Old Friends: Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, Leia Organa Solo, Jaina Solo, Jacen Solo, Anakin Solo, Chewbacca, Xaverri, C3P0, R2D2
Synopsis: This book has a classic story line. The big heroes (Han and Luke) are away and the damsel (Leia) becomes distressed. The children are taken and she and Chewbacca must rescue them with a little help from some new friends.
Review: Chief of State Leia Organa Solo is on a diplomatic mission on Monto Codru when her children, the twins Jaina and Jacen, and the youngest, Anakin are kidnapped. Meanwhile, Luke and Han are at Crseih Station investigating the rumored supernatural powers of Waru, a being who can heal others, possibly with the Force? To make matters worse, the station is dangerously close to a black hole and a doomed white star.
Meanwhile, the Solo children are being held hostage on an artificial planet, being groomed as Jedi Knights for the Empire Reborn. Leia befriends a Firrerreo on an abandoned slave ship who may have knowledge of the childrens' location, as she is also searching for her own son. The search and rescue eventually lead them to Crseih Station as well, where the greatest danger of all awaits them.
McIntyre has a good grasp of the characters behaviorisms, though Luke's jealousy was a bit much when he suspected Han of cheating on Leia with Xaverri (an old flame of Han's). She wrote Leia many inner monologue scenes, which were realistic - a good thing - makes the book more believable. The twins were also well written; they have the mannerisms of children, which is overlooked by some authors. Overall, the book was well written, and it was an enjoyable read...over and over again *lol*.
Title: The Crystal Star