“He doesn’t want to owe anybody, doesn’t want anybody to owe him. He works for whoever pays the most. He’s downright magic with anything that flies, and he can pick wing nuts off a tabletop with a blaster without scorching the finish. He’s a good man to have at your back when the going gets hot—as long as your money lasts.“―Lando Calrissian, on Dash Rendar
Shadows of the Empire. So many great memories with this story line (novel and game). This has to be one of my favorite Star Wars book of all time and is definitely in my top 5. This novel was first published back in 1996, that same year a third-person shooter video game was developed by LucasArts. It was one of the first games made available for the Nintendo 64, with more than 1 million copies sold as of 1997. Shadows was part of the Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire multimedia project and takes place as a backstory between The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi. Plot goes as follows:
Here is the untold story of the events that took place between the movies The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi: a novel in which Darth Vader still lives–and battles a villain as powerful and evil as himself.
SHADOWS OF THE EMPIRE
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.
Steve Perry does a good job linking the two movies together (Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi) and fills in/answer a lot of questions. How Luke built his new light saber and what Leia, Chewie and Lando did between movies. Also goes into Luke finishing up some more of his training to become a Jedi, Han Solo is still frozen in carbonite. Leia and Chewie are still getting use to Lando and trying to figure out if they can true him. It also introduces some new characters, Xizor the head of Black Sun the evil underground crime network of the Star Wars Universe and Dash Rendar. A Smuggler/freelancer (think Han Solo only not) personally I liked Dash as a character. I know some people found to be just a rip off of Han, but as the story goes on and into other novels/comics almost kinda wish they make this into a movie.
The only problem I have with the book and it kinda annoys me a little bit. Is the writing style…. most of the sentences seemed really short at times and caused this repetitive beat to the book. But that was the only problem I had really. Over all I love this book, I use to have a copy of it some where…. Don’t know what happen to it, had to borrow this one from a friend as well.