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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 370 pages
  • Publisher: LucasBooks; Reprint edition (September 27, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345475739
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345475732
  • Product Dimensions: 6.9 x 4.2 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (118 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #255,821 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Author James Luceno returns to the prequel biz with Star Wars: Labyrinth of Evil, a novel sure to be required reading for die-hard fans of George Lucas's galaxy far, far away. Written with Lucas's blessing, Luceno's tale leads right to the opening sequence of Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith, setting the stage for the fiery conclusion of the Clone Wars and the rise of the Empire.

As the action begins, the Republic and Jedi have seemingly pushed the Separatists and Sith back into the outer reaches of the galaxy thanks to the clone army deployed in Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones. But as victory seems near, the ruthless General Grievous--think Darth Vader on steroids--emerges from the shadows. In the battle against Grievous, Anakin Skywalker--who is a little Vader-ish too these days--and Obi Wan Kenobi find themselves in a race to discover the identity of the Sith Lord Darth Sidious and unravel the web of duplicity surrounding the Separatist uprising.

While essential for obsessive fans, Labyrinth of Evil is a clunky novel and Luceno struggles with Lucas's ungainly and Byzantine plotting. Full of cumbersome, Star Wars technophillia, the novel merely serves its purpose by fleshing out the thin line between Episodes II and III. True believers will revel in the level of technical detail and tantalizing nuggets of trivia while the less zealous could satisfy their Star Wars cravings by checking out Timothy Zahn's masterful post-Episode VI works. --Jeremy Pugh --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker, now a Jedi Knight, pursue old enemy Viceroy Gunray, who has been oppressing the intelligent beetles on the planet Cato Neimoidia, in bestseller Luceno's jaunty contribution to the Star Wars franchise. As the pair venture deep into interstellar space, to some well-drawn if unappetizing worlds, they also cross paths with Separatist leaders Count Dooku, Darth Sidious and General Grievous. Meanwhile, intrigues simmer back on the home planet Coruscant, and doubts grow about the loyalties of the Jedi Knights. The action builds smoothly to the climactic attack by the Separatists under General Grievous on Coruscant, where Anakin's wife, Senator Amidala, finds herself in mortal peril. While the author does a good job of maintaining excitement without revealing any secrets of the forthcoming final Star Wars movie, this tie-in, unlike some other Star Wars novels, has no features to give it interest apart from its link to the popular film series. Agent, Eleanor Wood at Spectrum Literary Agency. (On sale Jan. 25)
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

More About the Author

JAMES LUCENO is The New York Times bestselling author of the Star Wars: The New Jedi Order novels Agents of Chaos: Hero's Trial, Agents of Chaos: Jedi Eclipse, and The Unifying Force, as well as Star Wars: Cloak of Deception, and the eBook Darth Maul: Saboteur. He also co-authored the popular ROBOTECH series with his close friend the late Brian Daley. Luceno wrote the film adaptations for The Shadow and The Mask of Zorro. He lives in Annapolis, Maryland, with his wife and youngest child.

Customer Reviews

By far this book was one of the best prequel novels ever written for the Star Wars franchise.
A. Nathaniel Wallace, Jr.
As for the plot, the story focuses on the Jedi, most notably Obi-wan, Anakin, and Mace Windu, as they track down the elusive Darth Sidious.
DJK ver 2.0
I just felt that the story kind of slowed down at the end, with a bit too much detail covering the last few chapters.
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80 of 91 people found the following review helpful By Nathan on November 26, 2004
Format: Hardcover
James Luceno, walking EUncyclopedia, returns once more with yet another of the type of novel he's best suited to write. His particular strengths and weaknesses are ill-spent on smaller novels such as Agents of Chaos; however, with his comprehensive grasp of GFFA minutiae, he's very well suited to novels such as Cloak of Deception and this newest, Labyrinth of Evil (and to an extent, The Unifying Force), which exist as much to tie multiple plots together into a comprehensive, coherent whole as to tell stories of their own. Here he manages to take a very impressionistic view of the Clone Wars, told piecemeal in various media and through various relatively unconnected novels, and meld it all into a whole, as well as tying events back to pre-TPM and doing his best to make it look like there actually has been a lot more structure and continuity and causality in the stories we've gotten of the Clone Wars than there really has been.

There's not really much need to talk about his style; by now you already know whether you like it or not. He has an odd mix of typical third-person POV and near-omniscient viewpoint, without a particularly memorable writing style and with a sometimes-annoying but often useful and fun (at least to the more-than-casual Star Wars fans like me) tendency to infodump and show off just how much he knows about what he's writing about.

This novel doesn't stand terribly well on its own, but then it's not supposed to. It's more a summation and drawing-together of what's gone before in anticipation of Revenge of the Sith.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By K. Franzese on February 18, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Do you want to know who trained Darth Sidious? If Jedi Master Sifo-Dyas actually placed the order for the clone army? Who killed Jedi Master Sifo-Dyas and why? How Count Dooku found and was trained by Sidious? How Jango Fett was actually recruited as the template for the clones? It's all here!
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Jorje Vidrio on March 25, 2005
Format: Hardcover
An excellent prequil to the third movie.

The first half of this book, admittably, starts off a little slow. Somewhere near the middle it fires up and intensifies. It goes in a pattern of 1)dividing the story: between the perspectives of Anakin and Obi-wan, and the of everybody else on Coruscant, and of course the villains; and 2)chapters of character developement, with plenty of pages of plot and depth that were left out in the first two movies. Want to know the origin of Grievous? It's in there. What about the plots of Sidious to rule the galaxy? That too. And, what about Anakin and Obi-wan following Dooku, and all the space battles in-between? Yup, all that too. A good buy. Just don't stop half-way in the middle.
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24 of 30 people found the following review helpful By WorknMan on May 16, 2005
Format: Hardcover
I am really surprised at all the 5-star reviews this book is getting. I first read the EP3 novel and then found out about this one, so I read it too. And between the two novels, EP3 is by far the better of the two - it's not even close. Not only because EP3 has a better storyline, but it's also much better written.

Basically, this book tells of the events that happen before Episode III and takes you right up to the beginning of EP3. But trust me, after reading the EP3 novel, the opening crawl for EP3 is more than enough information to let you know what's going on .. you really don't need to read Labyrinth of Evil. Of course, you *could* read it if you want to get more of an insight into how events transpire leading up to EP3, but there's really not anything interesting that happens in this entire book, so I'd hardly say it is worth the effort. The book just drags along from one boring adventure sequence to the next. I can't think of a single thing I read in Labyrinth of Evil where I said to myself "Gee, I wish I had known that before reading the EP3 novel."

So, if you're trying to find out whether reading Labyrinth of Evil will give you any important information that you would have otherwise missed before reading the EP3 novel or watching the movie, I would have to say the answer is most definitely no.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Kimberley Wilson on July 18, 2005
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Labyrinth of Evil tells the story of the last days before Revenge of the Sith and not only is it better than the Attack of the Clones novel but it's strong enough to stand on it's own.

The feeling of the book is bittersweet. Anakin has never been more emotionally stable. He's a general, he's Palpatines pet and Padme's husband. He and Obi Wan have finally formed a smooth partnership. Except for one ugly incident it looks like Anakin is on his way to becoming a great Jedi knight. But of course we all know how this is going to turn out.

The dark side has fallen over the republic. Yoda knows in his heart that the situation is hopeless. The only thing the Jedi can do now is see it the end.

The side characters were done well. Dooku is presented in a interesting light. He's brilliant, he's lethal and considers himself to be far superior to Maul and Grievous. He seems to be wavering between a sentimental longing for Jedi acceptance and his need to be a ruler. Grievous is described in an almost sympathetic way. He is a servant of the Sith, he's a monster but not by choice and he's probably meant to be a forshadowing of Darth Vader.

Finally, the senators and citizens are Coruscant are described. They're mostly selfish, lazy and such cowards that you wish the Jedi would all just decide that these people aren't worth fighting for. The book is a dazzling combination of intense action scenes and deeply emotional little scenes that rush without lagging to the end which is the opening act of Revenge of the Sith.

The book is pretty darn good. Check it out.
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