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Dark Force Rising
Attribution
Author(s)

Timothy Zahn

Cover artist

Tom Jung

Publication information
Publisher

Bantam Spectra

Release date

June 1992

Media type

Hardback

Pages

376

ISBN

0553085743

Chronology
Era

New Republic era

Timeline

9 ABY

Series

Thrawn Trilogy

Preceded by

Heir to the Empire

Followed by

The Last Command

Dark Force Rising is the second entry in the Thrawn Trilogy, written by Timothy Zahn, published by Bantam Spectra in June 1992. It takes place in 9 ABY. Dark Force Rising was adapted into a comic in 1997. Narration for the audiobook version was performed by Denis Lawson, the actor who portrayed Wedge Antilles.

Contents

Editions

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American

Foreign

  • ISBN 837082713; 1995, Amber, 512-page hardcover
  • ISBN 8371693583; 1996, Amber, 512-page paperback
  • 1997, Amber, paperback
  • 2001, Amber, paperback

Publisher's summary

Hardcover

The number-one New York Times bestselling Heir to the Empire was the publishing event of the year, the first novel to continue the adventures of Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia, and Han Solo, beyond the events of the most popular trilogy in movie history. Now comes Dark Force Rising, the second volume of a three-book cycle authorized by Lucasfilm Ltd. and written by Hugo Award-winning author Timothy Zahn.

Five years after the events of Return of the Jedi, the fragile Republic that was born with the defeat of Darth Vader, the Emperor, and the infamous Death Star stands threatened from within and without. The dying Empire's most cunning and ruthless warlordGrand Admiral Thrawn—has taken command of the remnants of the Imperial fleet and launched a massive campaign aimed at the Republic's destruction. With the aid of unimaginable weapons long hidden away by the Emperor on a backwater planet, Thrawn plans to turn the tide of the battle, overwhelm the New Republic, and impose his iron rule throughout the galaxy.

Meanwhile, dissension and personal ambition threaten to tear the Republic apart. As Princess Leia—pregnant with Jedi twins—risks her life to bring a proud and lethal alien race into alliance with the Republic, Han and Lando Calrissian race against time to find proof of treason inside the highest Republic Council—only to discover instead a ghostly fleet of warships that could bring doom to their friends and victory to their enemies.

But most dangerous of all is a new Dark Jedi, risen from the ashes of a shrouded past, consumed by bitterness…and thoroughly, utterly insane. Now he schemes to use his awesome mastery of the Force to summon young Skywalker, allay his misgivings, cunningly enthrall him, and ultimately corrupt him to the Dark Side.

A tale of brilliant spectacle, startling revelations, and tumultuous action, Dark Force Rising moves with the speed of light across a dazzling epic landscape of galactic proportions, from world to world, from adventure to adventure, as Good and Evil clash across the vastness of space "a long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away.…"

Paperback

The dying Empire's most cunning and ruthless warlord—Grand Admiral Thrawn—has taken command of the remnants of the Imperial fleet and launched a massive campaign aimed at the New Republic's destruction. Meanwhile, Han and Lando Calrissian race against time to find proof of treason inside the highest Republic Council—only to discover instead a ghostly fleet of warships that could bring doom to their friends and victory to their enemies.

Yet most dangerous of all is a new Dark Jedi, risen from the ashes of a shrouded past, consumed by bitterness…and scheming to corrupt Luke Skywalker to the Dark Side.

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Droid models

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Locations

Organizations and titles

Sentient species

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Weapons and technology

Miscellanea

Cover gallery

This is a gallery of the different cover variations of Dark Force Rising.

Behind the scenes

In the book Mara Jade mentions Darth Vader losing his right hand at the hands of Palpatine after his failure at the Battle of Yavin. However, he originally lost his hand in a duel with Count Dooku in 22 BBY. The reason for this discrepancy is that the book was written several years before the prequel trilogy existed.

However, Vader also lost his right hand to Luke Skywalker's lightsaber in Splinter of the Mind's Eye, published some 14 years prior to Dark Force Rising. It would not be putting sources in conflict to assume that Vader lost his arm in all of these instances; in Splinter of the Mind's Eye, Luke notes that Vader's arm did not bleed as much as he expected (bearing in mind that at that point in Star Wars development, lightsabers did not necessarily cauterize wounds), implying that the arm may have been a prosthetic already due to Anakin's battle with Dooku. Mara Jade may not have known of either of those two incidents when explaining the loss of Vader's hand to Luke, and Luke had simply neglected to mention that he had cut off Vader's hand as well as Palpatine.

The book also states that the Clone Wars were 44 years before it takes place, which would put the Battle of Honoghr at 35 BBY, well before the Clone Wars. The proper time would be 29 years before. The reason given for that mistake is also the fact that the book was written before prequel knowledge had gotten to Zahn.

See also


This article uses material from the "Dark Force Rising" article on the Starwars wiki at Wikia and is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike License.

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