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Planet of Twilight: Star Wars (Star Wars - Legends) [Kindle Edition]

Barbara Hambly
2.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (128 customer reviews)

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Book Description

New York Times bestselling author Barbara Hambly returns to the Star Wars(r) universe to tell a breathtaking tale of a mysterious world where the battle between the New Republic and the Empire takes a shocking new twist....

Nam Chorios is a barren backwater world--once a dreaded prison colony, now home to a fanatic religious cult. It is here that Princess Leia has been taken captive by a ruthless and charismatic warlord bent on destroying the New Republic. Meanwhile, Luke lands on a mysterious planet in search of his lost love, Callista, only to discover the Force is his own worst enemy. But worst of all, as Han, Chewie, and Lando leave Coruscant on a desperate rescue mission, a strange life-form, unlike any the galaxy has ever seen, awakens...a life-form so malevolent it will destroy everything--both Empire and New Republic--on its path to domination.

Features a bonus section following the novel that includes a primer on the Star Wars expanded universe, and over half a dozen excerpts from some of the most popular Star Wars books of the last thirty years!


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Prepare yourself for a nonstop Leia-fest. The New Republic's new leader is back in bondage again, but at least this time she doesn't have Jabba the Hut slobbering all over her. Kidnapped after a clandestine mission to the former prison-planet Nam Chorios goes awry, Leia relies on her wits, her ever-developing Jedi powers (including some mean saber-swinging), and her pals to escape, survive, and resolve the conflict on the desolate planet. Han, Chewie, and Lando may get short shrift in Planet of Twilight, but Luke gets in some good scenes on the trail of Force-sensitive babe Callista, and the droids provide more than their share of laughs. While veteran writer Hambly doesn't subscribe to the admittedly entertaining shut-up-and-start-blasting school of Star Wars writing, her skilled characterizations and more literary stylings are a welcome addition to the fold. --Paul Hughes

From Library Journal

Another installment in a best-selling series from veteran Star WarsR author Hambly.
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc.

Product Details

  • File Size: 4934 KB
  • Print Length: 399 pages
  • Publisher: Spectra; Reprint edition (June 28, 2011)
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00513DGTI
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #243,250 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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30 of 32 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars So much potential. So little delivered. December 16, 2002
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Barbara Hambly has twice proven to be incapable of handling the reins of the Star Wars Universe. She is supposedly an accomplished science fiction. While that may be true in other stories, she lacks the understanding and ability to embrace the Star Wars novels and create compelling episodes in this ongoing series. Her first attempt was "Children of the Jedi", which was a long, ponderous, and slow book. If a novel like this is slow, it's a cardinal sin in writing. The reader gets bored and then frustrated with the book and is tempted to put it down permanently. The disappointing thing about "Children of the Jedi" was that the story, itself, had a great deal of potential and could have (should have) been a rousingly exciting novel.
"Planet of Twilight" is Ms. Hambly's second attempt at a Star Wars novel. Sadly, it fails for all the same reasons that "Children of the Jedi" did. It is long, ponderous, and slow. Her prose is so wordy that she sometimes takes up to an entire page to describe items or scenes that should only take a sentence or two to describe. An editor could have helped her dramatically here. Her 'cutesy' terminology also causes the reader to do a double- take and wonder if they read what they just read. Some examples have her referring to a coffee-like beverage as 'coffeine' and a potato-like substance as 'topatoes'. It seems to indicate a lack of true imagination and it's slightly insulting to the reader who would much rather she used the original words or develop completely different words.
"Planet of Twilight" is comparable to "Children of the Jedi" in the sense that it has an equally interesting plot that is completely muted by Hambly's writing style.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars seeds of a decent story July 10, 2006
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Planet of Twilight rounds out a loose trilogy which started with Children of the Jedi (Hambly) and Darksaber (Kevin Anderson). The connection here is that Luke fell in love with a Jedi named Callista and she has lost her powers. So, she leaves Luke to try to find someway to regain her powers so they can be together. Nice and soap opera-ish. That's the connection. In Planet of Twilight, Leia is on a secret diplomatic mission to Nan Chorios to meet with a leader of a minority faction on the planet who wishes to join the New Republic and seeks assistance. Leia receives a message to avoid the planet and to not trust the man she is meeting. Luke receives the same message, only he realizes the message is from Callista. So while Leia is doing her secret meeting thing, Luke is also going in undercover (the majority of the planet is hostile to outsiders and the New Republic) to find Callista. Meanwhile, an ancient plague is unleashed on the diplomatic fleet and Leia is kidnapped. What will happen next?

*Yawn*. Excuse me.

The problem here is that this book has no lasting implications for the greater Star Wars universe. Sure, the Death Seed Plague should be this big dangerous thing, and it is...sort of. I guess I just didn't believe the stakes. Hambly is a reasonably competent author and I had read one of her non-Star Wars books over a decade ago and enjoyed it. Star Wars can be a lot of things in that hands of different authors, all valid. One thing it should never be is boring. I understand that this is in the eye of the beholder, but this beholder was weary of the novel midway through. Han and Chewie are just running around not accomplishing anything. Leia is a captive for a while until she isn't.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars When will the hurting stop? March 31, 2000
By Mike
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Please don't plunk down your hard earned money for this. The action sequences (when there were any) were terrible. The plot was pretty improbable, but occasionally I found the plot to be half way decent, kind of like those old B movies. The problem was that some of the characters acted inconsistently, or they failed to act in character. Leia in particular bothered me, she was incredibly indecisive. The way characters interacted was also questionable, and the dialoges were often iffy. Buy The Courtship of Princess Leia, or Heir to the Empire instead.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars PLEASE HELP!! February 14, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I would like to take this opportunity to ask a favor of the more worthy Star Wars authors, like Timothy Zahn or Kevin J. Anderson. Please write a Star Wars novel and KILL CALLISTA in it!!!!! This character is completely worthless, just like the rest of Hambly's two books.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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Format:Mass Market Paperback
Planet of Twilight was the creepiest books I ever read. I found myself flipping to parts with Han or Leia. I don't really know how it ends because I gave up once I read about those disgusting 'drochs'. The plot was a mess, the characters seemed to have lost their personalities (poor, poor Han!), and when Callista (who I can't stand from Children of the Jedi) showed up, I couldn't stand it anymore. I know Lucasfilm has to approve Star Wars books before they're published. All I can say is that somebody let this one slip by them.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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Planet of the Twilight is the third book in the so-called Callista Trilogy, and the second Star Wars book by author Barbara Hambly. It is the best of the Trilogy. Hambly's previous work Children of the Jedi was repetative, convoluted and boring. While her writing and plot still tend to be convoluted and Han Solo plays a very minor role (in the great scheme of things), Hambly brings a fresh idea to the Star Wars universe: that of an inter-galactic plague. The whole Droch/Black Seed plague idea was really inspired. In many ways this is the horror story of the Star Wars universe, very different from the previous five books which featured super-weapons like the sun-crusher, Death Star prototype, Eye of Palpatine and Darksaber. Disease is a different type of weapon and the only credible way for Chief of State Leia to be kidnapped with all her bodyguards etc around is to have them die of the plague. The story revolves around Luke and Leia with special emphasis on Leia. It was nice to see her in a credible fighting role, and to see her powers expand. Luke is still looking for Callista, but he seems to have gained back a measure of common sense and competence. Their were two other really great things in this book: 1) the relative absence of Callista, 2) the writing away of Admiral Daala. I never liked Callista, i thought she was a useless character and really had no business being in the Star Wars universe. Everything about her rubbed me the wrong way. As for Admiral Daala it was good to see the most inept Imperial commander ever be written out never to bother the reader again. She just fades away never to return (I hope). Read more ›
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars that was quick..
For a Star Wars eu book it was pretty short, I was expecting some more content but I suppose it was alright.
Published 1 month ago by JLB-58
4.0 out of 5 stars great series
I had found an old copy of Children of the Jedi at a bookstore. As I am hoping to build the whole EU collection I wanted to find the other two of the Callista Trilogy in the same... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Danny Doba
5.0 out of 5 stars Good stuff
It's good stuff very pleased with the product and i got exactly what i expected and didn't get something that i didn't expect
Published 13 months ago by Fred Bagley
3.0 out of 5 stars Not the best, not the worst
This book is pretty decent. The storyline opens up early on and you feel that it will be a big blockbuster, but that never really happens. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Rob
5.0 out of 5 stars Death Seeds
Planet of Twilight (1997) is a standalone SF novel in the Star Wars series. Leia is supposed to be on vacation with Han and the kids. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Arthur W. Jordin
3.0 out of 5 stars Barbara Hambly strikes back
I have read her first installment in the "Callista" trilogy and finished this one. Her books starts off way to slow. I only got this book to complete the trilogy. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Torin Gilliam
3.0 out of 5 stars Once again, good ideas, but I struggled.
Great idea for the plot, but its buried under monumental descriptiveness once again so that I started skipping paragraphs. Read more
Published 19 months ago by A. Ybert
5.0 out of 5 stars Read this years ago, still good
This is my second read of this and I love it just as much this time. Very creepy subject matter and a good to see Leia move forward a little in her journey to Jedi. Read more
Published 23 months ago by Mark 2 Eyeball
1.0 out of 5 stars Good science fiction, not good star wars.
Pre prequels era (literature wise) novelization that adds to the legacy of pre-empire jedi lore, which sadly gets cancelled out only 2 years later by the prequel story, and then... Read more
Published on December 5, 2012 by Justin, Texas
1.0 out of 5 stars Didn't care for it at all
As far as Star Wars books go, this ones rates as second-worst only to The Crystal Star. Improbabilities, characters acting out of character, and the return of Callista -who wasn't... Read more
Published on August 27, 2012 by Ashley Waldron
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