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Shadow Star (Shadow wars) Hardcover – Dec 1999

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  • Hardcover: 467 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam USA; First Printing edition (Dec. 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553095986
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553095982
  • Product Dimensions: 24.2 x 16.6 x 3.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 801,094 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Mass Market Paperback Verified Purchase
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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By A Customer on 2 Jan. 2000
Format: Hardcover
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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By Christopher Gunter on 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 A Customer on 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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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
A few problems, but a very worthy ending 22 Nov. 1999
By Jason Ramboz - Published on
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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.
5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
A good ending to a good series. 7 Dec. 2000
By Christopher Ware - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
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 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.
"I'm No Closer to the Answer Than Before..." 7 Oct. 2006
By R. M. Fisher - Published on
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"Shadow Star" is the third of a trilogy, preceded by Shadow Dawn and Shadow Moon which are all but essential reads in order to make heads or tails of this story. The entire trilogy in turn is a sequel to the 1984 movie Willow, a George Lucas/Ron Howard collaboration which was never a big success, but turned in a cult following that was no doubt excited by the continuation of the story in book-form.

Which makes it rather surprising that three of the movie's main characters have been killed off and its protagonist given a brand new name. Taking place sixteen years after the movie, Elora Danan is a young woman under the protection of her godfather Willow Ufgood (now called Thorn Drumheller for some reason) and Khory Bannefin, a demon reincarnated in the body of a powerful warrior. What they've been up to in the previous books, I'm not entirely certain, but the book opens here after what seems to be a cataclysmic confrontation with dragons. Elora has destroyed them all (why? Not sure) but become the keeper of two dragon eggs that hold the hopes of the future. Elora and her allies are up against an elusive being called the Deceiver, a being that force and warfare cannot defeat - Elora must find a more cunning solution. This is the climax of the trilogy and so it is difficult to give away much of the plot considering it contains several revelations that (I presume) have been building for a while.

What is clever about the book is that it draws on components from the movie that were not fully explained; in particular details concerning the spell Bavmorda was attempting on Elora as an infant (which ends up having an impact on the whole story) and Elora's parentage (we see her mother in the opening of the "Willow" movie, but who exactly was her father?) Likewise the final confrontation between Elora and the Deceiver is handled beautifully: rather than an act of violence, it is a leap of faith that holds the key to restoring peace.

Unfortunately Chris Clamont's language is often so ornate and poetic that the action is lost under the flourishes. Often I found myself re-reading sentences several times in the attempt to figure out just what was going on, as simple exposition is heavily wrapped in overly-complicated language.

It is difficult to rank "Shadow Star" considering it should probably be taken into account along with the two previous books, ones that I have never been able to find. Technically I've only read one-third of a complete story - how could I possibly have all the information needed to asses it fairly? So I'm going to give it three stars. Despite the clever plot and strong ideas, the language is too flowery and the publishers fall into the greed-trap by dividing up a story that really shouldn't have been divided. Plus the death of those three characters of "Willow" was like a punch to the guts. It doesn't make much sense to build up their characterisations in the movie only to write them out so quickly in the books (it kind of reminded me of those two Ewok movies: the entire first movie is spent in rescuing the parents; in the sequel they are killed off within the first five minutes. It makes you wonder what the point was in the first place).
Hopefully not the end 5 Feb. 2000
By A Customer - Published on
Format: Hardcover
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.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
A good book, but lacking 13 Sept. 2003
By "ghrrom" - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Overall the entire series is wonderful, it explains much of the why of the movie Willow.
The problem lies in the writing style, although both George Lucas and Chris Claremont are both wonderful at what they do they stumbled at some points in the novel, being overtly descriptive and having the characters jump into unexpected actions to cover the transition into the next plot point.
The books cannot stand on their own, you have to read one to understand the others.
Despite my complaints about the books, I loved reading every word. It was hard to follow at times, but it was still a wonderful series.
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