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SHADOW LORD (STAR TREK #22) Mass Market Paperback – January 1, 1991


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Product Details

  • Series: Star Trek
  • Mass Market Paperback
  • Publisher: Star Trek (January 1, 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0671737465
  • ISBN-13: 978-0671737467
  • Product Dimensions: 6.6 x 4.2 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,641,197 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Laurence Yep is the author of Newbery Honor books Dragon Wings and Dragon's Gate. He lives in Pacific Grove, California. --This text refers to the Unbound edition.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By jrmspnc on July 29, 2003
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Shadow Lord is an entertaining yarn, although it has precious little Trek in it. Spock and Sulu end up on a world with the technology level somewhere akin to 16th century Japan. They become embroiled in a coup and end up on the run - think "Friday's Child" with gory sword fights.
The plusses here include likeable secondary characters (a rarity in a Trek novel) and . . . well, there's not a lot else that's exceptional. Shadow Lord is enjoyable and quick, but not much else.
There are a couple of huge negatives however, which warrant the two star rating. The first is not Yep's fault, but it is enormously aggravating. The cover art. First, it has Sulu in a blue uniform. Second, the "shadow lord" is pictured as a late 70s porn star; seeing him, you picture a man full of his own machismo who tries to hit on Uhura. In reality, however, the "shadow lord" is a large, furry mammal which looks like an otter, with a keen sense of humor. The second involves the whole backstory. The shadow lord's world, Angira, wants to learn more about the Federation . . . great, but how did this medieval society learn about the Federation in the first place?? When one is able to put this issue out of mind, Shadow Lord is amusing, but then it comes back and the eyes start to roll.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By David Kidwell on October 8, 2005
Format: Paperback
"Shadow Lord" deals with politcal intrigue, samurai-style warfare, and tribal politics on a planet poised to join the Federation. It is hardly a Star Trek novel. Spock and Sulu are the only characters who are present in the entire story. Kirk and McCoy appear briefly at the beginning and end, and that's it for the Star Trek personalities. The writing is decent enough, but the story line is often one-dimensional. The descriptions of sword fighting and equipment are detailed (and graphically violent), but the author doesn't offer very deep insights into any of the characters. Particularly disappointing was the glossing over of Sulu's having broken the Prime Directive.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Gary on April 10, 2013
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I owned this book many years ago and it finally fell apart from reading it so much and I've been looking for it again as I love reading this book. Other reviews on here remark about how un-Star Trek-like the book is because the entire story line takes place on the Planet Angira with only Spock and Sulu. That is the great thing about this book as it lets Spock, and especially Sulu, develop their characters more and it's nice for once to not see the Kirk/Spock/McCoy triad. Like all Star trek novels, one can blow holes in the scientific end of things, but who cares, it's there for our enjoyment.
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