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It's been several weeks since Luke Skywalker and the Shadows of Mindor was released. It seems to be a big hit among fans. If you want to discuss what you thought about the book, here's the place to do it!

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Release date?

Doesn't this book come out tomorrow, December 30th?

Change of date for book...

The release date for Luke Skywalker and the Shadows of Mindor has been moved from October to December, swapping dates with the new James Luceno novel, Millennium Falcon.

And Mindor artist Dave Seeley talks at http://starwarsblog.starwars.com/index.php/2008/06/16/dave-seeley-talks-mindors-got-back/ about the cover art.

"My favorite aspect of Luke was as the hotshot fighter pilot, but that isn’t really covered in the films, it just sort of “is.” The idea of him on the battlefield, with a ground up vista of Rogue Squadron behind him, was the seed for the ‘Rogue Leader’ CIV image. Before I took off for CIV, I sent the image to Dave Stevenson, my Star Wars art director at Del Rey, and he replied that he just might have a book coming up that he could use it for. I related that story to an enthusiastic fan at Celebration, totally forgetting that fans know the projects in the pipeline years ahead… and that fan said …”that must be Luke Skywalker and the Shadows of Mindor!” That was the first time I had heard the title. The image was up for serious consideration for Mindor in January, when I got a call from Dave asking did I leak that they were using ‘Rogue Leader’ for Mindor? ….Which I had NOT….and in fact didn’t even know that they had decided to use it. After a web search, I found the source of the speculation, which was a thread on TheForce.net recalling that CIV fan conversation, and speculating that they would use it for the cover. I read over the many-page thread, and most were stoked that it might be used, but many were disappointed that they wouldn’t get to see Lord Shadowspawn and his shiny black troopers…and I thought… man, I’d like to do THAT! Soooooo my brain got-a-whirring, and I pitched the idea of spinning 180 degrees (front cover to back) and showing the view from Luke’s knees back at what/who he was charging…. Shadowspawn, shadow troopers, and AT-AT walkers!

The only reference I had for Shadowspawn was the Tommy Lee Edwards pic for The Essential Chronology… and it was thankfully very abstracted, so I got to fill in lots of detail. I got a kind of Napoleon-Revolutionary War Admiral-Pirate-Samurai kind of vibe from it, and went with it for character design. I loved that he had an over-scaled sword hilt on his lightsaber that looked Middle Ages in a Japanese-techno vein…. so I gave him a shortsword-tanto to go with it….all very east-meets-west."


Shadows of Mindor at starwars.com...

Here's what starwars.com recently said about Luke Skywalker and the Shadows of Mindor:

"Emperor Palpatine and Darth Vader are dead. The Empire has been toppled by the triumphant Rebel Alliance, and the New Republic is ascendant. But the struggle against the dark side and the Sith order is not over. Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia, Han Solo, Lando Calrissian, and their faithful comrades have had little time to savor victory before being called on to defend the newly liberated galaxy.

Powerful remnants of the vanquished Empire, hungry for retaliation, are still at large, committing acts of piracy, terrorism, and wholesale slaughter against the worlds of the fledgling Republic. The most deadly of these, a ruthless legion of black-armored stormtroopers, do the brutal bidding of the newly risen warlord Shadowspawn. Striking from a strategically advantageous base at the planet Mindor, they are waging campaigns of plunder and destruction, demolishing order and security across the galaxy --and breeding fears of an Imperial resurgence. And another reign of darkness beneath the boot-heel of Sith despotism is something General Luke Skywalker cannot and will not risk.

Mobilizing the ace fighters of Rogue Squadron -- along with the trusty Chewbacca, Threepio, and Artoo-Detoo -- Luke, Han, and Leia set out to take the battle to the enemy at the site of its stronghold, and neutralize the threat before it's too late. But their imminent onslaught against Mindor will be playing directly into the hands of their cunning new adversary. Lord Shadowspawn is no freshly anointed Sith Chieftain, but in fact a vicious former Imperial Intelligence officer -- and Prophet of the Dark Side. The Emperor's death has paved the way for Shadowspawn's return from exile in the Outer Rim; and mastery of ancient Sith knowledge and modern technology has given him the capability to mount the ultimate power play for galaxy-wide dominion. Dark prophecy has foretold that only one obstacle stands in his way, and he is ready -- even eager -- for the confrontation.

All the classic heroes, all the explosive action and adventure, all the unparalleled excitement of Star Wars come breathlessly alive here, as the further adventures of Luke Skywalker continue."

Just checking in...

There's still not much information available for Luke Skywalker and the Shadows of Mindor. If anyone sees anything about it, please post it here!

Also, fanfiction set during the time frame of the novel, canon or au, is also acceptable here, as is any kind of discussion or speculation about the novel.

A synopsis of the book...

Synopsis
"The Battle of Mindor, where the forces of the New Republic, led by Luke Skywalker, take on the Black Stormtroopers, led by Lord Shadowspawn, self-styled new Emperor of the galaxy. What Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia, Han, Solo, Chewbacca, C-3P0, R2-D2, Lando Calrissian, and the pilots of Rogue Squadron don't realize is that the Battle of Mindor is a trap devised just for them - a diabolical attempt by Lord Shadowspawn to do away with the heroes of the New Republic so that he can crush the upstarts and restore the Empire - with himself at the helm. But Lord Shadowspawn has underestimated the bravery and resourcefulness of his enemies..."


That's the description of Luke Skywalker and the Shadows of Mindor at amazon.co.uk.

amazon.com doesn't have a description yet. The release date is set for October 21, 2008 in the U.S. and a confirmed cover is still not available.
There's a lot of speculation going around other sites about the possible cover of the upcoming Luke Skywalker and the Shadows of Mindor. One possibility is a cover illustration shown at Celebration IV by artist Dave Seeley. It shows Luke in his orange flight suit and brandishing his lightsaber in the middle of a raging battle. It's quite a good piece of artwork but to me he looks more older than he should for the timeframe though of course his face is very much like it was in many scenes of Return of the Jedi. But then Mark Hamill's actual age was several years older than Luke's.



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