Star Wars Shadows of the Empire

Star Wars Shadows of the Empire

by Steven Perry
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GregCastro More than 1 year ago
The "Shadows of the Empire" project in 1997 was simple enough; release a wide range of merchandise surrounding a Star Wars film, but don't actually make the film. This novel is but a piece of that project, which included a video game, comic book, toy line, and soundtrack. Attempting to explain what occurred in the year between episodes five and six, Shadows is an ultimately forgettable effort. Though two new great characters are introduced - the assassin Guri and crime lord Prince Xizor - they're quickly written out by story's end. Side characters that one might've thought to see, such as Boba Fett and Yoda, are merely alluded to. Probably the most interesting aspect of the story is entering into Vader's mindset, something that never happens in the films. However, in the vast array of Star Wars novels, a tale has to stand out in all aspects. After finishing Shadows, you'll find yourself glad that they skipped this median year in the timeline, as apparently nothing of significance went down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
SCEmperor More than 1 year ago
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
Guest More than 1 year ago
Of all the 'Expanded Universe' novels that have been written, and that I have personally read, taking from the beloved 'Star Wars' saga, 'Shadows of the Empire' ranks among the best, if not the best. 'Shadows' explores the rivalries that Darth Vader would face as the right-hand man to the Emperor. This rivalry comes in the form of Prince Xizor, leader of the galaxy's most deadly criminal syndicate Black Sun. Xizor aims to destroy Luke Skywalker to cause Vader to lose favor in the Emperor's eyes, while Vader wants his son alive so he and his master may focus on persuading him to the dark side. The rivalry between the villains is intriguing on the highest of levels, and other subplots including the race for Boba Fett to find Han Solo and the discovery of the Death Star II plans, and additional exploration of the characters of Luke and Leia, not to mention the introduction of new likeable characters, keep the reader turning the pages. I would recommend this book to any person interested in reading a 'Star Wars' novel or getting into the Expanded Universe as the first one to read. Steve Perry captures the adventure and imagination of 'Star Wars' in a way that just a couple of other authors who have been lucky enough to write a 'Star Wars' novel have been able to do.
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BrianIndianFan More than 1 year ago
When Disney took over Lucasfilm and the Star Wars franchise, books like Shadows of the Empire were tossed from canon. While it's understandable the Mickey Mouse wants to put their own stamp on Star Wars, it seems a shame that some of the stories like this one were unceremoniously tossed out on its figurative ear. The book takes place between "The Empire Strikes Back" and "Return of the Jedi" - otherwise known as the second and third Star Wars movies to us old folks. Bobba Fett has Han Solo frozen in carbonite and headed for Jabba the Hut. While Leia, Luke and Lando Calrissian attempt a rescue, there is another story going on. A crime organization operates within the Empire, because why not? Black Sun does the usual crime syndicate things, but it also has a legitimate front organization that works in transportation (you thought I was going to say sanitation, weren't you?) As a result, its leader Prince Xizor is a very, very, very wealthy being and seeks the one thing money just can't buy - a place at the table next to Emperor Palpatine. To do that, he has to move Darth Vader out of the way. First, by discrediting him and then by denying him what he so desires - Luke Skywalker. It was good to see things like Darth Vader struggling to become more in tune with the dark side of the Force and seeing him be frustrated, annoyed and experience just a touch of joy. Lando has a chance to show that his actions betraying Luke, Leia and Han on Bespin were out of necessity, not because he'd turned heel (to use a wrestling term). He's leaves no doubt here that he's on the side of the Alliance. There's plenty of swashbuckling action, a touch of romance, and of course plenty of snark and comedy - just what you'd want to see from a Star Wars story. The author seems to take having his book tossed out of canon by discussing myth and legend and how we deal with it. It can't be easy having that happen to your book, but life can suck like that. BOTTOM LINE: Everybody line up for a healthy dose of Star Wars action!!
SLCJedi More than 1 year ago
Xizor makes another good calculating villain.
Revan97 More than 1 year ago
Star Wars Shadows Of The Empire is one of only two books that take place between Star Wars V and VI. The plot is highly engaging and all the classic characters feel right. Luke, Leia, Lando and Chewbacca are out to save Han Solo in this rip roaring adventure that starts good and gets better. There are some new characters introduced as well as one especially great rivalry between Darth Vader and Prince Xizor. Over all, it's a fun read with never a dull moment. If you like classic Star Wars, you'll have to try this novel.
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rdcoon More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. Was great for a bridge between Episodes 5 and 6.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A must read At the end of Empire Strikes Back Luke has no light saber and his skills are not mastered. Leia and Lando had just saved him. At the beginning of Return of the Jedi, Luke's skill are formidable, he is calm, confident and has a new light saber. Leia, Lando, Chewie, Artoo, and Threepio all look to Luke for leadership and strength. Time had passed between movies This book is the events between movies. This show's Luke building and wielding his new blade. Leia, , Luke, Chewie and the droids bonding with Lando through shared adventure and danger. Luke saving the others and then planning Han's rescue. This is a Star Wars masterpiece.
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