Dark Force Rising
Adult Novel
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Dark Force Rising

By
Timothy Zahn
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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.

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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.

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Dark Force Rising continues the story of the struggle against Grand Admiral Thrawn as he continues to play with the fate of the galaxy like one would play holochess. As he continues to stay one step ahead, more events come to light that make the fate of the galaxy seem even more bleak. Dark Jedi, warship fleets, and potential traitors to the New Republic all find their way into this book. Definitely pick this up once you've finished Heir to the Empire.

- Charles Hankel

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

- Heather Goldman

- Karl Sander

- Meg Dowell

- Stacey White

- Corey Helton

- Andrew Bell

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.

- Jared Mayes

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Technical Specs

Publisher:
Del Rey
Release Date:
May 1, 1992
ISBN:
0553085743
Page Count:
376
Issues Collected:
Audiobook
Narrator(s):
Marc Thompson

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Dark Force Rising
May 1, 1992
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Dark Force Rising
February 1, 1993
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