SHADOWS OF THE EMPIRE by Steve Perry
For those curious about the events that occurred between Episodes V and VI, look no further than Shadows of the Empire. Scum, villainy, Sith lords, and crime syndicates collide as Prince Xizor of the Black Sun and Darth Vader battle for Luke Skywalker’s life, with Princess Leia caught in the center of a trap for her (unbeknownst to her) twin brother. The result makes for an interesting turn in aesthetic for Star Wars, and bridges the gap between the epic lightsaber clash in The Empire Strikes Back and the seedy, shadowy corridors of Jabba the Hutt’s palace in Return of the Jedi.
The Black Sun was confirmed to exist in canon in The Clone Wars, in an episode with Darth Maul, making that aspect of Shadows of the Empire entirely possible. In addition, with Han Solo frozen in carbonite for at least several months, there much time is left to be filled; Shadows of the Empire helps fill it as well as add depth to the Star Wars universe.
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