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Star Wars: Shadow of the Sith

By: Adam Christopher
Narrated by: William DeMeritt
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Luke Skywalker and Lando Calrissian return in this essential novel set between Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens.

The Empire is dead. Nearly two decades on from the Battle of Endor, the tattered remnants of Palpatine's forces have fled to the farthest reaches of the galaxy. But for the heroes of the New Republic, danger and loss are ever-present companions, even in this newly forged era of peace.

Jedi Master Luke Skywalker is haunted by visions of the dark side, foretelling an ominous secret growing somewhere in the depths of space, on a dead world called Exegol. The disturbance in the Force is undeniable...and Luke's worst fears are confirmed when his old friend Lando Calrissian comes to him with reports of a new Sith menace.

After his daughter was stolen from his arms, Lando searched the stars for any trace of his lost child. But every new rumor only led to dead ends and fading hopes—until he crossed paths with Ochi of Bestoon, a Sith assassin tasked with kidnapping a young girl.

Ochi's true motives remain shrouded to Luke and Lando. For on a junkyard moon, a mysterious envoy of the Sith Eternal has bequeathed a sacred blade to the assassin, promising that it will give him answers to the questions that have haunted him since the Empire fell. In exchange, he must complete a final mission: return to Exegol with the key to the Sith's glorious rebirth—the granddaughter of Darth Sidious himself, Rey.

As Ochi hunts Rey and her parents to the edge of the galaxy, Luke and Lando race into the mystery of the Sith's lingering shadow and aid a young family running for their lives.

©2022 Adam Christopher (P)2022 Penguin Audio

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  • David
  • 08-19-22

Good voice performance but confusing and boring

William DeMerrit is on form with a wonderful characterisation of some great characters both new and old.
But that's just about all the be good I can say about it as the story is tremendously slow, boring with its repetitive events. If you wanted to follow Luke and Lando on a buddy adventure, this isn't it as we will in stead spend hours painstakingly chasing a couple they can never quite get to before their inevitable demise makes the trail run cold.
Ultimately it adds nothing to the lore of star wars either except for confusing the sequel trilogy even further. Luke knowing about exegol? Luke and Lando meeting Rey's parents and a sith ghost? all information that could have been useful, forcing me to consider the retcons here a borderline plot hole. If you really want to consume all star wars content, this is probably the better way to do it than reading it, but I'd advise spending your credits on something else first like thrawn or high Republic.

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  • Bobby Stroud
  • 08-15-22

Fills in Plot Holes at the Expense of its Own Plot

The book fills in and explains a lot of the gaps in the sequel trilogy with Rise of Skywalker benefiting in particular. It does a fine job at this at the expense of often losing sight of its own plot with the book being at its best when it focuses on Luke and the new Sith threat. The book is at its best when it gives you more Lando and Luke as I believe this is the first canon novel to fill in the gap between episode 6 and 7 with classic characters.

Saying that, one of the new threads is never resolved as there are 9 Sith 'Ringwraiths' that are brought up in a big fight scene but never mentioned again. Other plots that tie in to Rise of Skywalker come to a screeching and unnatural end just so they tie in with the movie.

Presentation wise like all the other Star Wars audiobooks there are lots of sound effects and music which i really feel add to the immersion. The narrator is a chameleon, as I often forgot it was the same person narrating different characters. I actually had to look up if there were multiple cast members he does such a good job.

Overall, I would recommend it if you want to get answers to some rushed things in the sequel trilogy. If you are looking for a great standalone story there are probably better options.

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  • Conor Larkin
  • 07-02-22

Enjoyed it

I was a bit skeletal when it comes to stories around the sequel trilogy as I didn't enjoy them but I was surprised I liked it. Good narration by Adam Christopher for the voices of the characters. It fills in a lot of plotholes the film's left out. It tells a lot more about Ray's parents and more about the Siths home world of Exegol.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-10-22

A good swing

As I wasn’t a fan of Rise of Skywalker, this was never really going to be a favourite but I gave it a shot. Great to get a Luke and Lando story and there were parts I truly enjoyed. I did feel that any time we were building up momentum another link to ROS would show up to pull me out of it. Author did a good job and told a good story with the tools he was given but unfortunately for me the ROS links are too hard to overcome

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  • Olly Johnson
  • 10-08-22

A good enough companion piece to Episode IX,

This might just be my personal preference, but I don't think most Star Wars books need to be as long as they are for the story they're telling. This one has a lot of moving parts and juggles two separate time periods (referred to by the narrator in chapter titles as simply "then" and "now" and does an admirable job in keeping things straight, at no point did I feel like I'd lost the plot. There are also several angles to the plot being enacted by a strong cast of core characters each with their own reasons for being there.

This book also breathes a lot of life into the character of Ochi of Bestoon, giving him a well-realised personality, and contextualising his actions. But it's there I think this book starts to feel less like a story and more like a product to me. Again, this might just be me, but there is no escaping the fact that this book seems largely to exist as a companion piece to the Rise of Skywalker, picking up a lot of the narrative slack of that film. I happen to think the sequels average out to being basically fine, but I do think Rise of Skywalker let the side down a bit. This book doesn't make that film any better, but it does contextualise a lot of that story. However, and this is the problem with prequels in general, this means we already know what the state of affairs ends up being. It's interesting seeing everything take shape, but there is a sense of futility to one of the POV characters that I can't decide is a good or bad thing.

Overall though, I like this book, it was nice to see some stories centred around the sequel era, and I think the universe is richer for it, I don't think it needed to be this long, but I'm glad it exists.

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  • Gemma Platt
  • 09-23-22

Loved it!

Really good book, kept me completely absorbed all the way through. Was really easy to imagine the whole story.

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  • Wotan
  • 09-21-22

Fait to middling

A thoroughly unmemorable and unnecessary filler which tries to fill in the gaps left by Rise of Skywalker but ends up making the plot holes more evident and creating some new ones. Poorly and repetitively written.
Performance is okay but nothing memorable either.
For completists only

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  • simon parker
  • 09-06-22

Brilliant book

Best book since the original legends books. We written with familiar characters and a whole lot of back story to the last trilogy of movies.

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  • Joe Mingay
  • 08-28-22

Disappointing

When I saw that Anakin was going to make an appearance I was very excited for this book. But it let's me down massively as it is uninteresting in large portions and is in a difficult era with an even more confusing time line with new sith being added from thousands of years ago. Can't give higher than 2 stars.

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  • Matthew W.
  • 08-23-22

Excellent!

Best Star Wars book I’ve read for years! 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 great plot, character development and links to the Sequel trilogy!

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  • Jane Krauss
  • 07-04-22

This was dark and moody, but I also cried!

Wow, there was so much to love about this book. I loved getting to know Rey's parents and seeing little Rey. Seeing Luke as Jedi Master and Ben Solo as an eager learner, Anakin as a force ghost (YASS!!), and so much more.

Even knowing Rey's parents' ultimate demise, their capture by Ochi of Bestoon was written so well, and I cried. This story made me sit on the edge of chairs in fear, it was dark, and it made me really care for little Rey and her parents.

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  • Milamber
  • 08-08-22

The missing jigsaw piece

Need I say anymore I really hope there’s more content so we can explore this sequel trilogy storyline’s

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-02-22

I loved it.

I dislike the sequel trilogy, but I enjoyed this book so much. I really enjoyed both Lando and Luke as main characters, I loved the concept of the sith mask and the story of Rey's family trying to escape from hunters was very engaging.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-31-22

expands greatly on episode 9 rise of skywalker

Landos portrayal in this was perfect he made the book for me, not to mention a light Saber duel to rival any other duel. Luke's so stoic, and polite, his portrayal I liked I can see how they will expand on him, fabulous introduction of other characters also, Ochi was awesome such a different character, I reckon you'll love or hate him tho. lots of R2D2 aswell, oh and cute baby Rey, did I mention sith?

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  • james
  • 11-11-22

so good!

Amazing! Ties up some of the plot holes in the movies. Seriously, so flipping good

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  • Daniel
  • 08-07-22

Covers a lot of ground.

Disney said "people had so many questions, let's answer them!" and they did.
great over all

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-01-22

Not great

A rough attempt to fill out the space between Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens. It was a good opportunity to see Luke develop further between the fall of the Empire and becoming a hermit but there was limited character development.

I was nice to see tie ins with some other characters in the post Empire canon. However the story was very derivative at times to the point of being cliché.

The voice acting wasn’t very good, and didn’t help to elevate an average story. The elocution was really bad at times, leaving me questioning the writing.

The best thing that I can say about this story is that it has made me want to watch The Rise of Skywalker again, to confirm how the two stories mesh. Whether watching TRoS again is a good thing I not I will leave to whoever is reading this review.