Shadows of the Empire (Star Wars Universe)
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
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
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
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
Donc dès que j'ai fini le jeu j'ai tout de suite décide...more
Shadows of the Empire was probably the biggest non-movie Star Wars event up to that point. Though no film was made, a CD soundtrack was released, and there was a video/computer game for the Nintendo 64 and PC based on the book. However, even all that promotion doesn't take away from the actual novel's lackluster feel. Though not terrible, it's merely mediocre, and the Expanded Universe has much better fare to offer than this. Only read this if you love absolutely everything relat...more
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
And Xizor, what a badly constructed character... he built an empire of...more
Imagine my surprise when I learned that there are two versions of this book: the original authored by Perry and a children's version authored by Golden. Ah ha! I eagerly checked which version I had, fully expecting to find Golden's name on my copy. I was shocked to see it was Perry. I'm glad that the Star Wars universe is...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
Mstly it's a very big bit of fan fiction (which also sums up my opinion of the Prequel Tri...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.
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.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.
Yet another prolific action-sf writer has been
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