If the prequels have critics, you better not talk about the sequels. JJ Abrams started the trilogy with The Force Awakens, the first film in the Star Wars saga since George Lucas finished Revenge of the Sith. New characters, yes, but also old acquaintances. We’re leaving aside the controversy surrounding The Rise of Skywalker, a movie that brought back Palpatine and linked Rey to the Emperor himself. Shadow of the Sith, the novel written by Adam Christopher — not yet published in Spanish — serves as a sort of bridge between the two products. And it must be said: Episode IX is better understood after reading, because it gives it a richer and deeper context.
Almost two decades have passed since the fall of the Galactic Empire. The New Republic controls part of the galaxy, and the First Order has yet to challenge the legitimate authorities. Master Luke Skywalker, very close to the hero of the classic trilogy, has also changed. He is already a wise teacher who trains his Padawans, among whom is his nephew Ben Solo, the future Kylo Ren. After the deaths of Darth Vader and Palpatine, the Sith died out…or maybe not?
Remnants of the Sith
Luke experiences visions of the dark side of the Force, glimpses of the ancient Sith planet, Exegol. Her fears are confirmed when Lando Calrissian, desperately searching for his missing daughter, warns her of this possibility. The old hero has heard rumors that Bestoon’s Ochi, a deadly Jedi hunter, is planning to kidnap a young girl.
Exegol, for the slightly confused, is the hidden planet of the Sith that appears in The Rise of Skywalker. It can only be reached with the help of the holocrons, which mark the path and the coordinates of the exact location. Like the good old days, Luke and Lando fight side by side as they unravel the hidden mysteries of the Sith. Can you imagine Luke and the ghost of Anakin Skywalker slashing an enemy? Is it true that Kiza, a mysterious masked character, is actually a Sith sidekick? We advise you to read the novel to discover it in detail.
Bestoon’s Ochi is looking for a girl, but not just any girl. In the sequel trilogy, Rey Skywalker lives in the hope that her parents will return to Jakku, the planet she grew up on. He remembers his departure very well, but nothing else. Although Kylo Ren tells him that his parents were “nobody” in The Last Jedi (Rian Johnson), it is ultimately revealed that his grandfather was Palpatine.
Rey’s family escape and Ochi’s fate
Dathan, the Emperor’s son, flees Exegol and marries the highly intelligent Miramir. They are soon forced to flee as a Sith agent pursues them to the edge of the galaxy. How could it be otherwise, the couple did everything to protect their daughter, who was only six years old at the time.
In The Rise of Skywalker, Rey and company arrive on the planet Pasaana and fall victim to quicksand. Underground, they find the body of Ochi of Bestoon and the Sith dagger he was carrying when he died. The novel not only clarifies the whole story of Dathan and Miramir, but also makes the reader witness the final journey of Ochi, a character that was developed in the comics at an earlier point, namely the Empire.
Shadow of the Sith is one of those near-must-have products for the Star Wars fan, an enjoyable novel that expands, provides interesting information, and fills in narrative gaps, the kind of detail that makes one think “I wish they told me about it in the movie”.
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