Star Wars is one of the most famous film franchises in the world, but did you know that there’s a huge expanded universe beyond the movies? Beside the many video games, comic books, and reference guides are nearly 300 novels written about a galaxy far, far away. This huge collection expands the story told in the films and introduces hundreds of new people, places, and things that flesh out the Star Wars universe to a fanatic degree. But now, since Disney is taking over the franchise, the expanded universe is done expanding with Crucible being the final novel of the “old” continuity. Much like with the Star Trek reboot, Disney has stated that the new films won’t be based off the old books. I still say Crucible is definitely worth a read, however.
The book begins in a cantina, a familiar locale for any Star Wars fan. Han and Leia Solo are there to meet their old friend Lando Calrissian, who has been having some trouble with corporate rivals. But these rivals turn out to be a much greater threat than anyone realized and so, along with Grand Master Jedi Luke Skywalker, the old gang teams up for a final battle to save the galaxy.
A lot has happened to Luke, Leia, and Han in the expanded universe since defeating the Empire, but author Troy Denning does an excellent job of bringing the reader up to speed by introducing facts a little at a time. Most major surviving characters and villains make at least a cameo appearance, if only a little bit older and with a lot more emotional baggage.
All in all, Crucible is an excellent wrap-up of an era and highly enjoyable. I recommend the audiobook version; it sounds like a radio play with music, sound effects, and great voice acting.