THE STORY: Twelve years after 'Return of the Jedi', Leia is mired in the political storm that her campaign against the genocidal Yevetha is causing. Han is sent to take command of the fleet near Yevethan space, whilst Luke and Akanah continue their search for the Fallanassi. Elsewhere, Lando, Lobot and the Droids are trapped aboard the enigmatic spaceship known as the Teljkon Vagabond. WHAT'S GOOD: Kube-McDowell writes the military element of the story well and some of his characters from that element (particularly Etahn A'baht) are genuinely likable. Also, the Yevetha are a suitably detestable and cunning group of xenophobic maniacs, making a good enemy for our heroes. WHAT'S BAD: All the plotlines, most of the characters, alot of the prose and a good few other things besides. Luke's journey is boring and, as proved by the events of book 3, utterly pointless and the same goes double for Lando's story. Leia's political troubles are nothing that fans won't have read better written elsewhere. As for the whole Fallanassi/White Current thing, did the author really believe that fans would be pleased that he completely dismisses everything from the films and other novels?