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The collaboration of Claremont, a comic-book writer, and film and computer game maker Lucas yielded the best-selling Shadow Moon (Bantam, 1995). This follow-up offers more dragons, magic, and war.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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From George Lucas, creator of Star Wars(r) and Indiana Jones, and Chris Claremont, author of the bestselling X-Men adventures, comes the thrilling sequel to "Shadow Moon, taking readers deeper into a stunningly original world of magic, myth, and legend.
The momentous Ascension of Princess Elora Danan should have brought peace to the Thirteen Realms. Instead, an intense Shadow War rages, spearheaded by the evil Mohdri. He has dispatched his dread Black Rose commando assassins to capture Elora and her sworn protector, Thorn Drumheller. But Mohdri himself is just a facade for a more dangerous entity: the Deceiver. But who--or what--is the Deceiver? And how can Elora, Thorn, and their ragtag band defeat this unspeakable force? The answer lies in a perilous journey to a land undisturbed since the dawn of time. A journey that will end at the unbreachable citadel of the dragon, where a chilling betrayal will change the fate of Elora, Thorn, and the Thirteen Realms forever.
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Product Details

  • Series: Shadow Wars (Book 2)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 528 pages
  • Publisher: Spectra (March 2, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 055357289X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553572896
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1.3 x 6.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #154,946 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Christopher Ware on November 20, 2000
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This is the second book in the CHRONICLES OF THE SHADOW WAR (after SHADOW MOON), the sequel trilogy to the movie WILLOW. Being the second book in the series, I was expecting a lot less action and a lot more character development than in the first book. While the character development was definitely there, I was pleasantly surprised by the amount of action and tension that it contained. Chris Claremont takes his 17 years of writing X-MEN and developing those characters and applies that experience here with an expansive brush and colorful palette. Two years have passed since the end of SHADOW MOON and, although we missed out on the maturation of Elora Danan in those two years, this book gives the reader a vivid picture of how she begins to come into her own as a person and begins to discover what it means to be the Sacred Princess. As she and her companions begin to puzzle out who the Deceiver is and what his goals are, we see the little girl we knew in the first book start to become a young woman. By the end of the book, Mr. Claremont has turned her into this fiercely passionate woman who knows what must be done, if not how to accomplish it. Throughout this journey, the author populates the book with vivid and engaging characters. Each one is unique in their personality and in their relationship with Elora. We especially get a good look at Rool and how he relates to Elora without the smothering presence of Franjean. The characters are what drive this portion of the story, although the tension and action is there as well.
The battle scenes in this book aren't as grand as in the first book, but they are just as compelling.
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Alright, credit where credit is due, Claremont has improved some from the frightful start of this trilogy- 'Shadow Moon'- but only just enough so that by the time you realize the novel is going nowhere you've wasted too much time to back out now.
The chapters are still far too dense- a chapter of twenty pages takes nearly three times to wade through what those of a decent book would- most of the new characters introduced are one-dimensional bores and Claremont seems to make it a habit of killing off the few that aren't. On the plus side, Elora has become much more interesting and the few chapters where she's allowed to adventure across the land on her own are by far the best bit of the book. The underlying problem is that this is absolute middle of a storyarc so nothing much happens except what is needed to reenforce what happened in 'Moon' and pave the way to the inevitable showdown in 'Star'. Expect lots of pointless wandering and expository dialogue.
Which brings me to the biggest problem of all: an Epic fantasy requires an Epic villain because, lets face it, Good vs. evil is nowhere near as exciting as Good vs. EVIL, and the story just does not deliver. Instead we are treated to baddies like The Deceiver, who is little more than a glorified zombie, and...wait for it...The Lord Of The Dance. That's right, gasp in shock and awe at the might of a guy who will literally two-step you to your doom. It's books like these that make me sincerely wish there was an emoticon for a smiley repeatedly banging their head against something hard an unyielding- perhaps the skull of whichever of the two collaborative 'geniuses' thought any of this would be a good idea.
Cheer up, there's only one volume to go!
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So I loved the movie Willow, and 10+ years ago I read Shadow Dawn. So I finally managed to ask for this book this year for my birthday. We bought it for 1 cent+3.99 shipping and handling. $4.00 bought me a book I figured I would enjoy, and finally let me continue the story. Boy was I wrong. First off I'd like to say that in apparently 2-3 years Elora went from a chubby, pampered, spoiled brat to something along the lines of, "an awesome warrior to challenge the best, coupled with amazing acrobatic skills that include jumping off walls, doing flips, kicking furniture at people like Jackie Chan. She is also stronger then most grown Male Daikini because she's spent so much time working in a Nelwyn forge! She is immune to magic, but can also use magic even though she technically isn't magical."
Then not too long into the story, she's a super talented dancer and singer! Which starts to turn the book into about 200 pages of a musical. When people make her angry she sings and dances about it, when people need encouragement she sings and dances, when she's sad she . . . sings and dances. I like musicals just fine, but this didn't seem like the type of book that should be a musical. It just made it worse when her and Duguay randomly perform dance moves towards each other at the most awkward of times. Such as when Elora discusses the end of the world with Willow/Thorn Drumheller. Or in the end when they are going to face the Deciever they . . . dance at each other. Then they dance magical sigils into the floor. WTF.
I'll finish off by describing the writing style. Chris Claremont must have recently discovered the word "madcap" because it was used about 100 times, and that's not much of an exaggeration.
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