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Dark Journey

Author:
Elaine Cunningham

Publisher:
Del Rey

Release date:
February 1 , 2002

Series:
The New Jedi Order

Star Wars Saga Timeline:
27.25 ABY

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PLOT

Though the Jedi strike force completed its deadly mission into Yuuzhan Vong territory, the price of success was tragedy: not everyone made it out alive. In a daring getaway, hotshot pilot Jaina Solo stole an enemy ship, taking along her fellow survivors—and leaving behind a huge piece of her heart.

With the enemy in hot pursuit, Jaina is forced to seek haven in the unprotected, unfriendly Hapes Cluster, where the Jedi are held responsible for a past tragedy—and where the royal family has grim plans for their famous Jedi guest. Even more sinister are the intentions of the Yuuzhan Vong, desperate to capture Jaina for a hideous sacrifice.

Grief-stricken and obsessed with revenge, Jaina is blind to these threats—and to the overpowering evil dangerously close to consuming her. In the coming conflagration, Jaina will be fighting not for victory or vengeance, but for her very being…

SUMMARY

Taking place just after Star by Star, Jaina Solo and the rest of the survivors from the Jedi Myrkr strike team, including Lowbacca, Zekk, Ganner Rhysode, Tenel Ka and Tahiri Veila, escape the Yuuzhan Vong worldship they were sent to in order to destroy the voxyn, Jedi hunters created by the Vong by escaping in Executor Nom Anor's ship, the Kssstar. Along the way, Jaina's oldest brother, Jacen, got captured by the Vong and his execution was delayed until Jaina could be kidnapped, due to how much the Vong take it seriously for twins to fight to the death in their culture. The survivors take Jaina's youngest brother's body, Anakin Solo, so he can have a rightful funeral.

Meanwhile, back on Coruscant, the New Republic and the Yuuzhan Vong are still fighting, and during the battle, Kyp Durron's X-wing squadron and the Kssstar join the fray. When the battle is lost to the Republic, the survivors of that battle, including Kyp, Han Solo, Leia Organa Solo, Luke Skywalker, Mara Jade Skywalker and infant Ben Skywalker escape, along with the Kssstar.

The survivors from the battle escape to the Hapes Cluster, which had lost its major Fleet in the Battle of Fondor and is still recovering. The Cluster is now opening itself to refugees in the Yuuzhan Vong War, and on Hapes itself, Prince Isolder has had several assassination attempts on him due to his leading of their loss at Fondor. Queen Tenenial Djo of Hapes is losing her will to live because of the loss of her unborn child during the Battle of Fondor, and former queen mother Ta'a Chume is seeking a replacement for Djo. As for the survivors at the strike team, they all feel that Jacen Solo is now dead from the Yuuzhan Vong, except for Leia, who is certain that Jacen is still alive.

Jaina finally begins to undertsand the Kssstar with Lowbacca and contacts Warmaster Tsavong Lah of the Vong. She discovers the coralskipper's nature, she realizes it is in tribute to Yun-Harla, the Trikster goddess of the Vong, since Nom Anor worships Yun-Harla. In an attempt to mock the Vong, Jaina renames the Kssstar the Trickster after Yun-Harla and how Eminence Harrar relates her deceptive talents to Yun-Harla. When the Trickster finally arrives to Hapes, Anakin is cremated and Jaina and Lowbacca begin to find ways to scramble the Trickster 's location.

Ta'a Chume, seeing how much of a warrior Jaina is, plans to have Jaina marry Isolder so she can lead Hapes to war against the Yuuzhan Vong. During all this, Jagged Fel of the Chiss Fleet arrives to Hapes to support the Vong after his failure at the Battle of Ithor early in the war. Kyp Durron becomes a member of Jag's fleet and in order to understand the Force more, Jaina becomes Kyp's apprentice, despite her disregard for him. In the end, Tenenial Djo dies from poisoning, and despite Ta'a Chume's attempts, Jaina refuses to become the next queen mother of Hapes. Ta'a Chume's granddaughter, Tenel Ka, becomes the new queen. Jaina's attempts at scrambling the Trickster 's location succeeds in defeating the Vong twice when Hapes is pitted against them, thus gaining the New Republic one of the first real victories ever in the Yuuzhan Vong War.

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