The Unseen Queen: Star Wars (Dark Nest, Book II) : Dark Nest II: The Unseen Queen
The epic Star Wars odyssey enters a new frontier as the heroes of The New Jedi Order confront a monstrous evil ' insidious, unseen and insatiable, as told in The Unseen Queen, the second book of the Dark Nest Trilogy by Troy Denning.
Despite being given new worlds to populate, the insectoid Killiks have not found peace. An unknown enemy has been attacking the new nests ' and the Killiks hold the Jedi responsible. Traveling back to the Unknown Regions to unravel the mystery, the Skywalkers and Solos discover an evil far more familiar than they ever expected ' and even more terrifying. Why does the Dark Nest want to kill Mara Will Jacen ' s apocalyptic vision trigger another galactic war or prevent one And perhaps most ominous of all, what deadly secret are the Killik ' s hiding
To find out, Luke, Mara, Han and Leia must embark on a perilous journey into the uncharted void between right and wrong. The ferocious Unknown Terrors are only the beginning of the awesome challenges that lie ahead in their quest to fathom the unfathomable. For an obscure dispute is about to explode into chaos, pitting Jedi against Jedi ' and threatening the very galaxy itself.
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September 27, 2005
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Excerpt from The Unseen Queen: Star Wars (Dark Nest, Book II) by Troy Denning
The last time Han Solo had been here, the planet had had no name. The air had been thick and boggy, and there had been a ribbon of muddy water purling through the marsh grass, bending lazily toward the dark wall of a nearby conifer forest. A jagged mountain had loomed in the distance, its pale summit gleaming against the wispy red veil of a nebular sky.
Now the air was filled with the aroma of sweet membrosia and slow-roasted nerf ribs, and the only water in sight was rippling down the face of an artificial waterfall. The conifer forest had been cut, stripped, and driven into the marsh to serve as log pilings beneath the iridescent tunnel-houses of the Saras nest. Even the mountain looked different, seeming to float above the city on a cushion of kiln steam, its icy peak almost scraping the pale-veined belly of the Utegetu Nebula.
' Interesting, what the bugs have done to the place, ' Han said. He was standing in the door of the glimmering hangar where they had berthed the Falcon, looking out on the nest along with Leia, Saba Sebatyne, the Skywalkers, and C-3PO and R2-D2. ' Not so creepy after all. '
' Don ' t call them bugs, Han, ' Leia reminded him. ' Insulting your hosts is never a good way to start a visit. '
' Right, we wouldn ' t want to insult ' em, ' Han said. ' Not for a little thing like harboring pirates and running black membrosia. '
He crossed a spinglass bridge and stopped at the edge of a meandering ribbon of street. The silver lane was packed with chest-high Killiks hauling rough lumber, quarried moirestone, casks of bluewater. Here and there, bleary-eyed spacers ' human and otherwise ' were staggering back to their ships at the sore end of a membrosia binge. On the balconies overhanging the tunnel-house entrances, glittered-up Joiners ' beings who had spent too much time among Killiks and been absorbed into the nest ' s collective mind ' were smiling and dancing to the soft trill of spinning wind horns. The only incongruous sight was in the marshy, two-meter gap that served as the gutter between the hangar and the street. A lone insect lay facedown in the muck, its orange thorax and white-striped abdomen half covered in some sort of dull gray froth.