the void button again and closed the panel.

When Nom Anor took his hands away from his ears, Leia said, "Go back to your warmaster and tell him how you were treated. Tell him the Jedi accept no responsibility for the lives he threatens, and that any emissary issuing a similar threat will not be returned."

Nom Anor nodded, if not meekly, then at least not haughtily. "I will tell him, but that will change nothing." He went to the door and waited until it opened, then added, "The warmaster believes this will work, and he has not been wrong yet."

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 19, 2012

    Aturning point in NJO

    This is where it goes from a classic Star Wars tone, a "repel the invaders and free the galaxy," to the much darker tone that stayed with NJO until the end, "stay alive, take down as many as we can, and hope we survive to see victory." It's also a personal turniing point for the main characters. This book set the stage for the rest of the series.

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  • Posted December 5, 2011

    Great writting. Continues with the saga well!!!

    I really enjoyed this next book in the saga. There was one aspect that I didn't like about it. But I won't ruin it for you. You'll have to read it for yourself. The characters developed even more than I imagined and there are some shocking turn of events.. Troy Denning has kept me waiting on the edge to wait for what happens next with all the books he has written. When I needed to go to sleep I didn't want to put the book down, I just had to know what took place next. I recommend this series of books for anyone who is a Star Wars Fan.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 29, 2014

    Tahiri+Anakin?

    This was an amazing book even though Anakin is dead. Lets be honest. It was good for the story. Let Anakin Solos legend live on.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 2, 2013

    By far the best Star Wars book there is.  Dark and haunting it l

    By far the best Star Wars book there is.  Dark and haunting it leaves you in a state of morbid realization that some of your favorite characters aren't coming back.  While you would rather it not happened it turns out better for the mythos of Star Wars as a whole.  --Jstrachan7

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    Posted January 20, 2013

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 14, 2013

    A DESTINEY MET & Another Destiney approaches

    Star by Star is great but extremeley sad book SPOILER ALERT
    Anakin Solo's destiney is met as he heroically saves the Jedi Order through his own death; As much as I wish it was nit required Anakin's death was extrememly well written along with Jaina, Jacen, Han, Leia, baby Ben, and especially Luke's reaction ( Luke's reactioned showed that no matter what happened to him he is still only human and has emotions); Jacen's destiney faster and faster

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  • Posted June 24, 2009

    more from this reviewer

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    Very dark and deep book

    The NJO storyline starts very deep and dark in Vector Prime with the death of Chewbacca by Author R.A. Salvatore. This book makes that one seem like a childrens book when it comes to its dreariness. The death of a beloved character or 5. The fall of a planet that was never supposed to be penetrable at all. Many die... Very good book even if many of my favorite caharacters suffered and/or died in it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 4, 2006

    Breath by breath, Star by Star.

    This is one my top ten Star Wars favorites. Troy Denning has proved that he's no newbie when it comes to writing Star Wars. This is the third hardcover in the New Jedi Order series, and it's highly recomended that you read all the previous New Jedi Order titles before you read this one. The book is a whopping 606 pages. It's one of the more climactic books in the NJO series. There's many things happening at once, a risky mission to Myrkr to kill a new Vong-shaped terror, that likes to hunt Jedi imparticular.A battle above Coruscant, a kid-napping attempt by a traitor that you love to hate. The deaths of major Expanded Universe characters. And tons of Jedi starfighter action. If you haven't read this book or any other NJO books, buy them now.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 21, 2005

    Five Stars for Star Wars: Star by Star

    One of the best books I've ever read. It has an engaging nature that will keep you on the edge of your seat and touch your heart during the darkest moments in any Star Wars book or movie (save episode 3). You cannot miss this one. Denning puts all cards on the table and anything can happen. Take nothing for granted. Dennig fears nothing as he truly discribes the dark and griddy nature at war. This book will hit home with anyone who has an imagination.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 9, 2005

    Most Awesome Star Wars I have read like Ever!

    This book was incredible. There was a good focus on all the characters, I hate when you have multiple stories and only one character gets all the attention. It brings up again the relationship between Han Solo and his family, but mostly between him and Anakin. It is a good emotional story as more Jedi friends of The Skywalkers and the Solos are lost, some more closer then friends, and has plenty of action as well. And it has Baby Ben! :) Ok, for real now. In short, great book. Highly recommend it. And Threepio must die!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 6, 2005

    The Grandaughter of Anakin Skywalker...

    In this one you can see, if you have also read the books right before episode III: Revenge of the Sith, the connection between the Jaina and her Grandfather. When Jacen gets captured and Anakin Solo gets killed by the Yugzun Vong (can't remember how to spell it), Jaina pushed on the verge of the dark side. She has lightning going from her hands and everything. Exactly the same happened to Anakin Skywalker. She didn't turn while Anakin did. Why, we will see... It probably has to do with Padme, something will probably happen to her... that's the only was Darth Sideous could cause him to loose control, like Darth Vader did to Luke to cause him to loose control... threaten Lea.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 19, 2004

    THE BEST IN THE SERIES!!!!!!!!

    You can't stop reading!!! Anikin's death, Borsk's death, and Jacen captured! This book is full of exitment! You can't put the book down. And I am a kid!!! My favorite characters were Tenel Ka and Raynar Thul!! If you like Star Wars, you have to read this book. This book is about Anikin Solo leading a strike team to Myrkr to destroy the Jedi- hungry Voxyn. But will they survive?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 17, 2004

    It had to be.

    I could not put this book down, It just got under my skin; like an itch that couln't be relieved until I finished the book. I enjoyed Troy Denning's writing, and how he put some like and death situations in, the Star Wars galaxy isn't a place free of death, quite the contrary. Anakin had to die, he had to. If he hadn't, we would all start to get bored of the lengthy NJO series. The author had to put some human emotion into the series. I disagree with the others that lowered their rating for this novel simply because they didn't want Anakin to die, yet without that this book would become too good; you know, heroes go in a guns ablazing, destroy their enemies by the hundreds, and safely return back home in time for dinner. No, this book is great the way it is, a truly spectacular book. You might want to consider stopping at the bookstore instead of the libary for this one.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 29, 2003

    sweet book

    This book was the best star wars book or at least one of the best i ever read. I read all these other reviwes saying anakin supposed to be the next luke skywalker well personally i dont believe it no offense. Anakin is my favorit character but i believe he was meant to die for the jedi to continue on. I think the future of the jedi never lied in anakin but instead was in jacen all along especially after i read the book traitor. So just get over it Anakin was cool but he is gone for good and never comeing back if it wasnt for him dieing i dont think jacen wouldve developed into the character that he did.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 6, 2003

    The best book in the New Jedi Order series

    Where do I begin. It is the BEST book in the series by far in my opinion. It has everything a book should have. Most of all, it has a great twist in the end. It has everything from love to most important...action and chaos. It is a GREAT book!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 16, 2003

    Could be Five Stars...

    Ok, I admit it, Star by Star is an awesome book. I couldn't put it down, but did they really have to kill off Anakin, my favorite character out of the whole star wars universe? OMG, I was so looking forward to what was going to happen as he grew up and became a full fledge Jedi Master. Anyway, for those who haven't read it, sorry to spoil it. It is a great book except for Anakin's Death.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 28, 2003

    Gooooooood Book

    This was an excellent book. The Voxyn, Anakin's Death...I could not put this book down at all. One of the best parts was when Fey'lya suddenly shows some dignity in the end and takes himself and a bunch of Vong out with an explosive. I thought this book was going to be good, it surpassed my expectations

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 3, 2003

    Captivating

    I think the book was GREAT, I mean GREAT!!!!! I loved it and could not stop reading until I finished (which only took 3 days). it has to be the best NJO book yet even though my heart broke when Iread the end of the chapter where Anakin dies "he was gone." I mean I was looking forward to seeing the relationship between Anakin and Tahiri develop ever since that kiss in Edge of Victory II: Rebirth but know all that is gone, it is so sad to see young love die. although if you have to kill off a main character, I think Denning did it right.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 5, 2003

    A Great Book!

    I like this book a lot. I don't know if it has been said but, Denning just wrote the book, the basic plot was given to him by someone else(Example: Anakin Dying.)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 17, 2003

    WHAT AM I DOING!?!?!?!?

    This an odd coment, I know, but here I am writing a review on this book AGAIN (this is what my fourth? fifth?).All I'm going to say is that I agree with the reviewer who said, and I quote,"Long live Anakin Solo!"I'm not saying he should be cloned or anything, just that he should come back, like in that new book we're expecting,The Last Prophesy (or something like that).I'm sad, yet exciting to see the New Jedi Order end. It's a compeling series,but we need to move on. What's next? It's been a long time since I've read Star by Star. Maybe I should read it again.

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