The Crystal Star
|Author||Vonda N. McIntyre|
|Cover artist||Drew Struzan|
December 8, 1994
December 4, 1995
|Media type||Hardcover & Paperback|
|Preceded by||Starfighters of Adumar|
|Followed by||Before the Storm|
The Crystal Star is a bestselling 1994 Star Wars novel written by Vonda N. McIntyre and published by Bantam Spectra. The novel is set ten years after the Battle of Endor in the Star Wars expanded universe.
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.
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.
- Cassada, Jackie (November 15, 1994), "Star Wars: The Crystal Star", Library Journal, Library Journals, LLC, 119 (19): 89, ISSN 0363-0277
- Hays, Carl (October 1, 1994), "The Crystal Star.(Young Adult Review)(Brief Article)", Booklist, American Library Association, 91 (3): 188, ISSN 0006-7385