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Star Wars: The Crystal Star [Mass Market Paperback]

Vonda N. McIntyre
2.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (110 customer reviews)

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1 May 1996 Star Wars
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!  

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 413 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam USA; Reprinted Ed edition (1 May 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553571745
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553571745
  • Product Dimensions: 3 x 10.7 x 17.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (110 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,599,313 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2.0 out of 5 stars Too far from standard, too far from good. 5 July 1999
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Okay, so, all the reviews for this book vary. Some say that it was just marvelous, some say that Jabba-The-Hutt's slime-coat was more attention grabbing, and still other still say it was as wrong as a mirror that doesn't give you a reflection. In reality, the plot itself was great. The details, however, made this baby crash and burn. Luke, Han, and Leia were to far astray from their normal behavioral patterns, to different, that they ended up acting like a whole new group of characters in this well known universe. Luke acting suicidal and paranoid, Han acting like Luke's father, and being overy-compulsive (he was a smugler, not a gambler.) And Leia, rushing off to do things, getting confused about who she was, all made this book a tough one to read. and, upon reaching the finale, one would most likely say that, although, what happened was cool, what led up to it was to wrong. It didn't have the power to save itself. The Author knows how to write, but doesn't know how to write Star Wars Characters. All in all, This book, due to it's less that good overall entertainment abilities left alot to be desidered, and therefore fets onlt two stars fom me.
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This book is awesome except for one thing that really bugged me: Han swears way, way too much. He doesn't nearly as much in the other books, so I'm assuming it's part of your writing style. Other than that, a marvelous book that I intend to read over and over...
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1.0 out of 5 stars This book was awful. 22 Aug 1999
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I had high expectations going into the reading of this novel.I was truly let down. It was painful getting through the whole novel. Who are these characters?? Certainly not the Luke, Han and Leia we know from the movie and other Star Wars novels. Luke is just pathetic and paranoid. Vonda N.McIntyre unfortunately has no feel,knowledge or understanding of the Star Wars universe. Please save yourself the time and money and do NOT read this book!!!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very Good!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 20 Aug 1999
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I liked this book because it was my first Star Wars novel and I was amazed at some characters.(I didn't know Leia and Han got married and had 3 kids.) The story was riveting and suspenseful.
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I bought this book, I picked it up, read it, and was caught by it. It was hard for me to put it down. It was an easy read, fast paced, and well written. Vonda N. McIntyre did a good job of bringing a Star Wars story to life with her 'own' flavor to it.
In the story, Leia and Han's children have been kiddnapped. Leia desperately races to find her children and runs into an unlikely companion. Meanwhile, Luke, Han, and Threepeo are on an adventure to a distant station. Luke thinks there may be Jedi there, and Han is along for a vacation. One thing they find is Waru, a mysterious being with healing powers who ties the story together....
The Crystal Star strikes a more emotional cord, especially if you have children, so some of the younger Star Wars fans may not like it. No, it is not Zahn, but it's not suppossed to be. Each writer gives their own take on the Star Wars universe. It should not be restricted to just one thing. Highly reconmended. ***** (out of *****).
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5.0 out of 5 stars good book, the plots flow together nicely 19 Aug 1999
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deals with 4 plots: 1. Jaina's and Jacen's view of what is happening after they are kidnapped (I liked these parts a lot because they were based on what a child would see, and were a very interesting and likeable change from the rest. 2. Han Solo's and Luke's adventures at Asylum Station, a strange space station on the border of New Republic space 3. Leia's and Chewbacca's search to find her children. 4. Hethrir - the evil and manipulative force-sensitive kidnapper of the children. The unique thing about this book is that all the plots come together in the end, which is pretty cool. To tell you the truth I really liked the chapters that were told from Jaina's point of view the best. It was a very fun book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The greatest book in the SW book series! 6 Aug 1999
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This is the greatest book in the series. I've never received a real feeling of evil from Vader, Palpatine or Thrawn. Not even Darth Maul. But this Hethrir, I hated him. He made me so mad. I really felt the evil in this man. Boy, when a new paragraph would start with the name Hethrir, Tigris, or Jaina I knew this part would make me cringe at the evil feeling. Luke was fantastic. I could picture Mark Hamil saying every line. Han was the same. And the other reviews that say Han isn't a gambling man, well read the Anderson trilogy. Han gambled over the Falcon a million times! The only let down was Leia kept saying to herself she couldn't act like a bounty hunter but she did in ROTJ. But then I deduced that it'd been a long time since ROTJ, and she probably was having trouble acting as a bounty hunter in ROTJ. Waru was magnificent. Overall this book meets up to everthing a Star Wars book should be, and only with one minor battle.
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5.0 out of 5 stars ? 6 Aug 1999
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I have no idea why no one liked this book. Good plot, good characters, altough the pace is slow at times.
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