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Shadow Moon (Shadow war trilogy) Paperback – 1 Aug 1996

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Product details

  • Paperback: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam Books (Transworld Publishers a division of the Random House Group); New edition edition (1 Aug. 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553504266
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553504262
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 2.4 x 10.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,389,735 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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From the Inside Flap

From two of the greatest imaginations of our time comes a magnificent novel of adventure and magic...SHADOW MOON: "First in the Chronicles of the Shadow
War.
The genius of Star Wars(r) creator George Lucas and the vision of Chris Claremont, the author of the phenomenally bestselling "The Uncanny
X-Men adventures, merge in what must be the fantasy event of the year.
In "Shadow Moon, war and chaos have gripped the land of Tir Asleen. An ancient prophecy reveals one hope: a savior princess who will ascend to the throne when the time is right. But first, a Nelwyn wanderer must face forces of unimaginable malevolence and dangerous, forbidden rites of necromancy that
could bring back a powerful warrior from soulless sleep.
George Lucas reshaped filmmaking in the '70s and '80s with his "Star Wars and "Indiana Jones films. When Bantam Books asked Lucas if he had any stories he would like to develop as novels rather than as films, Lucas turned to his 1988 fantasy film, "Willow.
"When I wrote the story for "Willow, I began with the pre-story," Lucas said, "but the full story was yet to be told."
Now, Lucas's vision is being fulfilled with the talented help of Chris Claremont. Having previously taken the reins of what was for a decade the bestselling comic in the western hemisphere ("The Uncanny X-Men) Claremont assumes the reponsibility of foster parent to Lucas's creation.
On sale in hardcover now, and available on BDD Audio Cassette as well, SHADOW MOON is a momentous new adventure for readers looking to spend part of this
summer in a "fantastic world. SHADOW MOON is one of Bantam Spectra's most exciting publishing events in 1995, the year we celebrate our10th Anniversary as the premiere publishing imprint of books of speculative fiction. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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This book is an interesting counterpoint to both Lucas' more black and white Star Wars Universe and Claremont's world of the X-men. Good and Evil, Dark and Light, all are blended here - deeds, beings, events all blend and swirl in and out of Greys.
The writing is a good attempt from these two authors, who were definately mostly newbies when they wrote this story. And, also, considering one author wrote screenplays, and the other comics - two totally different genres than novels, really - this is *definately* a good attempt.
I stuck with this book, neglected housework and other work. I found it an intriguing look at Grey. The characterization could have been better, but still allowed for an interesting exploration of Right/Wrong, Goodness/Badness, and how each "being" reflects these.
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Does it have some drawn out descriptions? Yes.
Can it be confusing at times? Yes.
But stick with it.
You'll find yourself immersed in a wonderful new World filled with deep characters, who you will learn to connect with.
And for those that finish this novel, and don't think they could stand reading another in the series, read Shadow Dawn! Book two is much more fast-paced than this book, and I'm sure you'll enjoy it even more. I did. Take a look at the reviews of Shadow Dawn..last time I checked, it had a 5-of-5 star rating average...those who stuck with the series really enjoyed the outcome. And from speaking with some who have recieved a reviewers proof of Shadow Star, they say that it's the best one yet.
So stick with it. You won't be sorry!
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This is my story of the story.

One day, I went to the bookstore and saw this book in hardback. I fell in love at first sight, not even realizing that it was the sequel to Willow.

My friend, unfortunatly, fell in love with it too. I couldn't get it till paperback, but she *siiiigh* got it for her birthday. I nearly cried!

Then, I went to the bookstore (exactly one year later) to find a good book. I hadn't read a really good book in a long time. My friend (yes, the same one!) pointed it out to me. I got it! And I'm not sorry I did!

It held me in it's power for three days straight, non-stop reading, unless I keeled over from lack of sleep and nourishment. (Oh, ok, that was a *little* exaggerated, but you get the point!) I was dazed during the whole time I was reading, powerless to do anything but read.

This book reminded me of the movie, which I hadn't even thought of for ages, and now I'm a Willow fan, too although I can't find any action figures! (j/k)

Now, if *that* doesn't convince you that it's a great book, then I don't know how I'll ever get you to understand!

...just please read it? : )
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I found this book one of my happiest finds of the year, and had a great time reading it. Comparing the movie to the 'sequel' it may help to consider the relationship of The Hobbit to The Lord of the Rings...the prequel a short, contained tale, the epic a grand sea-change in the entire inhabited world. Personally I did not like the movie that much--characters running about picking sides of a vague battle with no rationales for their choices. I thought Shadow Moon had characters that were complex in their motivations and desires, and the difficulty telling evil from good. The rest of the world was wondrous. The brownies went from irritating to helpful, and Willow made me want to cry. I anxiously await the next books.
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I just finished this first book of the writing team of George Lucas and Chris Claremont - the names alone tell you that these men know how to tell a story! Having reshaped their individual fields, they've combined to tackle the literary side of storytelling, with mixed success.
I had enjoyed the movie (and the book), but had alway realized that there had to be more - the movie was uneven, and the book was, sadly, a mediocre adaptation which merely hinted at the possibilities in the story. Then when I came upon this novel and scanned the first few pages, I realized that here was that rare event, a "sequel" that outdoes the original.
Now, there have been and will be many small-minded folk who won't take the time to finish this book or try to understand it's meaning because they will pretend to feel betrayed by the loss of some characters from the original. They'll even claim that Willow has been too altered to consider this a sequel.
It's true that Willow has changed, Elora Danan has grown up (though not necessarily well), and other friends are here only in passing. But the "backstory" here is so well-developed that these changes make sense. This is a grand-scale telling of the fulfillment and distortion of prophecy, of the break-down and rebuilding of all the worlds and of each of the characters.
Lucas and Claremont clearly love these characters, and even when "bad things happen to good characters," there's an undeniable sense of true and hopeful affection. The writing is clear and engaging, whether the scene is one of the several sorcerous battles or the tantrum of a spoiled child. If this genre is appealing to you, you should read this book: Lucas and Claremont want to share their gift of story with YOU!
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