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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (7,597 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Steve Perry Narrator: Anthony Heald Publisher: Random House Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2007 ISBN:
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He is Xizor, Underlord of a galaxy-wide criminal organization, and he seeks to displace Darth Vader as the Emperor's right hand. To do so, he will hatch a brilliantly evil plan to discredit Vader in the Emperor's eyes. In the meantime, he will join the Dark Lord in an unholy alliance whose common target is Luke Skywalker.

Though he is cold and reptilian, Xizor has a certain predatory charisma that not even Leia can completely resist. Against the judgment of Chewbacca, who has promised the frozen 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.

And as the struggle between Xizor and Vader intensifies, Luke finds himself the potential prize of two of the most evil entities in the galaxy: one who wants him alive, and one who wants him dead.

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Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kaits | 2/7/2014

    " One of my favorite books in the star wars universe. I can read it without skippiing pages,(I only do this on star wars books. Its almost like reading one of the books from the movies. I like how it jumps around to different charaters frequetly. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rob Hartman | 2/5/2014

    " Enjoyed this connection between Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Richard Houchin | 1/16/2014

    " I read a lot of Star Wars novels in Jr. High. It took a few dozen books before I realized many of them just weren't all that stellar. Ah, well, I'll squirrel away the memories on the internet and free up a book shelf. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michael | 1/12/2014

    " "Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire" was interesting but not one of the best "Star Wars" reads. It takes place before the rescue of Han Solo, stored in carbonite on Tatooine. My biggest problem with it is that Leia Organa is portrayed as someone who makes bonehead decisions and acts stupidly, totally out of her usual character. The climax of the book is when Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader are actually allies in a fight against Prince Xixor. I will not spoil the book for anyone who hasn't read it but it seems as if the author began with this premise of a Skywalker/Skywalker alliance and wrote backward from there. There were some interesting characters, however, such as Dash Rendar, a standin for Han Solo, and Guri, an assasin droid. It is worth a read but not a standout in the Star Wars universe. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Walt | 1/11/2014

    " The book introduces Xizor, a gangster, into the Star Wars series. The author does a good job explaining the thoughts and actions of the original cast; but Xizor is odd and clunky. His organization really does not fit well into the genre. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rachel Swords | 1/8/2014

    " My favorite SW stand-alone novel. The new characters are great fun, and the plot makes you wish this one had been made into a movie. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chad | 12/7/2013

    " Good take on the time between "The Empire Strikes Back" and "Return of the Jedi" "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Daniel Domenech | 10/13/2013

    " One of the best Star Wars books ever written, if not the best. Still very memorable. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Wenjtu | 10/4/2013

    " I read a lot of star wars books in middle and early high school. And I'll admit it: THEY WERE AWESOME!!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shawn | 6/23/2013

    " I enjoyed this book. Definitely started to get some of the familiar flavor from the orignal trilogy and added some nice new characters to boot. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Martin | 6/10/2013

    " I was expecting more from this one, considering the big hoopla surrounding it (at the time, anyway). I finished it but it was less than enjoyable at times, and nothing really stood out to make this anyting more than a 2-star book. Sorry, die-hard Star Wars fans... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Edwin Garcia | 5/19/2013

    " Should be a movie!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Wesley | 5/16/2013

    " Loved this book...Great antagonist, Black Sun are interesting, good characters...heck, they even made a soundtrack for this book! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bee | 5/6/2013

    " One of my all-time SW favorites. Prince Xizor is a wonderful villain. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tim Jones | 4/11/2013

    " This book was great. It was like a continuation of the movies (the better ones). If you ever want to read a Star Wars book, this is the one to read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Zach | 3/5/2013

    " "Shadows of the Empire" was the perfect companion for the original Star Wars trilogy... a much better companion than the three prequel films. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Derek | 10/24/2012

    " One of my all time favorite books. I have recommended this book to people who did not even like the Star Wars movies that loved this book. One of the best written villians of all time. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chris | 7/14/2012

    " Fast plot, good integration into the Star Wars story, plot twists and turns that lead to unexpected things. Amazingly executed, wish it had a series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Eric | 6/2/2012

    " A great Stand Alone. DOOM and sex. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rob Pucci | 3/22/2012

    " Pretty good Star Wars book. One of the fill in stories between movies. Easy read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Christøpher Es | 11/2/2011

    " This is the book that got me excited about reading. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dennis | 8/18/2011

    " Not the best of the Star Wars books. It's riddled with cliches and deus ex machina moments. But it is iconic in its own way. I love the stories between the movies, especially the original trilogy. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joseph | 7/9/2011

    " First book I read in the continue series of Star Wars and it was cleaverly done between the gaps of Empire and Jedi. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 David Bennett | 6/10/2011

    " Awesome book. Love the connection between Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Zach | 4/5/2011

    " "Shadows of the Empire" was the perfect companion for the original Star Wars trilogy... a much better companion than the three prequel films. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joey | 2/18/2011

    " Good to read the problems Darth Vader had in between Empire and Jedi. I now think the merchanising of this book was overratted. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Eric | 1/31/2011

    " A great Stand Alone. DOOM and sex. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bobby Shane | 1/26/2011

    " This was my fav Star Wars book, I read it when it came out back in '96 and loved it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michelle | 10/21/2010

    " This is pretty much a must for any fan of Star Wars. It fits in nicely between Empire and Return. I loved Xizor and was pretty sad that I won't be seeing him in anymore books but he was an awesome character. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mathias | 8/13/2010

    " The game adaptation for the 64 was better. At least they tell you Dash Rendar survived. Other than that, it was okay. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jennifer | 7/15/2010

    " I used to love this book since it detailed events between "The Empire Strikes Back" and "Return of the Jedi." I thought Prince Xizor was a great villain. Fast paced and fun! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marta | 7/6/2010

    " My favorite Star Wars book trilogy - Mara Jade rulez :) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Wesley | 4/15/2010

    " Loved this book...Great antagonist, Black Sun are interesting, good characters...heck, they even made a soundtrack for this book! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Richard | 4/9/2010

    " I read a lot of Star Wars novels in Jr. High. It took a few dozen books before I realized many of them just weren't all that stellar. Ah, well, I'll squirrel away the memories on the internet and free up a book shelf.


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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Craig | 3/2/2010

    " Not sure why this is on the shelves . . . eventually have to reread it or remove it for more worthy fare . . . "

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