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Babylon 5: The Shadow Within (Babylon 5 (Paperback Ballantine)) Mass Market Paperback – 1 Nov 2002

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Product details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Del Rey Books; Reprint edition (Nov. 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345452186
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345452184
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 1.8 x 17.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,497,274 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Firstly this book is absolutly fantastic, its not only well written but its also extremely engaging. Normally I like to savour books, taking my time while I read, but this one I could not put down. It really fleshes out the character of Anna, adn allows us to see the vertitable malestrom of emotions that drove Mordern to chossing his dark fate. The book does have a realted story and Id be lying if I said it was even half as interesting as the main plot, still it provides a better insight into John's character and his past. Overall I cant fault the novel, and moreover one can now appricate the maturity of Cavelos' writting in the later trilogy, espically in the all too brief pages where Kosh and the Shadows appear. The talent of Cavelos should not be underestimated, she is an excellent writer, and I strongly recommend her novel.
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`The Shadow Within' is described as a prequel to `The Passing of the Techno-Mages' trilogy and is written by Jeanne Cavelos, who has very quickly become for me a force of the sci-fi genre, following three of the best sci-fi books I've read in recent years- `Casting Shadows', `Summoning Light' and `Invoking Darkness'.

Although (with great intelligence and skill) describing the events that took place before the beginning of `The Passing of the Techno-mages' trilogy and also revealing precisely how it was that Anna Sheridan fell into the nightmarish hands of the shadows, in no other way does this book compare to that outstanding trilogy, which detailed Galen the techno-mage's fraught journey across the universe and through the years, as he came to terms with the loss of loved ones and the loss of innocence.

There isn't a techno-mage in sight here. But more than that...there's an inescapable quality that pervades this story of destinies being fulfilled, because any Babylon 5 fan will know what eventually became of Anna and learning how much of a decent, adventurous and loving individual she once was, only makes the knowledge of her eventual demise (in the season three finale `Z'Ha'Dum') all the more horrific and consequently- this book slightly less enjoyable (at least for this reader who knew what was coming even before beginning this book). Because let's face it- Melissa Gilbert's portrayal of Anna Sheridan in that episode was far from sympathetic- not that it was meant to be, she brought a sinister, seductive quality to a very difficult role, considering she was the human embodiment of the evil that the Shadow race represented.
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By A Customer on 28 Jan. 2006
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When i read this book i wasnt expecting not to be able to put it down! but the two story lines pull you in, the Sheridan storyline isn't so important as that that is taking place abord the Icarus.
No going to spoil but read carefully and watch out for references to the series suchj as the improperly translated Question What is Desired?
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Amazon.com: 4.3 out of 5 stars 37 reviews
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4.0 out of 5 stars "And in the darkness the watchers were watching." (p.222) 29 Nov. 2009
By L Gontzes - Published on Amazon.com
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The Shadow Within is the seventh of the original nine novels. The story is set in November 2256 as Babylon 5's dedication ceremony nears, hence, serving as a prelude to the pilot episode.
Captain John Sheridan and his wife Anna are about get together and celebrate their anniversary when Sheridan's ship fails an inspection and the crew is grounded, while Anna is given the unique opportunity to be second in command of an archaeological expedition to Alpha Omega 3 in search of the remnants of an advanced alien civilization. Little do they both know that their actions will affect the future of the universe and its numerous peoples and worlds...
Jeanne Cavelos has done a good job of shedding light and filling gaps in the series by presenting pre-existing relations between the Minbari and the Vorlons, John Sheridan's command of the Agamemnon, Commander Sinclair's and Chief Garibaldi's preparations leading up to the dedication ceremony on B5, interesting information on Psi Corps and IPX, the fate of Anna Sheridan, the turning of Morden, and the coming of Shadows among other things.
On the downside, the writing is not something out of the ordinary and does not have memorable quotes or phrases apart from this reviews' title. Subsequently, the novel at times becomes slow to the point of actually being bland and boring.
However, it is the last twenty or so pages which is where all the money is, with great info on Anna Sheridan, Morden, and the Shadows, and a good deal of drama.
In short, with the main series over and as we wait to hopefully see some more (and much better) Lost Tales or another B5 spinoff, thank goodness for the novels. More novels please...
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book for filling in the gaps! 30 Dec. 2014
By Kerrald - Published on Amazon.com
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Picked this up after a recent rewatch to fill in some of the gaps on what took place off screen. Since the outline for the Zha'Ha'Dum storyline came from JMS, this is considered canon, so probably also required reading. Jeanne Cavelos did a pretty good job with everything here, though some aspects of it do seem rushed.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A must read for any serious B5 fan.. 22 July 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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I have watched all of the Babylon 5 episodes, collected most of videos, and even started reading the comics when they first came out. Now I am working on the books. I just wanted to point out that this book is a must for all serious B5 fans. The TV series leaves you lacking in what happened to the Icarus when it reached Z'Ha'dum and this book clearly gives those answers. I also appreciated the author's look into the past life of the character Morden. It is nice to see that his life was very different from that which he leads in the TV series. The book was well written and kept me entertained throughout. Kudos to the author...
5.0 out of 5 stars Good book. One of the few that actually fits ... 10 Aug. 2014
By I. Blais - Published on Amazon.com
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Good book. One of the few that actually fits with the show for the most part. Highly recommend for B5 fans.
2 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Calluses 7 May 2003
By barbre - Published on Amazon.com
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I was hoping this book would be as good at the passing of the techno-mages had been, but it wasn't. It didn't have the same drive or passion that the other books had. The ending was a letdown primarily because we know how it ends, and nothing new or dramatic was offered at the end. In the techno-mage series we see a fantastic ending that encompasses the series as well and that is what I had hoped for here.
I'm also very picky about redundancy in books. This one talks about the calluses on the hands of some of the characters to the point of being silly, and was very distracting.
Overall it is ok, nothing special, but not terrible either.
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