The Glove of Darth Vader is a Star Wars Legends junior novel written by Paul Davids and Hollace Davids, with interior art by Karl Kesel. It is the first volume of the informally-named "Jedi Prince" series, and it was followed by The Lost City of the Jedi. It was first published in paperback by Bantam Skylark on June 1, 1992, and it was later collected in the hardcover compilation Star Wars: Book One (1997).
The Empire is in ruins.
But the Dark Side lives on.
Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia, Han Solo, and the Rebel Alliance have fought valiantly against the evil Galactic Empire. Together they have kept alive the hopes for freedom, and helped restore the ways of the Old Republic with its wise Senate and noble line of Jedi Knights. But now a new threat awaits the Alliance.
Within the evil Empire, the surviving Imperial warlords have been fighting among themselves for power. No one knows who will seize control, but the Prophets of the Dark Side have foretold that soon a new Emperor will arise, and on his right hand he shall wear an indestructible symbol of evil…
After the destruction of the second Death Star and the death of the Emperor, the Empire is left without a true leader. The Supreme Prophet Kadann prophesied that the next leader of the Empire would wear the indestructible right-hand glove of Darth Vader. The Rebel Alliance and the Senate Planetary Intelligence Network (SPIN), hoping to find information on the new emperor, send C-3PO and R2-D2 disguised to the planet Kessel. There they discover Grand Moff Bertroff Hissa introducing Trioculus, who claims to be the late Emperor's son, as the heir to the Empire. Although he manages to trick his followers by seemingly producing Force lightning, he demands that his advisors find the glove so he can cement his power. After much searching and no clues on the glove's whereabouts, Captain Dunwell, the head of the Whaladon Processing Center on Mon Calamari, contacts him to inform him that he has found the glove, deep in the oceans of Mon Calamari. By chance, Luke Skywalker and Admiral Ackbar, after picking up the droids from Kessel, bring them to Mon Calamari to download the information that R2-D2 found. Although the Whaladon-hunting submarine is destroyed and Captain Dunwell killed, Luke is unable to stop Trioculus from obtaining the glove and becoming the new Emperor. As he parts ways with Luke, Trioculus swears he will destroy him.
The 2012 reference book The Essential Reader's Companion dates the events of The Glove of Darth Vader and its sequels to 5 ABY, after Luke Skywalker and the Shadows of Mindor (2008) and before Dark Forces: Rebel Agent (1998).
- ISBN 9780553158878; June 1, 1992; Bantam Skylark; US paperback
- ISBN 9780553405279; April 22, 1993; Bantam Children; UK paperback
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