Shadows of the Empire: Star Wars Legends by Steve Perry

Shadows of the Empire: Star Wars Legends

bySteve Perry

Kobo ebook | June 28, 2011

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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!

Title:Shadows of the Empire: Star Wars LegendsFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:June 28, 2011Publisher:Random House Publishing GroupLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0307796345

ISBN - 13:9780307796349

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Would have been a Great Anthology film! An excellent stand alone Star Wars novel that takes place just after the events of Episode V and leads up to Episode VI. A political rift within the Empire is at hand, if all happens accordingly, the devious Prince Xizor will usurp Lord Vader as the Emperor's new second in command this at the expense of the young rebel, Luke Skywalker. The novel includes some new characters to compliment the established heroes and villains, creating an very entertaining addition to the Star Wars Galaxy, a great read for original trilogy fans!
Date published: 2018-01-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect continuation story #plumreview amazing story to fill the gap between empire and return of the Jedi, answers some unanswered questions, must read!
Date published: 2017-12-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from great! one of the best of the old canon !!
Date published: 2017-04-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Amazing read. Would make a great film! #plumreview
Date published: 2017-03-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Incredible As a longtime Star Wars fan, I can confidently say that this is my favourite Star Wars novel. The tone matches the films perfectly and the story itself is incredible! I would not be objected to a film adaptation of this, although the video game on N64 was pretty great.
Date published: 2016-12-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent reading. An excellent read for long term fans and the guide to the expanded universe is very welcome.
Date published: 2014-02-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Imperial Deception Courtesy, diplomacy, betrayal, deception; this is modern politics in the Galactic Empire and who better to personify them all but the famed Prince Xizor? He and our favorite Dark Lord of the Sith clash together in a battle of wits and trickery. The Prize: the Emperor's favor. When things go wrong for the Rebellion, Princess Leia investigates to try to find her friend, Han Solo, before he is turned over to Jabba the Hutt. Calling upon the aid of a gun-for-hire, she teams up with Lando, Luke, Chewie and Dash Rendar. Their mission: infiltrate a crime lord's palace and recover information. I found the novel to be a bit slow at times, perhaps that’s because I am no immediate fan of Prince Xizor's, or perhaps the bizarre jumps made in lecture. However, I did enjoy the book as we got in deeper to the story and nearing the end, I was definitely enjoying it. Fun to read, great to figure out what happens between the two episodes; a good read.
Date published: 2012-04-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from reading this brings depth to the star wars legacy I was very impressed with this vivid novel. We really get a glimpse into the heart of xizor and vader when we thought we knew vader all along. Xizor is very interesting, a elegant, classy, cunny fiend with impeccable taste as seen in his trappings of luxury and his taste for beautiful humans(leia). You are immediately entranced by this breakthrough of a villian as soon as you hear his description. Vader is also remarkable in this as we see more vulnerablity as we have ever seen before trying to maintain his rank next to the emperor and protecting luke from xizor's scemes to topple him. We finally see that luke is becoming a jedi aswell, with friends leia, chewbacca, lando and a new face, dash rendar. This is a masterpiece in its own right, star wars fan or not.
Date published: 2005-09-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Fantastic Read SOTE is a remarkable book worthy of the name Star Wars. Even if you are not all that familiar with the Star Wars saga, I urge you to read this fantastic novel. I guarantee you will enjoy it.
Date published: 2002-07-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best. Book. Ever. Wow. This is the first Star Wars book I've ever read, and I can happily say I'm not disappointed one bit. In fact, I enjoyed it so much that I just ordered 3 more books. My only negative is that I wished the Vader/Xizor rilavlry thing would have climaxed more than it did. But other than that it was awesome. I recommend it to anyone who's even remotely interested in Star Wars.
Date published: 2002-06-09
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good plot, good characters, unoriginal A good read, and Black Sun is cool, but as I'm reading, there's the little annoying fact that, everytime Han does some fancy trick, it's something that he's already done in one of the movies. And it seems odd that Xizor, running the biggest criminal organization in the universe, would have time to do nothing all day. It's only saving point is that it works so nicely with the movies.
Date published: 2000-10-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from awesome book This was the first Star Wars book I ever read. In fact, I hated hated hated Star Wars and everything about it. Then, out of sheer boredom, I picked up Shadows (it was my brothers), and I was hooked after reading the first few pages. The plot, details, everything about it is beautiful. It was also cool to get in the headspace of Darth Vader.
Date published: 2000-04-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Shadows of the Empire A very good book. Action-packed and full of excitement! A good read!
Date published: 2000-02-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Piece of The Puzzle As in my review title, "Piece of The Puzzle", SOTE serves its purpose extrmemly well. It's an exciting read, somewhat different from the movies in that it gave me a clearer picture of just how evil and wealthy the Empire is. SOTE provides answers to questions such as, where did Leia get the TD that she used in Jabba's Palace, and how did Luke get a lightsaber. Though these questions can be easily assumed, it still helps to read the events.
Date published: 2000-01-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Great Book with only a few flaws This is a great book, however there were a few problems. I found that there wasn't enough description in the scenes so that it left many gaps, and like Kerrie M. said, "...once having achieved all this -- and an intriguing, exotic new villan to boot -- Perry then proceeds to shoot himself in the foot, plotwise." Other wise it is a good book... however no matter how bad it could be, to EVER single Star Wars fan, it's a must read.
Date published: 1999-08-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Not as good as it could have been As a 'missing chapter' in Star Wars history, Perry's novel works beautifully, seamlessly interweaving the movie plotlines and making sure in the meantime that the little details are all filled in -- and hey, the chance to peek into Darth Vader's psyche was worth the read right there. Characterization as a whole, in fact, is spot-on (although Solo-wannabe Dash Rendar lacks most of his model's charm) and I like the way the 'Wars' universe works as a whole -- shifting easily between planet to space to shipboard without losing coherence or believability. The problem is, once having achieved all this -- and an intriguing, exotic new villan to boot -- Perry then proceeds to shoot himself in the foot, plotwise. I mean, if you're gonna spend half the book detailing how cunning and powerful your bad guy is...Ahem. Anyway, a fun light read for 'Wars' fans (bearing in mind that you need to have seen both the second and third movies at least twice each to get the full effect).
Date published: 1999-06-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Shadows of the Empire This is an excellent story, which helps to answer many of the questions which the Star Wars Trilogy leaves unanswered. It takes place between Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi, and is a must read for any Star Wars fan.
Date published: 1999-05-23