A Star Wars Legends novel.
Have you ever wondered who owned the Falcon before Lando? Follow us as we hear her entire history. Han, Leia, and "Amelia" go on a quest to find out. Meanwhile, what is that one part Han's never seen? What's this about a treasure? And who named her the Millennium Falcon?
Aside from giving the Falcon's backstory, the book serves as the bridge between the Legacy of the Force and Fate of the Jedi series, starting off soon after the end of Legacy and concluding with Han and Leia learning of the events that kick off Fate.
Tropes invoked here include:
- A Hero Is Born: The book shows the Falcon coming off the assembly line. Appropriately, it inexplicably begins twisting and bucking and nearly shuts down the entire line.
- Alas, Poor Villain: You can't help but feel sorry for Oxic when he realizes that the Insignia of Unity's a fake.
- Anti-Villain: While being the nominal antagonist, Lestric Oxic really isn't a bad guy. He's just a wealthy collector with an obsession for Republicana artwork.
- Arc Words: "Restore Republic Honor".
- Brick Joke: Leia's second volume of memoirs, The Crook, The Wook, and Me.
- Call-Back: Han's reaction to the title of Leia's memoirs mirrors his reaction to her nerf herder insult from The Empire Strikes Back.
- Continuity Nod: The Stellar Envoy story begins in the Battle of Coruscant.
- And a suspiciously similar ship can be seen in one scene of "Revenge of the Sith".
- While investigating the Envoy, SBI Director Armand Isard inwardly grumbles about Jedi interference and how they've been mysteriously snooping around the Works and 500 Republica. This is a reference to the Jedi's hunt for Darth Sidious, which occurred in Luceno's Labyrinth of Evil.
- When Nar Shaddaa crime lord Rej Taunt reflects on the post-Clone Wars state of Black Sun, he notes that the organization has nearly recovered from a mass assassination that took out all the Vigos and Alexi Garyn a decade earlier. This is a reference to Ron Marz's Darth Maul mini-series.
- Continuity Porn: It's a James Luceno-penned Star Wars novel; of course it's going to have this.
- Crazy-Prepared: Han's security suite for the Falcon is extensive and primed for almost any ship-jacking attempt. Doesn't stop Oxic's goons or Flitcher Poste.
- Dramatic Irony: After coming out of decades-long suspended animation on Obroa-skai and hearing about everything that's happened while he's been out, from the fall of the Empire to the Yuuzhan Vong War to the Second Galactic Civil War, Jadak muses how such a chain of events must be true because no one could possibly have made them up.
- Early-Bird Cameo: Jedi Knight Seff Hellin appears partway through, setting up his role in Fate of the Jedi and foreshadowing Force Psychosis.
- Exact Words: "A treasure sufficient enough to restore Republic honor to the galaxy." Everybody's so focused on the 'treasure' part that none of them consider what kind of treasure would represent Republican honor.
- Expy: Given that the novel is the Star Wars equivalent of The Maltese Falcon, Lestra Oxic is intended to be one of Kasper Gutman.
- The Ghost: Sils Naffiff, who stole the Insignia of Unity during a renovation of the Senate.
- Possibly, anyway. Given the influences of The Maltese Falcon on the plot, Oxic, like Kasper Gutman, tries to believe this for his own sake. Koi Quire at least points out that the Antarian Rangers working with the Republic Group could have stolen the real Insignia. Neither of them acknowledge the possibility that the Insignia could have been stolen and replaced at some point before the Senate renovation.
- I Have Many Names: From Stellar Envoy all the way to Millennium Falcon.
- Oh, Crap!: Oxic when he realizes that the Insignia of Unity, the artifact that he's spent decades and countless credits pursuing, is a fake.
- Origins Episode: For the Falcon.
- P.O.V. Sequel: The early chapters focusing on Jadak and Reese retell the opening of Episode III, the crash-landing of Invisible Hand, and Palpatine's arrival at the Senate Annex from the pilots' perspective.
- Retcon: Most of the Falcon's history, up until she fell into Lando's hands. (Her history with Lando, and then with Han, has been pretty well documented prior to this.)
- Running Gag: The long-running gag of the Falcon's faulty port thruster is finally revealed to be the result of damage sustained during the Battle of Coruscant at the end of the Clone Wars.
- Super Hero Origin: In addition to the whole book being one, we actually read about the Falcon coming off the line.
- The Family for the Whole Family: Casinos have dog shows!
- Treasure Map: The Falcon itself turns out to be one — or at least the Rubicon navicomputer.
- Villainous Breakdown: Oxic has one when he realizes that the Insignia of Unity's a fake.
- Wham Line: At the end, when Leia and Han learn of Daala's prosecution of Luke.
- Whole Plot Reference: The Maltese Falcon.