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Shadows of the Empire
Attribution
Author(s)

Steve Perry

Cover artist

Drew Struzan

Publication information
Publisher

Bantam Spectra

Release date

May 1996

Media type

Hardcover, Paperback

Pages

340, 385

ISBN

9780553574135

Chronology
Era

Rebellion era

Timeline

3.5 ABY4 ABY

Series

Shadows of the Empire

Preceded by

Tales of the Bounty Hunters

Followed by

Tales from the Empire

Shadows of the Empire is a 1996 novel written by Steve Perry. It describes the events between the films The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi. It was part of the Shadows of the Empire multimedia project.

Contents

Editions

  • ISBN 0553100890; May 1996, Bantam Spectra, 340-page hardcover
  • ISBN 0553574132; April 1997, Bantam Spectra, 385-page paperback
  • ISBN 8025205991; 2007, EGMONT ČR, 304-page Czech paperback

Publisher's summary

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Hardcover

His name is Xizor, Underlord of a galaxywide criminal organization called Black Sun. He seeks to displace Darth Vader as Emperor Palpatine's right hand. To do so, he will hatch a brilliantly evil plan to discredit Vader in the Emperor's eyes. But in the meantime he will join the Dark Lord in an unholy alliance whose common target is the young Rebel hero, Luke Skywalker.

While Vader and Xizor bait their trap for Luke, Han Solo is being held captive, flash-frozen in a carbonite slab. Mourning the loss of the man she loves, Princess Leia mounts a rescue mission to free Han. She enlists the aid of Luke, who is sharpening his skill in the Force at Ben Kenobi's home on the edge of Tatooine's Western Dune Sea. Skywalker organizes a crack fighting force, including Wedge Antilles and his famous X-wing squadron; Lando Calrissian; and the mercenary Dash Rendar. Yet the fierce battle that ensues to rescue Han will not go according to plan. For the Empire's spies are everywhere.

What's worse, though he is cold and reptilian, Xizor has a certain predatory charisma that not even Leia can totally resist. Against the judgment of Chewbacca, who has promised Han to keep her from harm, Leia walks willingly into Xizor's lair in a dangerous play of passion and willpower to get the information she needs to defeat him. At the same time, Luke stands in the crosshairs of a conspiracy of assassins and bounty hunters recruited by Xizor's lieutenant, the beautiful but lethal Human replicant Guri. As the struggle between Xizor and Vader intensifies, Luke finds himself the potential prize of the two most evil entities in the galaxy — one who wants him alive, and one who wants him dead.

In a final, explosive showdown, the Rebels must infiltrate Xizor's impregnable stronghold and fight the combined forces of Black Sun and the Empire in deep space. With death and betrayal looming on every side, Luke, Leia, Lando, and Chewie must use every weapon and resource at their disposal, including the Rebel fleet and some intriguing new allies, if they are to prove victorious. In Shadows of the Empire, Steve Perry adds an exciting new chapter to the Star Wars saga and introduces important new characters and situations no Star Wars fan will want to miss.

Paperback

It is a time of crisis. Han Solo, frozen in carbonite, is being taken to the vile gangster Jabba the Hutt. As Princess Leia mounts a rescue mission including Luke Skywalker, Lando Calrissian, and a brilliant young pilot, Darth Vader pits himself against a cunning and ruthless rival. Xizor is the leader of a powerful crime syndicate who seeks to supplant Vader for the favor of their mutual master, the dreaded Emperor. Their target: Luke Skywalker. Suddenly Luke finds himself the potential prize of the two most evil entities in the galaxy - one who wants him alive...and one who wants him dead.

Synopsis

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It is a time of crisis. Han Solo, frozen in carbonite, is being taken to the vile gangster Jabba the Hutt. As Princess Leia mounts a rescue mission and Darth Vader scours the galaxy for Luke Skywalker, another sinister figure emerges. His name is Xizor. Cunning and ruthless, leader of the powerful Black Sun criminal organization, he will pit himself against Vader for the favor of their mutual master…the dreaded Emperor.

Luke, Leia, Chewbacca, and Lando Calrissian face betrayal and death at every turn and must use every weapon and resource at their disposal to confront the combined forces of Black Sun and the Empire. And, of course, Vader still lives—and faces a battle of his own—against a villain every bit as evil and powerful as the Dark Lord of the Sith himself.

Appearances

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Sentient species

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Miscellanea

Food and beverages

Cover gallery

This is a gallery of the different cover variations of Shadows of the Empire.

Behind the scenes

When asked about cut or disputed content of the novel, Steve Perry explained, "I wanted to have Luke and Lando stop at the SW's equivalent of a gas station to use the phone, but nobody thought that was funny except me. At first, everybody was leery of having droids fly the FALCON, didn't want to do it, but I begged them to let me try and toss it if they didn't like it. They decided they liked it."

See also

External links

Shadows of the Empire series
Books
Novel · Junior Novelization
Secrets of Shadows of the Empire · Planets Guide · Sourcebook
Official Strategy Guide · Game Secrets
Comics
Comic · Evolution · Kenner Special: 1, 2
Shadow Stalker · Battle of the Bounty Hunters
Micro-Machines Mini-Comic · AMT/ERTL Mini-Comic
Other
Video game · Soundtrack · Trading cards

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