The Crystal Star

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The Crystal Star
AuthorVonda N. McIntyre
Cover artistDrew Struzan
CountryUnited States
SeriesCanon C
SubjectStar Wars
GenreScience Fiction
PublisherBantam Spectra
Publication date
December 8, 1994
December 4, 1995
Media typeHardcover & Paperback
PagesHardcover: 309
Paperback: 313
Preceded byStarfighters of Adumar 
Followed byBefore the Storm 

The Crystal Star is a bestselling 1994 Star Wars novel written by Vonda N. McIntyre[1] and published by Bantam Spectra. The novel is set ten years after the Battle of Endor in the Star Wars expanded universe.



Jacen and Jaina Solo are now five years old, and their brother Anakin is three, all at an age where they are easily manipulated.


On Munto Codro, Jacen, Jaina and Anakin are kidnapped by a man named Hethrir. Their mother Leia Organa Solo immediately dispatches a rescue operation. Meanwhile, Leia's husband Han Solo and brother Luke Skywalker go to Crseih Station on a supposed "vacation", and learn of a secret cult that influences the Crystal Star, which could possibly threaten the very existence of the galaxy.

Hethrir continues to manipulate the children for several days, as he leads the Empire Reborn, an organization looking to resurrect the Galactic Empire. Eventually, Leia and Chewbacca manage to rescue the children, but Hethrir is still connected to the events that transpire around the Crystal Star. After an intense series of events, Hethrir is killed, the Crystal Star explodes, Crseih station moves out of the area beforehand, and Luke, Leia, Han and the children are safe.


The Crystal Star was a New York Times Bestseller, and the sixth consecutive Star Wars novel to reach the bestseller list.[1]

Critical reception was generally hostile. It was dubbed "The most derided novel in the entire Expanded Universe" in a 2013 retrospective with criticized elements including recycled plot elements from other EU novels such as the Solo children being kidnapped and Luke losing his Force powers, as well as the novel's stranger aspects making little sense, such as centaurs and werewolves in a science-fiction settings and Luke joining Hethrir's "transparently evil" cult.[2]



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