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1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

Always Something Lurking in the Shadows...

Evil seems to always be hanging about our heads where ever we go. Good likes to stay in our hearts everyday. There are some moments in life that require you go into the shadows to defeat that evil, but sometimes it sucks you in. Such was the case in the Shadows of the E...
Evil seems to always be hanging about our heads where ever we go. Good likes to stay in our hearts everyday. There are some moments in life that require you go into the shadows to defeat that evil, but sometimes it sucks you in. Such was the case in the Shadows of the Empire. Not only was the Dark Side coming to consume Luke Skywalker dead or alive, but it also tried to get his friends. Even after all the troubles they suffered at the hands of the Empire in the Empire Strikes Back, Leia, Lando, Chewie, C-3PO, R2-D2, and Luke keep getting pestered and chased around the galaxy has they are hunted down. But their is more than just the Empire after them, and they have only one goal in mind--kill Skywalker. It was a three-way battle between father (Vader), son (Luke), and the leader of the biggest crime syndicate in the galaxy, Prince Xizor. Across many beautiful and stinking worlds they all fought each other, but it always seem that good prevailed... sometimes all thanks to the Force.
Quite literally this book takes off right after Episode V, The Empire Strikes Back, but in a much less terrifying way then the movie did. The defeat of the Rebels on Hoth to the Empire and their AT-AT walkers was exciting but horrible to watch the good guys lose, so this book had to start things better. Han Solo has just been frozen in carbonite and shipped away by the notorious bounty hunter Boba Fett, but the gang has the bright idea to stop Fett and save Han before he gets away. They end of locating Han, sadly do not get him back quite yet, but that is not where this story shines. A chain of events start happening that all lead down to one thing--someone was trying to kill Luke. With the help of Lando's good mercenary friend Dash Rendar the motley crew takes it upon themselves to try and figure out who would want to kill him, and they have suspicions it's not Darth Vader.
Although the main characters don't know what or how things are going on, the reader gets to enjoy seeing both sides of the story. Prince Xizor may be an evil man, maybe even as much as the Emperor himself, but he can get hard to hate. His cool swagger and his ability to intelligently get whatever he wants is amazing to witness, but then you start to remember which side he's really on--his own. He feels that his only way to gain the most favor in the Emperor's eyes over Vader--and to exact revenge as well--is to kill Vader's own flesh and blood. With all his connections and galactic power, it would seem easy for someone like Xizor to eliminate the pest, but it turns out he's a harder target then he originally thought. Xizor is relaxed and cool, giving a calm yet sinister feel to the book, but you can't forget about the wild and angry feel that is fun to see, Darth Vader. Vader is infuriated by how his own son is being hunted by another as well as himself, so it takes it personal and puts everything else out of the way until he is satisfied. Luke had just become the most valuable commodity in the universe.
Shadows of the Empire deserves to be a movie. It would fit PERFECTLY between Episodes V and VI, adding to the story more than the average Star Wars fan knows but giving them alot more excitement just like they want. While reading it you can picture each character and scene, wishing George Lucas could use his camera to make it all real. It is worthy of the Star Wars universe and of any library. Just seeing its title gives you a feeling that sounds like this --"May the Force be with

posted by SCEmperor on January 12, 2010

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1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

Has Its Moments

There is some lore in here about what it's like to use the force and "artificing" -- making lightsabers -- and some neat connections to the movies that makes it worth a look if you are into the SW world. Other good parts are about Vader and the Emperor, and get more in...
There is some lore in here about what it's like to use the force and "artificing" -- making lightsabers -- and some neat connections to the movies that makes it worth a look if you are into the SW world. Other good parts are about Vader and the Emperor, and get more into the way they fit into the galaxy at large on a day-to-day basis. Xizor, a character not known in the movies, is a compelling figure in theory, in implementation he's rather one-dimensional, but he sparks the imagination and has an interesting relationship to the Empire. At its heart it's a high-flying adventure that much imitates A New Hope. Pound for pound I don't regret reading it, but there were parts I had to skim.

posted by spellwork on March 21, 2012

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 15, 2001

    A new respect for the films

    This book is fantabulous. Shadows fills in the gaps so beatifully it brings a tear to my eye. It's also a quick read. If you haven't read a star wars book, this one is great to start on. It makes the movie experience that much more enjoyable.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 30, 2001

    Very Entertaining

    This book will get you in a grip, and you won't want to leave it. I myself couldn't put the book down. The way Mr. Perry climbed to the climax was fantastic. The climax itself didn't even let down until the end, and it couldn't have ended in a better place. If you're a Star Wars fan this book is definately for you.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 29, 2000

    This SW book is awesome

    I loved this book. Its the first SW book that I have read. It fills in some of the gaps in the movies such as where and how did Luke construct that green lightsaber that he uses in ROTJ. This is a book that all SW fans should read!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 4, 2000

    GR-8 STAR WARS book!!!!

    after reading this STAR WARS book, i've figured out what happens between the last 2 movies(The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi). i LOVE STAR WARS and this one's really good. it wasn't the first on i read, but it IS one of the BEST! you'll be hooked on the books (STAR WARS) if you read this one! it tells you a lot about Luke's growth in the force. GREAT BOOK, BUT IT NOW!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 8, 2000

    It was AWESOME

    This is by far the best star wars novel yet. if you had any questions, it answered them. i could not put it down. i have given it to many people, and they love it too. i also loved the variety of topics it covered. a great book-get it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 6, 2000

    A FANTASTIC BOOK!!!!!

    The action sequences in this book are amazing. The battle between Luke and the biker guys ROCKS!!!!!!!!!. Is a great link between espisodes V and VI

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 4, 2000

    A GOOD BOOK

    I thought that this book was very good. It explained a lot on who characters were and filled in a lot of gaps. This was my 1st book i finished in the star wars series.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 16, 2000

    An Awesome Book---Fills in Gaps.

    I absolutely LOVE this book! It fills in many gaps about Luke's training as a Jedi. Before, the gap between The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi was very large-----Now there isn't one. I would highly recomend this book to all star wars fans.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 21, 2000

    Awesome

    Really good. This book had action, suspense, comedy, romance (just a little, come on it's star wars), and drama. Would read again.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 10, 2000

    A book that everyone should 'like' read!

    This is my favorite Star Wars book of all time! It tells you everything in between the two last starwars movies. Like where Leia got her 'Boush' outfit and where Luke got a new lishtsaber. I highly recommend this book to anyone. ( If you didn't like star wars before, you will now.) My personal opinon is that it should be made into a movie! I Looooooooove that book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 22, 2000

    Awesome

    Really good book. Fills in alot of details between Empire and Return of the Jedi. Like how did Luke end up with a new lightsaber. A must for all Star Wars fans.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 22, 2000

    Good writing, good humor, good dialogue

    They should make this into a movie. It's so well-written, it makes you feel as if you're right in the middle of it all! It's good to finally see what happens between The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 2, 2000

    The Best Star Wars Ever Written

    Anyone that likes Star Wars will love this book. Very exciting, action-packed and incredable. This was my favorite book for nearly two years and i think anyone that reads it will agree, this book is the best Star Wars ever written!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 17, 2000

    Definatley deserves the title Star Wars!!!!

    I liked Shodows Of The Empire more than the original triligy put together!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 25, 2000

    The Best One

    This was the first book I read, and I think it's my favorite one. I like how it tells you what you don't know that happened inbetween the movies.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 10, 2000

    A BOOK THAT DESERVES A 'OH HELL YEAH'

    this book was one of the greatest book i ever read and it open a whole new world for me about the star war trilogy and showed me alot of other things i never knew about trilogy and the emporer also darth vader

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 6, 2000

    AWESOME!

    Great description of characters, good action, straightforward, great!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 22, 2000

    One of the best

    Shadows of the Empire is an extremely interesting novel which superbly connects The Empire Strikes Back and The Return of the Jedi. SOE is among the great Star Wars novels ever written, and I highly recommend it to any Star Wars fan.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 10, 2000

    It was the best Star Wars book ever!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    It was when Luke Skywalker when he opened a Acadomy and Han Solo's children find a crashed tie fighter and they want to repair it but they must sneak the parts from the Acadomy but they have a problum, the pilot is still alive and waiting for his ship to be repaired so he can fight and so read this book tell what happens to the kids and the pilot.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 31, 2011

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