The Crystal Star


The Crystal Star ~ 14 Years ANH

BNH=Before ‘a New Hope’     ANH=After ‘A New Hope’

The Crystal Star
Writer:Vonda N. McIntyre
Cover Artist:Drew Struzan
Details:368 pages – $16.99 US
Publish Date:November 1, 1994
The Hugo and Nebula award-winning author Vonda N. McIntyre continues the Star Wars tradition in this ultimate space adventure. Princess Leia suffers a crushing blow when she discovers that her precious children-the twins Jaina and Jacen, and the toddler Anakin-have been kidnapped. With Han and Luke away following stories of peculiar happenings at a far-flung space station, Leia has only one choice: to follow the patchy trail the kidnappers have left behind. Little could Leia know that she, Chewbacca, the children, Han, and Luke are all headed toward the same destination: a place where Imperial treachery and blood-sacrifice meet in a grizzly plot to restore the Empire to its former glory!


Alternate Editions …

The Crystal Star
Details:413 pages – $5.99 US, $7.99 CAN
Publish Date:October 3, 1995
Princess Leia is dealt a crushing blow when her three children?Anakin and the twins Jaina and Jacen?are kidnapped. Leia’s advisers counsel her to wait for a ransom note, but waiting is the hardest thing for a mother to do when her children are in danger?and worse than waiting is her discovery that she cannot sense her children through the Force.

Ultimately, the princess has no choice. She, Chewbacca, and Artoo-Detoo track the kidnappers, following their trail to a disabled refugee ship where the answers provided by Rillao, a mysterious fugitive, only provoke more questions. The refugees’ children are also missing?and Rillao thinks she knows who has them: a powerful Imperial officer named Hethrir who has his own twisted plans to restore the Empire to its former glory.

Meanwhile, Han Solo and Luke Skywalker are on a separate mission to the planet Crseih to investigate a report of a lost group of Jedi. Crseih is at the mercy of strange quantum effects caused by the death of a nearby star that is slowly freezing into a uniquely perfect crystal. This crystal star causes a disruption in the Force, blunting Luke’s power and cutting the Millennium Falcon off from Leia and their home base. What Han and Luke find on the planet is even stranger than a crystallizing sun: a charismatic alien named Waru who has attracted a following of fanatic devotees through his miraculous healing powers. Is Waru a being of benevolence? Or do his healing arts conceal a darker purpose? As Leia, Chewbacca, and Rillao follow Hethri trail of treachery across space, Luke and Han draw closer to the truth behind Waru’ sinister cult. Ultimately they will face an explosive showdown that could determine not only their own fates and the fate of the New Republic but whether the universe itself will survive.


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