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Shadows of the Empire: Star Wars: Star Wars (Star Wars - Legends)

Shadows of the Empire: Star Wars: Star Wars (Star Wars - Legends) [Kindle Edition]

Steve Perry
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Shadows of the Empire illuminates the shadowy outlines of a criminal conspiracy that exists in the background of the events in the movies, ruled by a character new to us. Prince Xizor is a mastermind of evil who dares to oppose one of the best-known fictional villains of all time: Darth Vader. The story involves all the featured Star Wars movie characters, plus Emperor Palpatine and, of course, Lord Vader himself.

Features a bonus section following the novel that includes a primer on the Star Wars expanded universe, and over half a dozen excerpts from some of the most popular Star Wars books of the last thirty years!

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This explosive new novel in the bestselling Star Wars saga reveals an untold story that takes place between the movies The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi...

It is a time of crisis. Han Solo, frozen in carbonite, is being taken to the vile gangster Jabba the Hutt. As Princess Leia mounts a rescue mission and Darth Vader scours the galaxy for Luke Skywalker, another sinister figure emerges. His name is Xizor. Cunning and ruthless, leader of the powerful Black Sun criminal organisation, he will pit himself against Vader for the favour of their mutual master...the dreaded Emperor.

Luke, Leia, Chewbacca and Lando Calrissian face betrayal and death at every turn and must use every weapon and resource at their disposal to confront the combined forces of Black Sun and the Empire. And, of course, Vader still lives - and faces a battle of his own - against a villian every bit as evil and powerful as the Dark Lord of the Sith himself.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 4830 KB
  • Print Length: 413 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0553574132
  • Publisher: Spectra (28 Jun 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00513HCM0
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (182 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #21,820 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best Star Wars novels. 14 Oct 2004
By Ian Tapley VINE VOICE
Set between 'The Empire Strikes Back' and 'Return Of The Jedi', Prince Xizor, head of the Black Sun criminal empire, is seeking to discredit his hated nemesis Darth Vader by assassinating Luke Skywalker, whom Vader has promised to turn to the dark side. Unable to recover Han Solo's carbon-frozen body, Princess Leia is further disturbed when Luke is almost killed and she seeks to root out the assassins with Xizor's help.
This book is the perfect bridge between the two movies, being both an interesting and original stand-alone story, but also linking into the films with such things as Xizor being with the Emperor when Vader speaks to him in 'Empire', Luke building his replacement lightsaber, and the story of "many Bothans died to bring us this information" revealed. The new characters are all of high quality; Xizor's cold patience being a good counterpoint to Vader's harsh temper and Dash Rendar bringing that element of cocky, honourable pirate that would otherwise have been Han. One of my favourite elements of the book, however, is that for the first time we get to read what Vader's thinking and understand what his motivations are.
There's not much to complain about with this book, except perhaps the underuse of Boba Fett and the fact that Vader and Xizor never got to beat the hell out of each other (although I reckon Vader would've done most of the beating).
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars So thats how they did it then! 16 Aug 2000
At last, something to bridge the gap between ESB and ROTJ. I sat and watched SW, then ESB again before reading the book (not that I needed a refresher, I already know most of the words off by heart)The book tells of how Leia, Lando, Luke, Chewie and the droids prepare for the rescue of Han, frozen in carbonite and in the hands of Bobba Fett on the way to Jabba. We are shown Leias growing feelings for Han, and the strange feelings she has for Luke which she cannot yet explain. The grouo are only just starting to trust Lando after he sold them out to Vader in ESB and he sytematically helps tham with his numerous "contacts" scattered around the seedier parts of the galaxy. We are introduced to new characters - Dash, another arrogant bounty hunter/smuggler who in the absence of Han, remind you of his character in SW doing all for money, and Xizor, who although we are not likely to hear of him again, showed subtle weeknesses in the Grip of Vador and the Emperor. The stoy has many twists and turns and explains without listing, how things fell into the hands of, how Vader managed to keep up with, and where Leia got the bounty hunter disguise idea from.
In short, an excellent book especially for those of you who like me, just cant help going over the original trilogy again and again.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Finally, someone had the brains to bridge the gap between Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi. Shadows of the Empire tells of the struggle of Lando, Luke, Chewie, Leia and the droids to rescue Han Solo.
The powerful leader of the Black Sun, Prince Xizor, is trying to kick Vader out of power in order to be more powerful in the Empire. While Vader fights him and the Rebels, our heroes make several attemps to rescue Han, but fail. A new good guy, hot-headed Dash, also appears, much to Luke's annoyance. Prince Xizor also poses a problem as he almost seduces Leia... but I won't give that away.
It's a good book and I recommend it for any Star Wars fan.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Episode 5.5 anyone? 19 Dec 2010
Having read many Star Wars books based after Episode 6, I delved into this book with low expectations. Based between episode 5 and 6 I expected this book to "piggy back" an obvious storyline or two and rub your face in some cheap references to the films rather than stand on it's own. Admittedly the references are there from the cheesy (Leia gets a thermal detonator and decides "it might come in useful later") to the more informative (descriptive look around Obi Wan's house anyone?).
Overall I enjoyed the book alot more than I expected to. The storyline is reasonable strong and the action is continuous through out. Well written and worth a look if you are an avid Star Wars fan or just a fan of the original films.
No real negatives to report, it just isn't as good as other Star Wars books out there.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You must read Shadows of the Empire! 4 Jun 1997
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Shadows of the Empire is a wonderful, fast paced , and action packed addition to the Star Wars series. Perry's representation of the characters is marvelous, and I dont think I've ever seen a better supporting villian than Xixor, head of the infamous underground crime syndicate, Black Sun.
The way Perry usurps the role of transforming Luke from a young(and in some ways immature)man to a hardened Jedi Knight is done brilliantly. The plot couldnt have been written any better either. Perry does a great job of balancing out the many conflicts that seem to be occuring at one time(as seen in the Trilogy). Dash Rendar, the other new main character,is a piece of work as well. He is a smart-mouthed, arrogant, and fast talking smuggler who eventually drops the hard outer shell revealing that he is really a nice guy(kinda like Han Solo). This book, all and all, is great on many platforms. It combines the typical problem of the Star Wars Trilogy: The evil Galactic Empire, with the introduction of Xixor and his quest to be the Emperor's right hand man. And it combines them well. Fans like myself couldnt have asked for anything any better, and if you havent read it already, PLEASE DO.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Top notch
as good a star wars book as I have read. links to both film trilogies and some interesting new characters are introduce as well as some familiar ones being exploited further.
Published 17 days ago by Andy Winkley
4.0 out of 5 stars great read
I enjoyed reading this book and can't wait to read more from this author.
Published 2 months ago by terri
1.0 out of 5 stars Difficult to grasp and enjoy!
Shadows of the Empire is a Star Wars novel set between the Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi movies. Read more
Published 2 months ago by super antpod
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Pleased
The product was not in perfect condition but for a used product was in a very good conditions with only noticeable changes in aesthetics on the cover.
Published 5 months ago by Cameron
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Story
This is a truly great story that handily covers the passage of time between The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi as Luke and his friends do battle not just with Vadar and... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Andrew
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read!!
This is one of my favourite Star Wars novels. A great bridge between Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi
Published 8 months ago by Robert Inman
5.0 out of 5 stars Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire
This is a great book to read.
When watching the Star Wars movies, have you ever wondered what happens between them. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Mickey Sith
2.0 out of 5 stars Interesting for background
A workaday story filling in a little bit of what happens between episodes 5 & 6. Some amusing references to what will happen, but with (almost) all of the new protagonists safely... Read more
Published 16 months ago by Mr. Derek Law
4.0 out of 5 stars GOOD READ
Good addition to the galaxy. worth the money, true to the film's and the characters, with new characters too, recommend a read.
Published 19 months ago by Mark Urwin
5.0 out of 5 stars Shadows of the empire star wars
I have thoroughly enjoyed this novel as it fills in the gaps between the empire strikes back and return of the Jedi
Published 22 months ago by andrew
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