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Hero's Trial (Agents of Chaos, #1) (Star Wars: The New Jedi Order #4)

3.6 of 5 stars 3.60  ·  rating details  ·  4,825 ratings  ·  60 reviews
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--and a grief-stricken Han Solo is left to fit the pieces of his shattered soul ba ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 352 pages
Published August 2000 by Del Rey (first published January 1st 2000)
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Jesse
The new Jedi order completely outpaces anything in the Starwars genre. This series was Dark, exciting, fast paced, and inspired. The writing was fantastic and the level of philosophy and force history was unparalleled. If your a fan at any level of the Starwars Universe than this series is a must read. It is on my top 5 of all time for a series and I treasured every moment I spent in that time. But beware, this isn't your typical Starwars book, be ready for a level of intensity that you've never ...more
Dave
Oct 18, 2007 Dave rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: sci-fi
Hero's Trial is a mediocre book in what has otherwise been a decent series to date. The first three books (written by R.A. Salvatore and Michael Stackpole) were quite decent, which makes the shortcomings in Hero's Trial even more disappointing.

The book isn't horrible; it's just not fun to read. With the exception of Droma, a new buddy Luceno introduces for Han, nearly every character in the book is painfully boring. The Yuuzhan Vong, who were engaging in the first three books, became nothing mor
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John
James Luceno always does a amazing job in the Star Wars universe.So many positives about this book ill take the time to list a few.One is the transformation of Han Solo after Chewbaccas death.Just as he was settling into the role of husband and father the loss of his best friend sends him into a tailspin and vengeance is what is foremost in his mind.

Also liked how C3PO explored what can only be explained as feelings.His views on death were surprising and insightful for a droid.The author gave hi
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Ron
For this they killed Chewbacca?!

This was awful. Pointless. The whole Yuuzhan Vong thing is interminably boring.

Cover art is supposed to make you want to buy the book. The art on the covers of this series is so bad, it makes you want to look for a plain, brown wrapper. This the guy on the left supposed to be Han Solo?
William Ristau
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Shane Amazon
Hero's Trial is a perfect example of what James Luceno is capable of as a writer. With incredibly rich character depth and compelling action sequences, Hero's Trial explores Han Solo better than any other book out there.

As we saw in the two books prior to this, Han has been racked by the death of his longtime friend and copilot, Chewbacca. Full of angst about the future ahead without Chewy, Han lashes out against his family and friends, and especially his son, Anakin, whom he partially blames fo
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Crystal Starr Light
Welcome back, Han Solo! We missed you!

The Yuuzhan Vong have a new plan to kill the Jedi: send Elan, a priestess of the Deception sect, into their midst as a defector and poison them. Meanwhile, Han Solo finally comes around and starts to come to terms with his grief.

NOTE: Based on audiobook and novel.

I find myself at odds trying to rate this book. On one hand, when I first read this, I was bored stiff. The language was too heavy, the plot too invisible, the characters too mediocre. On the other
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Cian Beirdd
Star Wars is all about these magicians with laser swords dashing about the galaxy helping people. Inevitably, they attract rogues, droids, and other odd people but that is what it's about. Then there's Han. He is the most interesting rogue the universe has offered, often outshining Luke in the original trilogy. And Chewie, his sidekick. Han deserved a novel focusing on his grief. Many people who read Star Wars like the action and superpowers, but in this book you get more of an "Empire Strikes B ...more
Jim Corbiere
Finished reading " Star Wars: The New Jedi Order: Hero's Trial " Not bad. I like the fact that the Star Wars universe is expanding. New characters and new directions. James Luceno is a good author and knows how to write a Star Wars novel.
The Yuuzhan Vong have been pushing deeper into the New Republic. They have made some decisive victories. The Vong have concocted a plan to wipe out the Jedi. They allow one of their agents to defect to the New Republic but the agent is a bio weapon waiting to ha
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Bradley
After 60 or so Star Wars novels this is where my interest in the big three (Luke, Han and Leia) finally stopped. By the time I hit book 4 in the 'New Jedi Order' series it was becoming quite clear it was not a direction I wished to be drawn in any further. The signs were there in the first 3 books. Vector Prime while fresh and new was a chore to get through and Michael A Stakepoles series was saved by his characters in the New Republic side of the conflict. I know Del Rey were looking to take St ...more
Andrew
The Agents of Chaos novels have related storylines, but they function as stand-alone novels as well. Hero's Trial has two main story arcs - Han Solo, who is finally coming to grips with Chewbacca's death, and the Yuuzhan Vong's latest plan to harm the New Republic by killing the Jedi.

Han uses his thirst for vengeance to get out of a drunken slump. He runs into an old friend who conveniently is looking to stop a former associate who is working for the Yuuzhan Vong through an organization known as
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Daniel
I liked this book. I didn't love it--possibly because it fell on the heels of the frenzied pace of the first three books in The New Jedi Order. Hero's Trial slowed everything down to take a look at the grieving Han and his journey.

James Luceno is a pretty darn good writer. Better than Michael Stackpole, I'd wager. Unfortunately for Luceno, this story didn't really grab me like the first three did. In the long run, that's probably good for the series as a whole, since we can't keep ramping up the
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Chris
Definitely better than any of the NJO novels so far. James Luceno is one of those authors whose name I recognize but I'm not entirely sure I've read, but it's clear he's not a bad writer at all, at least when adopting licensed characters.

The good:
-I want to know more about Vergere.
-I like Droma and want him to stick around some more.
-Han's back.

The bad:
-The bit about C3PO reminiscing about death seems a bit out of character and forced. I do appreciate that Luceno took him to task for being a ch
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Josh
Sep 03, 2012 Josh rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: sweu
For the most part, I liked this book. Han Solo's always been one of my favorite characters, so I was excited to read a novel mostly devoted to him. Throughout most of the novel, I felt like Luceno captured his character rather well, especially in the scene where Han revisits each the adventures he had with Chewie in the minute details of the Falcon. I was as heartbroken as Han in that scene. The development for other characters, however, seemed to fall a little flat and at points, some of them s ...more
Chazzbot
Luceno has an unfortunate tendency to use twenty words in a sentence where less than ten would serve:

"The narrow pressbonded lanes were crowded with spindly Myneyrshi, armored Psadans, humans, and Noghri, but interspersed among them were small groups of Bimms, Falleen, Bothans, and other species, lingering in front of hotels or sipping drinks at streetside cafe tables."

I suppose this habit of species name-dropping serves to add some degree of authenticity for fans of the Star Wars universe, but
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William
I really liked how Han Solo dealt with Chewie's death by becoming the rogue he was early in his career...a sort of "if I go back to that time, Chewie's still with me" sort of thing. I also liked that his smuggling past ran head long into the Yuuzhan Vong and their plans for destroying the New Republic. It was the classic Han Solo attitude that saved them all in the end for his being suspicious of ...well never mind, I won't totally ruin it for you.
Here is what I did not like: Droma. He is too ph
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Matthew Ashby
So far, this is easily the best book in the series. We get great development with Han considering what happened in the first book, we get exciting action sequences that actually mean something, and more intrigue that makes me want to keep reading. Props to James Luceno for making me actually invested in the New Jedi Order.
Sean Thursby
This book finishes strong...which is great, save that the first 2/3 of it is painfully slow. Han's treatment of Leia offends me far more now than it did when I read this years ago--not that I was all that supportive of it then. Why she doesn't just shoot him--just once, in the leg, she'd feel so much better--is beyond me.
Ren the Unclean
Aug 19, 2007 Ren the Unclean rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Star Wars fans
Shelves: sci-fi
This is the first New Jedi Order book to really feature Han Solo. I hadn't read any other SW books by James Luceno, but he does a really good job of capturing Han's snarky attitude, while making him believably depressed (but not too emo) about Chewbacca.

The introduction of Droma as Han's new sidekick is really cool as well, since Luceno does a great job of describing this new (to me) alien race, both physically and culturally. I really like that Droma sort of serves to replace Chewbacca, but gi
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Michael
With the most of the focus on Han Solo, the story seems sore in its pacing and I found it hard to get caught up in the story.

The overall conflict between both Han and Lea as well as Han and his son Anakin is less appealing and the severity of the weakness seen their relationships is to the point of depressing. Although Han's desire to be a loner seems to be strong, it is rather ironic that he ends up relying on so many others just to survive his lonely jaunt around the galaxy.

This book in the N
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Trent
Only a three due to the last 15 pages. Would have been a four otherwise. Felt like the author felt the book needed to be wrapped up quickly and so a lot of stuff happened in those pages in an almost deus ex machina way.
Patrick
This book is pretty much the reason why I'm so behind on the Star Wars EU after years of reading it up to date. I actually can't believe it's been a decade since this came out. It's not terrible, but it just couldn't hold my interest. So I'd dropped it for years before coming back to it (I'm not even sure if it was this volume or the second that I actually paused on. I found myself reading the other stories that came out instead, like Zahn's Outbound Flight and so on. Somehow, I made it through ...more
brendan
Apr 30, 2008 brendan rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: geeks
standard for the star wars extended universe. however, i have never read anything by luciano in this genre before and i was pleasantly surprised by his handling of the EU. new diction appeared, a rarity for the SW genre, and his pacing felt a little more fresh than the old hands have been pumping out. unfortunately, the core character's (from the George Lucas universe) were hardly touched by luciano. when they were it proved less adept than expected. he hasn't had the opportunity to meditate on ...more
Yves
Han Solo se remet difficilement de la mort de son meilleur ami Chewbacca. Il blame même son fils Anakin Solo d'en être responsable. Il est tellement affligé qu'il refuse de venir en aide à Luke et Leia pour le combat et l'aide des réfugiés. Il s'en va se promener à travers la galaxie et fera des rencontres qui pourraient le faire changer d'avis.

C'est très bien comme livre. L'auteur focus surtout sur la peine que ressent Han Solo face à la mort de Chewie. On le suit se promener de place miteuse e
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Jerry
A fairly good Star Wars Expanded Universe novel.
Ramah Hephzibah
So sad! Such a dark time in the Galaxy
Lonnie Craddock
The New Jedi Order is a great series a nice turn of pace from Jedi vs Sith

Excellent read, the entire series so far is a page turner. Also a bit darker than previous star wars books I have read. Done with this book and cannot wait to start the next!
Holly
fav njo so far
Jim C
This is a novel based in the Star Wars expanded universe. I thought this was one of the better Star Wars books. The author did a nice job with the original characters (esp. C-3PO) and introduced some new ones. This novel is mostly about Han and how he deals with a loss. To me, this book captured the essence of the movies and I look forward to the next one in the series. If you do plan to read this one, it would be helpful if you read the other novels in the series to understand the current situa ...more
Adam
While I enjoyed the books focus on Han, I did find it inferior to the previous two novels. When I read a SW EU novel, I look for two things: 1) fun, thrilling action/adventure and 2) a sprinkle of Star Wars "philosophy". This book gave me a dab of both but not quite enough of either.

The Yuuzhan Vong plot was a little silly and the action didn't pick up until near the end.

The highlight of the book was the budding relationship between Han and Droma. Droma's no Chewie, but the dynamic shows promis
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