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One of the best Star Wars novels.
on 14 October 2004
Set between 'The Empire Strikes Back' and 'Return Of The Jedi', Prince Xizor, head of the Black Sun criminal empire, is seeking to discredit his hated nemesis Darth Vader by assassinating Luke Skywalker, whom Vader has promised to turn to the dark side. Unable to recover Han Solo's carbon-frozen body, Princess Leia is further disturbed when Luke is almost killed and she seeks to root out the assassins with Xizor's help.
This book is the perfect bridge between the two movies, being both an interesting and original stand-alone story, but also linking into the films with such things as Xizor being with the Emperor when Vader speaks to him in 'Empire', Luke building his replacement lightsaber, and the story of "many Bothans died to bring us this information" revealed. The new characters are all of high quality; Xizor's cold patience being a good counterpoint to Vader's harsh temper and Dash Rendar bringing that element of cocky, honourable pirate that would otherwise have been Han. One of my favourite elements of the book, however, is that for the first time we get to read what Vader's thinking and understand what his motivations are.
There's not much to complain about with this book, except perhaps the underuse of Boba Fett and the fact that Vader and Xizor never got to beat the hell out of each other (although I reckon Vader would've done most of the beating).