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Star Wars: Shadow Games (Star Wars Legends)

3.93  ·  Rating Details ·  1,000 Ratings  ·  80 Reviews
Javul Charn is the most famous pop star in the galaxy—and the runaway bride of a violent lieutenant in Black Sun, the crime syndicate commanded by Prince Xizor. Or so Javul says. Soon after Dash Rendar, broke and desperate, agrees to be Javul’s bodyguard, he realizes that openness is not her strong suit—and that murder is stalking h
ebook, 400 pages
Published November 29th 2011 by Random House Publishing Group (first published January 1st 2011)
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Crystal Starr Light
Dash Rendar, with Nautolan copilot, Eaden Vrill and droid, Leebo, is in a bit of a sticky situation: a recent Kessel Run and a run-in with Imperials have left his ship, the Outrider, a bit of a mess. Now he needs to scrape up some money to pay for the repairs, but where is a pilot without a ship going to find work? Javul Charn solves that problem—she says she has an obsessive fan on her tail and needs bodyguard work. Only, once Dash, Eaden, and Leebo join Javul’s crew, they quickly find out that ...more
Mar 01, 2012 John rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This one turned out really good. The authors really got Han Solo right. The is the first time I've read a novel involving Han in which the book portrayal matched the original Harrison Ford movie version.

The primary protagonist left something to be desired but the rest of the characters were great. If Dash had been more complicated I think I would have been willing to give it five stars. I would give it 4.4 stars if the option was available because my issues with Dash don't warrant a full point o
Aug 26, 2014 John rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: star-wars
Was a little skeptical at first with the story line.Famous singer on the Holonet being harassed by a stalker.However their was a whole lot more to the story.The droids in the story were hilarious.Throw in Han Solo and you got yourself one heck of a ride.
Milo (BOK)
Jan 01, 2012 Milo (BOK) rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Now and then, I like to read the occasional Star Wars novel. I’ve been interested in reading Shadow Games, one of Arrow’s newer Star Wars titles for quite some time now, and when I brought it a few days ago in Waterstones along with a couple of other books I cracked it open and began to read. And, I found the novel to be quite enjoyable. Really, I did – it was a fun, space-opera romp that allows me to continue saying that all the Star Wars n
Shadow Games was, as Star Wars novels go, merely mediocre. It was an interesting premise: go outside the normal realm of seedy criminals, warriors, and aristocracy and look at some mainstream pop culture - holostars. Of course, this seemed too good to be true, and was, since the holostar business turns out to be nothing more than a theme, a novel setting for the same old saving-the-galaxy amid plenty of tense violence story. The fact that Charn was a performer figured into the story in logistica ...more
Jul 25, 2012 Jacob rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition

This book just didn't do it for me. I was never caught up in the story. It never drew me in and held me in suspense like most of the other Star Wars books I've read. Another problem I had with it is the style in which it was written. Far too verbose for me. Some sentences seemed downright laughable. I quote: "The approaching ship was stealth black, so light-sucking fuliginous that it registered on Dash's wonky perception as a hole in space." And there are better ways to describe "very dark" tha
Steven Shinder
Sep 13, 2013 Steven Shinder rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Jake Scholl
In celebration of May the 4th (May the Force), or as known to people everywhere as Star Wars Day, I thought I would post the review of a recent Star Wars book I finished. I had been longing to read a Sci-fi novel for awhile ironically.

I am far behind in the Star Wars expanded universe (I haven’t read a Star Wars book since Jr. High), so I found a book that takes place before Episode IV.

Shadow Games is about a smuggler named Dash Rendar. Right after he tries to beat Han Solo’s time on the Kesse
May 27, 2013 Katie rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
If you like your sci fi mysteries heavy on the technical side, this is the book for you. However, I am not one of those people. The authors took what could have been an interesting whodunnit and filled it with schematics (I can't tell you how many time the characters talked about schematics) and characters acting against any sort of self preservation instinct in order to move the plot along. Also major plot points frequently hinge on technicalities. What fun!

Why would you continue to help keep a
Oct 26, 2014 Ellis rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As a longtime fan of anything Star Wars, and a fan so loyal to the Coruscant nights series that I waded through the horrible second book, I decided that I would try this book because it was by the same author. As I read it I realised this book was quite similar to CN 2 except it actually had a plot. The story revolves around the character Dash Rendar, who after some bad luck, finds himself without a ship, and with no way to pay for the repairs. So when he is approached by a mysterious stranger, ...more
Set before the events of A New Hope, this book deals with fan-favourite Dash Rendar, who is struggling to pay repair bills for his ship, the Outrider. In a cantina on Tatooine, he is offered what seems like a simple job - act as security guard for the galaxy's biggest pop star for a while and his money worries will be over. Except that said pop star is being threatened by her ex-fiance - who happens to be part of Black Sun, a criminal organisation readers first met in "Shadows of the Empire" (an ...more
Jaime Krause
Oct 17, 2012 Jaime Krause rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dash Rendar is determined to beat Han Solo's Kessel Run time. Yet he runs into Imperials while on a spice run, blows both his hyperdrives, and has to head to Tatooine for repairs. And who's there other than Han Solo to help him?

I really like how Reaves and Bohnhoff bring in the fact that the Jiliac and Besadii Hutt clans are fighting against each other. It works very well with all the books written prior to it - both in real time and Legends chronology.

Javul Charin, a popstar with a stalker, is
John Davis
Aug 18, 2014 John Davis rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A bit slow going at first, but once all the characters and plots are in place the story becomes a page turner in true Reeves Star Wars story telling fashion. Jedi and Sith are in the background of the story for this one. Story takes place just before the events in "A New Hope" with some familiar names like Dash Rendar, Han Solo and a few others. I love Reeves' ability to introduce very human and likeable droid characters and this one turns out no differently with the side kick droid Leebo. The b ...more
Eric Mccann
May 29, 2013 Eric Mccann rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I really didn't expect much from this - it's a star wars book, which generally leads to disappointment with few exceptions of late.

However, this one kept things going fairly well, with a bit of mystery and adventure as the backstory of a singer in need of protection unfolds for Dash Rendar.

But, of course... they throw Han Solo in. Not for the cameo near the beginning, which, ok, fine, gives us some timeframe with the movies, and was fine, but to help "save the day." I'd love to have books in th
Dec 05, 2011 Timothy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This is my first Star Wars novel by either of these authors, and I'm pretty happy with them. The galaxy from the point of view of touring musicians is something that we haven't seen before, and it works. Dash Rendar is a good choice of protagonist, since he's a known character with minimal established backstory. I will say that his depiction here didn't seem to square with that in Shadows of the Empire; maybe we're supposed to believe that he became really jaded in the few ensuing years.

While I
Christopher Lutz
Sep 15, 2013 Christopher Lutz rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Jim C
Jan 18, 2014 Jim C rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A book that takes place in the EU. This book's time setting is right before A New Hope . Dash Rendar is hired to be a bodyguard of a singer who is being targeted and he soon discovers that things are not what they seem. In this adventure, he gets help from Han Solo.

The first half of the book was slow and did not have the Star Wars feeling. It felt like I was reading The Bodyguard instead of reading a space adventure. That does change and that is when this book became exciting. The last half of
Matthew Bane
Jan 11, 2017 Matthew Bane rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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2.5 out of 5

This is my first Michael Reaves book, but not my first Star Wars book and I wasn't terribly impressed.

I liked the idea of reading about a profession outside of the normal Star Wars shootem' ups. This story is about a Pop Star who needs a little she goes to a security wait, she goes to a small cantina in Mos Eisley to find her chief of security. (This isn't a spoiler, it says so on the back cover of the book)

The book just read like a horrible made for TV Sta
Oct 26, 2012 DC rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I approached this book with trepidation, not having been too impressed with Reaves's other Star Wars efforts and worried that I'd be introduced to a bunch of characters in a one-off book I'd have to make an effort to somewhat care about.
BUT I had fun reading this. It wasn't terribly "mysterious," so I advise against thinking it will be. There were a few familiar characters to add interest, some new characters I grew to like, and some great dialog. Even funny at times!
In terms of plot/story, the
Apr 26, 2012 Jerry rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
It seems that the world's obsession with celebrities has even made its way into space operas; the focus of Shadow Games is an intergalactic pop star, which I have never seen in all my experiences with Star Wars. It almost seemed like something out of a Disney Channel Original Movie instead of a George Lucas creation. Handling Star Wars in such a way may sound like a bit of a strain, and it is, but this book wasn't terrible. If you've read all the well-known Star Wars novels, such as the Thrawn/H ...more
Mike Seiber
Jan 20, 2015 Mike Seiber rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was surprisingly well done. It involves Dash Rendor, who after having his shipped damaged, taking on the role of body guard/security specialist for a singer who has someone after her. Han Solo gets pulled into the action when another ship is needed as he is looking for things to do while Chewie is off seeing the birth of his son. The book starts off as more of a mystery book as Dash tries to figure out who is after the singer but turns into typical Star Wars action and using places tha ...more
Apr 17, 2014 Joshua rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
A pretty good book overall, but only pretty good. It was fun reading more about Dash Rendar (unfortunately the last time I played/read Shadows of the Empire was about 15 years ago). My problem with this book was that I was constantly being taken out of Star Wars, in addition to some really wonky physics. Lots of idioms that aren't 'star warsy' kept popping up such as saying someone had "a lot of moxie". Also, their hyperspace drive goes out in between systems and they just continue on with only ...more
Dec 14, 2013 Michael rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Shadow Games" is a first rate Star Wars novel. It is about one of those lesser known Star Wars Universe characters, Dash Rendar, a kind of Han Solo. Rendar, I think, has been in one other Star Wars Novel and it is nice to see his character a little more fleshed out in "Shadow Games." Rendar, due to circumstances beyond his control, has reluctantly agreed to become a body guard for a Galactic entertainer named Juval Charn. The plot takes numerous unexpected twists and turns after that, of which ...more
Brian Johnson
I've generally liked Reaves (and Bohnhoff). The Last Jedi was better than I thought it would be. However, Shadow Games is very unenjoyable. There are constant, silly callbacks to things in the original trilogy (carbon freezing, Leia, Han, etc.) that exist only to refer to the movies and add almost nothing to the book. The climax is drawn out and then it's gone before you realize it. The only character I cared about at all dies halfway through the book. The plot is very complicated and ultimately ...more
Nov 02, 2012 Mphecker rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Dear Star Wars authors: Please note, if I am reading a Star wars novel, I do not need to see the iconic movie characters making appearances to remember that I'm reading a Star Wars novel.

I enjoyed Reaves' earlier series, Coruscant Nights, so this book was a letdown. I was also looking forward to seeing more of Dash Rendar, but at no point in this novel did the protagonist feel like THE Dash Rendar that has been a fan-favorite character since Shadows of the Empire.

Overall, I hate to admit how muc
Jun 16, 2013 Gabbi rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm still reading it, but not the best first Star Wars book. This is my first, and it's only relation to Star Wars is the setting. One or two characters are mentioned, but that's about it. Basically a smuggler is the head of security for a pop star. There's a stalker. This book doesn't really grab me. It might be interesting for someone interested in a government career. It might also interest someone who has read Star Wars books before and knows what to expect. Please don't read this book for y ...more
Jim Corbiere
Apr 09, 2014 Jim Corbiere rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I found this one to be very enjoyable. The characters were well written and believable. Plenty of surprises. I found that the author did a great job writing Han Solo's character. So many of the authors who write Star Wars novels seem to get Han wrong...or off a bit. Not in this one though. I find that Michael Reaves really does a great job and adds a lot to the Star Wars Universe. If you like Jedi/Sith, lightsabers, the Force then this novel isn't for you. In fact, there are no Jedi or Sith in t ...more
Robert Carlberg
Apr 30, 2013 Robert Carlberg rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book. Really like the character of Dash Rendar, and would hope to see more written about him. Granted this book is about 2 years old now, but after reading about him in Shadows of the Empire I was hoping to see more. The story itself was pretty good. Has some bad run-in with the imps and his ship gets messed up. Can't pay for repairs so he goes looking for a job, and gets hired on as a security chief for a holostar. The things get pretty mixed up after that, but won't tell ...more
In this book the main character is charming and loyal- even if he'd rather not be. That made reading it easy. But the situation he is thrust into frustrates him so badly that it tempts you to stop reading because so many things happen to make his life miserable that you feel his frustration as your own. That's basically what this book is: frustration after frustration. But the main character and the life-or-death situations that fill this book make it totally worthwhile. And best of all- no "unc ...more
Darryl Dobbs
This is the story about a famous singer (and fame in the SW universe means fame across the entire galaxy and not just a country or planet) who requires protection. She recruits Han Solo’s ‘sometime’ friend Dash Rendar, who makes for an interesting enough character to carry this book. But bringing Solo into the story at the midpoint certainly helps, too. But while this one was interesting – and features some more Black Sun background and Prince Xizor storyline – it is also a book you can do witho ...more
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Micheal Reeves is an Emmy Award-winning television writer and screenwriter whose many credits include Star Trek: The Next Generation, Twilight Zone, Batman: The Animated Series; and Gargoyles. His novels include the New York Times bestseller STAR WARS: Darth Maul - Shadowhunter and the forthcoming STAR WARS: Death Star. He has written a book called Interworld with Neil Gaiman. He's also written sh ...more
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