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Sacrifice

Author:
Karen Traviss

Publisher:
Del Rey

Release date:
May 29, 2007

Series:
Legacy of the Force

Star Wars Saga Timeline:
40.5 ABY

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PLOT

Civil War rages as the Galactic Alliance- led by Cal Omas and the Jedi forces of Luke Skywalker- battles a confederation of breakaway planets that rally to the side of rebellious Corellia. Suspected of involvement in an assassination plot against Queen Mother Tenel Ka of the Hapes Consortium, Han and Leia Solo are on the run, hunted by their own son, Jacen, whose increasingly authoritarian tactics as head of GA security have led Luke and Mara Skywalker to fear that their nephew may be treading perilously close to the dark side. But all Jacen wants is safety and stability for all- and he's prepared to do whatever it takes to achieve that goal.

But as his family sees in Jacen the chilling legacy of his Sith grandfather, Darth Vader, many of the frontline troops adore him, and countless citizens see him as a savior. The galaxy has been torn apart by too many wars. All Jacen wants is safety and stability for all–and he’s prepared to do whatever it takes to achieve that goal.

To end the bloodshed and suffering, what sacrifice would be too great? That is the question tormenting Jacen. Already he has sacrificed much, embracing the pitiless teachings of Lumiya, the Dark Lady of the Sith, who has taught him that a strong will and noble purpose can hold the evil excesses of the dark side at bay, bringing peace and order to the galaxy–but at a price.

For there is one final test that Jacen must pass before he can gain the awesome power of a true Sith Lord: He must bring about the death of someone he values dearly. What troubles Jacen isn’t whether he has the strength to commit murder. He has steeled himself for that, and worse if necessary. No, the question that troubles Jacen is who the sacrifice should be.

As the strands of destiny draw ever more tightly together in a galaxy-spanning web, the shocking conclusion will shatter two families... and cast a grim shadow over the future.

SUMMARY

The book starts where Exile left off, with Ben returning to Jacen aboard the Sith battle sphere he found on Ziost. It follows Jacen as he manipulates politics, introducing a new law that allows him to rewrite other laws. Using this and Cal Omas' betrayal as leverage, he and Admiral Niathal stage a bloodless coup, arresting Omas and installing themselves as joint Chiefs of State.

At the same time, Jacen sends Ben to assassinate Dur Gejjen, throwing the Corellian-led Confederation into chaos.

Meanwhile, Boba and Mirta are still in search of a cure. After finding Skirata, a clone that survived by stopping the advanced aging process. In exchange for the promise of making the Mandalorians a united people, he cures Boba, giving him another thirty or so years to live.

Ben overhears a conversation between Lumiya and Jacen and horrified, confesses all to his mother, Mara Jade Skywalker. Mara, livid with Jacen for attempting to turn Ben to the dark side sets out to kill him. This backfires however as Jacen kills Mara as his final sacrifice. This sacrifice kills Ben's love for Jacen, making the prophecy complete.

Thinking that Lumiya killed Mara, Luke hunts her down and kills her. Ben then reveals that Mara's killer could not have been Lumiya since Ben was with her at the time. At the end of the book, Jacen Solo assumes his Sith name: Darth Caedus.

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