Star Wars: Shadow of the Sith Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
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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.
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|Listening Length||17 hours and 12 minutes|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com.au Release Date||28 June 2022|
|Best Sellers Rank|| 1,359 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
51 in Space Opera Science Fiction (Audible Books & Originals)
56 in Adventure Science Fiction
78 in Space Operas
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This was one of the most anticipated books to come out in the Disney era, and for me it really delivered. It was great to have Luke in action. I do like that it shows signs of him being the tired warrior, for his role in the Last Jedi. Also the hope he had for Ben and the new Jedi academy, it is easy to see why he becomes a hermit when it destroyed.
I am not yet biggest Lando fan, but I think his story is very important, his pain, healing then the guilt of his healing. It is a draining emotional cycle as it would be for any parent. I fully support him being more of the main character for this book.
Of course there is also a family on the run that are also extremely important. For me they were my faverite parts of the book, (except when Luke has a lightsaber).
The only reason I considered taking half a star off was the book was a bit slow in places, but I do understand why that was necessary, but I would have rounded this up anyway. I have always loved the continuity of the Star Wars universe, Expanded/Legonds and now the Disney era, so it us awesome to see the writers working so closely together.
I was happy to see that the author treated the legacy characters with respect(Luke and Lando), giving them enough time to shine and build upon their characters. For one, Luke is clearly in his prime and it shows in his ability. Whether it’s him cutting people down or trying to save people who have turned to the dark side, the book showcases the characters strengths in full. Lando is perfect and is still the charming smuggler we all know and love. This rescue mission is personal to him and it was handled tastefully.
There was some issues I had with the book, as I felt a lot of characters were pretty much invincible, as there is a chapter where the villains are right next to a fuel explosion. Now, you would expect them to die correct? Wrong the characters are unharmed and get away scott free. Moments like this took me out of the book and there were plenty of other situations with repetitive things key characters were doing, such as ALWAYS missing this family or that they don’t shoot someone when they have the chance (there’s a bit where one of the secondary characters has a rifle trained on the main villain but for some reason doesn’t take the shot).
I felt the “Sith” character wasn’t very well handled, I wish it was a more notable Sith and not a randomly made up one I could care less about. There was plenty of Easter eggs to former Sith, so why not include them?
It was an enjoyable book, but I don’t think it’s one of the best Star Wars books. However it’s definitely serviceable and the writing was surprisingly good.