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Shadow of the Sith is a canon adult novel by Adam Christopher. It was published by Del Rey on June 28, 2022 and focuses on Luke Skywalker, Lando Calrissian and the growing threat of the Sith Eternal.

An unabridged audiobook of the book was released on the same day.

Publisher's summary[]

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.

Plot summary[]

It is a time of peace. As the the ashes of the Galactic Empire cool, the
New Republic works to establish a new era of freedom and cooperation,
while Jedi Master LUKE SKYWALKER trains the next generation of
younglings at his temple.

But there is a dark shadow growing in the Force. As former Rebel
Alliance general LANDO CALRISSIAN continues his search for his
kidnapped daughter, cultists from the hidden world of EXEGOL work
to enact plans a generation in the making.

Meanwhile, in the depths of Wild Space, a terrified young family
makes a desperate journey, fleeing agents of an evil presence the galaxy
has long thought dead….


Shadow of the Sith was known as Iceberg during production.[3]

Adam Christopher had previously worked on The Mandalorian: An Original Novel, but that novel was cancelled in March 2021, with Del Rey stating he had been given the opportunity to write a different book and that they were excited to share the details in the future.[4][5] Shadow of the Sith was formally announced by StarWars.com on October 7, 2021 along with other upcoming titles.[6]


The novel contains an epigraph that is stated to be "a warning from a darker time," reading "And, in the end, you cannot touch the shadow. In the end, you do not even want to. In the end, the shadow is all you have left. Because the shadow understands you. The shadow forgives you. The shadow gathers you unto itself. And within your furnace heart, you burn in your own flame." This warning originates from the narration of Matthew Stover's Star Wars Legends novelization of the film Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith and refers to Darth Vader's anger and rage at Darth Sidious regarding the death of Padmé Amidala and his own helplessness.[7]


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Notes and references[]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 PenguinRandomHouse.jpg Star Wars: Shadow of the Sith on Penguin Random House's official website (backup link)
  2. Shadow of the Sith takes place seventeen years after the Battle of Endor, which Star Wars: Galactic Atlas dates to 4 ABY. Therefore, Shadow of the Sith must take place in 21 ABY.
  3. PenguinRandomHouse.jpg Iceberg on Penguin Random House's official website (backup link)
  4. TwitterLogo.svg Del Rey (@DelRayStarWars) on Twitter: "Due to the ever-expanding world of The Mandalorian, we will no longer be publishing THE MANDALORIAN ORIGINAL NOVEL at this time, as the story continues to unfold on screen." (backup link)
  5. TwitterLogo.svg Del Rey (@DelRayStarWars) on Twitter: "We love working with author Adam Christopher (@ghostfinder) and are already working with him on a different book. We're excited to share details with you in the future." (backup link)
  6. StarWars.com New Books Starring Luke and Lando, Obi-Wan and Anakin, and More Revealed – Exclusive on StarWars.com (backup link)
  7. Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith novelization

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