Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire (Star Wars Universe)
SHADOWS OF THE EMPIRE
It is a time of crisis. Han Solo, frozen in carbonite, is being taken to the vile gangster Jabba the Hutt. As Princess Leia mounts a res...more
But the problem is that the concept wasn't fully mined nor not even partially enough to make it interesting enough. Furthermore, every other chapter jumped to the Star Wars characters in which they rehashed stuff from the movies just like the crime lord character who was opposed to Vader. I get that he hates Vader but do I have to hear it for pages and pages of...more
Part of it was the backlash "Shadows" was getting at the time in the genre magazines, especially "Sci-fi Universe", still the best science fiction mag of all time outside of the old "Cinefantastique". And part of it was there was so much Extended Universe stuff hitting the shelves, between the "Heir to Empire" trilogy and "The Jedi Academy" trilogy and the "X-Wing" series and...more
Han Solo is locked in carbonite, in the possession of Boba Fett. Luke, Lando, Leia, and Chewie are desperately searching for the bounty hunter, in the hopes of rescuing Han. Meanwhile, Prince Xizor of the Black Sun is angling to destroy his rival and destroyer of his family, Darth Vader.
NOTE: Based on the audiobook and what I remember of the novel I read years ago.
Steve Perry is given a difficult task: bridge the gap between The Empire...more
This Star Wars novel, ‘Shadows of the Empire’, fits exactly between the Star Wars movies ‘The Empire Strikes Back’ and ‘Return of the Jedi’ and is even sanctioned by that Lucas guy. As you recall Han is kinda frozen, Luke is not quite done his training and Lando has possession of the Falcon and Leia is, well Leia and Chewie still snarls a lot.
What this novel does well is set a good fast pace of activities in the Star Wars universe and really fill in how Luke bui...more
The 3-stars on this review should be taken as 3-stars for a Star Wars book, not for just any book.
I don't think that it's fair to read these puffed up pieces of fan-fiction as actual books and the rating reflects this.
I have known about Shadows of the Empire since it was released in 1996. I was in middle school and I totally bought in to the marketing. I collected Star Wars figures at the time, and despite not having read the central piece in the media onslaught, I got figur...more
It was go...more
Meanwhile, we are introduced to Prince Xizor, a...more
I remember a little of the comics and the video game that was released. A friend who is VERY into collecting the action figures still has some from that line.
With out spoiling anything I will say that this is a mixed bag. There is not much that needs to be brought out by way of an introduction. Putting this story between Empire and Jedi (Episodes V and VI) makes a nice point of reference. True the n...more
I find a lot of Star Wars novels boringzzzzzzzzz. Too much boom boom action which belongs to a video game screen and boring characters that are thinner than nanopaper - not so this book.
Good pace, grrreat characters, especially Prince Xizor and Dash Rendar.
Crisp one-liners, fun cat-and-mouse game between the heroes, and the villains, and the villains of the villains.
It's not high literature. Theme and meaning take a backward...more
Starting with a familiar scene from The Empire Strikes back (at least, it was familiar until Lucas changed it!) but viewed from a different angle, the novel is also unusual in that Vader is actually one of the main protagonists, with he and Prince Xivor (the head of the criminal organizat...more
Filling in the gap between ‘The Empire Strikes Back’ and ‘Return of the Jedi’ the plot focuses on the rescue of Han Solo afte...more
J'ai vraiment beaucoup aimé ce roman de Steve Perry car il y a beaucoup d'action. On a la chance de se promener de planète en planète et découvrir les différente...more
While the story takes place chronologically between "Empire" and "Jedi", the main villain, Prince Xizor, and his "Black Sun" crime syndicate, are completely new to the universe. It is an interesting idea, a mob-style intergalactic organization just as powerful as the Empire, existing alongside it.
As for the...more
The story and characters are excellent and has a strong Star Wars feel to it, both the characters from the movie and those new to the book are well written.
In the beginning i thought it was a little corny how the author kept recycling sound bytes from the Star Wars movies; "it's not my fault!" "i've got...more
Xizor, the Dark Prince and underlord of the criminal organization Black Sun, plots to kill Luke Skywalker to usurp Darth Vader's position with the Emperor. Perry is the first novelist authorized by George Lucas to reveal what happened to the familiar Star Wars characters between The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi. Highly recommended for fans of the series.
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