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Author:
Troy Denning

Publisher:
Del Rey

Release date:
October 30, 2001

Series:
The New Jedi Order

Star Wars Saga Timeline:
27 ABY

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PLOT

It is a solemn time for the New Republic, as the merciless Yuuzhan Vong continue their ruthless campaign of terror and destruction. The brutal enemy has unleashed a savage creature capable of finding—and killing—Jedi Knights. And now Leia Organa Solo faces a terrible ultimatum from the mighty alien foe determines to conquer the galaxy. If the location of the secret Jedi base is not revealed within one week, the Yuuzhan Vong will blast millions of refugee ships into oblivion.

As the battered but still unbroken Jedi scramble to deal with the newest onslaught, Leia's son Anakin lays out a daring plan. A Jedi strike force will allow itself to be "captured" by the Yuuzhan Vong and taken to their stronghold in the realm of darkness, where the Jedi will sabotage the evil empire's deadliest weapons. The leaders of the force are the three Solo siblings. The risks are tremendous. Can the Jedi fight a ruthless enemy without becoming ruthless themselves and falling victim to the dark side?

SUMMARY

Jedi sisters Alema and Numa Rar are attacked by the Yuuzhan Vong`s newest creation, the Voxyn, which can can hunt down Jedi through their Force presences. Numa is killed by the voxyn, but Alema escapes with her corpse.

The New Republic actually begin to gain victories in Vong battles on planets outside of Coruscant`s solar system, and Lando Calrissian creates Yuuzhan Vong Hunter battle droids that are designed to look similar to Vong warriors to mock them, and they come equipped with weapons powerful enough to destroy the Vong`s vonduun crab armor. Meanwhile, the Jedi learn of this new voxyn threat and through research done by Cilghal realize that the voxyn are coming from a Vong worldship in orbit around Myrkr. In order to stop it Anakin Solo suggests and Luke Skywalker agrees to send a Jedi strike team to the worldship at Myrkr to destroy the voxyn cloning lab. Lando gives the strike team two Yuuzhan Vong Hunter droids for assistance. The members include Jaina, Jacen and Anakin Solo, the latter the leader of the whole strike team, and they are accompanied by Alema, Lowbacca, Tenel Ka Djo, Tahiri Veila, Ganner Rhysode, Tesar Sebatyne and a few others.

Lando, acting as a traitor to the Republic, convinces the Vong that he has brought them Jedi in exchange for his homeworld's safety. The Vong take the Jedi who after passing behind enemy lines escape and use the ship to reach Myrkr. Ulaha Kore is lost during the team's escape, staying behind to hold back the enemy, as is one of the YVH droids. After landing they encounter the captured Dark Jedi Lomi Plo and Welk who agree to assist them after being freed. Through encounters with Yuuzhan Vong forces several of the Jedi are killed as is their other YVH escort. Using their knowledge of the worldship, Lomi and Welk guided the strike team, but were perturbed when they discovered the nature of the mission. In order to escape, they stole the Tachyon Flier, injuring Lowbacca and abducting Raynar Thul in the process. Anakin becomes severely injured during one of their many confrontations with Vong forces and ends up sacrificing himself to hold off the warriors while the remainder of the team goes after the voxyn queen, right after achieving complete oneness with the Force. Jacen, replacing Anakin as leader, orders the remnants of the strike team to steal one of the Vong's coralskippers and escape the worldship while he kills the voxyn queen, who is being cloned several times to produce the voxyn. With the help of Vergere. Jacen confronts the queen and kills it, however, he is then captured by Nom Anor and Vergere.

On Coruscant, Viqi Shesh, traitor to the New Republic for the Yuuzhan Vong, attempts and fails to kidnap the infant Ben Skywalker. Leia Organa Solo senses Anakin's passing and is deeply grieved at the loss of her youngest child. The Yuuzhan Vong invasion on the city planet begins. During this, Viqi is chased down by Leia after her failed attempt at kidnapping Ben, but Viqi nevertheless escapes and regroups with the Vong. Luke and Mara Jade Skywalker get shot down during the Battle of Coruscant and are almost killed had it not been for the Millennium Falcon saving them. Chief of State Borsk Fey'lya meets his end when Vong forces raid the former Imperial Palace and he sacrifices himself with a proton bomb blast, taking twenty five thousand Yuuzhan Vong with him.

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