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Shadow Star (Shadow Wars) [Mass Market Paperback]

Chris Claremont
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

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3 Oct 2000 Shadow Wars
In Shadow Moon and Shadow Dawn, George Lucas, creator of Star Wars, and Chris Claremont, author of the bestselling X-Men adventures, created a new world of myth, magic, and legend unlike any before. Now they bring their epic trilogy to an unforgettable conclusion in a novel of blazing imaginative brilliance...

Elora Danan has done the unthinkable. She has slain the dragons that were the embodiment of the soul of Creation. It was a desperate act--the only way to save the dragons from the Deceiver, who would have used them to rule the Realms. Yet in Elora's possession are two last dragon eggs. To protect them, Elora spellbinds herself to her faithful companions Thorn Drumheller, the Nelwyn sorcerer and her sworn guardian, and Khory Bannefin, the long-dead woman warrior whose body is inhabited by a demon's offspring. It is a dire spell that ensures none of them will betray their cause...even at the cost of their lives. And if one of them dies, the magic of the eggs is lost forever.

Pursued through a land of shadow predators by the dreaded Black Rose, the Deceiver's commando assassins, Elora and her allies must reach the free city-state of Sandeni. There they will be reunited with old friends: the brownies Franjean and Rool, the eagles Anele and Bastian, and the young warrior-scribe Luc-Jon. But Sandeni is besieged by mighty armies fueled by the Deceiver's sorcery, warrior wizards, and engines of evil magic. With defeat all but certain, Elora must convince the Sandeni people to continue the fight. What she doesn't tell them is that the greatest enemy lies within her. For the Deceiver is her own dark twin from a potential future of unimaginable evil...an evil that lies dormant in Elora's soul. And the only way Elora can stop the future is to befriend an enemy whose insatiable appetite for destruction could destroy all of Creation. Or is that, too, part of the Deceiver's plan?

Seamlessly weaving together the many strands of this rich tapestry, Shadow Star is guaranteed to satisfy its many fans...and leave them breathless.

Product details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 544 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam USA (3 Oct 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553572881
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553572889
  • Product Dimensions: 17.5 x 10.9 x 4.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 346,956 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Magically dark and very smartly executed 2 Jan 2000
By A Customer
This was absolutely superb. The mystery behind the deceiver's identity is unravelled in a totally unexpected manner. What Elora must do to emerge victorius is her hardest battle yet. Khory Bannefin's purpose and creation is essential to the story. Elora must dwell with all twelve realms to complete her destiny and the realms of the physical the spiritual and Faerie are fraught with danger and despair. All I can say is they can't finish these stories here.They are too good to give up.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Readable 22 Mar 2014
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A good conclusion to the trilogy, although at times I had to go back and read over something I had read and thought I was clear on.
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By Mr. J. D. Rose VINE VOICE
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This trilogy (Shadow Moon, Shadow Dawn and Shadow Star) really does shine as yet another example of what can happen when a trilogy is written based on a succesful Gearge Lucas film. Following on from the "and they all lived happily ever after" ending of the film the books quite wonderfully shatter that myth by starting with a semi-Apocalypse and continuing with Willow once again being dragged away from his family (and this time he's in for the long haul), as once again he must save Elora Danann, if only from herself, for the Princess of the prophecies has grown up to be a spoilt brat with an inflated sense of her own importance.
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5.0 out of 5 stars You Will Not Be Disappointed 5 July 1999
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I was lucky enough to read a proof copy of this book. Willow fans - take heart - you WILL NOT be disappointed!
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4.0 out of 5 stars A few problems, but a very worthy ending 22 Nov 1999
By Jason Ramboz - Published on Amazon.com
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The scope and breadth of this work outshines even its predecessors. Picking up right where Shadow Dawn left off, it continues the adventures of Elora Danan and her protectors and friends.
All the rising questions of the first two books are answered in the end, tying together all three books and the movie in a way that only George Lucas could achieve. More questions are raised, and then their answers revealed. The actions the characters take are shocking, but fitting.
A few technical problems do mar the book, though. Claremont's writing is good, but still leaves much to be desired. Typos riddle the book, as well as a few very vaguely defined scenes. These, combined with scattered contradictions of the first two books, tend to break the immersion.
Overall, though, I'd say the plot more than makes up for it. The ending is simply amazing, and so very far from what I had expected. And best of all, I think, is that in the end, it's really only just beginning.
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3.0 out of 5 stars disappointed 13 Jan 2000
By Cathleen Koken - Published on Amazon.com
I have been waiting with bated breath for Shadow Star and I was really disappointed. Not in the story, per se, but in the writing style itself. The writing was rough and this detracted from the magic of the story. I didn't have the same connection with the characters that I had experienced previously. However, it's still worth the read.
5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good ending to a good series. 7 Dec 2000
By Christopher Ware - Published on Amazon.com
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This is the concluding volume of the SHADOW WAR trilogy (book one was SHADOW MOON and book two was SHADOW DAWN), the sequel to the movie WILLOW. The series as a whole really impressed me. Chris Claremont's writing style, although weak in a couple places, fits perfectly in the fantasy genre. His characters are vivid, their interactions realistic, and I'm constantly asking myself if his beautiful prose rolls off his brain and onto the page or whether he needs to actively think about his word selection. This series is definitely darker than the movie, but it was still very enjoyable. If you haven't seen the film, you can still enjoy these books, but you won't get the full effect.
Claremont continues his brilliant writing in this book. It's fun just to read his prose because it evokes such vivid images and feelings. As in the previous books, there are a couple of instances where his descriptions are vague and confusing (I read one scene three times and still was unable to figure out exactly what he was trying to convey). He also seemed to rush the climax just a bit, but it was still a compelling ending to the book and the series. I especially liked the final chapter...it kind of left things open for us to revisit this world and these characters at a later date. I would love to see how things are going in another ten years (in their time, not ours!).
Speaking of the characters, we get to see them develop even further in this book. Elora completes her "ascension" on her own terms and it is nothing like what it was expected to be in the first book. Thorn and the brownies continue to struggle in the face of adversary and we get a glimpse into Khory's past life.
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this series. I was a fan of the movie and, even though these books had a lot darker tone, they were a wonderful continuation of the story.
5.0 out of 5 stars Hopefully not the end 5 Feb 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
It has been clear from the beginning that the film "Willow" was meant to be an enjoyable romp full of flashy visuals and laugh-out-loud entertainment, and the books have shown what Lucas envisioned all along. A dark story, full of blood, death and fear. And I've enjoyed that! But I was always a little disappointed that the story in the first two books never seemed to connect to the film for me, changing Willow's name, and killing of major film characters...But along the way I have grown to enjoy the new characters, I felt that Khory was an excellent character, but to make me give this 5 stars I got what I wanted. In the final book everything tied back to the film. We relived emotions with Bavmorda, Kael, etc. and finally everything was wrapped up and questions answered. I'm not sure if I really liked the very end, but still give it 5 stars, as I could not put the book down and enjoyed it a great deal.
6 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Culmination of a Fabulous Fantasy 19 Nov 1999
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This book answers every question you might have, and culminates the Shadow War saga with a BANG. It highlights and adds to the enjoyment of the entire saga, especially the original film WILLOW! After reading this book, you will watch the movie with a whole new set of eyes, and be able to appreciate on a whole different level. This book has made me realize that this Saga, not STAR WARS, is the true Master Saga that Georg eLucas was meant to write. Willow and the Shadow War is Lucas' Magnum Opus.
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