"Quite surprising. I've certainly never heard any gossip that Emperor Palpatine had a son by a three-eyed alien woman."
— The series in a nutshell, courtesy of C-3PO
The Glove of Darth Vader is the first installment of a series of Star Wars Expanded Universe novellas for younger readers written by Paul and Hollace Davids and published in the early 1990s. They are most remembered nowadays for their questionable quality, but occasional references to them still crop up in the modern EU, and they've been neatly fitted into the official EU timeline (with a little bit of retconning to make them fit better). The title of the first book has been adopted for the (untitled) cycle as a whole, which is also known by the names of Jedi Prince and Son of Palpatine.Books in the series include:
The Glove of Darth Vader (1992)
The Lost City of the Jedi (1992)
Zorba the Hutt's Revenge (1992)
Mission from Mount Yoda (1993)
Queen of the Empire (1993)
Prophets of the Dark Side (1993)
The series includes examples of:
And That's Terrible: "I bid you Dark Greetings," anyone? "I grant you my Dark Blessing."? They really wanted us to know that they knew the Empire was evil. And apparently even the Empire wanted the Empire to know that the Empire was evil.
Canon Discontinuity: Not quite, but the events of the books have been made a lot less significant to the overall Star Wars story than the writers probably intended. Also, the decision of Lucasfilm to cancel the series just as other, better received, EU novels (such as Zahn's trilogy) were getting big has been interpreted by some observers as a damage-limitation exercise.
At one point it was pretty much treated as completely non-canon (some gaming sourcebooks aside), but current Lucasfilm policy seems to be that nothing is so contradictory to the rest of the EU that it can't be fixed with a big enough retcon.
In particular, according to an article in issue 103 (October 1994) of the PolyhedronTabletop RPG magazine (albeit unlicensed), the series was actually a youngling-friendly retelling of those events by Leia Organa Solo to her children.
While considered canon, there have been numerous Retcons. Rather than taking place over the span of five years as stated by Paul Davids, it takes place within a year. While the series ends with Han and Leia walking down the aisle to be wed, Davids himself explained that they are interrupted, and their plans for their marriage fall by the wayside, leaving them to be married in The Courtship of Princess Leia. The villains of the series (Trioculus, the Central Committee of Grand Moffs, the Prophets of the Dark Side) are revealed by The New Essential Chronology as being a splinter faction of the Imperial government trying to wrest power from Ysanne Isard, and lacked authority over most of the Empire. The Dark Side Sourcebook explained that the Prophets of the Dark Side were not the real Prophets of the Dark Side, who were much more powerful and dangerous servants of Palpatine, but Imperial agents masquerading as them as part of a "Church of the Dark Side", a propaganda tool. Aliens of the Empire reveals that Triclops is not really Palpatine's son (and thus Ken is not Palpatine's grandson), but an experiment created under Palpatine's orders. The Knights of the Old Republic Campaign Guide resolves in the inconsistency with Yavin IV having been terraformed by the Jedi (via the "Lost City of the Jedi") with its depictions of having always been a rainforest world in Tales of the Jedi by explaining that the war with Exar Kun, depicted in Tales of the Jedi, severely ravaged the moon, and the terraforming process was implemented to repair it. The New Essential Guide to Characters also states that Lando Calrissian quickly regained control of Cloud City from Zorba the Hutt, who won it from him in Zorba the Hutt's Revenge.
Written Sound Effect: One of the series' major Narm sources. It's hard to escape the conclusion that the writers might have been better off doing a comic book. Or that they were being paid by the letter - "KRR-RR—AAAAAAANG!" is the sound of two submarines docking.