By James Luceno
During the galaxy, it used to be believed that Jedi Knight Anakin Skywalker–the selected One–had died on Coruscant throughout the siege of the Jedi Temple. And, to some degree, that used to be actual. Anakin was once dead.
From the positioning of Anakin Skywalker’s final stand–on the molten floor of the planet Mustafar, the place he sought to smash his good friend and previous grasp, Obi-Wan Kenobi–a fearsome specter in black has risen. as soon as the main robust Knight ever recognized to the Jedi Order, he's now a disciple of the darkish facet, a lord of the feared Sith, and the avenging correct hand of the galaxy’s ruthless new Emperor. Seduced, deranged, and destroyed by way of the machinations of the darkish Lord Sidious, Anakin Skywalker is useless . . . and Darth Vader lives.
Word of the occasions that created him–the Jedi Council’s failed mutiny opposed to preferrred Chancellor Palpatine, the self-crowned Emperor’s retaliatory command to exterminate the Jedi Order, and Anakin’s bloodbath of his comrades and Masters within the Jedi Temple–has but to arrive all quarters. at the Outer Rim global of Murkhana, Jedi Masters Roan Shryne and Bol Chatak and Padawan Olee Starstone are major a cost on a Separatist stronghold, unaware that the tide, crimson with Jedi blood, has became unexpectedly opposed to them.
When the 3 narrowly elude execution–and develop into the determined prey in a hunt throughout space–it’s neither clone infantrymen, nor the newly deployed stormtroopers, nor even the wrath of the power-hungry Emperor himself they need to worry such a lot. The deadliest hazard rests within the hideously fast and deadly red lightsaber of Darth Vader–behind whose brooding masks lies a shattered center, a poisoned soul, and a crafty, twisted brain hell-bent on vengeance.
For the handful of scattered Jedi, survival is central if the sunshine facet of the strength is to be safe and the galaxy by some means, sometime reclaimed. but extra vital nonetheless is the health of the dual babies, Leia and Luke Skywalker, the youngsters of Anakin and his doomed bride, Padmé Amidala. Separated after Padmé’s demise, they have to be made secure in any respect bills, lest the wish they characterize for the longer term be grew to become to horror through the recent Sith regime–and the unspeakable strength of the darkish side.
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