Adult Novel

Agents of Chaos I: Hero's Trial

James Luceno
Aug 1, 2000
Artwork by
Narrated by
Anthony Heald
Takes place in
25 ABY
In the
New Jedi Order
Solid character moments competing with a messy plot make this book something of a mixed bag.
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All wars create loss. Loss of life. Loss of friends. Loss of faith. For Han Solo, the Yuuzhan Vong war has handed him all of those losses together. Heart-broken by recent events, Han does what he knows best and isolates himself from the rest of the New Republic. Determined to live up to his last name, Han sets out on his own on a mission for vengeance. However, as he tries to leave the New Republic behind, he finds himself pulled right back in as he discovers a massive plot to undermine the government. As the fourth book in the New Jedi Order series and the first of James Luceno’s Agents of Chaos duology, this novel set the stage for a new phase of the Yuuzhan Vong war.

Publisher's Summary

Merciless attacks by an invincible alien force have left the New Republic reeling. Dozens of worlds have succumbed to occupation or annihilation, and even the Jedi Knights have tasted defeat. In these darkest of times, the noble Chewbacca is laid to rest, having died as heroically as he lived. A grief-stricken Han Solo is left to fit the pieces of his shattered soul back together before he loses everything: friends, family, and faith.

Refusing help from Leia or Luke, Han becomes the loner he once was, seeking to escape the pain of his partner's death in adventure...and revenge. When he learns that an old friend from his smuggling days is operating as a mercenary for the enemy, he sets out to expose the traitor. But Han's investigation uncovers an even greater evil: a sinister conspiracy aimed at the very heart of the New Republic's will and ability to fight.

Now Han must face down his inner demons and, with the help of a new and unexpected ally, honor Chewbacca's sacrifice in the only way that matters - by being worthy of it.

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Solid character moments competing with a messy plot make this book something of a mixed bag.

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