The Old Galatic Republic Era, began over 25,000 years before the events of Star Wars : A New Hope. Around 4,000 years before A New Hope began the first of many wars that continued to affect the events throughout Star Wars. First came Jedi Revan, who won great respect as a leader during the Mandalorian Wars. His time during the war caused him to fall to the Dark side of the force, where he became Darth Revan and eventually caused the forming of what would become The Sith Empire. 300 years later The Sith Empire returned, starting the Great Galatic War. This was a dark time for the Republic and continued until Darth Bane created the Rule of Two.
The Rise of the Empire are the books that take place during the 1,000 80 years before Star Wars : A New Hope. Which means this starts before the events of The Phantom Menace. So not only can we see what happens with Anakin as he falls in love and his descent into the dark side, but what Darth Maul was like before Episode I and what Han Solo was up to before his fateful meeting with Luke Skywalker.
"When alien invaders known as the Yuuzhan Vong strike without warning, the New Republic is thrown on the defensive. Luke must wield all the awesome powers of a Jedi Master to defeat the gravest threat since Emperor Palpatine"--back cover.
Merciless attacks by an invincible alien force have left the New Republic reeling. Dozens of worlds have succumbed to occupation or annihilation, and even the Jedi Knights have tasted defeat. In these darkest of times, the noble Chewbacca is laid to rest, having died as heroically as he lived-and a grief-stricken Han Solo is left to fit the pieces of his shattered life back together before he loses everything: friends, family, and faith. Refusing help from Leia or Luke, Han becomes the loner he once was, seeking to escape the pain of his partner's death in adventure...and revenge. When he learns that an old friend from his smuggling days is operating as a mercenary for the enemy, he sets out to expose the traitor. But Han's investigation uncovers an even greater evil: a sinister conspiracy aimed at the very heart of the New Republic's will and ability to fight-the Jedi. Now Han must face down his inner demons and, with the help of a new an unexpected ally, honor Chewbacca's sacrifice in the only way that matters-by being worthy of it.
A string of smashing victories by the forces of the sinister aliens known as the Yuuzhan Vong has left New Republic resources and morale stretched to the breaking point. Han Solo stumbles into a raging battle, starting a furious race against time that will require every skill and trick in his arsenal.
Young Jedi knight Jacen Solo, having survived the capture of Coruscant, finds himself under the care of Vergere, a creature of mystery, power, and uncertain motives, who introduces Jacen to potentially dangerous new ways to use the Force.
Determined to contain the savage Yuuzhan Vong and bring peace to the galaxy, Luke Skywalker of the new Galactic Alliance searches for Zonama Sekot, a legendary, sentient planet that decades ago had repelled an invasion of the Yuuzhan Vong, hoping the secrets of the long-lost world will turn the tide in devastating interstellar war.
While Luke Skywalker and the Jedi continue their search for Zonama Sekot, a living planet that holds the key to defeating the Yuuzhan Vong, Han and Leia confront deception and treachery as they struggle to bring peace to a region of the galaxy that has descended into chaos.
After finding the sentient planet of Zonama Sekot, Luke Skywalker and his companions are confronted with a new dilemma when the living world refuses to follow them back to a galaxy wracked by war and misery.
While Luke Skywalker and Jacen Solo negotiate it's place in the galactic struggle against the Yuuzhan Vong, planet Zonama Sekot harbors the key to it's own destruction as well as the secrets of the Yuuzhan Vong themselves.