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[A Long Time Ago In A Galaxy Far, Far Away...]
Events that occur before Episode IV: A New Hope.


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James Luceno
Del Rey

Story published as:
Hardback Book (2016)
e-Book (2016)
Audio Book (2016)
Paperback Book (2017)

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1 review [Review score: 3 / 5]

War is tearing the galaxy apart. For years the Republic and the Separatists have battled across the stars, each building more and more deadly technology in an attempt to win the war. As a member of Chancellor Palpatineís top secret Death Star project, Orson Krennic is determined to develop a superweapon before their enemies can. And an old friend of Krennicís, the brilliant scientist Galen Erso, could be the key.
Galenís energy-focused research has captured the attention of both Krennic and his foes, making the scientist a crucial pawn in the galactic conflict. But after Krennic rescues Galen, his wife, Lyra, and their young daughter, Jyn, from Separatist kidnappers, the Erso family is deeply in Krennicís debt. Krennic then offers Galen an extraordinary opportunity: to continue his scientific studies with every resource put utterly at his disposal. While Galen and Lyra believe that his energy research will be used purely in altruistic ways, Krennic has other plans that will finally make the Death Star a reality. Trapped in their benefactorís tightening grasp, the Ersos must untangle Krennicís web of deception to save themselves and the galaxy itself.

Trade paperback edition includes short story The Voice of the Empire by Mur Lafferty.

This story begins approximately 21 years before Episode IV: A New Hope (approximately 1 year after Episode II: Attack of the Clones).

Related Stories (in chronological order):

  • Attack of the Clones
  • Catalyst
  • Revenge of the Sith
  • Tarkin by James Luceno
  • Rogue One

Review by Darth Kondorr, Poland, 2016:

It is really exciting to start meeting these people weeks before the movie, especially when it is written by Luceno. But between the revelations the book was not very exiting, at least the first half. There are a lot of great tidbits and details on how and especially WHEN the Death Star Project came to life. Some of them add new depth to Anakin and Padmes conversation in "Revenge of the Sith" about how the Republic might have become the very evil they swore to defeat.
But all these great things are kinda downsized, when the whole book simplifies the plot essentially down to 3 people and some guest appearances.
I am also not very fond of the master manipulator villain stereotype... the level of manipulation while one character makes other characters do what he wants of them, without them knowing, gets at some point rather absurd...
Since his Tarkin book, it seems I still love Luceno's writing, I just don't seem to enjoy his subjects so much as before. Still the book is a worthy read, but not in expensive hard cover, wait for the softcover and you might get a short story as a bonus.

Rating: 3 / 5

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