- Series: Star Wars: The New Jedi Order - Legends (Book 4)
- Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
- Publisher: Del Rey; State First Edition edition (August 1, 2000)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9780345428608
- ISBN-13: 978-0345428608
- ASIN: 0345428609
- Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.9 x 6.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 112 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #351,902 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Agents of Chaos I: Hero's Trial (Star Wars: The New Jedi Order, Book 4) Mass Market Paperback – August 1, 2000
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Merciless attacks by an invincible alien force have left the New Republic reeling. Dozens of worlds have succumbed to occupation or annihilation, and even the Jedi Knights have tasted defeat. In these darkest of times, the noble Chewbacca is laid to rest, having died as heroically as he lived--and a grief-stricken Han Solo is left to fit the pieces of his shattered soul back together before he loses everything: friends, family, and faith.
Refusing help from Leia or Luke, Han becomes the loner he once was, seeking to escape the pain of his partner's death in adventure . . . and revenge. When he learns that an old friend from his smuggling days is operating as a mercenary for the enemy, he sets out to expose the traitor. But Han's investigation uncovers an even greater evil: a sinister conspiracy aimed at the very heart of the New Republic's will and ability to fight--the Jedi.
Now Han must face down his inner demons and, with the help of a new and unexpected ally, honor Chewbacca's sacrifice in the only way that matters--by being worthy of it.
About the Author
James Luceno is the New York Times bestselling author of the Star Wars novels Millennium Falcon, Dark Lord: The Rise of Darth Vader, Cloak of Deception, Labyrinth of Evil, as well as the New Jedi Order novels Agents of Chaos I: Hero’s Trial and Agents of Chaos II: Jedi Eclipse, The Unifying Force, and the eBook Darth Maul: Saboteur. He is also the author of the fantasy novel Hunt for the Mayan Looking-Glass, available as an eBook. He lives in Annapolis, Maryland, with his wife and youngest child.
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The other main plot thread of the novel is that the Yuuzhan Vong have realized that the Jedi are the biggest threat to their plans. The main Vong baddie of the book, a priest named Harrar, has come up with a way to eliminate the Jedi in one fell swoop. He enlists the aid of an assassin priestess named Elan to do the job. Her mission will be to pose as a defector and gain the trust of the New Republic by giving them intel on the Vong's battle strategies. Once she gets a meeting with the Jedi she will activate a lethal bioweapon that will kill them all.
The cool thing about the New Jedi Order series to me is that since there are so many volumes, the writers have so much more opportunity to develop characters than they would in a six hour movie trilogy. You can take your time building up plot and characterization, focus on different characters or plots and you don't have to put all of your bang in one book. For example, by the end of book four of this series, Luke Skywalker has only really had one big fight scene and I think that was two books ago. You can kind of have him hovering in the background and not in the forefront because you have so many volumes yet to come. You feel like he will get his soon enough.
Han so far, except for book one, has been treated similar to Luke. I feel like the first 3 books were about setting up Han and Leia's kids as characters in their own right. This volume was the first to focus on one of the original trilogy characters almost exclusively.
I enjoyed this book even though I felt a bit cheated that Han's trademark blaster pistol saw very little action since his gun's power pack wasn't charged for a majority of the novel. It was also a bit disappointing that he wasn't piloting the Falcon. Those are minor squabbles though. I will definitely be continuing the series and am curious to see what happens in the next book.
This book deals with Han grieving over Chewie's loss and a rather throwaway plot dealing with a Vong who supposedly knows something about Mara's disease.
This book could be easily skipped.
On a different note. This is my second time reading this series and its every bit as good as I remember. Wish Disney hadn't thrown this content out.
On a different note, this is my
The newest threat to the galaxy also continues to provide extra anxiety about whats going to happen next.