Luke Skywalker and the Shadows of Mindor Literature Review


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Luke Skywalker and the Shadows of Mindor

by: Matthew Stover

Count me impressed. I usually am by Stover, but he went above and beyond in some cases during this particular novel. Stover is known for his own dark side. He was the perfect choice to adapt Revenge of the Sith, he used Vapaad to delve into Mace Windu’s unknown dark histories and he brought Jacen Solo to the brink long before Lumiya did.

So when I heard the title of the book, I chuckled. I liked it as to me it really harkened back to the serials that Star Wars was originally intended to honor and emulate. But could Stover write that kind of book?

Even further could he pull it off and yet still be the Stover I’ve come to enjoy reading?

Yes he could.

In one grand sweep, he brings to life the serials and the Brian Daley Han Solo novels he calls out by name and brings forth the adventure that Luke has never had. Never have I enjoyed reading about Luke before. Since I hit my teens, I actually began to hate the character and wouldn’t really care much about him, but Stover made me enjoy him again. Luke was truly legendary in the book as he should be and yet it was a fun adventure.

And yet on the other hand, there was traces of pure horror behind the enemy and his actions. The evil (or rather Dark) is not glossed over and yet does not feel out of place. Neither do the characters handpicked out of Stover’s Clone Wars era book, Shatterpoint. Usually this kind of move reeks of an author just wanting to bring a character back despite the logic against it. Here it seemed to fit quite well.

And the voices of the characters? Never has one author been so pitch perfect in their renditions of Luke, Han, Leia, and Lando at the same time.

The only negative that could be placed against Stover’s novel is the pure cheese and melodrama of the villain and his plot, but I could just as effectively argue that it HAD to be that cheesy to be effective. This is a melodrama, just one with a lot of heart…

Oh and typical Stover action pieces.

Overall a great read, and one I was glad to be wrong about.


-Paul Talon

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