Legends
Adult Novel

Dark Force Rising

By
Timothy Zahn
Released
May 1, 1992
Artwork by
Narrated by
Marc Thompson
Takes place in
9 ABY
In the
New Republic
era
Collects
Very Good
8.9
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8.9
Zahn's masterpiece trilogy continues the story after Return of the Jedi by placing the classic characters alongside a well-rounded cast of original characters and brilliantly expanding the mythology.
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The New Republic is already on the brink of collapse with Grand Admiral Thrawn’s plight to re-conquer the galaxy, but its problems are far from over. A traitor has found its way into the highest level of its leadership at the same time as Luke Skywalker has been lured away by the promises of the long-forgotten, unstable Jedi Jorus C’baoth. Just as things seem as dark as they can get, Han and Lando learn that Thrawn is on the brink of making a discovery that could bring an end to the New Republic altogether.

The second installment of the Thrawn trilogy manages to raise the stakes even higher than the first. Timothy Zahn—like Grand Admiral Thrawn himself—is in top form in this novel.

Publisher's Summary

The dying Empire's most cunning and ruthless warlord - Grand Admiral Thrawn - has taken command of the remnants of the Imperial fleet and launched a massive campaign aimed at the New Republic's destruction. With the aid of unimaginable weapons long hidden away by the Emperor on a backwater planet, Thrawn plans to turn the tide of battle, overwhelm the New Republic, and impose his iron rule throughout the galaxy.

Meanwhile, Han and Lando Calrissian race against time to find proof of treason inside the highest Republican Council - only to discover instead a ghostly fleet of warships that could bring doom to their friends and victory to their enemies.

Yet most dangerous of all is a new Dark Jedi, risen from the ashes of a shrouded past, consumed by bitterness...and scheming to corrupt Luke Skywalker to the Dark Side.

Other Books in this Series

Heir to the Empire
Dark Force Rising
The Last Command
The Thrawn Trilogy Boxed Set

Our Verdict

Very Good
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Zahn's masterpiece trilogy continues the story after Return of the Jedi by placing the classic characters alongside a well-rounded cast of original characters and brilliantly expanding the mythology.
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Jared Mayes - Dark Force Rising - Adult Novel
Jared Mayes
Legends Lookback Lead Host
The Original Thrawn Trilogy is hallowed ground when it comes to Star Wars books. Specifically, Dark Force Rising is a true masterpiece, following the vein of the Empire Strikes Back as the second in a perfectly cohesive trilogy. The plot points with the search for the Katana fleet, Joruus C'baoth training Luke, and Leia's time on Honoghr with the Noghri perfectly balance the action/adventure, suspense, and battle of light and dark that make Star Wars what it is. He commands both the Original Trilogy characters and his massive cast of proprietary characters with incredible skill—I especially love both Lando and Garm Bel Iblis in this book. On top of all that, Thrawn stands out as one of the greatest villains in all of Star Wars! One thing's for sure: don't stop after Heir to the Empire.
Eric Eilersen - Dark Force Rising - Adult Novel
Eric Eilersen
President
Zahn's continuation of the original Thrawn trilogy introduces another epic piece of Star Wars lore: the Katana fleet. Fans of Heir to the Empire will feel right at home with this second novel in the series that, much like the Empire Strikes Back, explores somewhat darker tones and finds our main gang in slightly more peril. Thrawn's evolution as an all-time villain continues as his overall scheme begins to reveal itself even more, despite the somewhat dense writing at times, the book has enough momentum to keep you racing through to the next entry in the series.
Eric Eilersen - Dark Force Rising - Adult Novel
Eric Eilersen
President
Zahn's trilogy continues with another amazing adventure surrounding the Grand Admiral, himself. As the overall plot of the series began to reveal itself, I found myself losing a bit of my connection to the characters as I attempted to figure out Thrawn's plot before our heroes, but ultimately, all I needed to do was trust that Zahn had me covered...because he absolutely does. The mythology of Star Wars expands beautifully in this next chapter, and the word epic could not be more appropriate.

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