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A suspenseful and essential Legends story, The Truce at Bakura centers around an impending alien invasion, while the Imperials are not even aware of the Emperor's demise. The story is set directly after the events of ROTJ with the Rebels intercepting an Imperial distress call. Luke volunteers to lead a force in defense of Bakura in place of the Empire. Accompanied by Han and Chewie, Leia attempts to secure a truce between Bakura and the Rebels.
Luke is recovering from his battle with Palpatine and facing his own internal struggles, while Leia struggles to come to terms with being the daughter of Darth Vader.
No sooner has Darth Vader's funeral pyre burned to ashes on Endor than the Alliance intercepts a call for help from a far-flung Imperial outpost. Bakura is on the edge of known space and the first to meet the Ssi-ruuk, cold-blooded reptilian invaders who, once allied with the now dead Emperor, are approaching Imperial space with only one goal: total domination.
Princess Leia sees the mission as an opportunity to achieve a diplomatic victory for the Alliance. But it assumes even greater importance when a vision of Obi-Wan Kenobi appears to Luke Skywalker with the message that he must go to Bakura - or risk losing everything the Rebels have fought so desperately to achieve.
Taking place just after Return of the Jedi, the Truce at Bakura is an important novel in the Expanded Universe. It shows the start of the post-Emperor galaxy as the Rebels wrestle with Imperial remnants. It's also a great adventure involving a number of our favorite characters, including Luke, Leia, and Han. To me, the writing was a bit shaky at times, like when Leia talked about Vader or when Luke got lost in his attraction to a Bakuran official. Overall, though, this is a fun read and a necessity for those looking to get into the world of the old EU.