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Shadow Games is a novel by Michael Reaves and Maya Kaathryn Bohnhoff that was released on November 29, 2011. It is a "rags to riches" story of a holostar during the Rebellion's early days, taking place before the events in Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope, and also features Dash Rendar.

Publisher's summaryEdit

Some games are played for life or death.

Javul Charn is the most famous pop star in the galaxy – and the runaway bride of a violent lieutenant in Black Sun, the crime syndicate commanded by Prince Xizor. Or so Javul says. Soon after Dash Rendar, broke and desperate, agrees to be Javul's bodyguard, he realizes that openness is not her strong suit – and that murder is stalking her tour. Between the discovery of dead bodies in a cargo hold and an attack by an unidentified warship, Dash and co-pilot Eaden Vrill desperately try to understand who is terrorizing Javul's tour and why. When Han Solo suddenly joins Javul's road show, the stakes are raised even higher. Now Dash, who has a history with Han and an even worse history with Prince Xizor, follows his instincts, his discoveries, and Javul herself – straight into a world that may be too dangerous to survive!

DevelopmentEdit

Shadows Games initially started as a novel entitled Holostar by Michael Reaves and Steve Perry. Perry and Reaves pitched the idea for Holostar around 2007 while discussing about making another Star Wars novel together. Perry himself came up with the basic premise of a story set in the entertainment industry, crafting the character of Javul Charn. However, Del Rey asked for some changes like including characters from the main Star Wars canon. Unwilling to make so, Perry and Reaves left and the project was shelved.[2]

A couple of years later, Del Rey had gotten more interested in the idea and offered Reaves and Perry to rehire them to write it albeit still with the imposed changes. Perry desisted again but allowed Reaves to go on with the idea if he wanted. Reaves did so and partnered with Maya Kaathryn Bohnhoff to write it. Meanwhile, Perry was approached by Shelly Shapiro to write Indiana Jones and the Army of the Dead for a 2009 release and accepted.[2]

There are conflicting reports whether Holostar was the novel's working title[3] or not.[2] Anyway, on October 4, 2010, Del Rey announced that fans would get to choose the title of the novel. The three proposed titles were Star Wars: Shadow Games, Star Wars: Pursuit and Star Wars: Shadow Play.[4] After a week, the title Star Wars: Shadow Games was chosen.[5] An exclusive Hardcover was released by the Science Fiction Book Club.

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Other characters

Creatures

Droid models

Events

Locations

Organizations and titles

Sentient species

Vehicles and vessels

Weapons and technology

Miscellanea


Notes and referencesEdit

  1. The Essential Reader's Companion
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Old Enough to Know Better: Star Wars Bookery. The Man Who Never Missed. themanwhonevermissed.blogspot.com (January 29, 2012). Retrieved on September 16, 2019.
  3. Maya Kaathryn Bohnhoff (June 23, 2010). A Padawan's Journal, Entry #8: A Star is Born—Characters and Where They Come From. Book View Cafe Blog. Retrieved on September 27, 2017.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Angel (October 4th, 2010). You Choose the Next Star Wars Title!. Star Wars Books. Retrieved on October 4, 2010.
  5. Star Wars Books on Facebook

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