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Crucible
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Crucible
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
Han Solo, Leia Organa Solo, and Luke Skywalker return in an all-new Star Wars adventure, which will challenge them in ways they never expected—and forever alter their understanding of life and the Force.


When Han and Leia Solo arrive at Lando Calrissian's Outer Rim mining operation to help him thwart a hostile takeover, their aim is just to even up the odds and lay down the law. Then monstrous aliens arrive with a message, and mere threats escalate into violent sabotage with mass fatalities. When the dust settles, what began as corporate warfare becomes a battle with much higher stakes—and far deadlier consequences.

Now Han, Leia, and Luke team up once again in a quest to defeat a dangerous adversary bent on galaxy-wide domination. Only this time, the Empire is not the enemy. It is a pair of ruthless geniuses with a lethal ally and a lifelong vendetta against Han Solo. And when the murderous duo gets the drop on Han, he finds himself outgunned in the fight of his life. To save him, and the galaxy, Luke and Leia must brave a gauntlet of treachery, terrorism, and the untold power of an enigmatic artifact capable of bending space, time, and even the Force itself into an apocalyptic nightmare.
Praise for Crucible

"[Troy] Denning opens new pathways of adventure and recaptures the feel of the Star Wars universe and its beloved characters."—Library Journal

"Outstanding . . . an adventure that tantalizes the imagination."—Roqoo Depot

"A fun, fast paced take on some of Star Wars' most iconic characters."—The Founding Fields
From the Hardcover edition.
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
Han Solo, Leia Organa Solo, and Luke Skywalker return in an all-new Star Wars adventure, which will challenge them in ways they never expected—and forever alter their understanding of life and the Force.


When Han and Leia Solo arrive at Lando Calrissian's Outer Rim mining operation to help him thwart a hostile takeover, their aim is just to even up the odds and lay down the law. Then monstrous aliens arrive with a message, and mere threats escalate into violent sabotage with mass fatalities. When the dust settles, what began as corporate warfare becomes a battle with much higher stakes—and far deadlier consequences.

Now Han, Leia, and Luke team up once again in a quest to defeat a dangerous adversary bent on galaxy-wide domination. Only this time, the Empire is not the enemy. It is a pair of ruthless geniuses with a lethal ally and a lifelong vendetta against Han Solo. And when the murderous duo gets the drop on Han, he finds himself outgunned in the fight of his life. To save him, and the galaxy, Luke and Leia must brave a gauntlet of treachery, terrorism, and the untold power of an enigmatic artifact capable of bending space, time, and even the Force itself into an apocalyptic nightmare.
Praise for Crucible

"[Troy] Denning opens new pathways of adventure and recaptures the feel of the Star Wars universe and its beloved characters."—Library Journal

"Outstanding . . . an adventure that tantalizes the imagination."—Roqoo Depot

"A fun, fast paced take on some of Star Wars' most iconic characters."—The Founding Fields
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    With lowlifes of every species from three-­eyed Gran to four-­armed Hekto standing belly-­to-­bar, the Red Ronto reminded Han Solo of that cantina back on Mos Eisley—­the one where he had first met Luke Skywalker and Obi-­Wan Kenobi all those years ago. Smoke hung in the air so thick and green he could taste it, and the bartender was pulling drinks from a tangle of pipes and spigots more complicated than a hyperdrive unit. There was even an all-­Bith band onstage—­though instead of upbeat jatz, they were blasting the room with outdated smazzo.

    Usually, the driving bass and stabbing wailhorn made Han think of banging coolant lines. But today he was feeling it, and why not? This trip promised to be more getaway than mission, and he was looking forward to seeing his old friend Lando Calrissian again.

    "I don't like it, Han," Leia said, raising her voice over the music. "It's not like Lando to be so late."

    Han turned to look across the table, where Leia sat with a half-­empty drink in front of her. Wearing a gray gunner's jacket over a white flight suit, she was—­as always—­the classiest female in the joint . . . and, despite a few laugh lines, still the most beautiful. He thumbed a control pad on the edge of the table, and the faint yellow radiance of a tranquillity screen rose around their booth. The screen was a rare touch of quality for a place like the Red Ronto, but one Han appreciated as the raucous music faded to a muffled booming.

    "Relax," he said. "When has Lando ever missed a rendezvous?"

    "My point exactly. Maybe that pirate problem is more dangerous than he thought." Leia nodded toward the entrance. "And take a look at that miner over there. His Force aura is filled with anxiety."

    Han followed her gaze toward a young olive-­skinned human dressed in the dust-­caked safety boots and molytex jumpsuit of an asteroid miner. With a nose just crooked enough to be rakish and a T-­6 blaster pistol hanging from his side, the kid was clearly no stranger to a fight. But he was not exactly streetwise, either. He was just standing there in the doorway, squinting into dark corners while he remained silhouetted against the light behind him.

    "He doesn't look like much of a threat," Han said. Still, he dropped a hand to his thigh holster and undid the retention strap. As a Jedi Knight, Leia felt things through the Force that Han could not sense at all, and he had long ago learned to trust her instincts. "Probably just some crew chief looking for new hires."

    The miner's gaze stopped at the Solos' booth. He flashed a brash smile, then said something to the bartender and raised three fingers.

    "He's looking for us, Han," Leia said. "This must have something to do with Lando."

    "Could be," Han allowed, but he hoped Leia was wrong. Missed rendezvous and strange messengers were never a good sign.

    Any lingering doubt about the miner's intentions vanished when the bartender handed him a bottle of Corellian Reserve with three glasses and he started in their direction. There was something in his bold stride and cocky grin that set Han on edge.

    "Whoever he is, I don't like him," Han said. "He's way too sure of himself."

    Leia smiled. "He reminds me of you at that age," she said. "I like him already."

    Han shot her a scowl meant to suggest she needed an eye exam, and then the newcomer was at their table, stepping through the tranquillity screen. He placed the glasses on the table and opened the bottle.

    "I hope you don't mind," he said, pouring. "But they keep a case of Reserve on hand for Lando, and I thought...
About the Author-
  • Troy Denning is the New York Times bestselling author of the Star Wars: Fate of the Jedi novels: Abyss, Vortex, and Apocalypse; Star Wars: Tatooine Ghost; Star Wars: The New Jedi Order: Star by Star; the Star Wars: Dark Nest trilogy: The Joiner King, The Unseen Queen, and The Swarm War; and Star Wars: Legacy of the Force: Tempest, Inferno, and Invincible--as well as Pages of Pain, Beyond the High Road, The Summoning, and many other novels. A former game designer and editor, he lives in western Wisconsin with his wife, Andria.

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  • Library Journal

    "[Troy] Denning opens new pathways of adventure and recaptures the feel of the Star Wars universe and its beloved characters."

  • Roqoo Depot
    "Outstanding . . . an adventure that tantalizes the imagination."
  • The Founding Fields "A fun, fast paced take on some of Star Wars' most iconic characters."
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