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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 8 September 1996
This is my story of the story.

One day, I went to the bookstore and saw this book in hardback. I fell in love at first sight, not even realizing that it was the sequel to Willow.

My friend, unfortunatly, fell in love with it too. I couldn't get it till paperback, but she *siiiigh* got it for her birthday. I nearly cried!

Then, I went to the bookstore (exactly one year later) to find a good book. I hadn't read a really good book in a long time. My friend (yes, the same one!) pointed it out to me. I got it! And I'm not sorry I did!

It held me in it's power for three days straight, non-stop reading, unless I keeled over from lack of sleep and nourishment. (Oh, ok, that was a *little* exaggerated, but you get the point!) I was dazed during the whole time I was reading, powerless to do anything but read.

This book reminded me of the movie, which I hadn't even thought of for ages, and now I'm a Willow fan, too although I can't find any action figures! (j/k)

Now, if *that* doesn't convince you that it's a great book, then I don't know how I'll ever get you to understand!

...just please read it? : )
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 13 May 1999
This book is an interesting counterpoint to both Lucas' more black and white Star Wars Universe and Claremont's world of the X-men. Good and Evil, Dark and Light, all are blended here - deeds, beings, events all blend and swirl in and out of Greys.
The writing is a good attempt from these two authors, who were definately mostly newbies when they wrote this story. And, also, considering one author wrote screenplays, and the other comics - two totally different genres than novels, really - this is *definately* a good attempt.
I stuck with this book, neglected housework and other work. I found it an intriguing look at Grey. The characterization could have been better, but still allowed for an interesting exploration of Right/Wrong, Goodness/Badness, and how each "being" reflects these.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 31 July 1999
Does it have some drawn out descriptions? Yes.
Can it be confusing at times? Yes.
But stick with it.
You'll find yourself immersed in a wonderful new World filled with deep characters, who you will learn to connect with.
And for those that finish this novel, and don't think they could stand reading another in the series, read Shadow Dawn! Book two is much more fast-paced than this book, and I'm sure you'll enjoy it even more. I did. Take a look at the reviews of Shadow Dawn..last time I checked, it had a 5-of-5 star rating average...those who stuck with the series really enjoyed the outcome. And from speaking with some who have recieved a reviewers proof of Shadow Star, they say that it's the best one yet.
So stick with it. You won't be sorry!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 15 December 1998
I found this book one of my happiest finds of the year, and had a great time reading it. Comparing the movie to the 'sequel' it may help to consider the relationship of The Hobbit to The Lord of the Rings...the prequel a short, contained tale, the epic a grand sea-change in the entire inhabited world. Personally I did not like the movie that much--characters running about picking sides of a vague battle with no rationales for their choices. I thought Shadow Moon had characters that were complex in their motivations and desires, and the difficulty telling evil from good. The rest of the world was wondrous. The brownies went from irritating to helpful, and Willow made me want to cry. I anxiously await the next books.
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on 11 April 1997
I just finished this first book of the writing team of George Lucas and Chris Claremont - the names alone tell you that these men know how to tell a story! Having reshaped their individual fields, they've combined to tackle the literary side of storytelling, with mixed success.
I had enjoyed the movie (and the book), but had alway realized that there had to be more - the movie was uneven, and the book was, sadly, a mediocre adaptation which merely hinted at the possibilities in the story. Then when I came upon this novel and scanned the first few pages, I realized that here was that rare event, a "sequel" that outdoes the original.
Now, there have been and will be many small-minded folk who won't take the time to finish this book or try to understand it's meaning because they will pretend to feel betrayed by the loss of some characters from the original. They'll even claim that Willow has been too altered to consider this a sequel.
It's true that Willow has changed, Elora Danan has grown up (though not necessarily well), and other friends are here only in passing. But the "backstory" here is so well-developed that these changes make sense. This is a grand-scale telling of the fulfillment and distortion of prophecy, of the break-down and rebuilding of all the worlds and of each of the characters.
Lucas and Claremont clearly love these characters, and even when "bad things happen to good characters," there's an undeniable sense of true and hopeful affection. The writing is clear and engaging, whether the scene is one of the several sorcerous battles or the tantrum of a spoiled child. If this genre is appealing to you, you should read this book: Lucas and Claremont want to share their gift of story with YOU!
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on 2 August 1997
An avid sci-fi fan, I could not, of course, idly pass by a book with such an interesting cover illustration lying on the discount rack of the bookstore without at least picking it up and having a look. And, after seeing the words "By George Lucas" on the cover along with Chris Claremont (the creator of the X-Men comics), how could I pass it up? Considering the past records of these authors, I expected a lot from this book. I was definitely disappointed. The characters are fascinating, but the plot is shallow and disconnected. The most unenjoyable part of the book, however, is the writing style. In hindsight, it is obvious that the writers are accustomed to the comic book and the big screen, because this book needs illustration in order to follow well. The descriptions are vague; the movements are ill-explained, and the events are run over as if the writing is just subtitle to visual references. The result is a confused and frequently misled reader. I had to re-read whole chapters to figure out some of the especially poorly-written scenes. As a movie or comic book, I might have enjoyed it, but as a novel, I expect more.
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on 12 April 1997
Willow is Drumheller after the first couple chapters -- and we come to discover that those two obnoxious brownies are still at his side as he finds himself in a new mission -- to save adorable Elora Danaan from herself.

The cute baby has grown up to be the Brat Queen of the world, and Willow's only chance of saving her is to team up with as unlikely a band of people as saved her the first time; only Will--er, Drumheller is a more powerful sorcerer than he once was. Not only that, but he must give himself to a dark force in order to accomplish it, endangering his alliances and, it would appear, his very soul.

What ensues is a predictably long and drawn-out trip to rescue Elora the Brat from her castle, protect a forest, save a few lives and generally stop evil from triumphing. Typical. Less than I'd expect from the minds behind Star Wars and the X-Men.

The ending is abrupt and jarring, but crafted well enough to make one curious about the next volume.
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on 14 August 1996
If you enjoyed the movie and/or the book Willow then you will enjoy this one.

The story starts off 1 year after the conclusion to Willow and then jumps
13 more years to the beginning of the Shadow Wars. Willow is given a new name
to go along with his new lifestyle. He is a true sorcerer, and a very powerful
one at that. There are pacts with a deamon, an enemy who knows Willow and seems
to be someone from his past and even a spoiled brat destined to save the world.

George Lucas had this book written with Chris Claremont because he didn't like
Willow as much as he thought he would. The story has grown up into a very well
done fantasy epic. It is very much like a Shannara story where everyone
needs to come together to fight off a very powerfull evil sorcerer. I highly recommend
it to anyone who enjoys fantasy epics.
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on 14 August 1996
If you enjoyed the movie and/or the book Willow then you will enjoy this one.

The story starts off 1 year after the conclusion to Willow and then jumps
13 more years to the beginning of the Shadow Wars. Willow is given a new name
to go along with his new lifestyle. He is a true sorcerer, and a very powerful
one at that. There are pacts with a deamon, an enemy who knows Willow and seems
to be someone from his past and even a spoiled brat destined to save the world.

George Lucas had this book written with Chris Claremont because he didn't like
Willow as much as he thought he would. The story has grown up into a very well
done fantasy epic. It is very much like a Shannara story where everyone
needs to come together to fight off a very powerfull evil sorcerer. I highly recommend
it to anyone who enjoys fantasy epics.
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on 11 October 1997
Star wars, indiana jones and, this? my only explanation is that george lucas only provided the ideas for this story and had no part in the actual novel. As i've indicated, shadow moon starts out well, with familiar characters from the willow movie, and goes down hill FAST. Chris claremont, who is on top of his game in the X-men comic books, made a terrible mistake jumping into fantasy novels. This is the first book in a long time that has truly been a chore to read. Weak characters, anticlimactic battles, and a truly pathetic supporting cast ( two words; Brownies suck!) are just a few of the flaws. If there were parts of the book that were good, I could say it was an unpolished gem, but as it is, the gem isn't only unpolished, but still embedded in a giant chunk of earth.
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