By James Luceno
During the galaxy, it used to be believed that Jedi Knight Anakin Skywalker–the selected One–had died on Coruscant through the siege of the Jedi Temple. And, to a point, that used to be real. Anakin was once dead.
From the location 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 identified to the Jedi Order, he's now a disciple of the darkish aspect, a lord of the scary Sith, and the avenging correct hand of the galaxy’s ruthless new Emperor. Seduced, deranged, and destroyed by means 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 ideal 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, pink with Jedi blood, has grew to become all at once 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 danger rests within the hideously rapid and deadly purple 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 vital if the sunshine part of the strength is to be secure and the galaxy by some means, sometime reclaimed. but extra vital nonetheless is the wellbeing and fitness of the dual babies, Leia and Luke Skywalker, the youngsters of Anakin and his doomed bride, Padmé Amidala. Separated after Padmé’s loss of life, they need to be made secure in any respect expenditures, lest the desire they signify for the longer term be grew to become to horror via the recent Sith regime–and the unspeakable strength of the darkish side.
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