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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.
THE STORY:
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...
Published on 14 Oct 2004 by Ian Tapley

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3.0 out of 5 stars Remember the movies, and buy our stuff!
I really enjoyed reading the book, but it was more out of nostalgia than being captivated by the author. There are times when a scene from ESB is re-created and the book takes you to another point of view not seen in the movie. It's neat to finally see that other side and fill in the missing pieces between ESB and ROTJ. HOWEVER, a reader should remember at the time the...
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best Star Wars novels., 14 Oct 2004
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Ian Tapley "thefragrantwookiee" - See all my reviews
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THE STORY:
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.
WHAT'S GOOD:
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.
WHAT'S BAD:
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
5.0 out of 5 stars A Book That You'll Want To Read If You're A Star Wars Fan, 5 Mar 2006
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Novel Set Between Empire & Jedi, 29 Nov 2014
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Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire (Novel).

Product Info.
Hardcover: 340 pages
Publisher: Bantam USA
Language: English
Author: Steve Perry
Timeline: This story takes place Inbetween Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back & Star Wars Episode VI: Return Of The Jedi

What's The Story.
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 & Darth Vader scours the galaxy for Luke Skywalker, another sinister figure emerges. His name is Xizor. Cunning & 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 & Lando Calrissian face betrayal & death at every turn and must use every weapon & resource at their disposal to confront the combined forces of Black Sun & the Empire & of course Vader who faces a battle of his own against a villian every bit as evil & powerful as the Dark Lord of the Sith himself.

Timelord Thoughts.
Author Steve Perry has written an exciting fast paced 'Star Wars' novel here & has stayed true to the characters that George Lucas created & sets his story in between 'The Empire Strikes Back' & 'Return Of The Jedi' & captures the tone of the movies superbly & delivers some intriguing twists & turns throughout this enjoyable novelization.

Author, Steve Perry truly develops Darth Vader's character & his reasons for wanting Luke Skywalker alive as turning Luke to the Dark Side would make the Empire even more powerful & yet later theres subtle hints that Vader truly does love his son & actually touches the heart of Anakin Skywalker which adds a certain depth to this character that hints at Vaders eventual redemption in Return Of The Jedi.

The novel also details Leia's own powers with the Force, which her father Darth Vader begins to sense, while Prince Xizor is a fantastic newly created character that's a great addition to the Expanded Universe as Xizor abilities are more than a match for Vaders cold, calculating, intellect & desperately tries to seduce Princess Leia who very nearly succumbs to Xizors dark influence who is also a credible advisory pitied against Luke Skywalker & is more than a match for both Darth Vader & the evil Emperor Palpatine & is a fully rounded character in his own right.

Perry captures the setting spectacularly that is rich in adventure & busting with great detail & vastly explores the 'Star Wars' universe as Shadows of the Empire is a riveting exciting & engaging read that delivers political manipulations & captures the antagonism between rivals Prince Xizor & Darth Vader magnificently & is a easy to follow exciting action adventure that is a solid entry into the Star Wars Expanded Universe that fits in brilliantly between Empire & Jedi & is a novel that gripped me from start to finish & comes highly recommended by this reviewer.

Timelord Rating.
8/10
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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
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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
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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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3.0 out of 5 stars Remember the movies, and buy our stuff!, 17 Jun 1998
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I really enjoyed reading the book, but it was more out of nostalgia than being captivated by the author. There are times when a scene from ESB is re-created and the book takes you to another point of view not seen in the movie. It's neat to finally see that other side and fill in the missing pieces between ESB and ROTJ. HOWEVER, a reader should remember at the time the book was published it was leading a huge marketing charge to sell books, toys, comics, and video games. That's why generic characters like Dash are around (gee, does he live for a sequal?), and why Vader could possibly be challenged by some tall, ugly green guy who smells really nice.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent book with a great villain!, 21 Jun 1998
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"Shadows of the Empire" was the first Star Wars novel that i read, and i did not quite believe that it was possible to catch the atmosphere, which the movies possesed, in a book. Luckily i was wrong, and "Shadows of the Empire" is indeed a great book. It explains a lot of details which any fan of Star Wars would like to know about, and the story itself proves to be very good as well. There is one thing/person, however, who really makes the book one of the best. This is Prince Xizor, leader of the crime organization "Black Sun", and one of the most powerfull individuals in the galaxy. Xizor is very fascinating because he is always cool and calm. He is cold and calculating, and he always seems to have control of any situation. Xizor's vendetta with Lord Vader makes everything even more exciting, because we here have to men who are almost equal in power, and who both wants the title as the Emperors right hand. The book is written from all sides; both rebel and imperial, and this makes the book more unusual, but also more interesting than the average Star Wars book. These are usual written from rebel/New Republic point of view, but that is not the case here, where all views are introduced. "Shadows of the Empire" is an exciting story about deceit, double deceit, lies and battles inside the Empire. I loved the book, and i can only recommend it.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Difficult to grasp and enjoy!, 3 Sep 2014
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Shadows of the Empire is a Star Wars novel set between the Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi movies. Luke, Leia, Lando, Chewbacca, and the droids R2-D2 and C3-PO are on Tatooine, awaiting the return of bounty hunter Boba Fett so they may rescue Han Solo. Meanwhile Luke Skywalker begins constructing a new lightsaber using the teachings left from Obi-Wan Kenobi. Much of the story is about a dark rivalry between Darth Vader and Prince Xizor of the Black Sun criminal organisation.

It was good to see familiar characters in a setting that started off similar to the movies, and I was intrigued by the villain Prince Xizor when he was first introduced, especially his fighting skills and ruthless way of dispatching traitors.

Despite this, I felt the motivations of the main villains weren’t very imaginative. For example, Prince Xizor’s linear thoughts were predictable and didn’t offer much more than his treachery and deception, which soon bored me. Further, much of the dialogue and interaction between the main characters was weak. Shadows of the Empire wrote about worlds and ways of life within the greater universe of Star Wars, but I found little that was original in the storyline. On that note I felt that if it wasn’t a Star Wars novel then it would have been even more difficult to grasp and enjoy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A good book, fills in the gap before the Return of the Jedi., 2 Nov 1997
By A Customer
Have you ever wonderd what happend between The Empire Strikes Back and The Return of the Jedi? This book tells it all.

Han Solo is still frozen in carbonite and is being taken to Jabba the Hutt. Leia, Lando, Chewbacca, and Luke are all searching for Han hoping to rescue him.

Luke has some other problems though he has two huge bounties on his head. One for him alive, one for him dead!

Luke goes to Tatoine to watch for Han's arival. While he is there he builds another lightsaber to replace the one he lost.

Leia goes to get in contact with the Black Sun which is the most powerful crime organization in the glaxy. Leia gets trapped there and a young piolot by the name of Dash Rendar along with Lando, Chewie, and Luke must go into Coruscant and invade the heavily defended castle of the Black Sun.

Xixor has more plans than just keeping Princess Leia. He plans to destroy Vader and the Emporor and get supreme control over the galaxy.

Will they be able to save Princess Liea alive? Will anyone die in the attempt? Will Xixor triumph over Vader and the Empire? What will happen to Xixor? Will Luke find out who wants him dead? To find out read the book the Shadows of the Empire.
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