- Series: Star Wars
- Paperback: 352 pages
- Publisher: Del Rey; 1st edition (November 1, 1994)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0553568728
- ISBN-13: 978-0553568721
- Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.9 x 6.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 181 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #115,835 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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s Darth Vader's funeral pyre burned to ashes on Endor than the Alliance intercepts a call for help from a far-flung Imperial outpost. Bakura is on the edge of known space and the first to meet the Ssi-ruuk, cold-blooded reptilian invaders who, once allied with the now dead Emperor, are approaching Imperial space with only one goal; total domination. Princess Leia sees the mission as an opportunity to achieve a diplomatic victory for the Alliance. But it assumes even greater importance when a vision of Obi-Wan Kenobi appears to Luke Skywalker with the message that he must go to Bakura-or risk losing everything the Rebels have fought so desperately to achieve.
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Luke struggles with his newly defined relationship with Leia. He had done so much because he loved her, and now he can never have her. It was an empty sadness that reached through the pages. Somehow, I understood.
Luke meets Gaeriel, who piques his interest, and Dev, a potential apprentice. With both, there were some truly touching moments. Luke gets injured, he's lonely, he's vulnerable. I like this version of him best because he comes across as someone the rest of humanity can identify with . . . he's human.
Leia is understandably upset with her father. He tortured her and her friends, destroyed her planet, nearly killed Luke. She finds it hard to come to terms. However, Leia has a little more hope than Luke. She is now free to have a relationship with Han, who is more of a supporting character in this book. It is tastefully done, with a bit of the Star Wars humor we expect when we see Han.
Some things could have been better. The plot involves the entechment of humans, killing them and putting their souls into battle droids. I found that a little farfetched. Also, Dev was so in love with his master that it was a little revolting; but in the end, I felt for him as Luke did.
I would have to say Kathy Tyers did a wonderful job with this Star Wars novel. I was completely submerged into the characters. I left feeling like I know them on a deeper level. Their emotional struggles were so realistically portrayed. I hope she continues to write more Star Wars books. I look forward to reading all of them.
I was also surprised at how much extra stuff was loaded into the back end of the novel. Things I liked included the timelines, so one who hadn't been following the extended universe closely knew where the various books relate to the events in A New Hope. That was awesome, because there are dozens of books available. Also included are excerpts from several other novels, which is a handy marketing device akin to downloading sample chapters.
Without restating other reviews, it was nice to see the actual aftermath of the rebellion and the attempts to establish a new Republic while simultaneously dealing with a Galaxy that was not entirely ready for the fall of the emperor.
That being said, "Bakura" ended a bit too neatly for my taste. The summary of the plot is basically that the victorious Rebels intercept an antiquated probe from the edge of the galaxy. The probe contains an urgent plea for help from the Emperor against a relentless enemy hopelessly outnumbering the fighting forces of the planet Bakura. Leia makes a quick decision to help the beleagured populace, hoping to win the world for the New Republic. Upon arrival, while Leia conducts truce negotiations with the stranded Imperial Forces there, Luke is discovered by a young Force-sensitive boy enslaved to the attacking enemy, who immediately crave possession of Luke's Jedi abilities for their own evil ends...
Those are the good points, the bad point is that nothing further is left open for some very interesting and well-drawn new characters to do in further books. The ending is too neatly accomplished. Because of this, I only give an otherwise superbly written novel a moderate 3 stars. The upshot: Unless you, like me, absolutely must know what happens to Our Intrepid Band of Rebels right after RotJ, skip this one and go on to other books.