By Troy Denning
(LucasBooks, Mass Market Paperback, 9780345456694, 480pp.)
Publication Date: December 30, 2003
Other Editions of This Title: Hardcover
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Han and Leia struggle to keep the Empire at bay as stunning revelations from the past threaten to eclipse the future of the New Republic. . . .
The deaths of Darth Vader and Emperor Palpatine by no means spelled the end of the Empire. In the aftermath, the New Republic has faced a constant struggle to survive. Now a new threat looms: a masterpiece of Alderaanian art—lost after the planet’s destruction—has resurfaced on the black market. It conceals a vital secret—the code used to communicate with New Republic agents undercover within the Empire. Discovery by Imperial forces would spell disaster. The only option is recovery—and Han, Leia, Chewbacca, and C-3PO have been dispatched to Tatooine to infiltrate the auction.
When a dispute at the auction erupts into violence, the painting vanishes in the chaos. Han and Leia are thrust into a desperate race to reclaim it. As they battle against marauding TIE fighters, encroaching stormtroopers, and Tatooine’s savage Tusken Raiders, Leia’s emotional struggle over the specter of her infamous father culminates in the discovery of an extraordinary link to the past. And as long-buried secrets at last emerge, she faces a moment of reckoning that will forever alter her destiny . . . and that of the New Republic.
Troy Denning is the author of the New York Times bestsellers Star Wars: The New Jedi Order: Star by Star and Waterdeep (under the pseudonym Richard Awlinson) as well as nineteen other novels, including Pages of Pain, Beyond the High Road, and The Summoning. He lives in southern Wisconsin with his wife, Andria.