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Product Details

  • Series: Star Wars
  • Mass Market Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Spectra (March 3, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553574132
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553574135
  • Product Dimensions: 1.6 x 2.7 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (378 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #66,074 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Library Journal

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. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Yet another prolific action-sf writer has been recruited to labor on the Star Wars series, George Lucas' stupendous mingled-media creation. The results are something of a mixed bag but, on the whole, more agreeable than not. The story takes place between the events of The Empire Strikes Back and those of Return of the Jedi, with Luke continuing his self-training as a Jedi knight and everybody else trying to track down and unfreeze Han Solo before Boba Fett delivers him to Jabba the Hutt. Unfortunately, Darth Vader is looking for his son (Luke--remember?), to turn him to the dark side of the Force, and a nonhuman criminal mastermind who makes Jabba look like a shoplifter--Prince Xizor of the Black Sun--is also after Luke, to take vengeance on Darth Vader for killing his family. We see a good deal of Vader's ambivalence toward both his son and his emperor, which led to the conclusion of Return, and Perry handles the multitudinous details of the increasingly complex Star Wars universe as competently as he deals with characters and pacing. A solid rather than an outstanding effort in the reliably popular SW canon. Roland Green --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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I'm married, got kids, grandkids, dogs, all like that. Ex-hippie, long-time martial artist, duffer on the guitar.

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Great action and story.
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The conflicts between Darth Vader and Prince Xizor for the favour of the Empire were great (I wanted Darth to win).
Dan Cesaroni
Shadows of the Empire does a great job of filling in between movies 5 and 6 in the Star Wars universe.
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46 of 53 people found the following review helpful By Alex Diaz-Granados on October 14, 2003
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Steve Perry's Shadows of the Empire, first published in 1996, is the centerpiece of a Lucasfilm multi-media marketing campaign that could be summed up with the tag line "Everything but the movie." Not only was Perry assigned to write the novel, but Kenner (now Hasbro) rolled out a line of action figures, Dark Horse Comics published a multi-issue series, Nintendo released a console-based game for its Nintendo 64 system, and Joel McNeeley (The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles) composed an original score. In short, all that was missing was the feature film.
And what a film Shadows of the Empire would make! Although the novel is part of the Expanded Universe series that started with Timothy Zahn's Heir to the Empire, it's the first of the 1990s-era novels to explore the six-month or so time span between The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi.
In this smartly-written, fast-paced novel, Lord Darth Vader and his evil master Emperor Palpatine still live and Han Solo is frozen in carbonite en route to Jabba's Palace on Tatooine. On that desert planet, Luke Skywalker and Princess Leia Organa wait for word from Lando Calrissian and Han's Wookiee first mate Chewbacca that the bounty hunter Boba Fett has landed with his prized captive. But Fett has taken a detour to repair his ship, the Slave I, and has been spotted on an Imperial-held world known as Gall. Deciding it's worth the risk, and with the assistance of Rogue Squadron and a dashing and brash mercenary named Dash Rendar, Luke and his friends mount a rescue attempt.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 1, 1999
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If you liked the STAR WARS movies, you'll love Shadows of the Empire. Han Solo has been captured and frozen in carbonite. Now Luke, Leia, Chewbacca, Lando, and their new friend Dash Rendar are on a mission to break him out. Set between Empire Strikes back and Return of the Jedi, it explains the events between the two of George Lucas's action-packed films. It will also give new meaning to the Shadows of the Empire video game for Nintendo 64. The game corresponds almost exactly with the novel.
Steve Perry perfectly captures the action that people have come to expect from the name STAR WARS. The action is amazing,the detail makes it even more thrilling, and it comes down to a climax any reader would love. Read this book to continue the non-stop action of STAR WARS.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By ReaderZ on November 14, 2008
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Steve Perry does a wonderful job in this book of bringing interest and drama to a story that is carefully shoehorned into the gap between Empire and Jedi. To be honest I did not expect much from this book because I thought there wasn't much story to tell about this time period. Turns out I was wrong.

Luke, Leia, and Lando were quite busy while Han was being carted around the galaxy like so much cargo in Boba Fett's ship and being tacked up on the wall at Jabba's palace. There are some battles and some spying and intrigue and some buildings get blow up. Leia gets hit on by a crime lord. Luke builds a lightsaber. And Artoo and Threepio fly the Falcon at one point. Wonder if anyone ever got around to telling Han about what went on while he was frozen?

It was fascinating to me to see how Perry took the characters from where they are at the end of one movie to where they are at the beginning of the next. This had to have been a difficult task, to be hemmed in on both sides creatively - your beginning and your ending are set in stone. or, rather, locked on film.

I found myself engaged in the story all the way, even though I knew, of course, who had to emerge unscathed at the end. The interesting part was watching the characters from Empire grow and change through their adventures and end up as the people we see in Jedi.

Luke, in particular, is a very different person at the beginning of Jedi than he was at the end of Empire, and Perry's story helps us understand how this happened. Especially because we've gotten used to Luke the Jedi Master - Perry gives us some insight into how the gawky farm boy from Tatooine matured into the Jedi who destroyed the Emperor.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Andrew Pruette on June 8, 2007
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In 1996 the marketing team at Lucasfilm developed an innovative concept for a major cross-channel promotion: they proposed Shadows of the Empire, a Star Wars movie without the movie. What did this mean? It meant all the trappings of a movie were released: a novelization, a full orchestral score, a videogame, comic books, toy lines, statues, and sundry other widgets, but there was never an actual movie for them to center around. Each aspect of the campaign emphasized different aspects of the story, but the core tale was contained in Steve Perry's novel. The idea seemed to meet with mixed success, as the Shadows toys, statues, and some of the other odd products lingered on the pegs a terribly long time, but the Nintendo 64 videogame is fondly remembered by many and the score by Joel McNeely is absolutely terrific (pick up a copy if you haven't heard it before!)

Shadows of the Empire fills in some of the blank space between The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi, a year left largely untapped except in the Marvel comic series. Perry works hard to build a strong bridge between the two films and succeeds beautifully, exploring some of the emotional aftermath of the climax of Episode V and setting up the opening section of Episode VI. Of course, Han Solo spends the duration of this novel frozen in a block of carbonite, but the majority of the other main film characters all get a chance to shine.

The novel introduces us to Black Sun, the galaxy far, far away's leading organized crime syndicate. Black Sun is headed by the brilliant, charismatic, egotistical Falleen Prince Xizor, the third most powerful person in the galaxy after our old favorites Emperor Palpatine and Darth Vader.
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