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Luke Skywalker and Lando Calrissian return in this essential novel set between Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens.

The Empire is dead. Nearly two decades on from the Battle of Endor, the tattered remnants of Palpatine's forces have fled to the farthest reaches of the galaxy. But for the heroes of the New Republic, danger and loss are ever-present companions, even in this newly forged era of peace.

Jedi Master Luke Skywalker is haunted by visions of the dark side, foretelling an ominous secret growing somewhere in the depths of space, on a dead world called Exegol. The disturbance in the Force is undeniable...and Luke's worst fears are confirmed when his old friend Lando Calrissian comes to him with reports of a new Sith menace.

After his daughter was stolen from his arms, Lando searched the stars for any trace of his lost child. But every new rumor only led to dead ends and fading hopes—until he crossed paths with Ochi of Bestoon, a Sith assassin tasked with kidnapping a young girl.

Ochi's true motives remain shrouded to Luke and Lando. For on a junkyard moon, a mysterious envoy of the Sith Eternal has bequeathed a sacred blade to the assassin, promising that it will give him answers to the questions that have haunted him since the Empire fell. In exchange, he must complete a final mission: return to Exegol with the key to the Sith's glorious rebirth—the granddaughter of Darth Sidious himself, Rey.

As Ochi hunts Rey and her parents to the edge of the galaxy, Luke and Lando race into the mystery of the Sith's lingering shadow and aid a young family running for their lives.

©2022 Adam Christopher (P)2022 Penguin Audio

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Enjoyed it

I was a bit skeletal when it comes to stories around the sequel trilogy as I didn't enjoy them but I was surprised I liked it. Good narration by Adam Christopher for the voices of the characters. It fills in a lot of plotholes the film's left out. It tells a lot more about Ray's parents and more about the Siths home world of Exegol.

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Fantastic addition to the canon!

A brilliant book once it got going, some intriguing force-lore, more Lando & Luke action, great references to other content and a really enjoyable story. The narrator/voice actor was brilliant in this too.

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Everything Explained

Amazing book. Great to hear Lando and Luke's adventures before the final trilogy. The book explains everything.
Another brilliant Star Wars audio book in narration, performance and quality.

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Fun but a struggle

My hat is off to anyone who attempts to join up the fixed points from Rise of Skywalker into a more cohesive narrative and this story does a good job at pulling together many loose threads. it struggles a lot with being overly contrived in places. knowing where characters end up from the films made everything feel like we were going through the motions of moving pieces into their final, inevitable end places sometimes.
It's strange in retrospect that the events in the book, taking place well over 10 years before the film encapsulate nearly every thread over the space of the book's week-long events.
Luke's story felt a lot fresher as a result, able to explore more interesting ground with ancient sith relics, free of film continuity constraints.
The author's incessant need to use full first name and surname in almost every sentence started to really drag at around the halfway mark, and if I never hear 'Ochi of Bestoon' read out loud again it will be too soon.
A fun adventure with Luke and Lando, but a little too contrived at 'joining-the-dots' to really surprise and delight readers looking for expanding their understanding.

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Very Good 👍

I really enjoyed this one. The story of how Rey's parents struggled to make sure their daughter was safe and the search for the family was good. Hope to hear more about Lando's daughter btw!

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Excellent and intriguing interquel

Great story that bridges some of the massive gaps between Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens movies. There isn't much point to it other than to explore some loose threads from Disney's Sequel Trilogy, and there's no real threat to main protagonists Luke Skywalker or Lando Calrissian (seeing as you know their fates by those movies) but its an intriguing story with mystery and horror elements. The antagonist is very interesting in particular and there are some decent new characters added to the mythology.

The best elements are in the characterisation of Luke and Lando and their relationship. Their characters and scenes together or apart are well written and in keeping with the characters we love from the Original Trilogy.
I also enjoyed the action sequences, in particular those involving the villain and the planet Exegol. The plot was a little hard to follow at times (perhaps I was distracted because its an audiobook and I was often multitasking) so I'm not fully convinced that it explores the plot points posed by The Rise of Skywalker to the fullest. For example, I didn't quite understand Ochi's motivation or why Luke and Lando don't make a bigger deal of Rey's appearance years later.

In terms of production and performance; the musical queues and sound effects are typically excellent. William DeMeritt's narration is mostly superb, although I didn't like his Ochi too much and he falls into the classic pitfalls American VOs make when doing British accents, but these are minor issues.

Great story, well worth reading or listening to.

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Very cool backstory

would be better with a voiceactor who sounds like Skywalker and Calrissian tho ilikeitverymuch yeah

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Great book that respects the characters

This book made me look differently at the sequel trilogy which is great. The characters in the book are written in a great way and the story and surprised kept me listening! Can highly recommend it to fans of Luke Skywalker especially fans that hoped for more of him from the sequel trilogy

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Amazing!

This book is simply amazing and Adam Christopher has just joined my top 3 list of favourite Star Wars authors. If you like the sequel trilogy you will love this book. If you don't like the sequel trilogy you will still like this book. Please please please let Adam Christopher wrote more books for Star Wars. We need a sequel to this book! :)
I was reading the book while listening to the audiobook and the audiobook is one of the best produced I have ever heard. The audiobook takes the story to another level! Must-have if you are a Star Wars fan.

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A good ride but disappointing

The story wasn’t too bad and good performance by the narrator. But as a longtime fan of the expanded universe (legends) it’s very disappointing to see 2 of the better characters (luke and lando) so neutered. Luke has gone fromGrand master of the jedi order, a man full of confidence in himself. A man that wasn’t always right but owned his actions and did his best to save the galaxy. A man that understands his connection to the force. Transformed into a scared little boy who barely understands his connection to the force and is a shadow of the legends version. Then lando, the coolest most suave guy in the universe who was his own man and did his own thing and to hell with everyone is now a broken man haunted my the kidnapping of his daughter, which seems to be his only driving force.

Very sad so see this happen to such well loved and well developed characters.