is the first novel in the The Jedi Academy trilogy
While Luke Skywalker
takes the first step toward setting up an academy to train a new order of Jedi Knights
, Han Solo
are taken prisoner on the planet Kessel
and forced to work in the fathomless depths of a spice mine. After Solo and Chewbacca escape, they flee desperately to a secret Imperial
research laboratory surrounded by a cluster of black holes
-and go from one danger to a far greater one.
The story begins with Han Solo and Chewbacca on a diplomatic mission from the New Republic
to the spice mines of Kessel
Unbeknownst to them, Moruth Doole had taken over the space mines, and was convinced the Falcon
with Solo and Chewbacca aboard was a spy ship, a prelude to invasion to seize control of the extremely lucrative spice production facilities. His small fleet, based on Kessel's solo moon, shot down the emissaries, and brought them to Doole for questioning. He proceeded to do so by ingesting a large quantity of extremely pure glitterstim
, which boosted his psychic capabilities to the point where he could forcibly invade Solo's mind and ascertain the truth.
When Doole realized that they had been just diplomats, and that he had effectively declared war on the New Republic, he panicked. When combined with the fact that he thought Solo knew he had been the one that ratted out Solo and Chewbacca to the Imperials
(the result of which was that Solo was forced to dump his cargo on... Read More