Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire

Steve Perry

Bantam Books. $22.50
(paper $5.99)

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

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