Han Solo, Leia Organa Solo, and Luke Skywalker return in an all-new Star Wars adventure, which will challenge them in ways they never expected—and forever alter their understanding of life and the Force.
When Han and Leia Solo arrive at Lando Calrissian’s Outer Rim mining operation to help him thwart a hostile takeover, their aim is just to even up the odds and lay down the law. Then monstrous aliens arrive with a message, and mere threats escalate into violent sabotage with mass fatalities. When the dust settles, what began as corporate warfare becomes a battle with much higher stakes—and far deadlier consequences.
Now Han, Leia, and Luke team up once again in a quest to defeat a dangerous adversary bent on galaxy-wide domination. Only this time, the Empire is not the enemy. It is a pair of ruthless geniuses with a lethal ally and a lifelong vendetta against Han Solo. And when the murderous duo gets the drop on Han, he finds himself outgunned in the fight of his life. To save him, and the galaxy, Luke and Leia must brave a gauntlet of treachery, terrorism, and the untold power of an enigmatic artifact capable of bending space, time, and even the Force itself into an apocalyptic nightmare.
Features a bonus section following the novel that includes a primer on the Star Wars expanded universe, and over half a dozen excerpts from some of the most popular Star Wars books of the last thirty years!
...nice wrap up to the previous series and the entire post ROTJ EU novels as well.
Crucible started out as a good send off for the classic trio. It was a nice wrap up to the previous series and the entire post ROTJ EU novels as well.
Unlike the previous series Fate of the Jedi series this had a nice flow and kept the plot moving forward. For once, a lot of things actual happen in a single book. I wasn't a fan of Legacy of the Force or Fate of the Jed Series. If you don't want to waste all the time and money reading those, than this is a good book to bring you to the end of the EU novel timeline. My only issue was the less than satisfying ending, which I will explain below.
[I was not expecting or had heard about the connection to the Mortis arc from the Clone Wars. This was a welcome surprise, but if the connection is going to be made than fully commit to it. Instead we get, "well it might be the Mortis monolith". I am guessing much of the post ROTJ EU gets overridden by the new movies, so why can't the author/editors make any big reveals, or at least one final one. This appears to not only be the send off for the big three, but for the Pre-Disney EU as well. Denning set everything up for a big finale, but pulled back at the end (or was forced to by Del Rey/Lucasfilm).
I believe we are suppose to think the monolith is the Mortis monolith, but it would have had to move based on its location in the Clone Wars. I guess only the author knows, but why have an entire series (FOTJ) worth of build up if it is not it. Whether this is the Mortis monolith or a similar monolith I had issues with non-force users being granted special powers upon accessing the monolith. Theses special powers granted beings known for their superior intellect, not their physical qualities, to stand on equal ground with Luke Skywalker. A proper sendoff would be an indication of who would take the reigns in the future. Maybe someone could take the place of the father, son, and daughter. Maybe the One's role in things are over. The problem is we don't get any answers and the only thing Luke and Leia take away from the monolith is that they need to retire.
The real end.
My heart will always be with the EU. For me, Star Wars ends here. May the Force be with you.
Nice long book. I've read around 200 Star Wars books, I'd rate this book top 10. Good oceans 11 style theme with a realllllly surprising twist at the end.