Ever wonder what Luke Skywalker was doing between The
Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi? This "Star
Wars" novel tells of a daring attempt to rescue the frozen Han
Solo that goes awry in a big way.
Shadows of the Empire is not as good as other
installments in the multi-author "Star Wars" series. Certainly
Steve Perry's choppy writing style and heavy chapter endings are a
poor choice when compared to the movies and other "Star Wars"
authors. Perry does capture some of the original humor, both
visual and in dialogue; the humorous highlight is R2D2 and
Threepio's attempt to fly the Millennium Falcon
The book's best appeal is as a curiosity, since it does take
place between movies rather than afterward. It is even accompanied
by marketing gimmicks, including the release of a CD soundtrack
(by Joel McNeely), comic books, and action figures, although
Lucasfilm Ltd. decided against making a movie.
This review originally appeared in the January 12, 1997 edition
of The Roanoke Times.
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This review copyright 1997 by Wendy Morris
Information last updated August 14, 2000