Luke Skywalker and the Shadows of Mindor is a standalone novel that chronicles the Battle of Mindor, a fictional event in the Star Wars expanded universe. Luke Skywalker and the Shadows of Mindor is a Star Wars Legends novel by Matt Stover. It’s been six months since Return of the Jedi, and the Rebel Alliance . Matt Stover’s excellent Star Wars Legends novel shows how and why Luke succeeded where the last generation of Jedi failed. And it examines.

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I will start with the basics without giving away too much of the book. When Luke tracks Shadowspawn’s forces there, he gets drawn into a trap, as do Han, Leia, and Rogue Squadron who come after him, and Lando Calrissian and the gang of Mandalorian mercenaries who come after them. This is much like the memory of the feeling I had when I first picked up I, Jedi all those years ago and was thus the starting point for this whole Star Wars fandom thing for me.

You were supposed to destroy the Sith, not join them. I get the feeling that Blackhole is mentioned in some previous literature somewhere possibly in a comic book? The trio of Han, Leia, and Chewbacca is hard to beat for sarcasm and witty quips.

Cronal, as the villain, was superb. It was kind of all of that.

Read it Forward Read it first. Why not a 4? While some may find this to be a nice break from the oft-overwrought and melancholy storytelling shadowws has dominated the New Jedi Order era, it is a weakness when a novel relies as heavily on the idea that the principal characters are doomed as Mindor does.

Win or lose, all your triumphs and joys, regrets and fears and disappointments, all ended as a fading echo trapped within a mound of dead meat. Apr 13, Xane rated it really liked it Shelves: There are nods for over 30 years of continuity through out this book. Sure he’s pulled great feats and helped win against the Empire when all hope was lost, but Luke simply doesn’t see it this way. Han himself a pirate, and not quite willing to turn in his upgrades and of course, Lando, the consummate gambler, willing to bet all sorts of things in order to get things done.


Emperor Palpatine and Darth Vader are dead. Apr 15, Carl rated it really liked it. But their imminent attack on Mindor will be playing directly into the hands of their cunning new adversary.

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He was fighting and was doing Wookie things and Han’s characters. When Luke arrives everything falls completely apart, in some cases literally, and Luke’s friends show up to try and rescue him. The Mandalorians offer a counterpart to Cronal’s beliefs, since they also value battle and warfare aesthetically. There is sexual tension between Aeona and Han. The only evidence we need is that someone landed a third of a Mon Calamari starship with nothing but altitude thrusters.

It always got worse until my stomach was tied in a knot of anticipation and dread. I can’t remember a Star Wars novel that made me laugh as much as this book did.

Luke Skywalker has become a General in the New Republic and leads the campaign at Mindor, and as is so often the case in Star Wars, this is exactly what the villain wants. Always now, even eternity will be. Luke Skywalker and the Shadows of Mindor delivers everything a Star Wars fan could reasonably hope for when picking up a novel. Stover deserves credit for the respect he showed to his sources, but I think I prefer what he does when he has the confidence to take hold of the material somewhere painful, and pull.

Han Solo was written like his old self again, so that was more nostalgia than I could ask for. That’s what he did with Traitortaking the familiar ideals of the Jedi and forcing them to fight for survival, and with Shatterpointreferencing Apocalypse Nowand thus both Joseph Conrad and the early drafts of The Star Warsand yet making something fully new and strikingly original out of it.

I’ll probably read all of Stover’s books eventually, but more as a homage to the SW canon and in effort to be thorough than anything else. Deceived The Old Republic: It made them seethe with anger. The action has a “bounce” to it in line with what we see in the Star Wars films rather than wallowing in angst, and the dialogue is hilarious.

Not to mention, I thought it was weird including the meltmassifs which lent an almost Star Trek feel to the story.


Luke Skywalker and the Shadows of Mindor

Powerful remnants of the vanquished Empire, hungry for retaliation, are still at large, committing acts mindot piracyterrorism, and wholesale slaughter against the worlds of the fledgling Republic. Lando was ok in also. Apart from the obvious links to the movies, Stover has included, among other things, deep breath: And due that love, he travels a different path than his friends.

Also, I was really impressed with how Stover wrote the Mandalorians. Is there anything in this book that would be inappropriate for a 7th grader to read?

See 2 questions about Luke Skywalker and the Shadows of Mindor…. It is also great to see Lando, back in action and pulling his weight as General Calrissian.

LUKE SKYWALKER AND THE SHADOWS OF MINDOR: How The Jedi (Formerly) Lived And Returned

If you thought Vader was dark, Shadowspawn is quite literally a black hole. Into this moment of doubt, Stover introduces Cronal.

If you fight me, you will be destroyed. Too many, too obscure and too tough-in-cheek.

And while there isn’t a lot of it, the brief references to C-3PO’s genuine hobby interest in linguistics sykwalker his friendship with Artoo are nice. All the main characters are here, they all get involved in some way or another to defeat a villain of the month.

It Makes Sense in Context. It starts with the cover, which puts the Fate of the Jedi books to shame. Has much in common with two of Stover’s previous works in this setting, with multiple characters from Shatterpoint appearing and various themes from it and the Revenge of the Sith novelization recurring.

I hear Stover’s other work in the SW universe is pretty good, so I won’t give up on him. Lost Tribe of the Sith: Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia, Han Solo, Lando Calrissian, and their faithful comrades have had skywaoker time to savor victory before being called on to defend the newly liberated galaxy.