April 17, 2005

Shadows of the Empire

I've been reading a bunch of Star Wars books lately, filling in gaps in the timeline where I haven't read. One of them was "Shadows of the Empire" by Steve Perry, which supposedly takes place between "Empire Strikes Back" and "Return of the Jedi". This follows the actions of Luke, Leia, Lando and Chewbacca while they are searching for Boba Fett and Han's frozen body. Well, actually, Leia and Chewie are looking for Han. Luke goes back to Tatooine and hangs out at Ben Kenobi's place, building his new light saber that he sports in "Return".

Meanwhile, a criminal overlord named Xizor is trying to cozy up to the Emperor by stepping all over Vader. Xizor gets wind that Vader is hunting for Luke and so Xizor tries various things to kill Luke while also trying to make Vader look bad. Besides Xizor, two new characters are Dash (a Han Solo type who helps out/bails out depending on the occasion) and Guri, a almost Jedi-like humanoid/droid female fighter who helps out Xizor. Neither character really goes anywhere, but then, how could they become major players when the boundary conditions on this novel are so firmly set in stone?

As Star Wars books go, I would say this is in the upper half. I liked most of the X-Wing stories better, and the Clone Wars pre- and post- Episode III is an era that interests me more anyway.

Posted by Observer at April 17, 2005 06:16 PM

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