Kathy Tyers is the author of the Firebird series (Firebird, Fusion Fire, Crown of Fire, and Daystar) and stand-alone science fiction (Shivering World, Crystal Witness, and One Mind's Eye). She has also written several original Star Wars stories, including the New York Times bestselling novel The Truce at Bakura. She lives in southwestern Montana.
Hard on the heels of the emperor's death, the Alliance receives word of an outpost planet beseiged by a new alien invader, a lizardlike race of creatures bent on conquest of the galaxy. Flushed with their recent victory and stunned by the revelation of their parentage, Luke and Leia travel to the edge of the Empire to join forces with their erstwhile enemies to combat an even deadlier foe. Set prior to the events of Timothy Zahn's ``Star Wars'' cycle, Tyers's first foray into the Star Wars universe captures the feel of space opera while attempting a three-dimensional portrayal of the forces of a decaying empire. A worthwhile addition to a popular sf subgenre.