Star Wars: Splinter Of The Mind's Eye: Splinter Mind's Eye Paperback – 20 May 1999
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*To tie-in with new STAR WARS film, THE PHANTOM MENANCE, on release in the UK on 16th July (May 21 in US).
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Luke Skywalker expected trouble when he volunteered to follow Princess Leia on her mission to the planet Circarpous. But he discovered that hidden on the planet was the Kaiburr crystal, a mysterious gem that would give the one who possessed it such powers over the Force that he would be all but invincible. In the wrong hands, the crystal could be deadly. So Luke had to find this treasure and find it fast.... --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product Description
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On the way to a secret confab with the Circarpousians - to convince them to join the Rebel Alliance - Luke and Leia are forced to land on a neighbouring planet, which as a short amount of reading time reveals, is being secretly mined by the Empire. At this stage of the book the reader does not know what is being mined but it really is beside the point. The empire is there, and that can only mean one thing. Big Bad Darth.
The writing of tis novel really is outstanding. The pacing is excellent and even early on, the reader can feel the suspense begin to build and of course long term fans of the saga (which is about two thirds of the world's population) cant wait for Vader to grace our kindle screens with his presence. Characterisation is perfect. Reading is book really is like having a bonus episode of the saga to enjoy. Threepio and R2 have a strong presence in the book, even early on, and the first appearance of storm troopers are bound to raise the hairs on the back of your neck. That really should be a money back guarantee.Read more ›
This book does not feature the super weapons or space battles of the films and many of the current 'expanded universe' books, but does give us a gripping adventure staring Luke, Leia and Vader.
Unlike many of the modern books, the author gets the Star Wars feel bang on. The locations and "adventure" elements slip easily into the galaxy we know and principle & supporting characters are written very well. Action is non-stop from start to finish and for serious fans, it's fascinating to see elements and signposts from the book which did carry forward into the later films.
I first read Splinter when released (1978?) and still come back to it every few years.
The story centres around the search for a crystal that channels the Force and those who pursue it - including Darth Vader. The cover gives away that Luke and Vader meet in the story and whilst it possibly contradicts what was to follow its not too hard to slot into a timeline.
As its available cheaply its recommended. Its certainly better than many later spin offs.
A week storyline with a "crazy old women" taking the place of Obi-Wan as Luke's teacher of the Force, a slightly week and pathetic Imperial officer for a villain and two big furry aliens taking the place of Han and Chewbacca, this story doesn't really have anywhere to go.
I've given it three stars because as it's by nowhere the greatest Star Wars book ever written, it's by no means the worst
I don't want to ruin the ending, but the final battle at the end is a bit of a laugh!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I read this book when it first came out a long time ago (but not in a galaxy far,far away) and bought it again just to refresh my memory. It has some faults but it's okay.Published on 7 Jun. 2012 by Mr. Pp Sadler
If you're a REAL fan of the originals, and have read the original novelisations, you'll love this. It's a great story with all the atmosphere of STAR WARS that you remember as a... Read morePublished on 2 Mar. 2011 by Mr. J. B. I. Allen
I believe Splinter of the Mind's Eye was written before The Empire Strikes Back came out. This would make perfect sense because it's a direct follow on from A New Hope. Read morePublished on 8 April 2010 by Gary
Interestingly, george Lucas approached Foster after he made A New Hope to ask him to come up with a story for a spossible follow up. Read morePublished on 4 July 2004 by N. D. Maidment